Rival Roundup: Matchday 14
In Matchday 14, there were some big fixtures that Liverpool’s rivals were involved in as everyone looks to stay competitive at the top of the Premier League.
Arsenal v Tottenham
In arguably the biggest game of the weekend, Arsenal faced Tottenham at the Emirates in the North London Derby. This was Unai Emery’s first North London derby in charge of Arsenal, and it would be one he won’t forget. In a very eye-catching game, Arsenal came out on top to win 4-2, after going 2-1 down. The goalscorers in this gripping encounter were Aubameyang (2), Lacazette and Torreira for Arsenal, and Dier and Kane for Spurs. Arsenal have now moved above Spurs into 4th.
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Liverpool v Everton
We beat our Blue neighbours in the Merseyside derby, 1-0, after a last-minute Divock Origi header. For more info from the match go check out Vesko’s article here.
Chelsea v Fulham
Chelsea hosted Fulham in the first West London derby for four years, and Claudio Ranieri’s first in charge of Fulham. Chelsea were looking to go back to winning ways after their poor performance last week, when they were beaten by Spurs at Wembley. Sarri’s side did just that, after a rather comfortable 2-0 victory over the Cottagers. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Pedro were on the scoresheet.
Manchester City v Bournemouth
The league leaders faced Eddie Howe’s in-form Bournemouth at the Etihad. City looked to continue their unbeaten run after their convincing 4-0 win over West Ham on Matchday 14. City were drawing with the Cherries at half time after Callum Wilson cancelled out Bernardo Silva’s opener. However, City managed to get back in front with two second half goals from Sterling and Gundogan, resulting in City running out 3-1 winners. Man City remain 2 points in front of LFC.
Southampton v Manchester United
In the late kick off on Saturday, Mourinho’s men faced a long trip to the south coast to face Mark Hughes’ Southampton. Mourinho was looking to turn his side’s fortunes around after their disappointing draw, 0-0, with Crystal Palace. Saints took a two goal lead thanks to early goals from Cedric and Armstrong. However, Hughes’ Saints side couldn’t keep United out and after goals from Lukaku and Ander Herrera, the scores finished 2-2. Mourinho blamed a “lack of mad dogs in midfield” for his side’s poor performance against a struggling Southampton.
In mid-week, Liverpool travel to Turf Moor to face an out of sorts Burnley. Guardiola takes his City side to face fellow Spaniard Javi Gracia at Vicarage Road and his Watford. Chelsea face a difficult trip to Birmingham to face Wolves at the Molineux. Everton host Newcastle and in the biggest fixture of Matchday 15 United look to end their bad run with a statement win, when they play hosts to Arsenal.