The Barclays Premier League returned to action on Saturday with interesting games just waiting to be played. Here is a roundup of all the action on day one of round 10.
The weekend kicked off with West Ham United hosting the champions Chelsea with Mauro Zarate sent the ball flying towards the goal and giving WHU the lead in 17 minutes, after several chances, Chelsea came back with a goal by Gary Cahill. Jose Mourinho was sent off and observed the rest of the match from the stands as Andy Caroll got up from the bench to head home the second for West Ham and ultimately win them 3 points.
After that came an interesting match with Stoke hosting Watford and Watford winning the game by a 0-2 scoreline thanks to goals by Ahmed Abdi and Troy Deeney, who scored his first in the competition. Special mentions to Odion Ighalo who was denied by the crossbar and assisted both the goals.
Leicester City defeated a visiting Crystal Palace side, courtesy of the goal scored by none other than Jamie Vardy, who has now reached 10 goals and is the top contender for the golden boot. Leicester dominated the possession overall and were denied chances earlier by the crossbar, the result was quite inevitable.
Norwich City lost to West Bromwich Albion at home after a great goal by Salomon Rondon to seal it up for the vistors.
Aston Villa played Swansea at Villa park but lost by a score of 2-1. AVFC seemed pretty much in control of the game and took a one goal lead, thanks to Jordan Ayew’s goal but it was short lived after Gylifi Sigurdsson scored a beautiful freekick and Andre Ayew decided the fate of the match in favour of Gary Monk’s Swans. It was the first time that two brothers had scored in the same game (Andre and Jordan Ayew), shows the talent in the family perhaps?
The final match of the day was played at the Emirates stadium, where Arsenal continued their winning ways with goals by Olivier Giroud, who got his first start after a long time, and Laurent Koschielny. Special mentions go out to Mesut Özil who has kept up with his ever improving form.
Ross Barkley pulled one back for the Blues but even after several efforts and near misses (thanks to the crossbar), the scoreline was settled at 2-1 Arsenal’s way and thus put them on top of the table for now.
That was it for day 1 of an eventful start to week 10 of the Barclays Premier League, day 2 holds even more exciting matches which will certainly affect the title race in the near future as Sunderland host Newcastle, both teams fighting the relegation battle, Bournemouth host Tottenham and Southampton travel to Liverpool to decide their positions in the table, all this is followed by the world famous Manchester Derby, a match everyone has been waiting for.
You can read a preview of the match on the site.
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