Premier League Results: Analysis for Chelsea vs. West Brom, and All the Games

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2013

Premier League Results: Analysis for Chelsea vs. West Brom, and All the Games

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    Liverpool bounced back to form with a comprehensive win over a struggling Fulham side at Anfield, while Southampton impressed in disposing of Hull City.

    Chelsea needed a late penalty from Eden Hazard to earn a 2-2 draw at home to West Brom.

    Aston Villa left in late, but were able to see off Cardiff City at Villa Park.

    In the following slides, we will dig deeper into each game.

     

    All stats via FourFourTwo's Stats Zone unless otherwise noted.

Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal

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    Robin van Persie's header was the difference as Manchester United beat league leaders Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

    Van Persie rose to meet Wayne Rooney's cross and head home the winner, late in the second half—putting his old club to the sword in the process.

    Arsenal played well below the level they have exhibited in recent matches, with manager Arsene Wenger suggesting his players were, "nervous" in a post-match interview aired on Sky Sports.

    United, meanwhile, put in arguably their most convincing performance under new manager David Moyes. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling impressed, with Rooney highly influential in everything United did.

    Shots: 5-10

    On target: 2-2

    Pass completion: 75%-81%

    Possession: 40%-60%

    (as per whoscored)

Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City

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    Manchester City's away league woes continued with a 1-0 loss at Sunderland on Sunday lunchtime.

    Phil Bardsley was the unlikely scorer for Gus Poyet's team, who managed to keep City at bay for the full 90 minutes and achieve a notable scalp.

    Shots: 5-24

    On target: 2-4

    Pass completion: 78%-90%

    Possession: 37%-63%

    (as per whoscored)

Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle: Tim Krul Produces Display for the Ages

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    A remarkable performance from Tim Krul frustrated Tottenham on Sunday, as Newcastle somehow escaped with a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane.

    We had 31 shots in that game, 21 of which were on target, Jan hit the woodwork and Krul made 14 saves. Your thoughts... #THFC_LIVE

    — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 10, 2013

    Krul made 14 saves—a new season high—to deny Spurs time and time again, as Loic Remy’s smart first-half finish eventually proved the difference as Alan Pardew’s side held on for the ultimate smash and grab.

    Krul’s best moment came shortly after half-time; a string of three saves in the space of a couple of seconds, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa then making a phenomenal clearance.

    That passage seemed to sum up Spurs’ day, as the likes of Roberto Soldado and Christian Eriksen just could not find a breakthrough.

    The final whistle saw boos ring out around the ground, with Andre Villas-Boas surely under some pressure to solve his side’s lack of goalscoring


    Shots: 31-8

    On target: 14-4

    Pass completion: 84%-63%

    Possession: 65%-35%

Swansea 3-3 Stoke City

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    Charlie Adam's controversial late penalty, deep into added time, salvaged a draw for Stoke City at Swansea.

    Jonathan Walters and Stephen Ireland had put the visitors 2-0 up, but two goals from Wilfried Bony and one from Nathan Dyer looked to have handed Swansea victory.

    Adam's penalty made sure of the draw.

    Shots: 17-6

    On target: 6-3

    Pass completion: 86%-69%

    Possession: 65%-35%

    (as per whoscored)

Chelsea 2-2 West Brom: Hazard Penalty Rescues Point for Blues

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    Chelsea required a last-minute penalty from Eden Hazard to earn a 2-2 draw with West Brom.

    Hazard was restored to the team after being dropped earlier in the week, and he played a huge part in the game, scoring one and creating the other.

    The Chelsea opener came on the stroke of halftime. The Belgian fired in a shot that was well saved by Boaz Myhill. The keeper was not helped out by his defenders, as Liam Ridgewell dallied on the ball and Samuel Eto’o nipped in to score.

    Shane Long served notice of his threat when powering a header against the post on 57 minutes, and three minutes later, he drew the Baggies level.

    A header from Gareth McAuley forced a fine save from Cech, and Long showed the quickest reactions to nod home the loose ball.

    A shade over 11 minutes later, the Baggies were in front, with Cech allowing a shot from Stephane Sessegnon to go under his body and into the net.

    Willian should have rescued a point for the Blues, but he headed over the bar from four yards out.

    With time ticking down, Ramires won a penalty, much to the anger of West Brom, who felt he dived. Hazard kept his cool to score.

     

    Match Stats 

    Shots: Chelsea 17-11 West Brom

    Corners: Chelsea 9-4 West Brom

    Possession percentage: Chelsea 68.6-31.4 West Brom

    Fouls Committed: Chelsea 11-15 West Brom

Liverpool 4-0 Fulham: Suarez Sizzles at Anfield

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    Liverpool bounced back from their defeat to Arsenal last weekend with a comfortable 4-0 win over Fulham.

    Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has spoken about bringing in new faces capable of making an immediate impact in January.

    Speaking to the club’s website, Rodgers said:

    We need to bring in players for the team.

    We've got a squad and we've got enough cover but in the future the focus is on bringing in players that can come straight in and improve our team. We did that last year and benefited from that.

    But his current crop are in no mood to relinquish their places and were much too good for Fulham. The one surprise was that it took 23 minutes for the Reds to break the deadlock.

    Steven Gerrard whipped in a free-kick that was aimed for Luis Suarez. The striker did not make great contact, but it hit Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta and flew into the net.

    Three minutes later and the lead was doubled. Gerrard was the architect again, with the Reds skipper whipping in a corner that Martin Skrtel powered home with a thumping header.

    Fulham's Maarten Stekelenburg proved his class with a superb save to deny Philippe Coutinho, but the keeper had no chance with the third.

    Jordan Henderson played a precise pass into the path of Suarez, who arrowed a shot across the keeper and into the corner. 

    Suarez has a hunger for goals, and he latched onto a clever pass from Gerrard on 54 minutes to net his second of the match.

     

    Match Stats

    Shots: Liverpool 32-4 Fulham

    Corners: Liverpool 9-3 Fulham

    Possession percentage: Liverpool 68.4-31.6 Fulham

    Fouls Committed: Liverpool 13-9 Fulham

Southampton 4-1 Hull: Saints Impress in Front of England Boss Hodgson

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    England boss Roy Hodgson was on hand to see Southampton crush Hull City 4-1 at St Mary’s.

    Hodgson called up three Southampton players—Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana—to his squad for the upcoming friendlies with Chile and Germany, and the latter two were on target.

    The opening goal came from an unlikely source, with Morgan Schneiderlin heading home his first goal of the season on 16 minutes.

    Lallana had a hand in the second on the half-hour mark, as he was too quick for Hull keeper Steve Harper, who brought the winger down in the box. Lambert smashed home the penalty with aplomb.

    It was Lallana who grabbed the third, and what a goal it was. The Southampton man showed superb feet to trick his way past three defenders before capping the amazing run by curling his shot beyond Harper.

    Yannick Sango cut the deficit with a goal on 55 minutes, but Saints held firm, and substitute Steven Davis netted the fourth on 88 minutes to seal the three points.

     

    Match Stats

    Shots: Southampton 15-10 Hull

    Corners: Southampton 6-5 Hull

    Possession percentage: Southampton 60.9-39.1 Hull

    Fouls Committed: Southampton 10-15 Hull

Norwich 3-1 West Ham: Turnaround Keeps Hughton Safe

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    A dramatic penalty decision turned the game around as Norwich came from behind to beat West Ham in Saturday’s evening kick-off—possibly saving Chris Hughton his job in the process.

    Amid great speculation about his future with the Canaries, Chris Hughton saw summer signing Gary Hooper win and then convert a second half penalty to get his side back on terms after Ravel Morrison’s opener, before Robert Snodgrass curled home a beautiful free-kick to give the hosts a 2-1 advantage.

    West Ham pressed in the closing stages as the crowd got increasingly nervy, but in injury time Leroy Fer found a smart finish to get his first goal for the club and confirm the three points.

    The result lifts Norwich out of the relegation zone to 15th.


    Shots: 14-12

    On target: 6-4

    Pass completion: 74%-81%

    Possession: 47%-53%

Saturday's Other Matches: Bacuna the Villa Hero

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    A brilliant free-kick from Leandro Bacuna earned Aston Villa all three points in a 2-0 win over Cardiff City.

    Cardiff stood firm for much of the contest but were undone when Bacuna curled a free-kick over the wall and into the net on 76 minutes.

    Libor Kozak headed home the second on 84 minutes to secure the win.

    Everton were held to a 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace, who are still seeking out a permanent manager.