2018-19 Premier League: Week Five Roundup

After a fortnight off, the Premier League returned this weekend with plenty of cracking action concerning the whole league table. 

League leaders, Liverpool visited Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in the opening match of this round and it certainly was a cracker.

Liverpool nearly opened the scoring in the first minute when Sadio Mane flicked in James Milner’s cross, only for it to be ruled offside. 

They eventually got their reward 37 minutes later when Michel Vorm failed to clear a corner and the ball fell for Georginio Wijnaldum to head in according to goaline technology. 

After the break, Liverpool again made the better start when Mohamed Salah set up Mane to turn and score but found Vorm ready to punch it clear. 

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Liverpool soon had a second four minutes later when Roberto Firmino tapped in Mane’s deflected shot, before Spurs pulled one back in injury time through Erik Lamela to give the Reds a 2-1 win.

That conceded goal ultimately came back to bite them because Chelsea replaced them at top of table, after a comeback 4-1 win against Cardiff City with a Eden Hazard hat-trick and Willian screamer cancelling out Sol Bamba’s opener for the Bluebirds.  

Manchester City leapfrogged Watford into third after recording a 3-0 home win over Fulham, whilst the Hornets fell to a 2-1 defeat against Manchester United after David De Gea denied Christian Kabasele a late comeback goal in stoppage time. 

Bournemouth meanwhile edged out Leicester City in a 4-2 thriller to move fifth, continuing their fine start to season.

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Ryan Fraser’s double plus Joshua King’s penalty and a Adam Smith blast handed the Cherries a 4-0 lead by 82nd minute but Leicester struck back with late goals from James Maddison and Marc Albrighton . 

Down at foot of table, West Ham finally collected their first win of season after beating Everton 3-1 to leave Burnley propping up the table after losing 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers with Huddersfield two place above following 1-0 home loss to Crystal Palace.

Newcastle split those two teams in the relegation zone, after their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in which Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil had the Gunners ahead within a ten minute spell at start of second half, only for Ciaran Clark’s injury time header pull one back. 

Finally, Southampton blew a two goal lead to draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in Monday Night Football. 


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