ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 21

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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 21 ROUND UP

LIVERPOOL 2 V 0 SHEFFIELD UNITED

Unbeaten Premier League leaders Liverpool made it a full year without losing in the top flight as Sheffield United were brushed aside at Anfield.

A slice of good fortune enabled the Reds to take an early lead, George Baldock’s slip allowing Andy Robertson to set up Mohamed Salah for a simple close-range finish in just the fourth minute.

But there was nothing fortuitous about their win, which Sadio Mane sealed, finishing at the second attempt after being played in by Salah.

It maintains the Reds’ 13-point advantage at the top of the division.

Jurgen Klopp’s side has dropped just two points from a possible 60 this season.

A few weeks after Liverpool signed Virgil Van Dyk from Southampton for a fee of £75 million, if I thought that it was a ridiculous fee for him.

I stated that the signing of Virgil Van Dyk could be Liverpool’s best-ever signing they have ever made (quite a bold statement considering Liverpool’s great traditions and history)

My reasoning was that in his first game for Liverpool, I saw a player who came onto the field, talking throughout the game, pointing fingers, ordering players around (Steven Gerrard like) this was a player that Liverpool needed to galvanise a very good squad of players and Van Dyk’s abilities along with those at the time of keeper Alison, turned this Liverpool side around.

Champions League winners, World Club Champions and surely soon to be crowned Premier League Champions.

Click here to see the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W-9MYO7zDQ

BRIGHTON 1 V 1 CHELSEA

Cesar Azpilicueta gave Chelsea the lead with his third goal of the season when he fired in from close range after Tammy Abraham’s shot was blocked by Aaron Mooy in a contest that they should have won convincingly.

However, in the 84th minute, an unlikely equaliser came from Iranian Alireza Jahanbakhsh, with a superb overhead kick.

The point extends fourth-placed Chelsea’s advantage over Manchester United in fifth to five points. Brighton is 14th, above Burnley on goal difference.

Click here for the goals, watch this amazing overhead kick from Jahanbakhsh  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLI1eW_ZWao

BURNLEY 1 V 2 ASTON VILLA

Jack Grealish was the star of the day, he was outstanding, as Aston Villa moved out of the relegation zone with a victory against Burnley at Turf Moor despite having a goal ruled out for a marginal offside by the video assistant referee system. Jack Grealish thought he had put Villa ahead, nodding in Ezri Konsa’s cross, but striker Wesley was deemed inches offside in the build-up.

Grealish turned provider for Wesley 16 minutes later, before making it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time with a powerful strike inside the box.

Burnley responded in the second half, though it took until the 80th minute for Chris Wood to record their first shot on target nodding a cross past goalkeeper Tom Heaton at the back post to make it 2-1.

Defeat is Burnley’s third in a row in the Premier League, while Villa picks up their first victory on the road since beating Norwich City 5-1 in October.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKAyaaebpUk

NEWCASTLE 0 V 3 LEICESTER CITY

Leicester, without the division’s leading goalscorer Jamie Vardy for the second successive game, took the lead through Ayoze Perez, who kept his cool to finish well against his former side after being gifted possession by a horror pass from Florian Lejeune, The Newcastle defender was culpable again just a few minutes later as his weak clearance was claimed by the away side and fed to James Maddison, who rifled in a thunderbolt of a second from the edge of the box.

Hamza Choudhury scored a great third, curling in his first goal in senior football from the edge of the box. Newcastle remains in mid-table but their points cushion above the relegation zone is down to five. There are no such concerns for Leicester, though, with this win keeping them in second, ahead of Manchester City.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXq2SfiAQ0c

SOUTHAMPTON 1 V 0 TOTTENHAM

This was a disappointing result for Spurs, who were looking to establish a place in the top four, A brilliant goal from Danny Ings gave Southampton a narrow but deserved win over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.

The Saints striker flicked the ball superbly over Toby Alderweireld before shooting past Paulo Gazzaniga for his ninth goal in his past 10 games. Spurs were not at their best, with Jan Vertonghen missing their best chance from close range in the first half. Mourinho, who was booked late on, sees his team stay sixth in the table, while Southampton rise to 11th.

Spurs striker Harry Kane was forced off with a suspected hamstring injury just seconds after having a goal disallowed for offside in the second half.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk0Ud9mQpDU

WATFORD 2 V 1 WOLVES

New manager Nigel Pearson is doing wonders at Watford, goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Doucoure gave Watford a 2-0 lead before Pedro Neto reduced the deficit.

They hung on for a third win in five matches under Pearson after being reduced to 10 men for the final 19 minutes through Christian Kabasele’s red card.

The victory lifted Watford to a point from Premier League safety with Pearson’s 10-point haul eclipsing the combined total of his predecessors Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores this season.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0AfwI3Psp4

MANCHESTER CITY 2 V 1 EVERTON

Manchester City is going to push Liverpool all the way, to stay in the chase to retain their title, as they narrowed the gap on leaders Liverpool to 11 points with a 2-1 win over Everton.

Gabriel Jesus scored twice as City survived a nervy finish to end Carlo Ancelotti’s unbeaten start as Toffees manager.

They remain third in the Premier League and one point behind second-placed Leicester, who won 3-0 at Newcastle.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkO9JFBHTO0

NORWICH 1 V 1 CRYSTAL PALACE

Todd Cantwell put Norwich in front after only four minutes. But Norwich ultimately paid the price for not scoring a decisive second goal, and despite a good defensive performance Norwich conceded a Connor Wickham strike after turning in Wilfried Zaha’s cross, the goal was initially disallowed for offside, but a check by VAR showed the striker was being played on by Christoph Zimmermann’s outstretched boot. This gave Palace some momentum and they went in search of a late winner but Norwich held firm to avoid further damage.

But the Canaries are now five points adrift at the bottom of the table following Watford’s win against Wolves.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWoTwUAQelM

WEST HAM UNITED 4 V 0 BOURNEMOUTH

What a difference a new manager can make, this was West Ham’s biggest victory in ten years as David Moyes steps back in to replace Manuel Pellegrini.

Captain Mark Noble scored twice with Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson also netting, this was West Ham’s second win in six matches, while the defeat sees Bournemouth slip into the relegation places in 18th.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cd-gD1nJtw

ARSENAL 2 V 0 MANCHESTER UNITED

Mikel Arteta earned his first win as Arsenal boss as the Gunners produced a powerful first-half performance to beat a lacklustre Manchester United.

United started brightly but they were soon on the back foot as on eight minutes Nicolas Pepe steered in his fifth goal of the season after Sead Kolasinac’s cross was deflected to him.

That led to a first-half in which the hosts were in control and Pepe hit the post before they doubled their lead when his corner was smashed in from close range by Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The defeat United fifth in the table, five points behind Chelsea, a victory for Arsenal ended a run of seven home games without a win in all competitions and lifted them to 10th place, four points behind United.

But they remain closer to the relegation zone than the top four.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlfSMirVoKs

Please see following the week 22 games

Sheffield United 2 v 1 West Ham United

Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Arsenal

Chelsea 3 v 1 Burnley

Everton 2 v 1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Leicester City 2 v 1 Southampton

Manchester United 2 v 1 Norwich City

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 V 1 Newcastle United

Tottenham Hotspur 2 V 1 Liverpool

AFC Bournemouth 2 V 1 Watford

Aston Villa 1 v 2 Manchester City

Have a good week,

Gary

 

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