Xherdan Shaqiri, a return to form for the Champions and everything else from the Premier League

Goals were in short supply in the Premier League's early and regular kick-offs as goalkeepers took centre stage in many of the fixtures.

Here's how it went down.


Burnley's Scott Arfield celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Turf Moor
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Bournemouth 0 - 0 Tottenham
Leicester 3 - 1 Crystal Palace
Hull 0 - 2 Stoke
Burnley 2 - 1 Everton
Arsenal 0 - 0 Middlesbrough
West Ham 1 - 0 Sunderland
Swansea 0 - 0 Watford

Welcome return to form

Leicester City fans celebrate in the stands during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium
(Mike Egerton/PA)

Champions Leicester recorded their first win in the Premier League for over a month with Ahmed Musa, Shinji Okazaki and Christian Fuchs on target to send Claudio Ranieri's men home smiling.

It comes after another Champions League win midweek and ahead of an important match against Tottenham next week. All involved with the Foxes will be hoping this is the start of Leicester showing the type of resilience that led them to the title last season.

Goals of the day

Xherdan Shaqiri further cemented his position as a scorer of only beautiful goals as he became Stoke's first player to score twice from outside the box in one match. The first was particularly special.

The win sees Mark Hughes' position further strengthened as Stoke start playing the type of football again their squad suggests they're capable of.

As for Hull... well, that bright start seems a long time ago now.

The league's happiest man

It might have been a good week for Leicester but it's been a testing one for their most famous fan, Gary Lineker, after the Match of the Day presenter became a national talking point for suggesting parts of British society lack compassion for refugees.

But with a win for his beloved side and three goals to boot, he'll also likely get to show them first on MOTD - and not because they've been thumped again.

Shock of the day

Jack Wilshere, the man whose name has become synonymous with injury the footballing world round, completed 90 minutes of football for the first time in over two years.

His performance wasn't exactly one to write home about, mostly due to Tottenham's Victor Wanyama, but the signs are there that his decision to move to Bournemouth on loan is paying off.

Position of the day

Arsenal's goalkeeper Petr Cech, left, embraces Middlesbrough's goalkeeper Victor Valdes
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Goalkeeper. There may be a distinct lack of goals in the Premier League today, but it might be down to great goalkeeping throughout the league rather than poor shooting.

If ever there was a day for the goal-hungry to skip MOTD it's this one, but those who do tune in will see some phenomenal saves from Artur Boric, Hugo Lloris, Victor Valdes and, the most impressive of the lot, Petr Cech.

Vindication of the day

There's been a lot of chat about Aitor Karanka. The Middlesbrough boss has been criticised for his team's inability to score many goals, despite his side winning promotion while "suffering" from the same problem.

The Spaniard is a naturally more defensive manager but, while he's been setting out his Boro side not to concede, they've failed to achieve that in any game since playing West Brom back in August.

Now, against the league's in-form side, they've managed it. Sure, they'll need to start scoring more if they want to survive this season, but the signs were there today that his defence is finally starting to appreciate the levels they need to play at to stay in the Premier League.

Worry of the day

Everton manager Ronald Koeman after the Premier League match at Turf Moor
(Martin Rickett/PA)

It's now five games in all competitions without a win for Everton, and for a team that started so well their struggles are starting to become more of a worry.

Take nothing away from Burnley's performance but there's no doubt Ronald Koeman would have expected to win against Sean Dyche's team.

Positives came in the form of Yannick Bolasie and Romelu Lukaku's relationship strengthening in much the same way Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu managed in the last campaign, with the Belgian providing the assist for Bolasie's goal, but a win against West Ham next week is definitely needed.

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