Thursday, July 20, 2017

Premier League Review: Matchday 28

Leicester are now three points clear at the top of the table following the midweek results

Leicester are now three points clear at the top of the table following the midweek results

Leicester City were the big winners on Wednesday evening without even kicking a ball as the three other sides in top four all suffered shock defeats.

Tottenham Hotspur missed the chance to leapfrog the Foxes after falling to a 1-0 defeat to London rivals West Ham United.

Michail Antonio scored the only goal of the game just seven minutes in to take his personal tally to five in his last seven home games and fire his side to within one point of the top four.

Swansea City got a much needed win as they came from behind to beat Arsenal, who remain in third place.

Arsenal slip up

Joel Campbell had given the Gunners the lead on fifteen minutes with a fine finish before goals from Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams wrapped up the victory for the South Wales side, who move six points clear of the relegation zone.

Manchester City were thumped 3-0 by Liverpool, just three days after beating the Merseyside outfit on penalties in the League Cup final at Wembley.

Adam Lallana, James Milner and Roberto Firmino got the goals as Jurgen Klopp’s men closed the gap between themselves and the top four to six points with ten games to go.

Red Devils resurgent

Manchester United are now level on points with neighbors City after following their victory against Arsenal at the weekend with a 1-0 triumph over Watford at Old Trafford.

Juan Mata scored the winning goal with a stunning free-kick seven minutes from time, and the result sees Louis Van Gaal’s side now priced at 2/1 to finish the season in the Champions League qualification places.

Wednesday evening’s results mean that Leicester sit three points clear at the top of the table despite only drawing with West Bromwich Albion at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

A superb free-kick from Craig Gardner gave Tony Pulis’ side a share of the spoils, and moved the Midlands side twelve points clear of the relegation zone.

Another side who moved a point closer to safety was Crystal Palace, who also drew 2-2 in their match with Sunderland, who climb out of the relegation zone on goal difference after Norwich City and Newcastle United lost to Chelsea and Stoke City respectively.

Cherries on top

Bournemouth beat Southampton 2-0 to move themselves further away from danger and in doing so dent their south coast rivals hopes of qualifying for Europe while bottom of the table Aston Villa lost again, this time to Everton.

The Villains remain eight points adrift at the bottom ahead on their trip to Manchester City on Saturday while they also face second place Tottenham Hotspur and resurgent champions Chelsea in the coming weeks.

Is the Premier League now Leicester’s to lose?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, 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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