After another international break, the Premier League returned to action in typically dramatic fashion.
Everton kicked off the day with a vital win over out of form West Ham before six more games kicked off at 3pm up and down the country.
Aston Villa hosted Brighton as both teams looked to build on good results last gameweek whilst Bournemouth and Norwich were looking to bounce back from defeats before the break.
It was fourth against seventh as Leicester hosted Burnley on the first anniversary of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s tragic death. Southampton travelled up to Wolves, Newcastle made the trip down to Chelsea and Tottenham and Watford clashed as both sides looked to rectify their recent form.
But how did the 3pm games pan out?
Aston Villa 2-1 Brighton
The match summed up in one stat… Jack Grealish has scored in back-to-back Premier League games (two goals), this after having scored just once in his first 41 appearances in the competition beforehand.
What does this mean for the Premier League? Villa climb to 11th, Brighton now sit just one point above the drop in 16th.
Man of the Match? Jack Grealish, who scored the equaliser before setting up Villa’s dramatic late winner.
Spare a thought for… Aaron Mooy, whose cheap red card meant Brighton’s approach to the game was forced to change completely. They had looked in control but the dismissal of the Australian cost Brighton three points and now sees them looking nervously over their shoulder.
Bournemouth 0-0 Norwich
The match summed up in one stat… This was Norwich’s first clean sheet of the season.
What does this mean for the Premier League? Bournemouth go ninth, Norwich remain 19th.
Man of the Match? Tim Krul, who came back into the side and helped Norwich gain a valuable clean sheet and point.
Spare a thought for… Dominic Solanke, who has been given plenty of chances by Eddie Howe in the league this season but is yet to truly repay him. He’s yet to score in the league this season and missed a good chance again today as Krul thwarted his close-range effort. It surely won’t be long until Josh King regularly replaces him in the side.
Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle
The match summed up in one stat… Only two active Chelsea players (Pedro, 21 and Willian, 18) have scored more Premier League goals than Marcos Alonso (16) since the start of the 2016/17 season.
What does this mean for the Premier League? Chelsea go third as Newcastle slip into the bottom three.
Man of the Match? Callum Hudson-Odoi, who created three chances in the first half before setting up Alonso’s winner. He impressed once again and his performances will surely get Gareth Southgate’s attention sooner rather than later.
Spare a thought for… Ross Barkley, who was outstanding in Bulgaria for England and was given the nod again by Lampard in midfield today. However, an injury in the first half forced him off. His career has been plagued by niggles and he will hope that he can shake this one off sooner rather than later.
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Leicester 2-1 Burnley
The match summed up in one stat… Jamie Vardy has now scored more Premier League goals (86) than Fernando Torres (85) and Eden Hazard (85).
What does this mean for the Premier League? Leicester are now second, above champions Man City, who play later. Burnley fall to eighth.
Man of the Match? Harvey Barnes, who registered two assists as he continues to impress for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Spare a thought for… Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha. On the closest home game to the anniversary of his father Vichai’s death, Aiyawatt was visibly emotional as the tributes were paid throughout the afternoon.
Spurs 1-1 Watford
The match summed up in one stat… Dele Alli’s equaliser was his first home goal for Spurs since 24th November 2018 and was his first at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
What does this mean for the Premier League? Spurs climb to seventh, whereas Watford remain bottom.
Man of the Match? Gerard Deulofeu, who started on the bench and replaced Danny Welbeck after just two minutes. He caused Spurs endless problems and should have been awarded a penalty.
Spare a thought for… Watford, as a whole. They were four minutes away from a famous victory before Dele Alli controversially equalised. A VAR update on the stadium screen fooled them by wrongly declaring no goal before the strike was allowed. The ball appeared to hit Alli on the arm, but the officials disagreed.
Wolves 1-1 Southampton
The match summed up in one stat… Danny Ings has scored in four consecutive games for the first time in English football.
What does this mean for the Premier League? Wolves are twelfth, Southampton are 17th, with goal difference keeping them out of the bottom three.
Man of the Match? Jan Bednarek, who was immense at the heart of the Southampton defence.
Spare a thought for… Raul Jiminez, who had two goals disallowed before finally scoring the third to save a point of Wolves. Compared to last season, he has had something of a slow start, but this performance will do his confidence the world of good.
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