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Premier League Review: Matchday twenty-five

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 1 Feb 2018

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Manchester City have reopened a fifteen point lead at the top of the Premier League after they eased past West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Goals from Fernandiho, Kevin De Bruyne and Serio Aguero wrapped up the point for Pep Guardiola’s side, who were able to increase their advantage at the summit after Manchester United were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

The Red Devils were behind inside eleven seconds after Christian Eriksen netted the fastest goal of the campaign, and third fastest in the history of the division while Spurs’ advantage was doubled on twenty-eight minutes thanks to a Phil Jones own goal.

Champions chopped

Champions Chelsea were also beaten, falling to a shock 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth who climb into the top half.

After a goalless first half, strikes from Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and former Blue Nathan Ake helped the Cherries to what manager Eddie Howe described as the best result, and performance of his tenure.

Liverpool now sit above Antonio Conte’s side on goal difference after they thumped Huddersfield Town on Tuesday evening and the Reds are now just three points behind Manchester United in second.

Gunners gunned

Elsewhere on Tuesday evening Arsenal fell were beaten by Swansea City who climbed from twentieth place to outside of the relegation zone, though they did fall back into the bottom three following Wednesday’s action.

Arsene Wenger’s side are now eight points off the Champions League qualification places and can be backed at a price of 6/1 to finish the season in the top four.

Eyes on England

Burnley have moved back up to seventh place after a Karl Darlow own goal late on salvaged a point for the Clarets against Newcastle United.

The game had contrasting fortunes for both goalkeepers with Nick Pope saving a penalty from Joselu with the game at 0-0, leading to shouts for him to make a late push for England’s World Cup squad.

Everton beat Leicester City as ninth played eighth at Goodison Park, with Theo Walcott bagging a brace on just his second appearance fr the Merseyside club.

Fellow England international Jamie Vardy scored a second half penalty for the Foxes but it proved to be just a consolation.

Stoke City and Watford played out a goalless draw at the Bet 365 Stadium, with the Potters moving up to sixteenth and the Hornets remaining in eleventh while West Ham United and Crystal Palace both move down a place after sharing the spoils at the London Stadium.

Finally, Southampton stay in the relegation zone after only managing a point at home against Brighton and Hove Albion, who are one of four sides who are just a point above the bottom three ahead of the weekends games.

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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