Premier League Football 2013/2014 Week 16

In Week 16 of the Premier League, Liverpool’s win over Cardiff leaves them top of the tree at Christmas as Chelsea hold Arsenal to a goalless draw.

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"It is a unique situation. We are completely alive."

Arsenal’s home draw with Chelsea saw Liverpool remain top of the league after their victory over Cardiff.

Close rivals Manchester City, Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur all won to keep up with the pace setters.

Manchester United’s home win over West Ham kept them in the hunt for a European spot too.

Liverpool 3 Cardiff 1 – 12.45pm KO, Saturday

Premier League Liverpool 3 Cardiff 1

Cardiff visited Anfield for a lunchtime kick-off on the back of Cardiff Supremo Vincent Tan controversially asking Cardiff Manager Malky McKay to either resign or be sacked.

Normal service resumed however for Liverpool and Luis Suárez. Suárez, also known as ‘El Pistolero’ helped shoot down Cardiff in a game that only seemed to ever be going one way, despite a good start by the Welsh side.

25 minutes in and Suárez struck an exquisite volley to put Liverpool one up. Suárez then unselfishly set up Raheem Sterling 3 minutes before the break to make it 2-0.

Suárez grabbed his brace and made it 3-0 at the break by scoring on the stroke of half time. Cardiff were rewarded a consolation goal just before the hour mark, but could do no more to score.

Delighted Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said:

“Luis Suarez was outstanding again in a very good team performance. The fluency of our football in the first half was excellent.”

Fulham 2 Manchester City 4 – 3pm KO, Saturday

Premier League Fulham 2 Manchester City 4

Recent form had suggested that Manchester City would struggle away from home. Nobody at City had quite read the script as a thrilling encounter saw the visitors come away 4-2 winners.

Yet another Yaya Touré free kick got things started in the 23rd minute before Vincent Kompany made it 2-0 just before the break. Shahid Khan’s Fulham didn’t give up easily though. The Cottagers pulled one back 5 minutes into the 2nd half courtesy of Kieran Richardson.

Manchester City showed their away form wobble again as Kompany struck again, this time into his own net with just over 20 minutes remaining.

City’s depth of their squad became evident as substitutes Jesús Navas and Jamie Milner both struck to secure the 4-2 victory for the away side.

Not entirely convinced by City’s away from, one fan on Manchester City’s Pakistan Facebook page said: “We need a good right back and Goalkeeper.”

Manchester United 3 West Ham 1 – 3pm KO, Saturday

Premier League Manchester United 3 West Ham 1

A collector’s item in the form of a goal at home for Manchester United Striker Danny Welbeck set the wheels in motion for a home win.

Adnan Januzaj struck 10 minutes after Welbeck’s 26th minute strike to take the Red Devils into a comfortable 2-0 half time lead.

Substitute Ashley Young came on for Januzaj in the 2nd half, who had been booked for simulation (diving), and Young scored 3 minutes after coming on to wrap up the points for the home side.

Carlton Cole scored with 9 minutes remaining, but by then it was too late to ignite a fight back of any sort.

Still displeased with United’s recent mini turn in form, a frustrated Manchester United fan from India Tweeted: “Man Utd needs a world class midfielder like Pjanic or Reuz to come over from their nightmare.”

Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0 – 8pm KO, Monday

Premier League Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0

A below average match that didn’t live up to the hype saw Arsenal fail to reclaim top spot in the Premier League, handing Liverpool the top treat for Christmas.

Chelsea came closest to winning it as Frank Lampard’s superb volley rattled the Gunners’ woodwork. Other incidents in a low-key affair include a Theo Walcott penalty appeal that was waved away as a rash challenge by John Obi Mikel on Mikel Arteta saw him get away scot-free.

Olivier Giroud missed a couple of crucial opportunities that could have easily sealed a home win.

José Mourinho appeared to get his tactics spot on as his Chelsea team are now unbeaten against Arsenal in all 10 competitive matches while he’s been Chelsea manager.

On the title race, Mourinho said: “It is a unique situation, an unbelievable championship because we are all there. We are completely alive, especially if you compare it with this point last season where Chelsea were 11 points behind.”

In other news, Everton continued their excellent momentum with a late winner in their 2-1 win away to Swansea. Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-2 win away to Southampton was masterminded by interim Coach Tim Sherwood, who has since been announced as their permanent Manager, following the departure of André Villas-Boas.

Newcastle won 3-0 away to Crystal Palace as Aston Villa were defeated 2-1 at Stoke. Sunderland hosted Norwich to play out a goalless draw, and West Bromwich Albion were held 1-1 at home to Hull.

Boxing Day on December 26 will see the Premier League reach its traditional halfway mark as it is the 2nd of 3 games in a week for the busy festive schedule.

Rupen has been passionate about writing since childhood. Tanzanian born, Rupen grew up in London and also lived and studied in exotic India and vibrant Liverpool. His motto is: “Think positive and the rest will follow.”