Another week, another Chelsea defeat.
We've put together timelines for the weekend's games showing when each team were at their most dangerous and what patterns emerged in the game.
Lines show how each team's shot tally increased during the match, with circles showing their goals. Columns on the right show how many shots were on and off target.
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A bad day for Boruc
Bournemouth keeper Artur Boruc had a game to forget on Sunday, as he was at fault for more than one of Tottenham’s goals. While the Cherries still gave it some effort, it might have been a case of their many injuries coming back to haunt them – would they only have managed two shots on target if Callum Wilson was still available to the team?
Arsenal were too much
You wouldn’t say Everton played badly against the Gunners, just that they didn’t play well enough.
It took the Toffees more than 25 minutes to muster a shot at goal, and by their next one – incidentally the deflected shot they scored from – they were already two down. In the end, the scoreline could have looked much worse for Everton had Arsenal’s players brought their shooting boots.
Same old story for Chelsea
The story could have been very different at Upton Park for Chelsea, had Kurt Zouma’s towering header crossed the line fully. Just moments after that, with the Hammers one nil up, Cesc Fabregas did put the ball into the net, only to find he was offside. It was then that Nemanja Matic received his second yellow card, and protests from the Chelsea bench overshadowed the rest of the game.
Chelsea did what they could in the second half to try and get a winner after Gary Cahill’s equaliser, but it was a familiar story as their defence was beaten in the air by Andy Carroll.
Steve McClaren might have been right to say that Newcastle had the best of the game despite going down to 10 men right on half-time – some would say incorrectly – but the three strikes Sunderland managed to get on target all crossed the line.
Newcastle created far more chances in the second half, but clearly left themselves too open – and the Magpies still go on in their search for a derby win.
Always going to be Ayew
A game of few chances tilted in Swansea’s favour at the end, with one Ayew’s goal rendering the other one’s inconsequential, and contributing to the sacking of Tim Sherwood.
Both teams tried to go for the win – but given Villa’s terrible run of form, the best chance was always likely to be finished off by their opponents, and Swansea sealed the points with their final shot of the game.
Pizza all round
One mistake was enough to get Leicester the win in a pretty uneventful game, with the Foxes’ in form striker pouncing on one of the only opportunities that came his way in the second half.
Alan Pardew won’t be impressed with what he saw from his team – facing a Leicester who had conceded in every game so far this season, they were still unable to muster any real chances. He’ll be hoping for more in their next league game, but faces a stubborn Manchester United defence at Selhurst Park.
The good news for Leicester is that Claudio Ranieri promised the players pizza when they recorded their first clean sheet. They must’ve ate well on Saturday night.
Classic Tony Pulis
Another one goal victory for West Brom came after a series of shots between the end of the first half and the beginning of the second. Thereafter, they only troubled the Canaries’ goal once as they looked to shut off the space and restrict Norwich’s chances.
It was again a story of too little too late for Alex Neil’s side – as had been the case against Leicester before the international break – and they slipped to their third defeat in a row.
Watford enjoy it away
A tight affair at the Brittania was most notable for the amount of shots off target, with both sides only managing to test the goalkeepers four times between them from a combined 25 shots.
The Hornets have found it easier to score on the road this season than at home, but Stoke keeper Jack Butland will be disappointed at failing with two of the three saves he had to make.
It wasn’t to be at Anfield
Liverpool’s final attempt on goal, after seeing 13 miss the target, got them their first Premier League goal under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds had the best of the game but never adequately dealt with Southampton’s threat in the air, and suffered because of it when Sadio Mane bundled the ball over the line before promptly getting himself sent off. Three draws for Klopp in his first three games, with a trip to Stamford Bridge up next…
Not a classic
What was supposed to be the game of the weekend was anything but, with both teams managing just a shot on target each. Did either of them want to win, or were they just determined not to lose?
Manchester United didn’t manage a single shot until almost the 50 minute mark, but saw their chances of scoring grow as Marouane Fellaini came on and played the ball forward with better frequency, and also tee’d up Chris Smalling for what was probably either sides best chance of the game late on.
One to forget, then.
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