Here is the weekend round-up for the Premier League for the 12th and 13th January.
The weekends first game saw QPR manager Harry Redknapp face his old team for the first time since his sacking. The game was a bit of an anti-climax with Tottenham unable to break down a stubborn Rangers back line. This was one of three games that finished 0-0 this weekend with the Everton v Sunderland and Norwich v Newcastle games also ending goalless.
Southampton won their first game in five attempts as they beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Villa Park leaving Villa in the bottom three and moving Southampton up to 15th.
Fulham and Wigan played out a good game that ended 1-1 at Craven Cottage and Sunderland ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at home to West Ham. Chelsea were perhaps a little lucky to beat Stoke 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium as Jonathan Walters scored two own goals and missed a penalty but a world class goal by Eden Hazard secured an emphatic score-line that moved Chelsea into 3rd above Spurs.
West Brom were amazing for 80 minutes in Reading with Romelu Lukaku scoring two good goals, another that was correctly ruled out by an offside decision and hitting the woodwork twice. His man of the match performance was all in vein though, as Reading fought back phenomenally to score three goals and win the game when it looked impossible just nine minutes earlier.
Sunday’s saw the two biggest games of the weekend take place, with Manchester United hosting Liverpool and Manchester City travelling to The Emirates to face Arsenal. Robin Van Persie continued his impressive goal scoring form to put United ahead and Nemanja Vidic doubled the lead 10 minutes into the second half. Daniel Sturridge gave Liverpool hope but the game ended 2-1. In London Loren Koscielny saw red after 9 minutes only for Edin Dzeko to miss the resulting penalty. With half an hour gone City were 2-0 up and this effectively ended the game despite Vincent Kompany being sent off with 15 minutes left to play.
Below is a list of all the results from the weekend.
QPR 0 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur
Aston Villa 0 – 1 Southampton
Everton 0 – 0 Swansea City
Fulham 1 – 1 Wigan Athletic
Norwich City 0 – 0 Newcastle United
Reading 3 – 2 West Brom
Stoke City 0 – 4 Chelsea
Sunderland 3 – 0 West Ham United
Manchester United 2 – 1 Liverpool
Arsenal 0 – 2 Manchester City