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EPL Gameweek #11 review

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Both Liverpool and Manchester City post comeback wins, Leicester march on and Everton share a pointless point with Spurs as Gomes suffers horror injury at Goodison

There was drama in every game as the Premier League showcased the best – and worst – elements of football across a full fixture list. While Manchester United lost ground in their recovery season at the Vitality Stadium, Chelsea grabbed a priceless win at Vicarage Road. In the title race, however, there were twists galore.

epl-gameweek-11-reviewAston Villa 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool proved that even when they lose, they win on Saturday as they came back from being a goal down going into the 87th to win the game 2-1.

Having deservedly trailed to a Trézéguet opener, Liverpool came back first through Andy Robertson’s smart leveller, then again via the golden touch of Sadio Mané, who headed in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross to send the Merseyside fans wild.

Liverpool welcome Manchester City to Anfield in their next Premier League fixture, with the winners of that game surely in pole position to claim the title. We can’t wait.

Manchester City 2-1 Southampton

At The Etihad, Manchester City also came from a goal down to grab three vital points.

Southampton, who were humbled 9-0 at home to Leicester City eight days earlier, had already visited the home of the champions in midweek, coming off worse in a 3-1 defeat that was a limitation of damage rather than a genuine attempt at a ‘cupset’.

Back in league action, The Saints took an early lead when James Ward-Prowse took advantage of a rare lapse from Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson and it took almost an hour for City to draw level on 70 minutes thanks to their saviour, Sergio Aguero.

Four minutes from time, it was the unlikeliest of heroes who provided the winner when Kyle Walker scrambled in the crucial goal that gives City a chance to move to within three points of the league leaders – by beating them at Anfield next week.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester City

Another win for The Foxes was sealed by a goal in each half, first from a corner via the head of Caglar Söyüncü, then from the left foot of Jamie Vardy, who swept in two minutes from the final whistle.

While Crystal Palace looked anaemic, Leicester had more bit than a college Halloween party, and laid their hands on another vital three points in what is certainly a race for the Champions League and might, just might, be an attempt to ambush Liverpool and Manchester City’s dominance of the Premier League. Imagine that.

Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

A point apiece at Goodison Park it may have been, but no-one inside the ground or watching the game on television will remember this game for anything other than a horror injury to Andre Gomes.

Spurs took the lead via a stirring breakaway run from Dele All, but the man who assisted him in that devastating counter-attack would play a part in the tragic memory that will forever be conjured by the game.

Son’s pursuit and challenge on Andre Gomes sent the Portuguese on a collision course with Serge Aurier, and when Gomes’ leg stuck in the turf what looked like an horrific impact on his leg and ankle saw players needing to be consoled and Gomes stretchered from the pitch.

In the 12 minutes of additional time that was added on, Everton struck an equaliser via Cenk Tosun, but on the full-time whistle, everyone’s thoughts were with the Everton midfielder.

EPL gameweek #11 results:
Bournemouth 1-0 Man Utd
Arsenal 1-1 Wolves
Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
Brighton 2-0 Norwich
Man City 2-1 Southampton
Sheff Utd 3-0 Burnley
West Ham 2-3 Newcastle
Watford 1-2 Chelsea
Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester City
Everton 1-1 Spurs

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