Barclays Premier League: Weekend Review

It was another weekend for unpredictable results in the latest round of Premier League fixtures, as Manchester United drew themselves back into the title race.

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Their 1-0 at home to Arsenal on Sunday evening cuts the gap to the Gunners, now being just five points adrift.

Chelsea missed the chance to close the gap further to Arsenal but were spared a defeat with a dramatic injury-time penalty, while Liverpool and Southampton continue to occupy second and third in the table with comfortable home wins.

There was also a shock as Sunderland came up with the goods against Manchester City, after Newcastle won away at Tottenham.

Elsewhere, there was wins for Aston Villa and Norwich, and plenty of goals shared between Swansea and Stoke in a 3-3 draw.

Aston Villa vs. Cardiff

_70989536_181423845Leandro Bacuna scored a spectacular free-kick to end Villa’s seven-and-a-half hour goal drought in a 2-0 win. Libor Kozak’s header sealed the  win with six minutes left.

Prediction: 2-0

Actual Score: 2-0

Chelsea vs. West Brom

_70917934_186628511Chelsea had a late Eden Hazard penalty to thank for sparing their blues at home to West Brom. Samuel Eto’o had put the hosts ahead, before Shane Long and Stephane Sessegnon turned the game around.

Prediction: 3-0

Actual Score: 2-2

Crystal Palace vs. Everton

_70968657_robertomartinez2Managerless Crystal Palace picked up their first point in eight league games but missed a number of missed chances against Everton. The visitors nearly stole it but Phil Jagielka’s header hit the crossbar.

Prediction: 0-2

Actual Score: 0-0

Liverpool vs. Fulham

_70972656_danielsturridge2Liverpool continued their impressive start to the season with a crushing of Fulham. Steven Gerrard was instrumental as Luis Suarez scored his eight goal in 6 games.

Prediction: 3-0

Actual Score: 4-0

Southampton vs. Hull

_70920135_186626256Southampton moved into the top three of the table with a thrilling win against Hull. Adam Lallana and England team-mate Rickie Lambert won among the goals at St. Mary’s

Prediction: 2-0

Actual Score: 4-1

Norwich vs. West Ham

_70989540_181423845Norwich scored a trio of second-half goals which moved them out of the relegation zone and above 16th-placed West Ham to ease the pressure on manager Chris Hughton.

Prediction: 0-0

Actual Score: 3-1

Tottenham vs. Newcastle United

_70944957_llorisNewcastle had a heroic display from Tim Krul to thank for their away win against Tottenham. The Dutch keeper made 14 saves, before Loic Remy snatched the winner.

Prediction: 1-0

Actual Score: 0-1

Sunderland vs. Manchester City

_70974095_agueroSunderland look to kick start their season after a sensational win at home to Manchester City. Defender Phil Bardsley beautifully struck home the winner in the 21st minute.  

Prediction: 0-2

Actual Score: 1-0

Manchester United vs. Arsenal

_70927690_185917857Former Gunner Robin Van Persie shot down his former side once again as Manchester United closed the gap on Arsenal at the top of the table. It was RVP’s 3rd in three games against Arsenal.   

Prediction: 1-1

Actual Score: 1-0

Swansea vs. Stoke City

_70973489_markhughesvmanuStoke and Swansea played out the game of the at the Liberty Stadium. Coming from 2-0, Swansea went 3-2 before Charlie Adam’s late penalty saved a draw for the visitors.  

Prediction: 2-1

Actual Score: 3-3

Barclays Premier League Table

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Correct on date of publish

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