Just when it looked like Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were about to run away with the English Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur have reeled them in. Spurs outclassed Guardiola’s Manchester City at White Hart Lane in the weekend’s marquee match-up, 2-0.
City didn’t help themselves early on as Aleksandar Kolarov scored an own goal just nine minutes in. From there, Spurs were all over City, pressuring Guardiola’s men like no team has this season.
Son Heung-Min, filling in as Spurs’ main striker, set up Dele Alli for Tottenham’s second. His brilliant through ball picked apart City’s defence before Alli struck past a hapless Claudio Bravo.
Spurs’ defence collected its Premier League leading fourth clean sheet of the season as the club’s outstanding back four of Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker shutdown City’s high-octane attack.
Spurs’ goalkeeper Hugo Lloris picked up his joint league leading third clean sheet, making six saves.
Liverpool continued their excellent form and sit just two points off of first place. However, the Reds needed a second half fight back after Swansea’s Leroy Fer opened the scoring in the eighth minute.
Roberto Firmino brought Liverpool back into the game just after halftime thanks to Jordan Henderson’s assist. James Milner got the winner six minutes from time from the penalty spot after Firmino was brought down in the 18-yard box. Milner now has four goals and an assist in his last five matches.
Chelsea are back to winning ways after disposing of Hull City, 2-0. Willian and Diego Costa were both on target for the Blues. Chelsea’s three-man back line kept the team’s second clean sheet of the season. Meanwhile, Costa moves his Premier League lead in goals to six.
Manchester United slipped up yet again, drawing 1-1 at home to Stoke City. Despite controlling much of the game with over 60% of the possession, United couldn’t get past Stoke’s third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant, who picked up man of the match honours.
Jose Mourinho’s men finally got the breakthrough in the 69th minute thanks to substitute Anthony Martial. However, David De Gea’s goalkeeping error and poor defending from Eric Bailly allowed Jonathan Walters’ cross to find Joe Allen. The Welshman poked the ball home for a share of the spoils. Stoke are still winless on the season and sit second from bottom.
Arsenal are in third, two points off of Manchester City after Arsene Wenger’s team pulled out a stoppage-time winner over Burnley. Laurent Koscielny bundled Theo Walcott’s flick on past Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton for the only goal of the game. Despite shouts for a Koscielny head ball, the Gunners escaped with all three points.
Ronald Koeman’s Everton have now gone two matches without a win as the Toffees drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace. The in form Romelu Lukaku’s 35th minute opener was canceled out by Christian Benteke 15 minutes later. Benteke now has two goals in his last two matches for Crystal Palace.
English Premier League Gameweek 7 Results:
Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Swansea 1-2 Liverpool
Hull City 0-2 Chelsea
Watford 2-2 Bournemouth
West Ham 1-1 Middlesbrough
Sunderland 1-1 West Brom
Manchester United 1-1 Stoke City
Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City
Leicester City 0-0 Southampton
Burnley 0-1 Arsenal