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As we enter the first off-season for NCFC, Raleigh City Sports looks across The Pond and turns its attention to the English Premier League – which has just finished their fixtures for Week 14.

Saturday December 3
Manchester City v Chelsea (1-3):
Manchester City were leading 1-0 going into halftime after a Gary Cahill own goal, and then almost went ahead 2-0 in the second half but somehow Kevin De Bruyne missed from about 2 yards out. Chelsea then scored three counter attacking goals through “Mr Personality” Diego Costa, a very emotional Willian, and Eden Hazard in the span of 20 minutes. Then everything went to hell when Sergio Aguero decided to scissor kick David Luiz and the teams clashed:
In the midst of that fracas, Cesc Fabregas decided it would be a good idea to slap Fernandinho. It wasn’t. :
To compound City’s misery, both Fernandinho and Aguero will be suspended three games and four games, respectively.
Stoke City v Burnley (2-0):
Stoke beat Burnley after two goals in the first half from Jonathan Walters chip and a volley from Marc Muniesa, his first goal for the club. Burnley continues to refuse to score away from home.
Sunderland v Leicester City (2-1):
Well, well. It looks like reality is finally catching up to Leicester City (except in the Champions League) and the former champions are now just 2 points above the relegation zone. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have been inconspicuous of late, and you have to wonder if they regret not making moves this summer. Sunderland, however, have won three out of the last four Premier League games.
Crystal Palace v Southhampton (3:0):
After losing 5-4 to Swansea last weekend, Alan Pardew needed his team to get a win at home or else he would be facing some tough questions from the Palace hierarchy. Luckily the team responded through two goals in three minutes from Christian Benteke and James Tomkins. Benteke knotched his second in the 85th minute. After winning in EFL against Arsenal, the Saints have to be disappointed with this result, as well as it looks like Jose Fonte will be leaving in January.
Tottenham v Swansea City (5-0):
Tottenham ran rampart against a Swansea defense that is one of the worst in the league. Harry Kane, who just signed a new contract with Spurs, scored twice along with a Christian Eriksen second half double and a Son Heung-Min volley. Bob Bradley looks totally out of his element in the Premier League.
West Brom v Watford (3-1):
West Brom continue to be the surprise of the season and go to seventh with a win against Watford. Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt, and Matthew Phillips all scored to bring their tally to 20 goals this season.
West Ham v Arsenal (1-5):
Alexis Sanchez put on a show away at the London Stadium to make things worse for West Ham this season at home. His 3rd goal was so good, that even the ballboys were impressed:

 Arsenal remain unbeaten in the Premier League after their opening day loss to Liverpool. Andy Carroll came off the bench to score, since he likes scoring against Arsenal.
Sunday December 4
Bournemouth v Liverpool (4-3):
Nathan Ake scored the winner in the 93rd minute for Bournemouth after being down 3-1 earlier. The introduction of Ryan Fraser changed the game for the Cherries as he won a penalty and then scored one himself. Liverpool are sorely missing the creative Phillipe Coutinho and Joel Matip to shore up their back line.
Everton v Manchester United (1-1):
Well at least Jose Mourinho didn’t get sent to the stands again. Everton equalized after Maroaune Fellaini conceded a dumb penalty in the closing moments of the game. Jose was very happy after the game:

Monday December 5
Middlesbrough v Hull City (1-0):
Boro beat Hull City after former Tiger Gaston Ramirezzzzzzz…
Saturday, Dec 10
Watford v Everton
Arsenal v Stoke City
Burnley v Bournemouth
Hull City v Crystal Palace
Swansea v Sunderland
Leicester City v Manchester City
Sunday, Dec 11
Chelsea v West Brom
Southampton v Middlesbrough
Manchester United v Tottenham
Liverpool v West Ham