Week 8: Man United snatch point from Liverpool, Stekelenburg the hero as Everton hold Man City

Liverpool missed the chance to move into the top three of the Premier League after Man United snatched a point from the Reds in a disappointing 0-0 draw at Anfield.

The best chances of the game fell to Liverpool in the second half but Man United goalkeeper David De Gea produced two stunning saves from a low Emre Can strike and Philippe Coutinho’s curling effort.

Liverpool failed to find a breakthrough against a defence minded Man Utd image: inlivenews.com

Liverpool failed to find a breakthrough against Man United’s stubborn defence
image: inlivenews.com

Antonio Valencia also did well to block Roberto Firmino scoring a late winner, while United’s best chance fell to Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the Swedish striker sent a header well wide from Paul Pogba’s cross.

Man City also had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw against Everton with Toffees goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg saving two penalties to help Everton take a point away from the Etihad Stadium.

Romelu Lukaku put Ronald Koeman’s side in front on 64 minutes with a brilliant solo goal on the counter attack with the Belgian striking low at the far post to give Everton the lead, after Kevin De Bruyne saw his penalty saved in the first half.

Sergio Aguero stepped up when Man City were rewarded another penalty but he too saw his spot kick saved by Stekelenburg, but substitute Nolito did grab the equaliser on 72 minutes as the Spaniard headed home David Silva’s cross.

With Man City dropping points, Tottenham spurned the chance to move top of the Premier League table as Mauricio Pochettino’s side had to come from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw at West Brom.

Former Spurs winger Nacer Chadli blasted home after Hugo Lloris spilled James McClean’s effort on 82 minutes, but Dele Alli struck seven minutes later with a low strike into the bottom corner to deny the Baggies the win.

Arsenal took advantage of rivals Tottenham’s slip up to leap-frog their North London rivals into second place as they edged out Bob Bradley’s Swansea 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium.

Theo Walcott took advantage of a Jordi Amat mistake to squeeze the ball home at the near post to put Arsenal in front on 27 minutes and he bagged his second six minutes later when he was allowed to turn in the box and strike from close range.

Gylfi Sigurddson struck a curling effort into the far corner to bring Swansea back into the game before half-time, before Mesut Ozil restored the home side’s advantage on 57 minutes with a left-footed volley from close range.

Borja Baston tapped in from close range from Modou Barrow’s cross to make it 3-2 on 66 minutes and despite Arsenal being reduced to ten men when Granit Xhaka was sent off for a challenge from behind on Barrow, Arsenal held on for all three points.

Chelsea eased the pressure on manager Antonio Conte as champions Leicester suffered a fourth defeat of the season as the Foxes proved no match for the Blues who eased to a 3-0 win over Claudio Ranieri’s side.

An unmarked Diego Costa pounced from inside the box for his seventh goal of the season to give Chelsea a seventh minute lead, while Eden Hazard rounded Kasper Schmeichel and slotted into an empty net to double their advantage after 33 minutes.

Victor Moses added a third on 80 minutes as he beat Schmeichel at his near post with a low right footed effort as Chelsea moved up into fifth place and left the champions down in the bottom half of the table.

Elsewhere, Joe Allen’s brace helped Stoke pick up their first win of the season in a 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Sunderland and Junior Stanislas scored twice as Bournemouth thrashed Hull 6-1 in their biggest ever Premier League victory.

Theo Walcott took his goal tally to five with a barce in Arsenal's win over Swansea image: skysports.com

Theo Walcott took his goal tally to five with a brace in Arsenal’s win over Swansea
image: skysports.com

Saturday 15 Oct

Chelsea 3-0 Leicester (Costa 7, Hazard 33, Moses 80)
Arsenal 3-2 Swansea (Walcott 27, 33, Ozil 57, Xhaka s/o 70 | Sigurdsson 38, Baston 66)
Bournemouth 6-1 Hull (Daniels 5, S.Cook 41, Stanislas pen 45, 65, C.Wilson 83, Gosling 88 | Mason 33)
Man City 1-1 Everton (Nolito 72 | Lukaku 64)
Stoke 2-0 Sunderland (Allen 8, 45)
West Brom 1-1 Tottenham (Chadli 82| Alli 89)
Crystal Palace 0-1 West Ham (Lanzini 19, Cresswell s/o 75)

Sunday 16 Oct

Middlesbrough 0-1 Watford (Holebas 54)
Southampton 3-1 Burnley (Austin 52, pen 66, Redmond 60 | Vokes pen 72)

Monday 17 Oct

Liverpool 0-0 Man United

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