Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and his defense had a nightmarish performance on Saturday, as Manchester City suffered a crippling 4-2 defeat at Leicester City.
Without Nicolas Otamendi unavailable through suspension, City's defense was unable to cope and were undone by striker Jamie Vardy. Goalless since September for Leicester, Vardy proved too much for City to handle as he hit a hat trick and caused problems throughout the match. Manchester conceded after just three minutes as Islam Slimani split the defense and found Vardy in space, while two minutes later Andy King curled an effort past a helpless Bravo. Bravo was then left on his backside after Vardy rounded him and scored his second in the 20th-minute, but a mis-played back pass by John Stones was to blame for Vardy's third goal. The poor defensive effort has given Pep Guardiola much to consider ahead of next Wednesday's fixture with Watford, with the sub-par play of Stones and Alekandsar Kolarov likely at the top of this list.
Jamie Vardy scored his first Premier League hat trick as Leicester City channeled their title-winning form and defeated Manchester City 4-2 on Saturday.
After a mid-week thumping against FC Porto, Claudio Ranieri's side began the match in stunning fashion and went two ahead after just five minutes. The Foxes opened the scoring through Jamie Vardy, who ran on to a pass from Islam Slimani and hammered home his first league goal since September, while Andy King curled an effort past Claudio Bravo to doubled their advantage just two minutes later. Manchester’s defense was broken again in the 20th minute after an exquisite touch pass from Mahrez put Vardy through to round Bravo and net his second of the match. Despite goals in the 82nd and 90th minute by the visitors, the match was sealed minutes earlier when Vardy pounced on a poor back pass to completed his triple, with goal-line technology confirming his strike crossed the line. The result was Leicester's first win since October and a huge boost for Vardy ahead of their visit to Bournemouth next Tuesday.
Charlie Adam scored a penalty after Joe Allen had won it to put Stoke City up 1-0 at the Emirates but they couldn't hold the lead and eventually capitulated 3-1.
The Potters had their moments. Adam's penalty was the obvious one but Peter Crouch had a great chance immediately upon his introduction that forced a strong save from Petr Cech. Overall, Joe Allen and Marko Arnautovic were dangerous all afternoon but they couldn't quite come up with the final ball. It was a solid effort on the road against a title contender but not quite enough to actually earn a point.
Alex Iwobi salted away Arsenal's 3-1 win at the Emirates over Stoke City on Saturday putting the Gunners top of the table pending Chelsea's match on Sunday.
Iwobi has struggled to create the final product this season. After scoring in mid-week in the Champions League, the Nigerian started the match on the bench against Mark Hughes and the Potters on Saturday. With the Gunners up 2-1 and in need of an insurance goal, Iwobi took a ball from Alexis Sanchez as the Chilean was fouled and slotted past Lee Grant from the left channel. The goal secured the three points for the Gunners and added to those scored by Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil earlier in the match.
It was Swansea City's day at the Liberty Stadium and Sunderland could do nothing to stop the hosts in a 3-0 loss.
Outside of a Jermain Defoe chance that soared just over the crossbar, Sunderland looked sluggish from the start and only tested Swansea City goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski with two shots on target. Any momentum the club gained by winning three of their last four matches entering the match seems to have evaporated. Yet the Black Cats held tight with the game scoreless at half-time before Jason Denayer was called for a handball in the box that led to a penalty-kick goal for Swansea in the 51st minute. Then, the side was caught off guard with a set-play on a corner kick just three minutes later that ended in one of Fernando Llorente's two goals. While the win propels Swansea out of the relegation zone, Sunderland will left to ask themselves of what could have been needing just a point to escape the bottom three.
Swansea City is slowly starting to turn things around under manager Bob Bradley, evident in a 3-0 win against Sunderland.
After going 11 straight weeks without a Premier League win, the Swans earned their first win of the season in Week 13 against Crystal Palace and have now added two in the last three to bring them out of the relegation zone for at least the day. Gylfi Sigurdsson opened the scoring in the 51st minute with a penalty-kick that he fired past Jordan Pickford after Jason Denayer was called for a handball in the box. Sigurdsson wasted no time in adding to the score-sheet, picking up an assist on a set-play off a corner kick that found Fernando Llorente in the middle of the area for the goal. And Llorente wasn't done there, making it 3-0 in the 80th minute after heading a cross from Jefferson Montero into the top corner for the massive victory. Their eyes will now be on West Ham up against Liverpool tomorrow to see if the Swans can stay out of the bottom three for the gameweek.
The KCOM Stadium proved to be the place to be on Saturday afternoon as a cracking 3-3 draw was played out between Crystal Palace and Hull City.
Hull went into the game struggling to end a torrid run of form while Palace have recently shown signs of finding form. Hull made it to half time with a slender lead after Snodgrass converted a penalty which he dubiously earned himself after Dann was adjudged to have fouled the Scot. Palace had dominated up to that point but were rattled. They emerged after the break in fighting form, equalising through a penalty of their own from Benteke. The game opened up into a high energy affair with Zaha scoring a phenomenal solo goal to give them a lead. Diomande roared the Tigers back into the tie after spinning on the edge of the box to slot passed Hennessy. Diomande had perhaps benefited from poor Palace defending notching up the second and the same could be said for Livermore who scored with ease. Sub Frazier Campbell headed the Eagles level after a Zaha cross to cap off a remarkable game with a fair result.
Burnley continued their good home form with a narrow 3-2 win over Bournemouth at Turf Moor.
Burnley's Republic or Ireland duo Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward fired the Clarets to an early lead. The former scored a goal of the season candidate after controlling a high ball from Lowton. Ward's goal was scrappier, with Boruc spilling the ball for the full back to drill in. It was a fantastic start for Burnley but the shocked Cherries rebounded with an Afobe goal just before the break. Bournemouth continued to dominate possession but the home side struck again, this time through George Boyd. Charlie Daniels scored a goal in injury time to give Howe's men a chance of another result with an unlikely comeback but it was not to be. A great match with positives for both sides but Burnley ultimately rewarded for their lightening start.