Premier League Matchday 16: Highlights, previews and match reports for every game on BT TV

The Premier League is back with another set of fascinating fixtures featuring some huge games, from Leeds' trip to Stamford Bridge and Arsenal's clash with Southampton.

By Robert Cottingham Published: 12 December 2021 - 11.21pm

The Premier League is back! After the midweek round of European games, the English top flight returns with some huge clashes in Matchday 16.

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Friday 10 December

Brentford 2-1 Watford

Bryan Mbeumo’s stoppage-time penalty earned Brentford a dramatic 2-1 Premier League win over Watford.

The Bees were trailing to Emmanuel Dennis’ goal with six minutes remaining, but hauled themselves level through Pontus Jansson.

Then Mbeumo, deputising from the spot for the Covid-19 hit Ivan Toney, held his nerve to secure a memorable victory.

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Saturday 11 December

Manchester City 1-0 Wolves

A controversial Raheem Sterling penalty helped Manchester City squeeze past a spirited Wolves side at the Etihad Stadium.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men for the second half after Raul Jimenez receieved two quickfire yellows in mindless fashion.

But Wolves retained their discipline and held Guardiola's side until Sterling found the net from the spot with his 100th Premier League strike.

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Chelsea 3-2 Leeds

A patched-up Jorginho fired two nerveless penalties to sink Leeds 3-2 at Stamford Bridge and set Chelsea’s Premier League title chase back on track.

The Italy midfielder played through the pain of a continued back issue to ease the Blues’ midfield injury problems, with N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic sidelined.

Jorginho duly buried his 14th and 15th Premier League spot-kicks for Chelsea, to steer his side two points behind leaders Manchester City.

Raphinha converted his own penalty to send Leeds into an early lead in west London, only to concede a spot-kick at the other end when scything down Toni Rudiger.

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Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa

Steven Gerrard’s Anfield homecoming ended in disappointment and a 1-0 defeat at the boot of Mohamed Salah as Aston Villa’s resilient display could not eke out a point against Liverpool.

The former Reds captain was back at his boyhood club in a professional capacity for the first time since leaving in 2015 and while the locals were pleased to see him again, they were happier he left empty-handed.

Liverpool had their chances but it was not until Tyrone Mings pulled down Salah in the 67th minute that their resistance was broken by the Egyptian’s 15th consecutive successful penalty – his 21st of the season.

That ensured they kept pace a point behind leaders Manchester City and a point ahead of Chelsea in the three-way title race.

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Arsenal 3-0 Southampton

Martin Odegaard scored for a third successive game as Arsenal eased their way to a 3-0 victory over Southampton.

Gunners skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped from the matchday squad for disciplinary reasons.

Odegaard added the second in the 27th minute shortly after Alexandre Lacazette had put Mikel Arteta’s side ahead with his first goal since mid-October with Gabriel wrapping up the win midway through the second half.

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Norwich 0-1 Manchester United

Ralf Rangnick steered Manchester United to a second successive clean sheet as the visiting side edged out Norwich in a hard-fought victory.

It was not a vintage performance from the Red Devils, who needed a second half penalty converted by Cristiano Ronaldo to break the deadlock late against the spirited hosts.

Norwich boss Dean Smith might feel slightly aggrieved not to have earned a share of the points at Carrow Road but his side wasted a number of opportunities to score, even despite David De Gea's heroics in the United goal.

The result means the Canaries remain rock bottom of the Premier League while United climb to fifth.

Sunday 12 December

Leicester 4-0 Newcastle

James Maddison maintained his red-hot form as Leicester routed Newcastle 4-0.

The midfielder grabbed a goal and two assists and has now netted four times in his last six games.

Youri Tielemans’ double, including a first-half penalty, marked his 100th Premier League appearance while Patson Daka also netted following a brilliant Maddison pass.

The Foxes climbed to eighth and it was also their first league clean sheet since the opening day as they overcame the early loss of Jonny Evans and recovered from Thursday’s elimination from the Europa League.

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Burnley 0-0 West Ham

West Ham’s Champions League ambitions suffered a setback as they were held to a goalless draw by struggling Burnley.

David Moyes’ side have recently beaten Chelsea and Liverpool while giving Manchester City a run for their money to sit in the top four on merit, but they found struggling Burnley a more difficult proposition than expected in a tight encounter at Turf Moor.

Nick Pope, who has missed out on the last two England squads, will hope to have impressed the watching Gareth Southgate as he made good saves to deny Issa Diop, and Said Benrahma in either half, but the Burnley goalkeeper was only rarely tested on a frustrating day for the Hammers.

The draw means that, though Moyes’ men stay fourth, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are all within three points – with Tottenham having two games in hand.

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Sean Dyche was philosophical after defeat to Newcastle.
Sean Dyche was philosophical after defeat to Newcastle.

Brighton P-P Tottenham

This match was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Tottenham camp. Spurs' match against Rennes in the Europa Conference League, due to be played on Thursday, was postponed and looks almost certain not to be rescheduled. No new date has been set for the clash with the Seagulls. 

Crystal Palace 3-1 Everton

A brace from Conor Gallagher helped Crystal Palace return to winning ways with a 3-1 victory at home to Everton in the Premier League.

After losing their previous three matches, a first win since the beginning of November was much needed for Eagles boss Patrick Vieira but well deserved, with James Tomkins also on target for the hosts.

Salomon Rondon pulled one back for the Toffees with 70 minutes played but Rafael Benitez’s side were largely toothless again and suffered a seventh defeat from their last nine games.

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