All the action from Saturday's Premier League matches

This Saturday saw a hefty roster of Premier League games, with 16 top flight teams clashing. Here’s what happened.


Stoke 2-0 Man City

Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland

Man Utd 0-0 West Ham

Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa

Swansea 0-3 Leicester

Watford 2-0 Norwich

West Brom 1-1 Tottenham

Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth

Imperilled manager of the day

Let’s face it, you could make that “of the season”. Jose Mourinho has now won just 15 points in 15 games for Chelsea, who were (and it’s easy to forget) last season’s champions.

Now a thoroughly deserved defeat at home to Bournemouth – who aren’t even in great form themselves – has been seen by many as the final nail in the coffin for Jose’s Blues career. Watch those headlines.

Shock defeat of the day

Man City took an unexpected battering from mid-table Stoke. The home side got off to a blistering start, with Marko Arnautovic scoring twice in the opening quarter of an hour. The Austrian almost completed a first-half hat-trick but his shot came back off a post.

It was an impressive display by Mark Hughes’ men – and a potentially costly slip up for the erstwhile league leaders, as they slip to third behind Leicester and Arsenal.

Sorely missed player of the day

It’s not often you see a team’s entire defensive capabilities apparently resting on the shoulders of one man, but that increasingly seems the case with Vincent Kompany and Man City.

Their injured captain could only watch on as Stoke battered his team. The stats speak for themselves…

Goal-machine of the day

Riyad Mahrez proved that Leicester have depth in their goalscorers, squeezing  a hat-trick past beleaguered Swansea. His efforts sent Leicester soaring to the top of the table, while Swansea manager Garry Monk looks increasingly under pressure to win more games.

Goalscoring disappointment of the day

But Mahrez monopolising the score sheet for Leicester meant victory was tinged with disappointment for Jamie Vardy, whose goalscoring record over 11 consecutive games finally came to an end.

Never mind, Jamie. We reckon it’ll be a while until someone takes that particular title from you.

Best own goal of the day

Rushing in for a corner, Olivier Giroud expertly beat the Sunderland players around him to win the ball, firing it past the keeper. Shame it was in his own net.

Fortunately he managed to make amends later by scoring at the correct end, putting Arsenal ahead once more in what ended a 3-1 victory.

Strange goal celebration of the day

With Arsenal showing a lack of creativity in their first half hour against Sunderland, it was Joel Campbell who got the goalscoring under way.

But the Costa Rica international’s celebration left some dumbfounded, as he pulled out a child’s dummy and stuck it in his mouth.

Beef of the day

Riyad Mahrez’s headline-making didn’t end with his three goals. The Leicester winger had to be separated from Swansea captain Ashley Williams following a post-match bust-up at the Liberty Stadium.

The pair came together in a first-half incident when Swans captain Williams tried to wrestle the ball from Mahrez. The later altercation outside the Swansea dressing room resulted in the Algeria international being ushered out of the stadium by a Leicester official.

Freak weather of the day

Storm Desmond lashed Scotland and northern England throughout Saturday. Fortunately the only fixtures south of Hadrian’s Wall to be particularly near Desmond’s wrath were in Manchester and Stoke – where some adorable mascots battled with ill-advisedly large flags.

The Scottish teams faced far worse disruption, with three Scottish Premier League games cancelled. Celtic v Hamilton, Hearts v Inverness and Partick Thistle v Motherwell were all cancelled. Rangers’ Scottish Championship match against Raith was also called off.

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