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Premier League: Five talking points from week 14 as Bournemouth stun Liverpool

Wednesday 7th December 2016
We take a look at the latest Premier league games and select the biggest talking points. As Chelsea produced a sensational display to overcome Manchester City; elsewhere, Alexis Sanchez delivered an attacking masterclass.

1 - Chelsea take big step by defeating Manchester City

Two of the biggest superpowers in English football collided at the Etihad Stadium; Manchester City and Chelsea both had their sights set on topping the table. Man City took the lead just before half-time through Gary Cahill's own goal; However, Chelsea responded emphatically in the second half: Diego Costa showed strength to equalise, Willian finished off a swift counter-attack, and Eden Hazard wrapped up the scoring late on to give Chelsea an impressive 3-1 victory.

Man City failed to capitalise on their chances, they looked vulnerable defensively, and both Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho were sent off late: Pep Guardiola still has a lot of work to do. Man City are now four points off the leaders - Chelsea. Antonio Conte's side are flying after eight consecutive Premier League wins; Chelsea scored 22 times and conceded just twice in that period. Conte's philosophy is working, to perfection, which makes Chelsea serious title challengers.

2 - Relief for Crystal Palace as losing run ends

Crystal Palace went into their encounter with Southampton in desperate need of all three points, as Alan Pardew's side continued to drift down the table. Christian Benteke gave Palace the lead in the first half, which was added to just three minutes later when James Tomkins pounced to double the advantage. With just five minutes remaining, Benteke scored his second of the game; Palace's record signing sealed a comfortable 3-0 win and restored some confidence to the club.  

Palace suffered six successive Premier League defeats, conceding 18 goals in that time, which included the damaging 5-4 loss to Swansea City. It was troubling times for the Eagles, but this victory is a big boost. Benteke is the club's best player, he produced at the weekend, and his goals could make a big difference for Palace this season. For Pardew, this win may have saved his job. Palace must now focus on picking up more points as finishing mid table is the minimum requirement.

3 - Alexis Sanchez inspires Arsenal away at West Ham

West Ham United met Arsenal at the London Stadium; two clubs at opposite ends of the table. Slaven Bilic's side needed a result, but they had no answer to Arsenal's brilliance in attack. Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners the lead in the 24th minute. In the second half, Arsenal powered to victory: Alexis Sanchez scored three times in 14 minutes and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also got his name on the scoresheet. Andy Carroll's effort for West Ham was little consolation. The game ended 5-1.     

Sanchez is in top form, he scored three sensational goals, which takes his tally to 11 this season in the Premier League. Arsene Wenger's side are always capable of producing excellent football and this result takes them up to second in the table. While West Ham are down in 17th, just one point above the relegation zone. West Ham's defence was poor at the weekend, confidence in the squad is reaching rock bottom, and the Hammers need to improve. Can Bilic inspire his team?

4 - Bournemouth win seven-goal thriller against Liverpool

Liverpool began their game at Dean Court as the firm favourites, but not many people would have predicted what was to take place. Liverpool took a two-goal lead through Sadio Mane and Divock Origi; Callum Wilson reduced Bournemouth's deficit from the penalty spot, but Emre Can's superb strike made it 3-1. However, Eddie Howe's side fought back: Ryan Fraser and Simon Cook brought the scores level, and sensationally, Nathan Ake won the game in added on time, 4-3.
Bournemouth started the game slowly, but the players retained their belief. Eddie Howe has achieved enormous success at the club, he's building a formidable attacking side, and Bournemouth find themselves in the top half of the table. This kind of defeat could derail Liverpool's title bid, as old defensive frailties came back to haunt them. But, despite this loss, Jurgen Klopp remains positive and Liverpool are still in the title race, but they can't afford to throw away any more points.  

5 - Manchester United still can't find a win and other key moments

Manchester United's habit of drawing games continued against Everton. Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Man United the lead, only for Jose Mourinho's side to be pegged back in the 89th minute when Leighton Baines converted from the penalty spot. Out of their last eight Premier League games, Man United have drawn six and only won once. Mourinho has to find a solution before it's too late: his side are now 13 points off top place and 9 points off the top four. The gap is widening.

In other games, West Bromwich Albion beat Watford 3-1 to climb to seventh in the table; Tony Pulis is doing an excellent job: Will West Brom be the surprise package this season? In north London, Tottenham Hotspur demolished Swansea City 5-0, with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen netting twice. While Sunderland's escape out of the bottom three moved a step closer as the Black Cats defeated Leicester City 2-1, which leaves last season's champions in a precarious position.  
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.



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