Arsenal and Everton shared the points at The Emirates after two late goals from Mesut Ozil and Gerard Deulofeu.
Arsenal took the lead late in the game but substitute Gerard Deulofeu scored a screamer to tie the game. Olivier Giroud struck the woodwork late with a fantastic shot but was unlucky it didn't go in. Both teams looked dangerous and took turns attacking the opposition in what was one of the best games of the season. Arsenal are deservedly top of the table and Everton are climbing quickly, currently sitting in fifth place.
Christian Benteke was back in the starting XI for Aston Villa after riding the bench during their midweek match with Southampton but the Belgian international's scoring drought continued and the Lions were tamed by Fulham in a 2-0 loss.
Clearly there is something wrong with Benteke right now. After picking up where he left off last season by scoring 4 goals through four games played, Benteke has not added to his account since. One has to speculate whether the knee injury that kept him out for a couple of weeks has never fully healed or if he is mentally in a bad place. It has been too long a stretch to give credit to all opponents taking him out of the game. Whatever the reason, enough has been seen to wait for his form to return before considering him for selection in your lineup. Luckily for Villa, other players have stepped up in the past few months and they have remained competitive.
Fulham snapped a six game losing streak and earned a crucial three points, beating Aston Villa 2-0 thanks to goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Steve Sidwell.
Berbatov scored from the penalty spot today for his second goal of the season which sadly enough would have tied him for the club lead, but leader Steve Sidwell collected his third as the Cottagers fielded an XI with an average age of over 31 years old. The win puts them level with West Ham on points but they remain in the relegation zone due to goal difference. Fulham will travel to face Everton next. It would be difficult to back Berbatov there.
Fernando Torres started but failed to score again and Jose Mourinho was disappointed at his team's failure to convert chances.
Mourinho said that "Schurrle, Mata and Hazard played very well but we don't score enough goals". Schurrle scored twice while Mata and Hazard did indeed play well and create chances. Juan Mata has started three games in a row and has played very well; I wouldn't be surprised to see him continue to get playing time. You can expect Samuel Eto'o or Demba Ba to start Chelsea's next game up top.
Sunderland took the lead with the first goal of the game thanks to Adam Johnson, but the Black Cats surrendered twice and failed to come away with any points in a 1-2 loss.
As the season quickly approaches the halfway mark, Sunderland are sitting on eight points and cannot afford to drop points when they have a rare lead. Today's result goes a long way toward their unwanted trip to Championship football. Johnson was in the right place when Hugo Lloris attempted to parry a shot out of harm's way, and the young English international showed his finishing touch with a confident strike. However, the Black Cats could not find a way to pad their lead and eventually Spurs broke down their defense. Neither Johnson or his teammates are on the fantasy radar.
Andre Schurrle scored twice in Chelsea's loss to Stoke City but left the game with a calf injury.
Schurrle was replaced by Samuel Eto'o in the 70th minute and Jose Mourinho stated after the game that Schurrle "came off because he had a calf injury. He told me he couldn't continue". The extent of the injury is unknown but Chelsea's next Premier League match is a week from now so he has time to recover. Chelsea face Steaua Bucuresti in a midweek Champions League clash.
After trailing 1-0, Paulinho brought Tottenham back level with a goal just before halftime and Spurs completed the comeback thanks to a Sunderland own goal in the second half to win 1-2.
Paulinho was getting further forward today into a more attacking position and it paid off. With time winding down in the first half, Michael Dawson sent a long range free kick into the area where Nacer Chadli headed the ball into the path of Paulinho who was able to extend and poke home to give Spurs much needed confidence heading into the dressing room. Spurs are lucky to be sitting 6th in the table after having been outscored on the season by their opponents and collecting consecutive wins in narrow, come from behind fashion against competition they should have handled more easily.
Cardiff City dropped valuable points against Crystal Palace as they creep closer toward the relegation zone after a 2-0 loss at Selhurst Park.
Frazier Campbell had a wonderful opportunity in the opening minutes for Cardiff but it was squandered and the Bluebirds would not come as close for the remainder of the match despite edging out the possession battle. Cardiff will be looking at three out of the next four and four out of the next six matches at home including West Brom, Sunderland and West Ham. There is not enough consistency in attack for any one player to emerge as an option during that stretch but they will surely try to keep their opponents out and with the Baggies visiting next, Steven Caulker could be a nice option.