Sam Allardyce left Anfield empty handed as West Ham were beaten by a resurgent Liverpool side which saw Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge secure the win but the Hammers’ boss will point to a number of injury problems which contributed to his sides loss.
The build-up to Saturdays’ game was hampered by issues affecting a trio of players – Carl Jenkinson [calf], James Tomkins [hamstring] and Alex Song – as well as Cheikhou Kouyate reporting a back injury on his return from AFCoN. Although Song managed to pass a late fitness test West Ham's chances were further hampered as Winston Reid and James Collins [both hamstring] were forced off while former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll was substituted following his foul on Emre Can which resulted in the forward being carried off – a disappointing end to a hugely frustrating afternoon. West Ham finished the match with ten men and Carroll will now have a scan to confirm the extent of his knee injury.
Alan Pardew lost his first game since taking charge at Crystal Palace as Everton left Selhurst Park with all three points ending the Eagles’ four game winning streak but it was the loss of striker Marouane Chamakh which stole the headlines.
Chamakh was making his first Premier League start since mid-December having recently recovered from a hamstring strain and the Moroccan was hoping to add the two goals he scored in last weekends' FA Cup win at St Marys’. However the forwards afternoon was ended early following a clash of heads and he was stretchered off after just 25 minutes an injury which was later confirmed as a broken nose – and not concussion – meaning a return in game week 24 against Leicester is possible. However should Chamakh fail to recover in time then Pardew will have a number of attacking options with Dwight Gayle, Glenn Murray, Fraizer Campbell and Yaya Sanogo all able to lead the line.
There were lots of heroes with Arsenal winning 5-0 but Santi Cazorla was the biggest star with a goal and two assists.
It looked like Mesut Ozil was going to be the star with a beautiful flick to put Giroud in for Arsenal's first followed by a goal of his own. Santi Cazorla came on with an assist for Theo Walcott'Walcott' third, a penalty of his own and then an assist on Hector Bellerin's capper in stoppage time. It was as comprehensive a win as we've seen from Arsenal this season that featured goal-scoring returns from Ozil and Walcott.
Kurt Zouma seems to have taken the Chelsea starting center-back job from Gary Cahill.
Zouma has played spectacularly his last few times on the pitch and the defender is now the preferred choice to Gary Cahill. Zouma started today in a huge match against Manchester City, so the chances of him going back to the bench are low. He's available for cheap in plenty of fantasy leagues and can be claimed on waivers in season-long leagues. A starter in Chelsea's defense is automatically fantasy relevant, and Zouma should be owned in all season-long leagues. He is also a great bargain in the Yahoo! game at £ 3.73M.
Chelsea and Manchester City settled for a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge today.
Chelsea opened up the scoring in the 41st minute after an incredible combination that started with Branislav Ivanovic. Ivanovic played a great ball across the pitch to Hazard, who was able to lay it through right in front of goal with just a touch where Loic Remy finished calmly. Just minutes later, David Silva equalized after deflecting a Sergio Aguero shot. Things were quiet in the second half and Chelsea chose to defend and settle for a point. It's a good result for the London club as they were missing Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas and currently have a five point lead on top of the table.
There was no famous comeback for the Foxes at Old Trafford as they fell 3-1 to Manchester United.
Last time these two sides met Leicester City scored an all-time historic win for the club. It was not to be in the return match as Manchester United scored three before halftime. The only player who might consider it an historic day is Marcin Wasilewski who scored a goal at Old Trafford which will presumably be a career highlight he tells his kids about even if it didn't ignite a big comeback.
Romelu Lukaku scored the lone goal in Everton's 1-0 over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Lukaku got on the scoresheet in the second minute of play when a cross from Steven Naismith ricocheted of a couple people and into the back of the net. Lukaku didn't know much about it, but they got the win and that's all that matters. The Belgian forward ends an eight game goalless drought, boosting his total to seven on the year. He averaged 16 goals over the last two season so he'll need to stay in form going forward if he hopes to match that by the end of the year.
Robin van Persie shook off his recent slump to score a goal as Manchester United beat Leicester City 3-1.
There was a suspicion of offsides as Daley Blind put the Dutchman through. Regardless, RvP made no mistake and scored United's opener as well as a personal confidence booster. United's other two goals came from a Falcao rebound and a Wes Morgan own goal from a Wayne Rooney corner.