Monday, December 9, 2019

Premier League Review – Matchday 16

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 11 Dec 2018

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Liverpool are the new leaders in the Premier League after they thumped Bournemouth and Manchester City were beaten at Stamford Bridge.

Goals either side of half-time from Mo Salah set the Reds on their way, with an own goal from Steve Cook putting the result beyond doubt before Salah completed his hattrick.

Despite shouts that the he may be a one-season wonder, the Egypt international is now the league’s joint-top scorer with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and can be backed at a price of 11/4 to retain the Golden Boot.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are now the only side in the division yet to lose, after champions City lost to Chelsea.


David Luiz and N’Golo Kante were the unlikely goalscorers for Maurizio Sarri’s men, who kept themselves in the top four with the somewhat surprise victory, where defeat would have almost certainly ruled them out of the title race even at this relatively early juncture.

Tottenham Hotspur remain third after beating Leicester City two-nil at the King Power Stadium, with the goals coming from Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli, while only goal difference keeps Arsenal outside of the Champions League qualification places after they edged past Huddersfield Town.

Lucas Torreira scored the only goal of the game at the Emirates Stadium and left it late to do so though the North London sides impressive run continues, and they can be backed at 1/1 to finish in the top four.

Light work

Manchester United are up to sixth after they made light work of Fulham, who remain rooted to the bottom of the table after what was their eleventh loss of the campaign.

Goals from Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku put Jose Mourinho’s men in command by the break with Marcus Rashford completing the scoring after a Aboubakar Kamara penalty had given the visitors something to smile about.

Everton slip to seventh, though managed to salvage a point against Watford in Monday night’s game thanks to a late equaliser from Lucas Digne.


The former Barcelona man scored a stunning free-kick in stoppage time after the Hornets had not only come from behind to lead, but also save a penalty while they were in front.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are into the top half after following their win over Chelsea with victory at Newcastle United while West Ham United are just a point and a place behind Nuno Espirito Santo’s side after they won for a third straight game – this time beating Crystal Palace at the London Stadium.

Southampton were beaten in their new manager Ralph Hassenhuttl’s first match in charge – Cardiff City the victors by a goal to nil while one goal was also enough to see Burnley past Brighton and Hove Albion.


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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