Sunday, June 24, 2018

Premier League round-up

Yesterday’s Premier League action kicked off at the Liberty Stadium, as Swansea hosted Everton.

The visitors impressed with a 3-0 victory. Everton took the lead on 21 minutes, Victor Anichebe firing home, after Marouane Fellaini appeared to handle the ball in the build-up.

Everton doubled their lead just before half-time. Phil Neville found Marouane Fellaini, who found Steven Pienaar down the wing.

The South African played a defence splitting ball to Kevin Mirallas, whose initial effort hit the crossbar. However, he reacted first to the rebound to head home.

Swansea were reduced to ten men in the 58th minute, as Swans substitute Nathan Dyer was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Everton secured all three points in the 82nd minute. Fellaini headed home a Leighton Baines free-kick.

Elsewhere, Southampton claimed their first Premier League victory of the season with a 4-1 defeat of Aston Villa. The visitors went in front through a close range effort from striker Darren Bent.

Rickie Lambert equalised for the home side with a well-taken effort from the edge of the area. Saints full-back Nathaniel Clyne fired the home side into the lead after good play from winger Gaston Ramirez.

The home side’s lead was increased when Jason Puncheon effort from an acute angle took a deflection off Ciaran Clark and found the net. Lambert doubled his goal tally from the penalty spot late on, after Brad Guzan had brought down Emmanuel Mayuka in the area.

Premier League leaders Chelsea defeated Stoke 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. For much of the game the visitors looked good for a point. However, Chelsea eventually made the breakthrough on 85 minutes.

The goal came from a very unlikely source, England international left-back Ashley Cole. The full-back finding himself in a striker’s position to score from Juan Mata’s assist. The victory keeps the Blues top of the Premier League table.

West Brom continued their good start to their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Reading at the Hawthorns. The Baggies were the better side for much of this contest and West Brom defender Jonas Olsson was unlucky to see a header crash off the bar.

The Baggies did eventually get the winner in the second half. On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku struck a low effort from the edge of the area to secure all three points for Steve Clarke’s men.

West Ham secured a late 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the Boleyn Ground. Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher scored his fourth goal in just three appearances to give the Black Cats a lead in the first ten minutes.

However, the Irons never gave up and midfielder Kevin Nolan snatched a point for the home side in stoppage time. This draw meant that Sunderland have now drawn all four of their top flight games so far this season.

Fulham secured a rare away win with a 2-1 victory at Wigan’s DW Stadium. The away side took the lead through a header from former-Latics front man Hugo Rodallega in the first half.

The Cottagers doubled their lead in the 68th minute. Midfielder Damien Duff fired home superbly after good work from Costa Rican substitute Bryan Ruiz. Wigan got a goal back late on through Ivory Coast international Arouna Kone, but Fulham held on to claim a rare away victory.

Can Everton challenge for a place in the four of the Premier League this season?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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