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Abena Alice|myghanalinks - The EPL entered Week 9 this afternoon after a two week international break with German Jurgen Klopps and a revitalized Liverpool side earning a hard fought goalless at Tottenham Hotspur on his debut as the Reds Boss.

Reigning Champions, Chelsea bounced back from their 3-1 defeat to Southampton in their last EPL outing with a much needed 2 nil victory over struggling Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge for just their second home win of the season which moved them to 11th spot on the log.

Leaders Manchester City remained top of the EPL with Raheem Sterling hitting a first half hat-trick en route to a 5-1 thrashing and demolition of newly promoted side Bournemouth, and not to be outdone Manchester United returned to winning ways away from home with Ander Herrera orchestrating an impressive and comfortable 3-0 win over Everton to put an end to 3 straight league defeats at Goodison Park.

Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal produced a superb second-half performance, destroying Watford by 3 goals to nothing to move into second.

Elsewhere, West Ham had to wait deep into the waning moments of the game before overcoming a 10-man side Crystal Palace by three goals to one, Jamie Vardy's second-half double rescued a point for Leicester against Southampton and a controversial Saido Berahino goal secured victory for West Brom with Sam Allardyce's debut as Sunderland head Coach ending in defeat.

Four goals from Georginio Wijnaldum helps Magpies earn first win on Sunday and on Monday Night Football, a third minute penalty kick converted by Bojan Krki? ensured victory for Stoke over Swansea.

 

Monday



Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool

Visiting Liverpool started fiercely with a high-pressing game and almost took the lead early on when Divock Origi, starting in place of the injured Daniel Sturridge, hit the bar with a close-range header.

Spurs recovered and finished the first half strongly, with Simon Mignolet producing a superb one-handed stop to deny Clinton N'Jie and also keeping out an effort from Harry Kane and in a second half bereft of clear chances, late shots from Kane and Emre Can were the closest either side came to a winner at White Hart Lane.

The draw stretches Spurs' unbeaten league run to eight matches and left Gerard Houllier as the only Liverpool manager to win his first Premier League game in charge.

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Chelsea returned to winning ways, defeating Aston Villa 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon with Diego Costa putting Chelsea back on track following his return from a 3 game suspension.

The vaunted striker tapped in Willian's pass midway through the first half after defender Joleon Lescott's mis-control gifted the ball to the home side.

It was a welcome break for the Blues, who doubled their lead when Villa's Alan Hutton deflected in Costa's shot.

Chelsea, 16th in the table at the start of the day, were not at their best - but Villa offered little in terms of resistance asTim Sherwood's side repeatedly gave the ball away and were punished accordingly.

They remain in 18th place and without a win in their past eight matches.

Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham

West Ham moved up into the Champions League spot with a 3-1 win over 10-man Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Carl Jenkinson put West Ham ahead in the 22nd minute, before Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye equalized from the spot just moments later.

After winning the penalty, Dwight Gayle went from hero to zero before half-time, receiving a second yellow for a needless foul on Cheikhou Kouyate.

The Hammers left it late to retake the lead, Manuel Lanzini scoring two minutes from time from close range, before Dimitri Payet finished deep in stoppage time for a 3-1 for the Hammers.

The result leaves West Ham on 17 points from their nine games, and the win was their fourth away success of the season.

Everton 0-3 Manchester United

Manchester United ended a run of defeats at Everton as Ander Herrera scored one and made another in an impressive 3-0 win.

Morgan Schneiderlin (18) and Herrera (22) scored within four first-half minutes before the Spaniard laid on a third after the break for Wayne Rooney (62).

Rooney's goal - a first on the road in the league in 11 months and a 187th in the Premier League - drew him level with Andy Cole in second place on the all-time list and capped a united performance far removed from their meek display at Arsenal before the international break.

The victory left them 2 points behind Man City ahead of next week's derby.

Manchester City 5-1 Bournemouth

Raheem Sterling hit a first-half hat-trick as Manchester City remained top of the Premier League with a 5-1 win over Bournemouth.

City were missing the injured Sergio Aguero but went ahead when Sterling poked in despite looking offside.

Adam Federici then spilled a cross for Wilfried Bony to tap in before Glenn Murray scored from 20 yards.

Sterling waltzed around the Cherries defence for his second and made up for Jesus Navas' hesitation to grab a third before Bony turned and struck late on.

It was a clinical performance from 20-year-old Sterling, who netted the first treble of his career following criticisms over his lack of composure in front of goal since his £44m move from Liverpool.

Glenn Murray reduced the deficit to 2-1 at one stage but City's firepower was just too much for Eddie Howe's men.

Manuel Pellegrini's side sits two points clear of Manchester United with the pair due to clash on Super Sunday next weekend.

Southampton 2-2 Leicester

Jamie Vardy's second-half double rescued Leicester's unbeaten Premier League away record as Claudio Ranieri's side came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Southampton.

Ronald Koeman's side got off to a flying start as captain Jose Fonte, celebrating a new three-year deal at the club, opened the scoring in the 21st-minute, before Virgil van Dijk extended his side's lead just before the interval.

Ranieri's Leicester did not quit and pulled a goal back in the 65th minute as Vardy became only the fourth Englishman this century to score in six successive Premier League matches.

The in-form England forward missed a golden opportunity at the 81st minute mark to make it 10 goals in as many EPL matches but he was not to be denied again as he smashed the ball past Kelvin Davis after being played in by Mahrez in injury time as Leicester, who remain in fifth - three points above Southampton in eighth, extended their unbeaten run on the road to eight games.

West Brom 1-0 Sunderland

Premier League strugglers Sunderland began life under new manager Sam Allardyce with a 1-0 defeat at West Brom, beaten by a controversial Saido Berahino goal.

The forward tucked the ball into an empty net in the 54th-minute but Sunderland were adamant he had handled the ball and fouled goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon beforehand.

The visitors had the best chance of a goalless first half, with Boaz Myhill tipping over a Billy Jones header.

Sunderland remain without a Premier League win this season.

The visitors, who remain second from bottom of the table, were unable to seriously test Myhill again in a game low on quality.

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

Three goals in a 12-minute second-half spell handed Arsenal a 3-0 win over Watford, sending them back to second place in the Premier League table.

Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring on 62 minutes - his 10th goal in his last six games for club and country - after good work from Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla in a rapid Arsenal counter-attack.

Germany international Ozil turned provider again four minutes later, cutting back for Olivier Giroud to double the Gunners' advantage.

Aaron Ramsey made it three on 74 minutes, guiding home via a deflection after a break from Hector Bellerin. The right-back surged into the box and set up Ramsey, who capped a brilliant week for Wales and Arsenal with his first goal of the Premier League season.


Newcastle 6-2 Norwich city

Four goals from Georginio Wijnaldum inspired Newcastle to their first league win of the season after a 6-2 victory against Norwich in a thrilling encounter at St James' Park.

Five first-half shots resulted in five goals, and a huge amount of entertainment. Wijnaldum opened the scoring, before Dieumerci Mbokani brought the Canaries level with a goal on his full league debut.

A Wijnaldum header and an Ayoze Perez strike put the hosts two goals in front, but they shot themselves in the foot again, leaving Nathan Redmond unmarked at the back post to narrow the deficit.

After the break, Norwich threw everything at Steve McClaren's side but, somewhat against the run of play, Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a fine fourth, before Wijnaldum completed his hat-trick and netted a thunderous sixth to make sure of the victory.

The result sees Newcastle move up to 18th but, more importantly, they have the momentum going into next week's crucial Wear-Tyne derby clash with arch rivals Sunderland. Norwich drop to 16th.

Swansea 0-1 Stoke City

Stoke City claimed their third successive Premier League victory, defeating Swansea City 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night.

Bojan gave the away side the lead from the penalty spot in the third minute after being brought down in the 18-yard box by Swansea captain Ashley Williams.

Swansea failed to fashion a clear chance during the opening 45 minutes and were lucky not to fall further behind, with Stoke defender Glen Johnson going close to doubling the away side's advantage.

 

 

Match day reports from bbc, skysports and yahoo sports were used in this compilation

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