Premier League Review Week 15
After the midweek games Arsenal’s unbeaten run goes on, Chelsea are stunned, Liverpool comeback and the relegation sides struggle to make any gains. Oh and Man City remain unbeaten, but you could have already guessed that.
Man Utd 2-2 Arsenal
Two poor defences came together at Old Trafford as 4 mistakes led to 4 goals, as Man United came back twice to take a point against Arsenal. David de Gea made an awful mistake as the Gunners took the lead. But Anthony Martial continued his good form and levelled as the Arsenal defence went to sleep on a set piece. A number of errors enabled the newly introduced Lacazette to give the visitors the lead again, however, more defensive errors meant Jesse Lingard equalised just seconds later. Frustration for Emery, but Arsenal’s unbeaten run stretches to 20 games now whereas United are now 4 without a win in the league.
Watford 1-2 Man City
Man City stayed unbeaten but didn’t have it all their own way in their narrow win at Watford. Pep made a host of changes including a whole new back 4, but it didn’t seem to make any difference as Sane poked home a Mahrez cross before the break to take a well-deserved lead. The majestic Mahrez then scored himself to give City breathing space and looked on course for an easy night. But Abdoulaye Doucoure then scrambled a goal back for the hosts to make it a nervy ending. But the leaders took the points and all of sudden going a season undefeated seems realistic.
Burnley 1-3 Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp’s gambled of resting his lethal front 3 paid off as the Reds came from behind to stay in touch with leaders Man City. Jack Cork gave the hosts a surprised lead but Liverpool soon turned it around as the big boys were introduced. First Milner equalised with a superb finish and Firmino then took the lead not long after with his first touch. Shaqiri then made sure of the points, finishing off a clinical counter attack. Burnley were made to rue their missed chances and now lie in the relegation zone, whereas Liverpool remain 2 points off the leaders and have made the best start to a season in their 126-year history.
Wolves 2-1 Chelsea
Chelsea were absolutely stunned as Wolves came back from a goal down to gain their first victory in 7 matches. It all started off well for Maurizio Sarri’s men as Ruben Loftus-Cheeks long range effort managed to find it way in via a deflection. But the game turned in 4 manic second-half minutes. First Jimenez’s low finish equalised for the hosts and then Diego Jota scored his first Premier League goal moments after to lift the roof off Mollineux. Chelsea now sit 4th 10 points off the leaders, whereas Wolves moves up to 12th.
Spurs 3-1 Southampton
Tottenham were in ruthless mood on Wednesday night as they thrashed a Southampton side being watched by the new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. Harry Kane started off the preceding with his 9th goal in season, and Lucas made it 2 shortly into the second half with a clinical finish. Son Heung-min fired home a 3rd, and his 4th of the season, to make it a comfortable night for Spurs, whereas Hasenhuttl was reminded of the task facing him as the Saints were all at see at Wembley. A number of chances did come and go for the visitors and they found their way post Lloris in stoppage time with Charlie Austin, but by then it was far too late. Spurs climb to 3rd whilst Southampton remain in the drop zone with the singular win this campaign.
West Ham 3-1 Cardiff
Three goals in 12 second-half minutes gave West Ham victory against Cardiff on Tuesday. Cardiff will believe it could have been a different story as Joe Ralls had his first half penalty saved by Fabianski. Lucas Perez was the hero for the Hammers, after he was introduced for the injured Arnautovic, as he scored 2 second half goals to give the hosts control. Antonio then headed home a third to seal the points. Cardiff, who had one eye on their match with Southampton on Saturday, grabbed a consolation with the last kick of the game through Josh Murphy. The Hammers climb to 12th whilst Warnock’s side hover 2 points above the drop.
Bournemouth 2-1 Huddersfield
Callum Wilson continued his fine goal scoring form as Bournemouth got back to winnings ways against Huddersfield. Ryan Fraser supplied Wilson as the Cherries took an early lead, and then the England striker returned the favour as he turned provider for Fraser as they raced into a commanding lead. Terence Kongolo’s first goal for Huddersfield brought them back into the game and pushed hard to grab an equaliser but they left themselves far too much to do. The host’s move up to 6th whereas Huddersfield languish in 17th position 1 point off the relegation zone.
Fulham 1-1 Leicester
The Claudio Ranieri derby ended up honours even as James Maddison secured a point for the Foxes. In an entertaining game the visitors started the better, but it was the Cottagers who took the lead with Kamara’s first league goal since the 2nd January. Leicester had their fair share of chances and were good value for their equaliser when Maddison scored his 5th of the season. Either side could have taken the spoils, but it ended up level as Fulham continue to pick up points since Ranieri’s appointment. Fulham remain bottom whereas the Foxes stay in 9th position.
Brighton 3-1 Palace
Brighton produced one of performances of the season as they brushed aside a poor Palace side despite playing over an hour with 10 men. Glenn Murray gave the host’s the lead from the spot, but their chances of victory were dealt a blow as Shane Duffy was sent off for an apparent headbutt. Leon Balogun was introduced as the Seagull’s reshuffled and he scored 25 seconds later with a stunning strike. But the 3rd goal was the best as Florin And one ran one half of the pitch to fire home a memorable third. Milivojevic grabbed one back for the visitors from the spot but it was too little too late. Brighton climb into the top half of the table whilst Roy Hodgson’s side drop to 15th .
Everton 1-1 Newcastle
Newcastle dug deep at Goodison Park on Wednesday night as they claimed a draw against a frustrated Everton. Newcastle took the lead through Salomon Rondon with a fantastic counter attack. Everton piled on the pressure and got a deserved thanks to Richarlison just before the break. The toffee’s continued to pressure for a winner with 77% possession and 19 shots at goal but were wasteful with their chances and Newcastle held on for a valuable point. Everton moved up to 6th however whereas Newcastle stay 14th just four points off the drop.
Goal of the gameweek:
Florin Andone. Easy.
Performance of the gameweek:
Again, easy. Brighton smashing Palace with a man down.
Mistake of the gameweek:
Tough one this one. At one moment it looked like being Klopp for leaving out his front 3. But even though he saved his side from defeat, it has to be De Gea for Arsenal’s first goal.