🔥 The Premier League is living proof that we should always expect the unexpected
🔥 The Premier League is living proof that we should always expect the unexpected

🔥 The Premier League is living proof that we should always expect the unexpected

Another dramatic set of midweek Premier League fixtures means that there's plenty to unpack and unscramble. 

Here's how I saw it all go down.

😳 Villa stun Watford

It started well for Nigel Pearson's visiting Hornets, who had won four of their last six matches and only conceded two goals in that sequence, with Trey Deeney heading them into the lead from a Gerard Deulofeu cross seven minutes before the break.

The second half was a completely different animal though, with Douglas Luiz lashing home after a scramble in the area to get Villa a deserved leveller with a quarter of the game to go. In the fifth minute of stoppage time, a loose ball fell to Ezri Konsa whose composed shot arrowed into the top corner to send Villa fans into delirium. The goal was later awarded to Tyrone Mings, who got a fortuitous touch as it passed him, but a goal's a goal and Villa leapfrog Watford with the Hornets going back down into the relegation zone. 

🇧🇷 Ten-man Arsenal battle back twice at the Bridge

When David Luiz was dismissed in the 26th minute for a foul on Tammy Abraham which gave Chelsea a penalty that Jorginho coolly slotted, Gunners fans feared the worst. However, the sending off seemed to galvanize them as they carved out chances on the break and looked steady in possession. Just after the hour mark Shkodran Mustafi, the man whose hospital pass led to Luiz's sending off, cleared a Chelsea corner and the ball fell to Gabriel Martinelli well inside his own half. His first touch was good, his second was clumsy but it took N'Golo Kante by surprise as he slipped on the halfway line and Martinelli went racing clear with the steely determination of a man on a mission. The teenager coolly slotted beyond Kepa to show a calmness belying his tender years to make it 1-1, a scoreline that didn't flatter the visitors.

There was still time for Chelsea to retake the lead through Cesar Azpilicueta and ten-man Arsenal to peg them back yet again through skipper Hector Bellerin's curled left-footed effort in the 87th minute.  

2-2 it finished, and what a game. 

🥽 Class is permanent for KDB 

Kevin De Bruyne's importance to the Man City cause cannot be understated. He's now bagged 15 or more assists in three separate Premier League seasons, the first-ever player to do so. But for a bad injury last season that number surely would have been four. With Liverpool well clear in the title race, City's 1-0 win at Sheffield United doesn't really make a dent, but Pep Guardiola will be desperate for De Bruyne to be fit and ready for a truly mouthwatering round of 16 Champions League tie with Real Madrid, and possibly beyond that. With David Silva now 34, KDB is the heartbeat of this team. 

🆙 Southampton looking upwards

Two beautiful goals for Ralph Hasenhüttl's men saw them gain an impressive 2-0 win at Crystal Palace. The Saints have collected 16 points out of a possible 21 in the Premier League, and they look unrecognizable from the side that went down 9-0 at home to Leicester in October last year. 

🍒 A fighting chance for Bournemouth

It's been a drastic slide for Bournemouth lately, with The Cherries losing five out of six matches leading up to their meeting with Brighton last night and only scoring one goal in that sequence. The 3-1 win over the Seagulls was a much-needed tonic although they're still in the relegation zone, albeit on goal difference behind West Ham. 

🍬 Everton throw away a two-goal lead in stoppage time

In the aftermath of last night's 2-2 draw with Newcastle, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti recalled the infamous time that Liverpool managed to fight back from 3-0 down at halftime to vanquish his AC Milan side in the 2005 Champions League final. This wasn't quite as dramatic, but Florian Lejeune's double for the Magpies came on 94 and 95 minutes to leave Everton stunned. If you're leading a match by two goals with 93 minutes on the clock, you're supposed to get the job done. 

Leicester, Spurs and Man United are all in action tonight as the top four race hots up and as the saying goes, expect the unexpected, it's safer that way. 

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