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Premier League Review: Matchday eighteen

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 19 Dec 2017

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Manchester City once again stole the headlines in the Premier League, thumping Tottenham Hotspur in the pick of the games from matchday eighteen.

Ilkay Gundogan, who was given a rare start in the absence of David Silva opened the scoring with first goal in over a year on fourteen minutes before second half strikes from Kevin de Bruyne and two from Raheem Sterling put the result beyond doubt before Christian Eriksen’s late consolation.

The victory put Pep Guardiola’s side past the fifty point mark with less than half the season played with their nearest rivals a massive eleven points behind.

Left behind

Spurs are now themselves twenty-one points off the pace and down in seven as every team above them picked up points.

In fact of those sides only Burnley failed to win though they did keep another clean sheet as they drew with Brighton and Hove Albion.

Alan Pardew is still looking for his first win as West Bromwich Albion manager after the Baggies fell to a 2-1 loss to Manchester United while Chelsea edged past Southampton – Marcos Alonso getting the only goal of the game on the stroke of half time.

Rampant

Liverpool thumped Bournemouth by four goals to nil with Brazilian duo Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, top scorer Mo Salah and Dejan Lovren all getting on the scoresheet.

One goal was enough for Arsenal, who kept in touch with the chasing pack after beating Newcastle United, who appear to be heading in only one direction after and eighth defeat in nine.

Crystal Palace are now above Rafael Benitez’s side after upsetting the odds to beat Leicester City, who themselves see their own fine recent run end while West Ham United, who like the Eagles scored three are also on the rise.

David Moyes’ side kept a third consecutive clean sheet to boot with Stoke City on the receiving end to fall to seventeenth place, just a point above the drop zone.

Struggling

The Potters’ only win in their last eight came against bottom-of-the-table Swansea City and while Mark Hughes’ job is supposedly safe for now you may be tempted to back them for relegation at 11/4 with Bet 365.

There was a five goal thriller and a sending off a piece at Vicarage Road with Huddersfield Town beating Watford by four goals to one.

The visitors were 3-0 up after fifty minutes with Abdoulaye Doucoure giving the hosts some hope before Aaron Mooy wrapped things up from the spot late on.

Finally, Everton’s unbeaten run under Sam Allardyce continued on Monday evening though they had to come from behind to beat Swansea.

Leroy Fer opened the scoring, and things looked to be going from strength to strength for the Swans with Wayne Rooney missing a penalty on the stroke of half time though Dominic Calvert-Lewin fired in the rebound to draw the Toffees level.

Gylfi Sigurdsson then scored against his former club before Rooney did succeed from the spot to take his tally for the season to ten league goals – the first time he has hit double figures in three seasons, and with Christmas still to come.

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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