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EPL Review: City, Liverpool emerge victorious; Chelsea, United, Arsenal draw

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Manchester City and Liverpool were able to record wins in the 14th EPL game week, while Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal managed draws in their respective games.

The biggest highlight of the weekend was Jamie Vardy setting a new EPL record, by scoring in his eleventh successive game, against Manchester United on Saturday.

Manchester City 3-1 Southampton

The 14th Premier League week kicked off with a match between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad.

City, who were the favourites despite their shock 1-4 loss to Liverpool last weekend, did not disappoint as they recorded a comfortable 3-1 victory over Southampton.

The Citizens’ £55m summer signing Kevin De Bruyne broke the deadlock in the 9th minute from close range, following a good assist from Raheem Sterling (another mega signing).

Another summer acquisition Fabian Delph doubled City’s advantage in the 19th minute after being fed an assist by De Bruyne.

Shane Long was able to pull a goal back for the Saints right after the break, but De Bruyne set up another goal as full-back Aleksandar Kolarov restored City’s lead in the 68th minute.

While this result may have restored City’s confidence, Southampton will be a little worried as this is their second consecutive defeat following their loss to Stoke at home a week before.

Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United

The second major game of the weekend took place between Leicester City and Manchester United at the King Power Stadium, with both sides needing a win to climb to the top of the Premier League table.

All eyes were on Foxes striker Jamie Vardy, who was on the verge of breaking a Premier League record (scoring in ten consecutive matches) set by Ruud van Nistelrooy in the 2002/2003 season.

The 28-year-old striker did not disappoint as he found the net in the 24th minute following a swift counter-attacking move from the Foxes.

However, Leicester were unable to hold on to their lead for long as Bastian Schweinsteiger powered a header past Kasper Schmeichel from a corner right on the stroke of half time.

Despite both sides, especially the Red Devils, creating numerous chances in the second half, the game finally ended with both sides sharing a point each.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Chelsea

Sunday kicked off with a London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane, with both sides intent on doing well.

Although Tottenham dominated possession, they were unable to penetrate Chelsea’s defence, which looked a lot better, withstanding many waves of the hosts’ attack.

The Blues, perhaps due to the absence of a recognised striker as Jose Mourinho opted to play Hazard up front instead of the out-of-form Diego Costa, were not able to create many chances themselves.

However, the West London side nearly shocked Tottenham when Hazard almost found the net in the 68th minute, with Hugo Lloris needing to make an excellent reflex save to deny the Belgian.

Chelsea, boosted by Hazard’s effort, starting dominating in the closing stages of the game, but they were unable to find the target, and the game ended in a goalless draw.

Liverpool 1-0 Swansea City

Liverpool could not replicate their dominating performance (which earned them a 4-1 win at Manchester City) against Swansea City as they narrowly won the game, courtesy a 62nd minute penalty from James Milner.

The Reds dominated large chunks of the game prior to the penalty, but they lacked the cutting edge, probably due to the omission of Philippe Coutinho, who was not risked following a hamstring injury he picked up during the City game.

The Swans were a little better after the break, but they failed to test the Liverpool goalkeeper.

The Reds finally broke the deadlock through a Milner penalty after Neil Taylor was penalised for handling the ball inside the box.

Swansea threatened to grab the equaliser through substitutes Jefferson Montero and Befetimbi Gomis in the closing stages of the game, but Simon Mignolet kept them at bay, and the match finally ended with Liverpool getting all the three points.

Norwich City 1-1 Arsenal

Arsenal, who have not been playing well of late, picking up only two points from their last three games prior to this one, were again unable to impress managing only a 1-1 draw against a struggling Norwich City side.

To make matters worse, the Gunners lost both Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny to injury during the game. Koscielny’s evening came to an early end as he was replaced by Gabriel Paulista following an unspecified injury.

Mesut Ozil put the Gunners ahead at the half hour mark through a powerful strike from the left side of the box, following an excellent through ball from Sanchez.

Although the Canaries saw very little of the ball in the first half, threatening only through set pieces, they were able to snatch the equaliser just before the break through Lewis Grabban, who, after being fed by Robbie Brady, did well to get past Gabriel and sneak the ball past Petr Cech.

Things did not go well for Arsenal after the break as Sanchez was forced off the pitch at the hour mark due to a hamstring problem.

Norwich, growing in confidence, nearly grabbed the winner when Gabriel nearly turned Olsson’s cross into the net. However, an alert Cech made an excellent low save to keep the scores level.

Both sides got a couple of chances towards the end of the match, but neither could get the winner, and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

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