Rival Roundup: Matchday 13
On Matchday 13, some of Liverpool’s rivals featured in important games that could be vital to their respective seasons.
West Ham v Man City
In our main title rivals’ game, City travelled to East London to play the Hammers. Man City made light work of Pellegrini’s side, dispatching them easily in a 4-0 rout, although West Ham were able to create a few chances. The goal scorers in this match-up were Leroy Sane (2), David Silva, and Raheem Sterling. Manchester City kept 2 points clear of the Reds with their win and maintained their unbeaten run.
Tottenham v Chelsea
Spurs faced Chelsea at Wembley in the biggest fixture of the weekend. Spurs ran out comfortable winners against Chelsea, beating them 3-1. Pochettino’s side battered the Blues, and on another day could’ve easily scored 6 or 7. This ended Chelsea’s unbeaten run of 12 games, losing ground on Man City and Liverpool. Spurs’ win meant they moved above Chelsea into 3rd. The goal scorers in this game were Heung Min Son, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Olivier Giroud.
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Manchester United tried in vain to turn their fortunes around on Saturday against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, but Mourinho’s men were unable to do so after their fortunes got even worse with a 0-0 draw at home against a side who they should’ve been beating. In reality, on the balance of play, Palace would’ve been more disappointed to have not walked away with three points. This poor result sees United lying in 7th place, closer to the relegation zone than the top of the table.
Bournemouth v Arsenal
The Gunners made the long trip to the South Coast to play Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth who have impressed thus far this season. Unai Emery’s side came out on top in an even game that finished 2-1 to Arsenal, although Bournemouth gave them more than a couple of scares and made a good account of themselves. The goal scorers in this game were Jefferson Lerma (OG), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Josh King.
Everton v Cardiff
Local rivals Everton played hosts for newly promoted Cardiff City. Marco Silva’s men came out on top against Neil Warnock’s side. Everton won the game 1-0, with Icelandic attacking midfielder Sigurðsson getting on the score sheet.
Liverpool will take on Everton next week, while Arsenal and Tottenham will play out their own derby. Chelsea have to take on a resurgent Fulham, while Southampton will look to worsen Man United’s run. Eddie Howe has the thankless task of travelling to the Etihad, but if they play to their best, there’s no reason that Bournemouth can’t give the defending champions a tough game.