Saturday, March 17, 2018

Premier League Review: Matchday 23

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 25 Jan 2016

Diego Costa was again the thorn in Arsenal's side after scoring the only goal of the game on Sunday afternoon

Diego Costa was again the thorn in Arsenal’s side after scoring the only goal of the game on Sunday afternoon

Diego Costa grabbed the only goal of the game as champion Chelsea beat league leaders Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The result was Guus Hiddink’s side’s first win in three and sees them remain fourteen points of the top four but extends the gap between themselves and the bottom three to seven.

On the other hand Arsenal, who played the majority of the game with ten men after Per Merstersacker was dismissed on eighteen minutes, lost first place after Leicester City returned to winning ways against Stoke City.

Leicester back on top

The Foxes bounced back from their FA Cup third round replay defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in fine fashion with goals from Danny Drinkwater, Jamie Vardy and Leandro Ulloa and have a three point gap over both Arsene Wenger’s side and favourites Manchester City, who only managed to draw against West Ham United.

The 2014 Premier League winners twice came from behind to salvage a point, and rise to second above Arsenal due to their superior goal difference while the Hammers stay in sixth but close the gap between themselves and fifth place Manchester United to just two points.

Louis van Gaal’s side suffered a narrow defeat to Southampton with Charlie Austin scoring a late winner after coming off the bench to make his debut for the club at Old Trafford.

Red Devils frustrated

The cheers from the Saints’ fans were drowned out by the disgruntled home supporters who bemoaned yet another lackluster display from the Red Devils.

Tottenham Hotspur kept their hand in the title race with a come-from-behind win over Crystal Palace with Dele Alli grabbing the headlines with a superb finish to give the North London side the lead before Nacer Chadli put the result beyond doubt.

The weekend’s action kicked off with a nine-goal thriller at Carrow Road, with Liverpool beating Norwich City in dramatic fashion.

Goals galore

Having taken the lead through Roberto Firmino, the Reds found themselves 3-1 down nine minutes into the second half though goals from Jordan Henderson, a second from Firminio and James Milner restored the advantage for the visitors.

Sebastian Bassong thought he had salvaged a points for the Canaries with a superb strike deep into added time though Adam Lallana quickly responded to seal the victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side who stay seventh.

Watford ended a four game losing streak in the league with victory over Newcastle United who remain in the relegation zone along with Sunderland, who drew with Bournemouth and bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa who played out a no score draw with local rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Finally, Swansea City moved four points clear of the drop zone after securing back-to-back wins for the first time this season by beating Everton on Sunday afternoon.

The South Wales side are now up to fifteenth and can be backed at 2/11 to retain their top flight status.

Have Swansea City turned a corner?


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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