Monday, May 20, 2019

Premier League Review – Matchday 10

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 30 Oct 2018


Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal of the game as Manchester City returned to the top of the table with victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Monday evening.

The former Leicester City midfielder pointed to skies after he scored – a mark of a respect to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who’s death along with four others was confirmed on Sunday.

The tragic events at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening in truth completely overshadowed actions on the pitch, with the world of football paying tribute to the man whose hard work and generosity not only transformed the East Midlands football club, but also helped the city as a whole.


A sombre Sunday concluded at Old Trafford, where Manchester United edged past Everton – a result which saw Jose Mourinho’s side move five points within the five four.

Paul Pogba saw his twenty-seventh minute penalty saved by Jordan Pickford but fired in the rebound while Anthony Martial doubled the hosts’ advantage four minutes into the second half.

Gylfi Sigurdsson made no mistake from the spot thirteen minutes from time though the Red Devils held on for all three points – just their second win in eight games in all competitions.

Earlier in the day two penalties from Luka Milivojevic saw Crystal Palace end Arsenal’s eleven game winning run at Selhurst Park.


The Palace captain gave the home side a deserved lead just before half-time though Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned the game on its head.

Milivojevic, who missed a spot-kick at Goodison Park in matchday nine then rifled in an equaliser from twelve yards seven minutes from time.

Meanwhile, an Eden Hazard-less Chelsea thumped Burnley 4-0 at Turf Moor – Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley, Willian and Reuben Loftus Cheek with the goals.

Having lost their last two league games by an aggregate score of 9-0, the Clarets are in fifteenth place just three points above the top three.

Liverpool beat Cardiff City 4-1 at Anfield on Saturday to temporarily rise to the top of the division while Bournemouth and Watford continued their fine runs with 3-0 wins over Fulham and Huddersfield Town respectively.


The Hornets are in seventh place on nineteen points while the Cherries are a place and a point better off and can be backed at 14/1 to finish the season in the top six.

Brighton and Hove Albion secured a third successive 1-0 victory, this time beating Wolverhampton Wanderers while Southampton and Newcastle United, somewhat predictably played out a goalless draw at St Mary’s Stadium.

Saturday’s action concluded at Leicester, where Wilfred Ndidi gave the Foxes a share of the spoils against West Ham United with an equaliser a minute from time.

Fabian Balbuena had put the Hammers in front on the half-hour mark though they were reduced to ten men eight minutes later after Mark Noble was shown a straight red for an out of control tackle on Ndidi.


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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