It’s time to run down what happened over the weekend in the EPL and see if a certain manager has done enough to save his job–or at least buy a little time. That’s the great thing about the length of the season in the EPL; even after seven weeks you can turn it around and finish in the top four in the league.
Leicester City 2 – 5 Arsenal
This match was a lot closer than the score shows, and it was full of attacks and counter-attacks as well as really great defending–at least on the part of Petr Cech and Arsenal. The Gunners’ Alexis Sanchez was able to find his scoring ways again and is responsible for three of the five goals that Arsenal netted on Saturday.
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City struck twice for the Foxes’ and is who actually opened up the scoring in the 13th minute. Theo Walcott pulled Arsenal level in the 18th minute with Santi Cazorla providing the assist. After that, it was Sanchez’s turn to take over scoring in the 33rd, 57th and 81st minute of the game and put the game out of reach for the typical Leicester comeback that we’ve seen over that last couple of weeks.
Olivier Giroud capped off the Gunners’ day with a strike even with the penalty spot in stoppage time. If you want to see Sanchez in action, watch ESPN FC‘s highlight reel as some think he’s the greatest scorer in the BPL.
West Ham United 2 – 2 Norwich City
West Ham and Norwich haven’t faced each other in the top-flight in 26 years, so of course the Hammers’ were wanting to make a good impression on their guests by taking all three points. The Canaries’ didn’t want to be rude and ruin their host’s plans–but they almost did.
In the ninth minute, West Ham’s Mark Noble attempted to change fields with a pass but didn’t put enough on the ball and Norwich’s Robbie Brady clipped the pass from James Tomkins. Brady streaked towards goal and easily beat a charging Adrian with a shot to the lower left corner of the net to make it 1-nil Norwich. The Hammers’ weren’t out of this one by a long shot and there was plenty of game left too.
In the 33rd minute, Dimitri Payet sent in a low cross that found Diafra Sakho, who hit a one-time shot past a diving John Ruddy to equalize. In the 83rd minute, Wes Hoolahan slotted a pass over to Nathan Redmond who drove into the West Ham penalty area and took a shot through traffic; scoring to put the Canaries’ up 2-1 and making it look like they might pull out the win.
That was until West Ham got a free kick in stoppage time when Payet sent a high floating kick into the box. Ruddy’s attempt to punch it clear bounced off of Andy Carroll and Cheikhou Kouyaté finished it off to salvage a point for the Hammers. Check out all of the scoring here, courtesy of EPSN FC.
Something that didn’t make the ESPN FC’s highlights was Adrian’s save in the 60th minute. Norwich’s Jonathan Howson was able to keep the ball in play and hooked it back to Cameron Jerome, who was level at the penalty spot. When Jerome connected with the ball Adrian had little time to react and get his hands up to make the save, so most of the ball hit him square in the face. He hit the pitch while the rest of the Hammers’ defense tried to clear the ball when one final cross came in. But Jerome was not able to get a foot on it and finish what he started just seconds earlier. In my opinion, that save should make Adrian a candidate for BPL Goalkeeper of the Year but I know he’s going to be in the running for the Hammers’ player of the year for sure.
Liverpool 3 – 2 Aston Villa
Liverpool supporters aren’t the only ones that are happy to see Daniel Sturridge back out on the pitch. Embattled Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers is just as happy — if not more so — that he’s back and healthy. While Rodgers is far from being out of the woods, the result at Anfield on Saturday has bought him some time.
James Milner opened the scoring for the Reds just 67 seconds into the match thanks to the help of Philippe Coutinho. In the 59th minute, Sturridge scored his first goal in a Liverpool kit in six months when Milner slid the ball to him and he buried a left-footed strike past Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
In the 66th minute, Alan Hutton sent in a cross that found Rudy Gestede‘s right foot and went in past Simon Mignolet. Liverpool added another to their tally a minute later when Coutinho and Sturridge linked up to make it 3-1.
In the 71st minute Jordan Amavi sent in a cross that was bound for Gestede’s head and pulled Villa one back, but it wouldn’t be enough. Here are the goals courtesy of ESPN FC .
Here’s another incredible save from this match that didn’t make that highlight reel. Aston Villa and US Men’s National Team goalkeeper, Brad Guzan, turns away a free kick from Philippe Coutinho from about 25 yards out in the 75th minute.