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Saturday, January 16, 2016

EPL Review: Another Goal Laden Weekend

THE reviews OF the EPL’s round of 22. It was indeed goals aplenty and goal-rush with Chelsea and Everton sharing the spoils and Manchester City’s Aguero helping himself to a brace in the routing of Crystal Palace.
West Ham however lost their first game in ten matches as Jonjo Shelvey proved an astute signing by helping his team in the victory.
Spurs came from a goal down to convincingly beat Sunderland. Southampton on the other hand got their mojo back with Ward-Prowse getting a brace.

Tottenham player, Christian Eriksen scores against Sunderland
Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Sunderland
Spurs came from behind to eventually win comfortably. Tottenham retain their place in fourth and increase their chance of qualifying for the Champion’s league and well placed to win the EPL title if the leaders falter.
Patrick van Aanholt grabbed the lead for Sunderland in the 40th minute when he converted a sublime through ball from Adam Johnson.
Christian Eriksen swiftly replied two minutes later by pouncing on Harry Kane’s rebounded effort.
Dembele scored in the 60th minute to fire the host ahead with Eriksen’s brace coming soon after, courtesy of his deflected shot before Harry Kane sealed the rout from the penalty spot to leave Sunderland second bottom.
John Terry celebrating his equalizer. Credit – Getty Images
Chelsea 3-3 Everton
The home side started the brighter of the two and forced Tim Howard to a couple of good saves earlier on but Everton responded with some good passage of play of their own to force a fine save from the Chelsea goalkeeper towards the end of the half.
The second half was pulsating with Everton going ahead from a John Terry own goal after a tenacious attacking play by Lukaku. The lead was doubled with a superb half-volley strike by Kevin Mirallas.
Chelsea stepped it up and reduced the deficit when Diego Costa took advantage of a mix-up in the Everton defence to slot home before Cesc Fabregas’s deflected cross leveled the scoring.
Everton went ahead again in this terrific match in extra time when Deulofeu’s sumptuous cross was headed home by to send the away team and their fans into raptures.
John Terry had the final say by scoring with a deft flick to even the match and make amend for his own goal to save Chelsea’s bluches.

Aguero scored a brace. Getty Images
Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace
Sergio Aguero scored a brace in this rout – the biggest loss in Alan Pardew era at Crystal Palace. Fabian Delph opened the scoring as city got back to goal scoring form after the stalemate against Everton on Wednesday.
Aguero added the second before the break and made it three for the Etihad outfits in the 68th minute, he could have scored a hat-trick but selflessly passed it up to lay it on a plate for Sylva to complete the route, Palace are now without a win or a goal in five games.
Georginio Wijnaldum scores his ninth goal of the season for Newcastle

Newcastle 2-1 West ham
Jonjo Shelvey paid back a huge chunk of his transfer fee with a superb all-round performance.
His 50 yard cross-field pass that led to the second goal by Georginio Wijnaldum is a potential winner as the pass of the season ‘delightful’ –  condemning the Hammers to their first league defeat in ten games.
The first was a delicious assist for Ayoze Perez to slot home. West Ham came into the match a lot more in the second half and got a goal back when the substitute Nikita Jelavic halved the deficit.
Benik Afobe jubilating with his teammate after the victory. Credit – Reuters
Bournemouth 3 – 0 Norwich
Bournemouth showed no hangover from their home defeat to West Ham on Tuesday to record their boggest win in the EPL in this trashing.
Norwich were woeful throughout with Dan Gosling opening his scoring just ten minutes into the match. Charlie Daniels made it two from the spot shortly after half-time before record signing – Benik Afobe opened his account with a neat finish to record a comfortably win for the home side