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Premier League Round Up:Liverpool extend their lead while Spurs make a statement

Everton 2-6 Spurs

Spurs in the title race

Tottenham demolished Everton in what was the best team performance by any team in the premier league this weekend. After progressing to the Champions League knockout stages, they have carried that momentum in defeating North London rivals Arsenal while this victory has moved them within two points of Man City. They are in red ht form away from home also, winning 8 of their 10 way games. This was a decisive victory in laying down a marker. Now they must back this performance up.

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Harry Kane scored twice against Everton. Source: Getty Images.

 

Man United 5-1 Cardiff City

United up the pace

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of his first match as Man United interim coach. It could not have gone much better as they thrashed Cardiff City 5-1. United played more attacking football as their front three of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all got on the scoresheet. It was the first time this season that United outran their opponents in the Premier League. They also made their highest number of forward passes in a game in the league this season. It is too early to judge Solskjaer’s reign but the signs are promising!!

 

Arsenal 3 – 1 Burnley

Kolasinac outstanding in wing back role

Arsenal defeated Burnley 3-1 in Saturday’s early kick off.  The Gunners came in to this game after back to back defeats to Southampton in the league and Spurs in the Carabao Cup. They suffered further defnsive woe with Nacho Monreal limping off but the performance of Sead Kolasinac at left wing back is encouraging. He suffered when deployed in a back four against Wolves and since then Unai Emery has deployed a back three. He got an assist and played a key role in the second. Arsenal need him to stay fit amid their defensive crisis.

Arsenal v Burnley

Arsenal responded to two defeats in a row to defeat Burnley. Photo via: http://www.arsenal.com

 

Huddersfield 1-3 Southampton

Hasenhuttl has got Saints scoring

Ralph Hassenhuttl has enjoyed an excellent start to life as Southampton manager. They have won consecutive premier league games for the first time since April 2017. The Saints have also scored 3 goals in consecutive games. Danny Ings, Charlie Austin and Michael Obafemi have all scored uder their new boss while Shane Long had a goal ruled out for offside against Arsenal. Their fans can now enjoy Christms outside the relegation zone.

 

Chelsea 0-1 Leicester City

Leicester enjoy the rub of the green

Crystal Palace defeating the reigning Premier League champions meant that Leicester’s victory against Chelsea was almost forgotten. The Foxes set up with a bank of four and a bank of five as they frustrated the Blues and Eden Hazard. It was their best result of the season but had Marcos Alonso’s injury time strike gone in instead of striking the post and rolling across goal, then they would have not gained the three points. Sometimes you earn your own luck and Leicester’s tigerish performance saw them grab all three points.

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Chelsea had little cause for celebration after a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City. Photo by: Reuters

Crystal Palace 3 – 2 Man City

A Coming of Age Performance for Wan-Bisaka

Crystal Palace deserve immense praise for their shock victory against Man City. Roy Hodgson got his tactics spot on while Palace scored three goals from three shots on target as they were ruthless in front of goal. No player typified Palace’s grit and determination more than 21 year old right back Aaron Wan-Bisaka. The defender faced in form Leroy Sané but nullified the talented German while providing an outlet for the counter attack. He is far from the finished article but based on this performance, he has a bright future.

 

Crystal Palace v Leicester
Crystal Palace had cause for celebration after pulling off the upset of the season so far.  Source via: talkSPORT.
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Premier League Final Gameweek Round Up – Salah seals historic season, hope for Arsenal and Leicester’s potential

The final week of Premier League fixtures saw plenty of goals, action and excitement as there were many talking points.

Salah puts the seal on a brilliant season

Mo Salah helped Liverpool to seal a Champions League place after he scored the opening goal in Liverpool’s 4-0 win against Brighton. His 32nd goal placed him two clear of Harry Kane. His goal tally is a record for any player in a 38 game season in England. He beat Luis Suarez, Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo. He has had an amazing season.

England strikers look to be firing at the right time

Spurs and Leicester played out an entertaining 5-4 victory as Harry Kane scored the winner. Kane and Jamie Vardy were arguably the two best players on the pitch s they tormented the opposition defences. Marcus Rashford scored for Man United in their 1-0 victory against Watford. Rashford has been involved in 17 goals in his 18 starts this season. Gareth Southgate will hope their form lasts to the World Cup.

Fletcher should have played more for Stoke

Stoke got their first win in 14 games after a 2-1 win against Swansea. Darren Fletcher replced Joe Allen after 8 minutes. He made the most successful passes of anyone on the pitch and he helped Stoke protect a lead, something they have been very poor at.

Hope for Arsenal

Arsenal secured their first away win in 2018 in Arsene Wenger’s final ever game as manager of Arsenal. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal and he now has 10 goals and four assists in 13 games. He was Wenger’s last signing and may be the most important player for the next manager. The new manager will need to sort the defensive issues that have dogged Arsenal but if Aubameyang continues this form next season then he can propel Arsenal forward.

Arsenal v Burnley
Arsenal celebrate against Burnley. Will they have reason to cheer next season? Photo via: http://www.arsenal.com

We may never see a season like Man City’s

Man City’s 1-0 victory against Southampton helped to break more records in their incredible season. Gabriel Jesus’ late goal meant that Pep Guardiola’s side are the first team to reach the 100 point barrier. They also have:

  • Most Goals Scored (106 goals, beats 103 scored by Chelsea in 2009/10).
  • Most Wins (32 wins, beat 30 wins by Chelsea in 2016/17).
  • Most Away Wins (16 wins, beats Chelsea’s 15 wins in 2004/05).
  • Most Away Points (50 points, beats 48 by Chelsea in 2004/05).
  • Goal Difference (+79, beats +71 held by Chelsea in 2009/10).
  • Points Ahead of Second (19 points ahead of United).
  • Consecutive Premier League Wins (18 wins in a row).
Man City Premier League Champions
Man City Premier League Champions. Source via: Vivaronews