The Barclays Premier League returned on the weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November 2013, with a full complement of ten fixtures.
Barclays Premier League Results, Sunday 3rd November 2013
- Everton 0-0 Tottenham
- Cardiff 1-0 Swansea
Spurs travelled to Everton looking for a win to move into second place in the table. Both Everton and Tottenham are pushing hard for European places this term, and this match looked, on paper, to be an opportunity for each to set a benchmark for seasons they have started brightly.
It was Tottenham who got off to the better start, and the visitors will feel a little disappointed they weren’t able to turn long spells of pressure into a first half goal. Spurs also had a penalty appeal turned down when left-back Vertonghen was felled in the box. In the second half, Everton were better, but Tottenham ended the match as they had begun: hunting for an important goal.
The talking point of the match was when Hugo Lloris, in the Tottenham goal, was caught with a heavy knee to the head – accidentally – by Lukaku. The goalkeeper appeared to have been knocked out briefly, but refused to leave the field of play, before playing on and making some important stops.
The match finished 0-0 with both defenses and goalkeepers looking solid once again.
Cardiff and Swansea played the biggest match in South Wales for some time, and the hosts got the better of their fierce rivals with a 62nd minute goal from Caulker, who leaped high to head home a Craig Bellamy corner kick, in a somewhat cagey match which did not see too many efforts on target. Cardiff were 1-0 winners, leapfrogging Swansea in the table.
Barclays Premier League Results, Saturday 2nd November 2013
- Newcastle 2 – 0 Chelsea
- Fulham 1 – 3 Man Utd
- Hull 1 – 0 Sunderland
- Man City 7 – 0 Norwich
- Stoke 1 – 1 Southampton
- West Brom 2 – 0 Crystal Palace
- West Ham 0 – 0 Aston Villa
- Arsenal 2 – 0 Liverpool
The shock of the day was at Newcastle, where a first half which might be described as “dull” led to some late activity from Newcastle United who picked up a deserved three points after a 2-0 home win over high-flying Cheslea FC. Goals from Yoan Gouffran (68) and Loic Remy (89) were enough to provide the win for the Geordies, on a day when Chelsea rarely got out of first gear.
Manchester United continued their uplift of form, with a 3-1 away win over Fulham. Once again, solid performances from Rooney 22′ and van Persie 20′ proved the catalysts for United’s success, as both players scored, and helped to setup Valencia 9′ for the opening goal of the match on 9 minutes. The contest was all but over after 22 minutes with United 3-0 in front, but Kacaniklic 65′ gave the hosts some hope in the second half, as United’s creaky defence failed to stop another side from scoring.
Hull City continued their recent run of impressive displays with a 1-0 home win over self-destructive Sunderland. A Sunderland player netted for Hull – Cuéllar 25′ (og) – before two Black Cats were sent off just before the break on a day Gus Poyet’s men will want to forget.
Another side which suffered a bad day at the office was Norwich, who felt the full force of a recovering Manchester City, and fell to a 7-0 away defeat. City made sure that the dropping of goalkeeper Joe Hart was not the only headline from this match, through goals from Johnson 16′ (og), Silva 20′, Nastasic 25′, Negredo 36′, Yaya Touré 60′, Agüero 71′, and Dzeko 86′.
Stoke and Southampton shared a point in a match which began in bizarre fashion – with a goal after 18 seconds from Stoke goalkeeper, Begovic. The sides ended the match 1-1 after Southampton replied through Rodriguez 42′.
West Brom continued their upwards momentum with a 2-0 win over lacklustre Crystal Palace. Goals late in either half from Berahino 44′ and McAuley 83′ were enough to seal the three points for the hosts.
West Ham and Aston Villa remain within three points of the drop zone after sharing a bore draw at Upton Park. Villa will be perhaps the happier with a point after the hosts dominated possession and created more chances in 90 minutes.
Arsenal will be delighted with their weekend’s work, however, as they put down a genuine signal of intent in a strong 2-0 home win over fellow title contenders, Liverpool, in Saturday’s evening fixture. Arsenal were dominant in all departments, with goals mid-way through either half coming from Cazorla 19′ and the ever impressive Aaron Ramsey 59′. Liverpool saw their in-form strike pairing of Suarez and Sturridge stymied by a solid Arsenal defence, but, perhaps, not quite up to this season’s brilliant best as both players missed opportunities they have been taking in recent weeks. With Chelsea losing, and Spurs managing only a point on Sunday afternoon, Arsenal saw their lead at the top of the table move to 5 points.
The question on everybody’s lips as the season passes the 25% played point, is: Can the Gunners keep up this good form? And, is the Arsenal squad deep enough to overcome any injuries? If the current first team remains fit, Arsenal look a very strong and cohesive unit. But the teams from Manchester appear – worryingly for the rest of the pack – to be finally hitting their respective strides. Tottenham and Everton both looked very solid on Sunday, and either could still be around the UEFA Champions League places in 28 matches time.