2018-19 Premier League: Week 21 Roundup

Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League is down to four points as their unbeaten start finally came to an end against Manchester City.

A lively first half saw Liverpool have a goal disallowed by just 1.12cm after John Stones attempted clearance nearly deflected in off Ederson. Sergio Aguero then gave City the lead five minutes from the break after firing Bernardo Silva’s cross into roof of the net.

Roberto Firmino then restored parity in 64th minute when he headed in from a poor City clearance of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross as it bounced across face of goal.

The Citizens then reclaimed the lead and victory after Leroy Sane collected a pass before firing in via the inside right post to reignite the title battle.

Embed from Getty Images

Tottenham remain third after thrashing Cardiff with first-half goals from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min, leaving them six points adrift but still in with a shot at the title. 

Chelsea stay fourth but drop four points behind Spurs after being held to a goalless draw whilst Arsenal saw off second-bottom Fulham 4-1 to close the gap to the Blues down to three points. 

Manchester United meanwhile are a win behind the Gunners in sixth after goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford were enough to see off Newcastle United. 

Jamie Vardy’s late strike was enough for Leicester to beat Everton in the opening match of 2019 as the Foxes moved seventh. 

Wolves sit ninth after falling to a late home defeat against Crystal Palace but Watford’s trip to Bournemouth proved in a mid-table clash proved to be bit of a mad thriller. 

Embed from Getty Images

Watford drew first blood after 14 minutes when Troy Deeney headed in Ken Sema’s cross, before doubling their lead 13 minutes later when Gerard Deulofeu broke but Steve Cook tackled him as he entered box only for an alert Deeney to smash in the loose ball. 

A minute later, Doucoure narrowly avoided a red card after launching a high outstretched right foot challenge on Ryan Fraser. The Scot then made Doucoure pay shortly after from a free-kick, which found Dan Gosling whose header was deflected out to Nathan Ake who headed in the rebound to half the deflict. 

Embed from Getty Images

Bournemouth soon pulled level nine minutes before the break from another free-kick when Fraser’s delivery was headed into top left by Callum Wilson. That lead didn’t last as just two minutes later, Deeney headed a long ball behind him and Sema collected the ball before firing a bender into bottom right past Asmir Begovic. 

The drama however didn’t stop there as just two minutes later, Bournemouth attacked from right as Stanislas played a pass towards Wilson who side passed behind for Fraser to slot into bottom left beyond a helpless Ben Foster to make it 3-3 at the break. 

A tighter second half saw the Cherries have the best chance from a set piece in 63rd minute as Wilson headed in Fraser’s cross only for Foster to punch it over. In the end, Watford held on for a point to go eighth whilst Bournemouth remain in 12th. 

Embed from Getty Images

Down at bottom, Burnley came through an early relegation six pointer after seeing off bottom-placed Huddersfield as strikes from Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes cancelled out Steve Mounie’s headed opener for the Terriers.

For the Clarets, that saw them move out of the bottom three after Southampton’s draw at Stamford Bridge. 

Both sides however had a man sent off as Huddersfield’s Christopher Schindler collected two yellows in first half. Burnley then saw Robbie Brady dismissed with an instant red in injury time following his two-footed tackle on Mbenza as Huddersfield broke on counter attack. 

Finally, West Ham came from two goals down to clinch a point against Brighton through Marko Arnautovic’s quick-fire brace after Dale Stephens and Shane Duffy had initially put the Seagulls into a commanding early second-half lead. 



Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.