2019-20 Premier League: Week 12 Roundup

Liverpool thumped Manchester City to take control of the title race in a crazy weekend of Premier League action.

Liverpool once again sit at the top of the Premier League summit heading into the international break, after a weekend full of shocks and two early relegation six pointers. 

Fabinho gave the Reds a blistering start against title rivals –  Manchester City, with a powerfully driven goal into the bottom left after pouncing on a poor sixth-minute clearance of Sadio Mane’s cross.

Mohamed Salah then added a second just seven minutes later when he headed in Andrew Robertson’s cross, before Mane then sealed victory shortly after the break with a bullet header at the back post from Jordan Henderson’s cross.

Bernardo Silva however snatched a late consolation for City with an excellent strike on the turn from Angelino’s cross, which leaves the Citizens down in fourth and nine points behind their title rivals.

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Leicester and Chelsea therefore move up into second and third respectively following two goal home wins over Arsenal and Crystal Palace, leaving them eight points behind Liverpool but a point clear of Man City.

George Baldock’s lucky cross goal lifted Sheffield United to fifth after an entertaining 1-1 draw with Tottenham, in which David McGoldrick saw his debut Premier League goal cancelled due to John Lundstram’s offside toe.

Manchester United climbed to seventh after taking a 3-1 victory to extend Brighton’s winless run at Old Trafford to 12 games in all competitions.

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Down in the relegation zone, Gerard Deulofeu scored then provided an assist for Andre Gray as Watford picked up their first league win of the season at Norwich, despite Christian Kabasele seeing red following two separate incidents.

That win meant that the Canaries slip to rock-bottom as Southampton sandwich the pair after Mason Holgate and Richarlison struck to give Everton a narrow win, although Danny Ings did half the deficit briefly with a tap-in.

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Elsewhere, Newcastle came from behind through DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clark to take victory over Bournemouth who initially led through a Harry Wilson strike.

Wolves took a dominant win in the Black County derby against Villa through excellent strikes from Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez, although Trezeguet did rescue an injury-time consolation for Villa despite Romain Saiss clearing his goal just over the line.

Finally, Burnley ended their three match losing run by running riot in a three goal home win over West Ham, in which the Hammers’ Roberto accidentally fumbled their third goal into his own net from a corner. 

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