The Barclays Premier League returned following the international break, with eight matches on Saturday 19 October and one match on the afternoon of Sunday 20 October 2013.
An interesting set of fixtures saw Arsenal end the weekend top of the table, on 19 points, after their impressive 4-1 win at home to Norwich. The in-form Wilshere and Ramsay scored a goal apiece while newcomer Ozil also bagged a brace of goals, which gave the Gunners a comfortable margin despite Howson’s 70th minute goal having given the visitors some hope at 1-2.
Newcastle twice led at home to Liverpool, but were twice pegged back at the visitors continued their good start to the campaign, in picking up a point following a 2-2 draw at St James’ Park.
Both sides will feel they could have collected all three points, though Newcastle, down to 10 men from just before half time, after the dismissal of centre back Yanga-Mbiwa on 42 minutes for a tug on Louis Suarez in the area, will feel the happier with a point. Gerrard scored the resulting penalty to rub salt in the magpies’ wounds, making the score-line 1-1 at half time.
Despite being a man down, it was Newcastle who restored their lead on 56 minutes when Dummett turned home a Cabaye free-kick. Liverpool piled on pressure, but it took until 72 minutes for them to equalise through the in-form Sturridge, who headed home a Suarez cross.
Manchester United were frustrated at home by high-flying Southampton. The Red Devils looked on their way to collecting three points at Old Trafford, following a 21st minute goal from Robin van Persie, before Lallana’s 89th minute strike gave the visitors a point to take back to the South coast. The result was no less that the visitors, who had more possession and shots than their illustrious hosts, deserved from their trip North.
Another London club who picked up a 4-1 home victory was Chelsea, who came from a goal down in slightly controversial fashion to win by that margin against Cardiff City. Mutch opened the scoring for the visitors after 10 minutes, before Samuel Eto’o nicked the ball from Bluebirds’ goalkeeper, David Marshall, as he bounced it (a move which is technically a foul) before Hazard hammered home. Three second half goals from Eto’o, Hazard and Oscar meant Chelsea ran out deserved victors, overseen by Jose Mourinho who was sent to the stands.
Everton continued their fine start to the 2013/14 season with a hard-fought 2-1 home victory over Hull City – who were once more dogged in defeat. Miralles got the hosts off to a great start by scoring after 8 minutes before Sagbo equalised for Hull on the half hour mark. Pienaar, returning to the side from the substitutes bench, needed just 10 seconds on the pitch to make his mark with a well taken 57th minute goal which gave the Toffees all three points.
Sunderland’s poor start to the season continued under new manager Gus Poyet, who watched at the Black Cats produced two own goals in a 4-0 loss away at Swansea. Despite going in at 0-0 at half time, the visitors saw their goal breached four times in 23 second half minutes they will want to forget. Sunderland remain on just a point after eight matches of a season they badly need to turn around.
Manchester City remain in the hunt for a second title in three years after a solid 3-1 win away at West Ham United. Agüero goals after 16 and 51 minutes put City 2-0 ahead early in the second half before Vaz Te gave the hosts some hope with a 58th minute reply. David Silva scored for Man City on 80 minutes to put the result beyond doubt.
Stoke and West Bromwich Albion edged one point away from the danger zone with a 0-0 draw at the Brittania Stadium.
On Sunday, Tottenham were impressive away at Aston Villa. Following a somewhat cagey first half, in which Villa refused to come out of their shells, Andros Townsend struck for Tottenham with a cross that found its way into the net with only the visitors second shot on target. The greasy pitch, following torrential rain before kick-off certainly contributed to this goal, which came a little out of the blue.
The hosts were thankful to the quick reactions of their goalkeeper, Guzan, just before half-time, though, when Townsend hit a fierce strike which was bound for the bottom corner. The big American got a strong right hand to the ball, meaning Spurs were worth their 1-0 half-time lead. As Villa came out looking for the goal they needed in the second half, Spurs began to string some better football together and it was fitting that their best move of the match went through the impressive Paulinho, who stroked a delightful pass into the stride of Soldado who clipped the ball into the Villa net just inside the area: a move of real class, on 69 minutes, which all but secured the three points for the visitors.
The two sides who did not play are Crystal Palace and Fulham, who face each other at Selhurst Park on Monday night.
Barclays Premier League 2013/14 Results, Sunday 20 October 2013
- Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Barclays Premier League 2013/14 Results, Saturday 19 October 2013
- Newcastle 2-2 Liverpool
- Arsenal 4-1 Norwich
- Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff
- Everton 2-1 Hull
- Man Utd 1-1 Southampton
- Stoke 0-0 West Brom
- Swansea 4-0 Sunderland
- West Ham 1-3 Man City