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Premier League Review [week 21]

Manchester vs Merseyside

The Sunday battles provided for some entertaining games. One half of Merseyside swept Pep Guardiola’s Manchester city away. Romelu Lukaku opened scoring for the Toffees while second half goals from Kevin Mirrallas, youngster Tom Davies and new signing Ademola Lookman sealed the
affair, keeping City fifth on the log.
In the second affair of the day, Manchester United and Liverpool played out a draw in a game that really came alive in the second half. James Milner had given the Merseysiders the lead after Pogba’s hand came in contact with the ball in his team’s box before Ibrahimovic headed home an equalizer late in the game. The goal – his 14th of the Premier League- puts the Swede level with Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa.

Tottenham Proving Title Mettle 

Pochettino’s boys did everything right in the early kick off game with West Brom. The Hawthorns were whitewashed 4-0 at the Whiteharts Lane, Harry Kane netting a hat-trick. A Christian Eriksen shot deflected off the feet of McAuley for the second goal of the day. Hugo Lorris kept another clean sheet as West Brom failed to threaten the North Londoners throughout the contest. Kane has already contributed 13 goals and 2 assists in 16 appearances, talk about clinical.

Clarets continue home delight 

Sean Dyche’s team have taken 25 points on home soil, compared to the 1 they have managed on away soil. Joey Barton scored with practically his first touch since returning to Premier League football, his deflected 25-yard free-kick settling a drab contest with Southampton and maintaining Burnley’s remarkable record at Turf Moor. Southampton looked set to end a run of 3 straight premier League defeats but Barton had other ideas.

Arnautovic at The Double 

The visitors scored three times in the opening 34 minutes to pave the way for a victory that moves them up ninth and will ease the pressure on manager Mark Hughes. The Austrian, Arnautovic was easily the best man on the pitch as David Moyes’ Sunderland were further thrown into relegation misery. The match ended 1-3 in favor of the visitors.

Chelsea on another Juggernaut? 

The absence of Diego Costa promised to make Chelsea’s task against Leicester more herculean but the blues made easy meat of the Champions. Costa is a rumoured target of Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjian,and a reported bust up with coach Antonio Conte left him out of the team but that mattered for little as Marco Alonso scored a brace and Pedro wrapped things up with a late header, putting the London club seven points ahead of nearest rival, Tottenham. Are Chelsea on another Juggernaut?

Clean Sheet For Cech 

The Czech Republic goalkeeper enjoyed a rare shutout as Arsenal win comfortably to keep themselves within reasonable title distance. Alexis Sanchez got his 14th premier League goal to sit level with Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Chelsea’s Diego Costa but was unimpressed as he was substituted at a time when Arsenal were enjoying an attacking flow.

Battles of the strugglers

Watford and Midlesbrough played out a goalless stalemate at the Vicarage Road the while Westham swept away Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace with goals from the unsettled Feghouli, Andy Carroll and a late Lanzini goal in the absence of star player, Dmitri Payet. Hull city came from a goal down to win 3-1 against Bournemouth in Silva’s first game at Hull’s bench.

Table Overview 

Chelsea lead the lot with 52 points while Tottenham and Liverpool take second and third place respectively, both with 45 points. Arsenal fc completes the top four. Sunderland and Swansea both have 15 points at the bottom of the log with Hull city filling the third relegation spot with 16 points. Just above them are Crystal Palace, Midlesbrough and Leicester City.