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Premier League Review – Matchday 11

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 6 Nov 2017

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Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points after beating Arsenal by three goals to one at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Arsene Wenger’s men started well only for arguably the Citizen’s player of the season so far Kevin De Bruyne to give the leaders the lead on nineteen minutes.

Having been awarded with a trophy pre-match after becoming City’s all-time top scorer midweek Sergio Aguero converted a fiftieth minute penalty to double the hosts’ advantage before substitute Alexandre Lacazette gave the Gunners hope with twenty-five minutes left on the clock.

However, despite being considered by everyone other than the officials to be offside David Silva set up Gabriel Jesus to put the result beyond doubt and open up an ever bigger gap between Pep Guardiola’s side and their challengers.

Chasing pack

Tottenham had already moved level on points with second place Manchester United by beating bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace 1-0 earlier on Sunday before the Red Devils were beaten by champions Chelsea with the only goal of the game being scored by Alvaro Morata.

Having recently lost back-to-back league games Antonio Conte’s men have now won three on the bounce and can be backed at a price of 16/1 to retain the title.

Liverpool are up to fifth after thumping West Ham United by four goals to one at Anfield in a result that saw the Hammers slip into the relegation zone and in-turn dismiss manager Slaven Bilic.

Mo Salah was once again the star of the show for Jurgen Klopp’s side after bagging a brace and the Reds remain three points off the top four.

Flying high

Burnley stay level on points with Liverpool after beating Southampton in one of four 1-0 wins from Saturday’s three o’clock kick-offs while Brighton and Hove Albion are in the dizzy heights of eighth place following their win over Swansea City, who remain second from bottom in the league.

Huddersfield Town are back into the top half of the table after edging past West Bromwich Albion – who are now without a win in ten games in all competitions while Bournemouth climb out of the bottom three after beating Newcastle United thanks to an injury time goal from Steve Cook.

Saturday’s action kicked off with Stoke City and Leicester City playing out a 2-2 draw with Peter Crouch doing what he does best – coming off the bench to score a header.

Heads up

In doing so, the thirty-six year old extended his own record of the most headed goals in the Premier League while he moved level with former Newcastle man Shoala Ameobi at the top of the list of most Premier League substitute appearances.

Finally, Everton claimed a first win in nine games after coming from two goals down to beat Watford at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

The result lifted the Toffees to fifteenth place and gave them food for thought in their search for a new manager with caretaker boss David Unsworth making no secret of his desire to take charge on a permanent basis.


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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