6 April 2017
Premier League leaders, Chelsea bounced back from last weekend’s shocking defeat against Crystal Palace to maintain their lead at the top after edging out rivals, Manchester City 2 – 1 on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea Boss, Antonio Conte maintained his favourite 3-4-3 formation as Kurt Zouma took the place of Nigeria’s Victor Moses, who missed last weekend’s game due to injury, at the right-wing back position.
After coming from the bench in City’s last game against Arsenal, Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho was not listed for the game on Wednesday Evening.
England winger, Raheem Sterling started from the bench as Jesus Navas continued in his new position at the right-wing back.
Belgium international, Eden Hazard gave the hosts the lead in 10 minutes of play when his shot was deflected past Willy Caballero by Vincent Kompany inside the area.
City leveled up in the 26th minute through Sergio Aguero. An unmarked Aguero lashed home a pass from David Silva after Chelsea Goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois made a poor clearance which met the Spanish international in the edge of the box.
Chelsea’s lead was restored 10 minutes into the break when Eden Hazard scored from a rebound after his first attempt from the spot was saved by Caballero.
Chelsea were awarded the penalty following Fernandinho’s poor challenge on Pedro inside the box. Eden Hazard stepped up to take it but it was saved by Caballero. The Belgian, however, scored from the rebound.
Manchester City went close in the second half through Kompany’s header and John Stones; attempt inside the area which he blasted over.
With the win, Chelsea maintained their lead on the table with 7 points over Tottenham who rallied from a goal down to beat relegation threatened Swansea City 3 – 1 at the Liberty Stadium.
The defeat was City’s sixth in the league this season and it is Pep Guardiola’s highest tally in a single league season as a manager. It was also the first time that Pep Guardiola has lost both home & away against the same opponent in a single league season as a boss.
At the Emirates, Arsenal survived a nervy first half but came stronger in the second half to defeat London rivals, West Ham 3 – 0.
Mesut Ozil broke the deadlock in the 58th minutes while Theo Walcott doubled the lead 10 minutes later.
Substitute, Olivier Giroud sealed the win with the third goal seven minutes from time. The three goals took Arsenal’s goal tally to 100 goals with the gunners becoming the first Premier League side to reach that feat in all competitions this season.
At Anfield, Joshua King grabbed a late goal to secure a draw from Bournemouth in the four-goal thriller.
The visitors took the lead after seven minutes through Benik Afobe before Phillipe Coutinho leveled for the host in the 40th minute. Divock Origi put the Reds in the lead on the 59th minute but Joshua King struck three minutes from regulation time to share the spoils.
Arsenal 3 – 0 West Ham United
Hull City 4 – 2 Middlesbrough
Southampton 3 – 1 Crystal Palace
Swansea City 1 – 3 Tottenham
Liverpool 2 – 2 Bournemouth
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.