Week 15 of the Premier league produces another round of results, and of course, more of the drama we have come to expect, and some we wouldn’t have included in the drawers. Leicester City, unlikely league leaders, remain at the top of the league with a convincing win over Swansea City. Manchester United maintains an enviable unbeaten run in all competitions, though result gotten at home to West Ham is most likely not one the fans would like to have in their archives. Arsenal extracts a remarkable win from Sunderland, as league winners’ favorite, Manchester City falls to a defeat from an inspired Stoke.
However, the biggest, most unanticipated highlight of the weekend: Chelsea loses to, new premiership arrivals, Bournemouth!
The newly promoted side has had quite intriguing performances in the Premier League, registering just two wins in fifteen matches. With draws to Leicester, Watford, Swansea and Everton; losses to Aston Villa, Liverpool, Norwich City, Stoke; and ceding five goals in back to back weekends to Manchester City and Tottenham; it was unlikely that the Cherries were going to offset the league champions. And though the home side are also rallying close to the relegation zone, fanfare surrounding the match indicated a continual rise in Chelsea’s form with the objective to reach top four. However, that seemed not to be the case. Draws in the last two matches probably portraying a gradual rise in consistency to premiership demands, the visitors came out with the desire to win.
The first half saw the visitors present a formidable front, providing more of the scoring chances, and coming closest to registering the first goal. However, as the clock ticked on, it seemed the anticipated dominance of the hosts was starting to show. As attack from the hosts came head on, the visitors displayed fortitude in their defensive role.
Tired legs and substitutions from both sides. And in comes match winner, Glenn Murray, giving the visitors an unlikely win. The win represents an historic feat for the promoted side. Post-match interview reveals Morinho’s hopes of finishing in the top six, and if stretching the odds, the possibility of still achieving top four.