In this week’s Premier league action, first up the Mersey side derby. This was without doubt the game of the weekend, it had it all, bad defending, great finishing and controversial referee decisions. With in 4 minutes from the start of this game Liverpool had taken an early lead by the young Coutinho sneeking in at the far post but with in minutes it was level with Liverpool not defending a free kick well and Kevin Mirrallas snuck in the back post to get the equaliser. The game ebbed and flowed , and then the controvery hit when Mirrallas of Everton did a horrible high footed challenge on Luis Suarez and should of been sent off but some how Phil Dowd only showed a yellow after the controversy subsided. Late in the first half Liverpool got a free kick out side the box that Luis Suarez duly slotted home with a sublime finish. After the break the game continued to see saw with Everton having a few chances to get back the equaliser, but it was Liverpool who had the best chance to put the game to bed when Luis Suarez broke through the defense and it fell to his team mate Joe Allen who had an open net to put Liverpool 2 goals up but missed a great opportunity. This was a life line for Everton and Liverpool would rue that miss when on loan Chelsea striker Lukaku got the equaliser and with 8 minutes to go he got what most Everton supporters would of thought was the winner. With a few minutes on the clock left Sturridge scored with a great header of a Gerrard free kick and with seconds left on the clock Liverpool came close to snatching a thrilling win but ended up with the draw. All in all a great game to watch.
In other games we saw Chelsea easily account for West Ham with West Ham old boy Frank Lampard scoring a brace against his boyhood club.
Manchester City hosted a strong Spurs side, but you wouldn’t have thought so. With a final score line of 6 nil it seems it’s going to be a struggle for any team travelling to the Etihad this year. Manchester City are so strong on their own turf.
Manchester United had a chance to climb back with the leaders and looked on the money to do it when they took an early lead but new boys Cardiff never layed down and got a deserved equaliser. Manchester United once again took the lead and it looked like it was game over with a minute left on the clock but Cardiff managed to get a well deserved draw from a late header from a free kick to share the points.
West Bromwich took a 2 nil lead against Aston Villa only to see Villa fight back and get a draw and keep them selves floating mid table.
Crystal Palace with new manager Tony Pulis in the stands watching on, had a good win against Hull City despite being down to 10 men.
Sunderland dropped to the foot of the table with another loss this time to Mark Hughes Stoke side.
Newcastle kept their resurgence up the table with a win over struggling Norwich.
Swansea had a good win over another struggling team in Fulham.
Arsenal took on surprise packet Southhampton and walked away with a 2 nil result thanks mainly to Southhampton’s goal keeper for dwelling on a back pass and getting caught out thus allowing Arsenal to take a 1 nil lead. Late in the second half Arsenal got a penalty to put the game to bed and stay at the top of the ladder.