Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Premier League Review – Matchday 21

After taking just two points from three games, Leicester returned to winning ways at Tottenham Hotspur

After taking just two points from three games, Leicester returned to winning ways at Tottenham Hotspur

Leicester City were the big winners on Matchday twenty-one in the Premier League as they returned to winning ways against fellow top four hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur.

The North London side had no fewer than twenty-one shots on goals while the Foxes also had their fair share of opportunities though Robert Huth’s magnificent 83rd minute header was enough to separate the sides.

Claudio Ranieri’s side are now 12/1 to win the title having now moved level on points with league leaders Arsenal, who were themselves denied victory through a late Joe Allen strike, which gave Liverpool a share of the spoils in a thrilling game at Anfield.

Goals galore

The sides went in at half-time with the score at 2-2 after the Gunners twice came cancelled out Roberto Firmino strikes through Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

Giroud then got his second ten minutes into the second half before substitute Allen rescued a point for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

3-3 was also the score as Manchester United travelled to Newcastle United on Tuesday evening, with the Red Devils doing wonders to shake of the ‘boring’ tag that has been attributed to them this season.

Captain Wayne Rooney was in inspired form scoring a penalty and a stunning second either side of providing a slick assist for Jesse Lingard though Steve McClaren’s side gained a valuable point thanks to a last ditch equaliser from defender Paul Dummet.

Favourites held

Title favourites Manchester City missed the chance to close the gap on the top two as they were held to a goalless draw by Everton, who move to within eight points of the top four while West Ham United are just a point behind the Champions League places after coming from behind to beat Bournemouth 3-1.

Eddie Howe’s side are now just three points above the relegation zone after Sunderland beat fellow strugglers Swansea City by four goals to two in South Wales with Jermain Defoe grabbing a controversial hat-trick.

At least two of the striker’s efforts looked to be offside while referee Graham Scott’s general performance was criticised by Swans boss Alan Curtis, who could now face action from the FA.

Scott was a late replacement for the injured Andre Marriner, and harshly sent off Swans’ defender Kyle Naughton on thirty-seven minutes while there was also a question mark over the penalty awarded to the hosts.

Villa win

Bottom of the table Aston Villa won for the first time in nineteen league games after Joleon Lescott’s fortuitous header wrapped up the points for Remi Garde’s side against Crystal Palace who are now without a win, or a goal in four league games.

Champions Chelsea remain unbeaten under Guus Hiddink but could only draw with a West Bromwich Albion side who stay one place and three points above them in the table while there were wins for Southampton and Stoke City over Watford and Norwich City respectively.

Is Leicester City’s mini slump over after their latest victory?


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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