EPL Gameweek 32: Saturday football – As it happened...

As many as 27 goals were scored on Saturday as the Premier League resumed after international break.

By Jayanta Oinam | Last Updated: Apr 03, 2016, 00:12 AM IST
EPL Gameweek 32: Saturday football – As it happened...

Arsenal kept their title aspirations alive even as second place Tottenham settled for 1-1 draw at Liverpool.

Manchester City, like the Gunners, scored 4 goals without response to somehow stay relevant as the league enters the final stretch.

But it's curtails for Aston Villa after yet another defeat today. They lost to Chelsea in the early kick-off the margin of defeat, a 0-4, only reflected their plight.

For the champions, it was a good outing, to keep the unbeaten run since the arrival of their temporary manager.


65' - Liverpool (Coutinho 51') 1 - 1 (Kane 63')  Tottenham: Harry Kane buried the ball deep into the bottom right corner to give Tottenham the equaliser.

In the process, he also become the season's leading scorer with 22 strikes, so far...


52' - Liverpool (Coutinho 51') 1 - 0  Tottenham: Finally, a brilliant Philippe Coutinho broke the deadlock in Liverpool. Good pass from Daniel Sturridge, though.


40' - Liverpool 0 - 0  Tottenham: Five minutes left in the regulation first half, and it's still nil-nil at Anfield. Spurs enjoyed better possession, but the Reds have been relentless in their attacking game, especially in the last couple of minutes.

They have had three shots on the target, against Tottenham's one.


20' - Liverpool 0 - 0  Tottenham: Nothing to choose between the two heavyweights. But hosts Liverpool have two attempts on goal, as against Spurs' one. And no hit on the target so far in the match.


Results so far today

Aston Villa 0 - 4 Chelsea
Arsenal 4 - 0 Watford
Bournemouth 0 - 4 Manchester City
Norwich 3 - 2 Newcastle United
Stoke City 2 - 2 Swansea
Sunderland 0 - 0 West Brom
West Ham 2 - 2 Crystal Palace



Liverpool vs Tottenham teams


90+5' Norwich City (Klose 45+2'; Mbokani 74'; Olsson 90+3') 3 - 2 (Mirovic 72', 86' (p)) Newcastle United: Then, drama unfolded. Martin Olsson  seemed to have found the winner with a late, late goal.


90+5'- Bournemouth 0 - 4 (Fernando 7'; de Bruyne 12'; Aguero 19'; Kolarov 90+4') Manchester City: Citizens also found their fourth of the night, thanks to a Aleksandar Kolarov drill.


90+1' - Arsenal (Sanchez 5'; Iwobi 38'; Bellerin 49'; Walcott 90') 4 - 0 Watford: It's sweet for Arsenal, and what a goal from the Gunners. Brilliance of Mesut Ozil written all over it, and also Joel Campbell's footprints.

Good finish from Theo Walcott.


88' - Norwich City (Klose 45+2'; Mbokani 74') 2 - 2 (Mirovic 72', 86' (p)) Newcastle United: Aleksandar Mitrovic converted from the spot, and it's 2-2 at Carrow Road.


80'- Stoke City (Afellay 13'; Krkic (54')) 2 - 2 (Sigurdsson 68'; Paloschi 79') Swansea City: The Swans also produced a late fighback. Italian Alberto Paloschi scored the second equaliser.


79'- West Ham United (Lanzini 18'; Payet 41') 2 - 2 (Delaney 15'; Gayle 75') Crystal Palace: Dwight Gayle scored the second equaliser against ten-men Palace. Cheikhou Kouyate was shown a straight red card in the 67th minute.


77' - Norwich City (Klose 45+2'; Mbokani 74') 2 - 1 (Mitrovic  72') Newcastle United: Within minutes, Dieumerci Mbokani restored the lead.


74' - Norwich City (Klose 45+2') 1 - 1 (Mitrovic  72') Newcastle United: Aleksandar Mitrovic scored to equalise for Toons.


70'- Stoke City (Afellay 13'; Krkic (54')) 2 - 1 (Sigurdsson 68') Swansea City: First goal for the Swans, ant it came from ever reliable Gylfi Sigurdsson.


54'- Stoke City (Afellay 13'; Krkic (54')) 2 - 0 Swansea City:  Another Barca discard scoring for Stoke. Bojan Krkic produced a solo effort to score the second goal. Lukasz Fabianski, pity.


50' - Arsenal (Sanchez 5'; Iwobi 38'; Bellerin 49') 3 - 0 Watford: Work-horse Hector Bellerin slotted Arsenal's third from a goal-mouth melee.


Norwich City (Klose 45+2') 1 - 0 Newcastle United: What a time to take the lead. Right into the stoppage time. Timm Klose, the scorer for the home side.


42'- West Ham United (Lanzini 18'; Payet 41') 2 - 1 (Delaney 15') Crystal Palace: Dimitri Payet, cool free-kick, cool finish to get the lead for the first time in the match.


39' - Arsenal (Sanchez 5'; Iwobi 38') 2 - 0 Watford: Another Alex for Gunners. This time Iwobi. Smooth play inside the Watford box. Brilliant set-up by Sanchez.


At half-hour mark, seven goals from six fixtures. Gunners lead against Watford, while City are 3-0 up against Bournemouth, and Stoke 1-0 over Swansea. Hammers 1-1 against Palace. No goal yet at Norwich against Newcastle, and also nil-nil at Sunderland against West Brom.


20'- Bournemouth 0 - 3 (Fernando 7'; de Bruyne 12'; Aguero 19') Manchester City: Goals galore in Dean Court. Sergio Aguero tripled the lead with a brilliant header.


19'- West Ham United (Lanzini 18') 1 - 1 (Delaney 15') Crystal Palace: That's how Hammers play. Manuel Lanzini found the equaliser within minutes of conceding the goal.


17'- West Ham United 0 - 1 (Delaney 15') Crystal Palace: Goal for Palace thanks to Damien Delaney's header effort from close range.


17'- Stoke City (Afellay 13') 1 - 0 Swansea City: Ibrahim Afellay climbed tall to connect with a perfect cross, delivered by Marko Arnautovic. Beautiful set-piece from the Potters.


13'- Bournemouth 0 - 2 (Fernando 7'; de Bruyne 12') Manchester City: Another goal for City. Kevin De Bruyne scored with a superb finish. The Belgian is a class act.


10'- Bournemouth 0 - 1 (Fernando 7') Manchester City: Brazilian Fernando scores to give Citizens the lead, from a Jesus Navas corner.


7'- Arsenal (Sanchez 5' ) 1 - 0 Watford: Alexis Sanchez first attempted a header, then calmly finished from the rebound to give Gunners early lead against Watford.



And with that Chelsea just set the longest unbeaten run this season, going 15 games without a loss with seven wins and eight draws. Champions, they are, could have been an altogether different story had they started well, well under Jose Mourinho.


85' - Aston Villa 0 - 4 (Loftus-Cheek 26', Pato 45+2'(p), Pedro (46'), 59') Chelsea: Four goal down and Villa defender saw red, after two yellow cards, with five minutes left in the regulation time.


Team news for the second lot of plays

West Ham United vs Crsytal Palace

Sunderland vs West Brom Albion

Stoke City vs Swansea City

Norwich City vs Newcastle United

Bournemouth vs Manchester City

Arsenal vs Watford


50' - Aston Villa 0 - 4 (Loftus-Cheek 26', Pato 45+2'(p), Pedro (46'), 59') Chelsea: It's one way traffic at Villa Park. Former Barcelona player Pedro found his second of the day.

Villa are certain for relegation.


50' - Aston Villa 0 - 3 (Loftus-Cheek 26', Pato 45+2'(p), Pedro (46')) Chelsea: Inside a minute into the second half, Pedro found the back of the net to make it 3-nil for the visiting side.\


45+8' - Aston Villa 0 - 2 (Loftus-Cheek 26', Pato 45+2' (p)) Chelsea: And Alexandre Pato scored his first Premier League goal, deep inside the first half injury time.


40' - Aston Villa 0 - 1 (Loftus-Cheek 26') Chelsea: Five minutes into first half. Still Chelsea'a match to lose.


30' - Aston Villa 0 - 1 (Loftus-Cheek 26') Chelsea: Moments later, Chelsea opened the scoring, through Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Good play from Cesar Azpilicueta to set up the goal.\


24' - Aston Villa 0 - 0 Chelsea: Pato on for Chelsea. He replaced injured Loic Remy (23')


20' - Aston Villa 0 - 0 Chelsea: The home side has so far managed to hold their ground, and also produced their own moments against a Chelsea second string XI.

In fact, Villans have had three attempts on the goal as against Blues' one.


10' - Aston Villa 0 - 0 Chelsea: Ten minutes into the first half, and as expected it's Chelsea domination at Villa Park.


Line-ups for the first match between Aston Villa and reigning champions Chelsea

The world's most popular league resumes today after the international break, with Leicester currently five points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

The flying Foxes will take on Southampton on Sunday, but other contenders and and usual pretenders in Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, etc all feature on Saturday action.

Here are today's fixtures:

Early kick-off: Aston Villa vs Cheslea at Villa Park, kick off time 5:15 PM IST

Then six matches kicking off simultaneously at 7:30 PM IST:

West Ham United vs Crystal Palace
Sunderland vs West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City vs Swansea City
Norwich City vs Newcastle United
Bournemouth vs Manchester City
Arsenal vs Watford

Then, Liverpool hosting Spurs at Anfield in the late kick-off, starting 10:00 PM IST.


New Delhi: Welcome to our live updates from the Gameweek 32 of 2015-16 English Premier League with as many as eight matches taking place on Saturday.