Football hospitality packages: What a weekend of action in the Barclays Premier League, unpredictable results up and down the country. Leicester City continue to defy logic and sit top after another wonderful performance. Football hospitality guests were certainly treated to some brilliant action.
The Big Six had pride dented as all struggled against supposedly inferior opposition. Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all lost, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United only managed draws, and it was left to a far from brilliant Arsenal to pick up a fortunate three points.
Chelsea were humiliated 1-0 by promoted Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in another huge setback for Jose Mourinho. Another disappointing afternoon for Chelsea FC hospitality guests.
Glenn Murray’s late header gave the South Coast outfit a famous win. The home side have now lost eight of their 15 Premier League games and are just two points clear of the relegation zone. The 14-point gap to the top four is beginning to look a chasm.
Had it not been for returning Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois – who had not played since the defeat by Crystal Palace in August after damaging medial knee ligaments – the visitors might have won more comfortably.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: “It was really emotional in the dressing room afterwards. I’m so proud of them.”
Liverpool wasted a glorious chance to close on the top four. Losing 2-0 away to lowly Newcastle, it leaves the Reds in seventh, six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United. Liverpool FC hospitality guests will be hoping to see The Reds bounceback to form when they host West Bromwich Albion on Sunday December 13th.
The Anfield side were poor, never reaching the levels of recent weeks, when they secured away wins at Chelsea and Manchester City. A Skrtel own goal and a Georginio Wijnaldum’s late strike sealed it for the Magpies.
Arsenal got past flaky Sunderland but in ponderous fashion. The Emirates side were dire for long periods, but led when Joel Campbell finished from a Mesut Ozil through ball.
Sunderland deservedly levelled via a free-kick that Giroud deflected into his own net. But the Frenchman made amends with a header, before Aaron Ramsey scrambled a late third. Arsenal were shaky in defence and owed much of the victory to the quality of goalkeeper Petr Cech.
It took them to second, two points behind leaders Leicester who thrashed Swansea away with a Riyad Mahrez hat-trick.
Manchester United dropped to fourth after being held to a goalless draw by West Ham at Old Trafford. The visitors had the better chances, hitting the post twice through a Winston Reid header and then Mauro Zarate.
Louis van Gaal’s preference for a slow and patient build-up has now yielded five goalless draws in his side’s past nine games in all competitions. The fans are getting restless with ‘boring, boring’ United and van Gaal is coming under pressure. It is not the United of old.
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian had just one shot on target to save. United were deservedly booed off at full time. Manchester United hospitality guests will be hoping for some festive cheer when Norwich travel to Old Trafford on Saturday 19th December.
Disappointment for Tottenham Hotspur who lost ground on the Premier League’s top four after letting a lead slip at West Brom.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were ahead after 15 minutes when a Toby Alderweireld pass picked out Dele Alli, who smashed a volley past Boaz Myhill.
But West Brom are a stuffy lot and levelled before the break when James McClean’s header concluded a patient move. These are the games that the White Hart Lane team need to nick if they are to challenge for a Champions League placing.
Tottenham Hotspur hospitality guests will see their side return to Europa League action when they take on Monaco on Thursday 10th December.
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