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EPL 26: Leicester shocks Liverpool

Tottenham 4, Stoke City 0

Tottenham was the big favorite to win this game and they didn’t disappoint. Stoke City’s best shot was to keep things lows scoring and play for a draw or a counter attack, but Harry Kane scored his first of three goals in the game in the 14th minute and it just made things easier for them.

Stoke had to try to play catch up, spread out on the attack more and the Spurs were able to score more and more. Along with Kane’s hat trick, Dele Alli scored once.

– Corey Johns

Crystal Palace 1, Middlesbrough 0

Crystal Palace got a much needed victory to tie Middlesbrough at 22 points. They are still in the drop zone with a worst goal differential, but are inching up. The Boro’s defense held strong for most of the game but the 34th-minute goal by Patrick Van Aanholt was enough to give Crystal Palace the win. Middlesbrough once again showed that they just don’t have a remotely decent offense.

– Corey Johns

Chelsea 3, Swansea City 1

The EPL leaders built their lead on the field even more with a pretty easy victory over a pool Swansea City side. Diego Costa was a star against Swansea City again with his eight career goal against them, coming in the 84th minute to put the lid on the win. Cesc Fabregas and Pedro also scored for Chelsea. Swansea got one goal from Fernando Llorente, but just didn’t have enough for what would have been a massive upset.

Chelsea is 10 full points ahead of the next best team on the table. Swansea is very close to the drop zone but it still a few points safe.

– Corey Johns

Leicester City 3, Liverpool 1

This result wasn’t at all what was expected, but after firing Claudio Ranieri, who led them to the Premier League title last year, Leicester City showed a great spark and blew Liverpool away. On Monday Jamie Vardy scored twice and Daniel Drinkwater scored again to give The Foxes’ the surprising 3-1 win.

Vardy netted his first goal of the game in the 28th minute. The Foxes were much more aggressive than Liverpool and then Drinkwater made it 2-0 in the 39th minute. Liverpool started the second half off with strong possession, but nothing came of it and Vardy made it 3-0 in the 60th minute.

Liverpool did not score until the 68th minute when Philippe Coutinho got on into the back of the net, but there would be no comeback.

– Corey Johns

West Brom 2, Bournemouth 1

West Brom’s aggressiveness won out here. Bournemouth had the greater time of possession and got luck with an early penalty kick that Joshua King converted to give them a 1-0 lead. From there they tried to grind out possession, but the quick-strike ability to of West Brom taw Craig Dawson tie the game in the 10th minute. Then in the 22nd minute Gareth McAuley scored what would prove to be the game-winner.

Bournemouth had numerous chances but couldn’t get an equalizer later in the match,

– Corey Johns

Watford 1, West Ham 1

Watford would have loved a win here in their push to get in the top 10, but a draw was what they got, which still isn’t too terrible against a quality opponent. Even without Andy Carroll being available, Andre Ayew was able to tie the game with a goal in the 73rd minute.

Watford took a 1-0 lead in just the third minute when Troy Deeney converted a penalty kick, but they couldn’t do anything more than that.

– Corey Johns

Hull City 1, Burnley FC 1

Hull City really needed a victory, but the tie keeps them in the relegation zone. Burnley’s road struggles still continued but their streak of not losing to Hull also continued.

Hull City got the first goal of the game in the 72nd minute, but they couldn’t hold onto it for very long. Just three minutes later, Michael Keane tied the game for Burnley. Burnley ended up down a man when Ashley Barnes was issued a red card late, but they were able to hold on for the draw.

– Corey Johns

Everton 2, Sunderland 0

Romelu Lukaku and Idrissa Gueye got the job done with goals against Sunderland, the worst team in the EPL this year. Sunderland had their shot attempts doubled by a simply better and more aggressive Everton squad. Sunderland appears destined for relegation.

Everton is in seventh place in the EPL, but also still probably had a way to go to get up much higher.

– Corey Johns

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