Sunday, March 18, 2018

Premier League Review: Matchday 26

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 15 Feb 2016

Danny Welbeck made a goalscoring return to action on Sunday afternoon as Arsenal beat leaders Leicester City

Danny Welbeck made a goalscoring return to action on Sunday afternoon as Arsenal beat leaders Leicester City

League leaders Leicester City missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table after losing 2-1 to fellow title contenders Arsenal on Sunday.

Top scorer Jamie Vardy gave the Foxes the lead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time though second half efforts from Theo Walcott and the Danny Welbeck, who was making his first appearance in nine months, wrapped up the victory for Arsene Wenger’s side.

The Gunners are now just two points behind the East Midlands outfit, as are their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur who beat fourth place Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium later in the day.

England forwards on fire

Harry Kane matched England teammate Vardy by giving his side the lead with a spot kick, before Kelechi Iheanacho pulled the hosts level.

However, Christian Eriksen scored late on to secure a fifth straight league win for Mauricio Pochettino’s side who are now second favourites behind Arsenal to win the division.

Manchester United stay in fifth place despite losing to relegation threatened Sunderland, who themselves took maximum points for the first time in five.

Louis van Gaal’s side are remain six points off the top four, while Sam Allardyce’s men are now just a point from safety.

Saints’ run continues

Southampton moved up to sixth place as their fine run of form continued with a 1-0 win over Swansea City.

The south coast side have now kept six consecutive clean sheets, taking sixteen points from the last eighteen available while Swansea remain in trouble after losing for the first time under Francesco Guidolin.

West Ham United are level on points with Ronald Koeman’s side after coming from two goals down to salvage a point from their trip to Norwich City.

The Canaries looked comfortable at 2-0 up with less than twenty minutes left on the clock but quick fire goals from Dimitri Payet and Mark Noble gave Slavan Bilic’s side a share of the spoils.

Liverpool rout

There were six different goalscorers as Liverpool thumped bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon in a result that leaves the Midlands side eight points from safety and takes their goal difference to minus twenty-six.

Watford and Stoke City are level on points in ninth and tenth place with thirty-six points after beating Crystal Palace and Bournemouth respectively while Everton are a point behind in eleventh after losing at home to West Bromwich Albion.

The Merseyside club had thirty-three shots on goal but were unable to find the back of the net while the Baggies only shot on target was enough to win them the game.

Finally, Chelsea put five past Newcastle United in Saturday’s late kick-off to move up to twelfth place though the fallen champions are still fourteen points of the Champions League qualification places while Steve McClaren’s side remain in the bottom three.

Are Manchester City out of the title race after losing back to back games?


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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