Saturday, March 24, 2018

Premier League Review – Matchday 24

Jamie Vardy scored one of the goals of the season to give his side the lead against Liverpool on Tuesday evening

Jamie Vardy scored one of the goals of the season to give his side the lead against Liverpool on Tuesday evening

Jamie Vardy once again wrote the headlines with after netting both goals in league leaders Leicester City 2-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday evening.

The England international opened the scoring on the hour mark with a superb twenty-five yard lob before adding a second eleven minutes later.

He is now two goals clear in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot while more importantly his side remain on top of the pile with an astounding fifty points from just twenty-four games.

Title favourites Manchester City remain just three points behind the Foxes with Sergio Aguero’s sixteenth minute strike enough to secure them victory at lowly Sunderland, who stay four points from safety.

Title decider?

All eyes will be on the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off as the top two lock horns, not least those of the followers of the chasing pack, who will be keen for neither side to take all three points.

North London duo Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are level on forty-five points in third and fourth place respectively following Tuesday’s fixtures.

Spurs thumped struggling Norwich City 3-0 thanks to goals from England duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli and leapfrog their fierce rivals, who were held to a goalless draw by Southampton.

Dark horses

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now just 11/2 to win what would be their first league title in fifty-five years, and the way they are currently playing, you would be brave to bet against them.

Manchester United rolled back the years with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Stoke City, and stay in fifth place while West Ham United stay one place and one point behind the Red Devils after they themselves won at home without conceding.

Slaven Bilic’s men eased past bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa, and their job was made easier after Jordan Ayew was needlessly sent-off for the visitors on seventeen minutes.

Champions held again

Watford move up a place to ninth after keeping champions Chelsea at bay, with goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes the hero in Wednesday’s goalless draw at Vicarage Road.

Wednesday’s other game saw Everton beat Newcastle by three goals to nil, with Ross Barkley netting two late penalties on his one hundredth Premier League appearances.

The Toffees move up to eleventh place while Steve McClaren’s side remain in the relegation zone, two points behind seventeenth place Norwich.

Crystal Palace’s slide continued as they lost to Bournemouth, despite taking the lead through a fine finish from centre-back Scott Dann.

However, goals from Marc Pugh and Benik Afobe secured victory for Eddie Howe’s side who are now in fifteenth place, seven points clear of the bottom three.

Finally, West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City sit either side of the Cherries, and both moved a point clearer of the danger zone after playing out a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.

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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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