Gameweek 16 of the Premier League season produced some big wins for teams in desperate need of a win. Here is what happened:
In the early game of Premier League weekend, West Ham pulled off a shock victory over reigning champions Chelsea.
The Irons looked up for the game from the very start and deservedly took the lead on just six minutes.
A good team move ended with Austrian winger Marko Arnautovic coolly slotting past Thibaut Courtois in the Blues goal. Chelsea dominated possession for large periods of the game but failed to find an equaliser.
The win was not quite enough to take the London side out of the relegation zone. However, it did draw them level on points with 17th place West Brom.
Swansea 1-0 West Brom
Struggling Swansea were another team to claim what could be a vital win, as the Welsh side saw off the Baggies at the Liberty Stadium. Paul Clement’s side left it late, though, as Wilfried Bony’s 81st-minute strike was enough to give the Swans a vital victory. The home side are now off the bottom and just one point behind the Baggies in the table.
Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth
Crystal Palace dropped to the bottom of the Premier League table on Saturday following their draw with Bournemouth at Selhurst Park. Jermain Defoe gave the visitors an early lead. However, a quick-fire double from Luka Milivojevic and Scott Dann put the Eagles into the lead. Just as the Eagles looked set to go in at half time leading, Defoe struck a second goal in first half stoppage-time.
There were no more goals. However, there was late drama, as Palace striker Christian Benteke saw a penalty kick saved by Asmir Begovic in stoppage-time. The Eagles have now drawn their last three top-flight games. However, the draw was not enough to avoid falling to the table.
Burnley 1-0 Watford
Burnley’s impressive campaign continued at Turf Moor, as the Clarets saw Watford 1-0. The Hornets were reduced to ten men on 39 minutes when full-back Marvin Zeegelaar saw red.
Sean Dyche’s team took the lead on the struck of half-time, as Canadian international midfielder Scott Arfield found the net. The victory means the team from Lancashire are seventh place in the top-flight table, only behind sixth-place Arsenal on goal difference.
Huddersfield Town 2-0 Brighton Hove Albion
Huddersfield ended a recent poor run of form in the Premier League with a comfortable win over Brighton. Terrier’s striker Steve Mounie grabbed a first-half double, as Town dominated proceedings.
The win was a welcome one, as the victory ended a four-game losing run for the Yorkshire side. The three points moved David Wagner’s side up to 13th place, five points clear of the relegation zone.
Tottenham 5-1 Stoke City
Tottenham ended a three-game run without a win in the Premier League in empathic fashion. An own-goal from Ryan Shawcross gave Spurs a first-half lead.
Spurs struck three times in the first 20 minutes of the second half through Son Heung-Min and a brace from Harry Kane, while Christian Eriksen added a fifth goal with a quarter of an hour to go. Shawcross scored a consolation goal for the Potters in the last ten minutes, but in truth, it was of little solace to the Potters.
The result means that Tottenham moved up to fifth place in the table, while Stoke are now 15th and just three points clear of the relegation zone.
Leicester City came away from the north east with maximum points from a pulsating top-flight clash. Newcastle took an early lead through Joselu, only for the Foxes to equalise on 20 minutes through Riyad Mahrez.
Demarai Gray put the visitors ahead on the hour mark. However, striker Dwight Gayle looked to have rescued a point for Magpies on 73 minutes, only for an own goal from Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez gifted Claude Puel’s team a victory. Newcastle will now be looking over their shoulders nervously, as they are now just two points above the relegation zone in 16th place.
Which Premier League team produced the best display on Saturday?