Saturday, December 15, 2018

Premier League Review – Matchday 15

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Charlie Austin scored a late consolation for Southampton against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Wednesday evening – the final strike in a pulsating matchday fifteen in the Premier League.

The goal wouldn’t have particularly been worth of a mention with the hosts running out 3-1 winners, though it did mean that all twenty sides in the division scored at least once in this round of games – a feat that hasn’t been achieved in over eight years.

The result was enough to see Spurs move up to third place, with both Chelsea and their North London rivals Arsenal dropping points while the Saints remain in the bottom three.

Their new manager Ralph Hassenhuttl was watching in the stands and will have been encouraged by the fight the south coast side showed, particularly in the second half.

Remit

Victory at Cardiff City in his first game in charge will see his new side climb out of the relegation zone, while the can be backed at a price of 3/10 to avoid the drop.

After breaking the record for an unbeaten start to life as a Premier League manager, Maurizio Sarri’s Blues have now lost two of their last three league games with Wolverhampton Wanderers coming from behind to win 2-1 at Molineux.

Cards

Manchester United drew 2-2 with Arsenal at Old Trafford – a high tempo game which saw five players get booked inside five first half minutes while like Liverpool survived a scare to beat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor.

Jack Cork had given the Clarets the lead nine minutes into the second half though strikes from James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri secured the points for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The Merseyside outfit remain two points behind leaders Manchester City, who beat Watford 2-1 on Tuesday evening while their neighbours Everton salvaged a point against Newcastle United thanks to an equaliser from Richarlison.

Halted

Bournemouth’s four game losing streak came to an end after they beat Huddersfield Town by two goals to one while there was also a home win for Brighton and Hove Albion, who beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at the Amex Stadium.

West Ham United made it two wins in four days after they thumped Cardiff City – Lucas Perez scoring his first and second goals for the club while Fulham are now just a point from safety as they drew 1-1 at Leicester City.

The Cottagers remain bottom of the division, though only goal difference sees them sit below both Burnley and Southampton with Huddersfield just a point better off.

Cardiff and Crystal Palace are also looking over their shoulders, with the latter having won just one of their last ten league 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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