Chelsea bounced back from a forgettable start to score an important 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Saturday in the headline match of matchday 13 in the Premier League. The triumph keeps the Blues atop the standings for at least another week.
Elsewhere, reigning champion Leicester needed a stoppage-time goal to secure a draw with Middlesbrough. Manchester City picked up a victory to keep pace in the crowded fight for early control of the table. And Swansea and Crystal Palace played one of the season’s most entertaining games.
Let’s take a look at the complete slate for this weekend’s action, including the results from all six matches that took place Saturday. That’s followed by a look at the goal scorers, an updated table and a recap of the day’s play around the EPL.
Matchday 13 Schedule
2016-17 Premier League: Week 13 Fixtures and Results
Date Home Away Score Nov. 26 Burnley Manchester City 1-2 Nov. 26 Hull West Brom 1-1 Nov. 26 Leicester Middlesbrough 2-2 Nov. 26 Liverpool Sunderland 2-0 Nov. 26 Swansea Crystal Palace 5-4 Nov. 26 Chelsea Tottenham 2-1 Nov. 27 Watford Stoke Sunday Nov. 27 Arsenal Bournemouth Sunday Nov. 27 Manchester United West Ham Sunday Nov. 27 Southampton Everton Sunday
Week 13 Goal Scorers
2016-17 Premier League: Players Who Scored Saturday
Goal(s) Player Club 2 Sergio Aguero Manchester City 2 Alvaro Negredo Middlesbrough 2 Leroy Fer Swansea 2 Fernando Llorente Swansea 1 Dean Marney Burnley 1 Gareth McAuley West Brom 1 Michael Dawson Hull 1 Riyad Mahrez Leicester 1 Islam Slimani Leicester 1 Divock Origi Liverpool 1 James Milner Liverpool 1 Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea 1 Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace 1 James Tomkins Crystal Palace 1 Christian Benteke Crystal Palace 1 Pedro Chelsea 1 Victor Moses Chelsea 1 Christian Eriksen Tottenham
Updated League Table
2016-17 Premier League: Standings After Nov. 26 Matches
Rank Club MP W D L GD PTS 1 Chelsea 13 10 1 2 19 31 2 Liverpool 13 9 3 1 18 30 3 Manchester City 13 9 3 1 17 30 4 Arsenal 12 7 4 1 13 25 5 Tottenham 13 6 6 1 9 24 6 Manchester United 12 5 4 3 3 19 7 Everton 12 5 4 3 2 19 8 Watford 12 5 3 4 -3 18 9 West Brom 13 4 5 4 1 17 10 Bournemouth 12 4 3 5 -2 15 11 Southampton 12 3 5 4 0 14 12 Burnley 13 4 2 7 -9 14 13 Leicester 13 3 4 6 -6 13 14 Stoke 12 3 4 5 -6 13 15 Middlesbrough 13 2 6 5 -3 12 16 Crystal Palace 13 3 2 8 -5 11 17 West Ham 12 3 2 7 -10 11 18 Hull 13 3 2 8 -17 11 19 Swansea 13 2 3 8 -10 9 20 Sunderland 13 2 2 9 -11 8
Chelsea put together a championship performance to edge Spurs. More specifically, the Blues didn’t play their best match and almost let the game slip away early, but they fought back and found a way a win. That’s how titles are won.
On the flip side, it was an encouraging performance despite the loss for Tottenham. They won the possession battle, created more shots and played an all-around strong match away from home. But in the end, there’s only so much value in moral victories for top clubs.
Paul Brown of the Daily Star summed up Chelsea’s statement win:
Chelsea make it 7 in a row. 19 goals scored. 1 conceded. Even more impressive – first team to beat Spurs in league for 195 days #CHETOT #cfc
— Paul Brown (@pbsportswriter) November 26, 2016
Manchester City showcased impressive composure after falling behind Burnley inside the first 15 minutes. The title contenders didn’t become overly aggressive, instead remaining patient on the ball en route to holding possession for 66.7 percent of the match.
The measured approach paid off as Sergio Aguero found the net twice, once in each half, to secure three more hard-fought points for the Sky Blues. The result moved their away record to 6-0-1, which is always an advantage, especially when the title race is shaping up to become an extended battle.
Afterward, Caroline Oatway of City’s official website passed along comments from manager Pep Guardiola about the comeback and next week’s marquee fixture:
Some faults are our own fault. I also need time to understand the referees. We are so satisfied for the points and the performance, especially three days after the Champions League.
All of the players showed huge character and a lot of personality—and after going 1-0 down at a stadium where only Chelsea are better at home. We are so happy. We have a long week to rest a little and prepare for Chelsea.
While City were forced to grind out their victory over Burnley, neither Swansea or Crystal Palace showed nearly as much defensive resistance in a nine-goal thriller.
It was actually a pretty normal match until the hour mark, with a 1-1 score at that point, and then all hell broke loose. Leroy Fer scored twice in a three-minute span to cause an explosion of offense that didn’t end until Fernando Llorente netted a stoppage-time brace to steal the win for Swansea.
Defending like that in display in the final 30 minutes will likely give both managers nightmares, but it created a memorable finish for Swans supporters and casual observers alike.
Squawka Football spotlighted the madness:
Swansea 5-4 Crystal Palace FT:
Pass accuracy: 77%-71%
Chances created: 5-9
What. A. Game. pic.twitter.com/BYLnsKzqov
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 26, 2016
Things were far more routine for Liverpool. The Reds played perhaps their most comprehensive match of the league campaign, dominating possession at a 77.5 percent clip and generating 27 shots, as Sunderland spent most of the battle hemmed in their own defensive third.
The goals didn’t come until late, though. Divock Origi and James Milner both scored inside the final 15 minutes to ensure Liverpool’s strong outing didn’t result in a single point. A draw would have been extremely frustrating based on the way the game played out.
All told, Sachin Nakrani of the Guardian discussed the versatility the Reds have shown so far:
Liverpool have won in every way possible this season – coming from behind, leading from front, full-on blitz, grinding one out. That’s good.
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) November 26, 2016
In the day’s other matches, Islam Slimani converted a penalty in the 94th minute to salvage a draw for Champions League-focused Leicester against a gamely Middlesbrough. And Hull and West Brom played to a 1-1 draw that was a fair result for both sides.
Looking ahead, Arsenal have a chance to keep their place among the muddled top of the table with a home victory over Bournemouth on Sunday. The Gunners have been forced to accept draws in three of their past four league games. More of those must turn into three points moving forward.
Manchester United is the other potential contender in action Sunday. The Red Devils can’t be counted out following a mundane start, but they need to start making their move up the table soon to remain a threat since there are five clubs ahead of them all playing pretty good football at the moment.
All match statistics courtesy of the Premier League’s official website.