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Premier League Review: Matchday Sixteen

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 11 Dec 2017

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Manchester City won a record fourteenth consecutive Premier League win in a single season as they beat rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

David Silva gave the visitors the lead two minutes before half time only for Marcus Rashford to equalise moments later.

However, Nicolas Otamendi netted for the fifth time this season to secure the points for Pep Guardiola’s side and move them eleven clear at the top of the table with just sixteen games played.

Buoyant Moyes

In a further boost to the leaders, reigning champions Chelsea suffered a shock defeat to West Ham United, who won for the first time in nine matches thanks to Marko Arnautovic’s sixth minute strike.

The result sees the Blues fall fourteen points off the pace while the Hammers remain in the bottom three but are level on points with West Bromwich Albion, who were narrowly beaten by struggling Swansea City.

The South Wales side, who remain the only side in the league to not yet hit double figures in the goals for column of the table, ended a run of seven games to move to within a point of safety.

Five goal thriller

Newcastle United sit just two points above the dotted line after extending their winless run with a defeat to Leicester City at St James’s Park in Saturday’s late kick-off.

The hosts had taken an early lead through Joselu before goals either side of half time from Riyad Mahrez and Demarai Gray turned the game on its head.

Dwight Gayle drew Newcastle level with seventeen minutes to play though an own goal from Ayoze Perez condemned the North East side to a sixth defeat in seven matches while Huddersfield Town won the clash of the two Premier League new-boys with a Steve Mounie double enough to see the Terriers get past Brighton and Hove Albion.

Bournemouth and Stoke City are level on sixteen points with the Cherries securing a 2-2 draw with bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace while the Potters were, as they usually are of late, thumped by Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurred on

Spurs became the first side in top flight history to beat the same opposition by four or more goals in four straight meetings after hitting Mark Hughes’ side for five at Wembley.

Ryan Shawcross, who’s own goal opened the scoring bagged a consolation for the visitors with the result already way beyond doubt.

Arsenal only managed to draw with Southampton with Olivier Giroud coming off the bench to cancel out Charlie Austin’s early opener while the Merseyside derby also finished one a piece.

Mo Salah continued his magnificent goal-scoring run to give Jurgen Klopp’s men the lead only for a Wayne Rooney penalty to give the Toffees a share of the spoils and maintain Sam Allardyce’s unbeaten start as manager.

Salah is now on thirteen league goals for the season and can be backed at a price of 4/1 to win the Golden Boot.

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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