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Premier League Review – Matchday 17

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 19 Dec 2018

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Liverpool versus Manchester United was given top billing in matchday sixteen and the Premier League, and it didn’t disappoint, particularly in the aftermath of the result.

Credit to Jurgen Klopp’s side, who returned to the top of the table after triumphing by three goals to one though in truth, the real story came on Tuesday morning as Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties.

Sunday’s result sees the Red Devils languishing in sixth place, nineteen points behind the league leaders while their start to the season is their worst in twenty-eight years.

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Ole Gunnar Solksjaer – scorer of the goal that clinched the Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich in 1999 has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the season with the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc and Mauricio Pochettino n the frame to take over in the summer.

Back to matters on the pitch, and champions Manchester City temporarily returned to the top after they beat Everton on Saturday lunchtime with Gabriel Jesus sending them well on their way with a goal either side of half-time.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave the Toffees hope after he pulled a goal back on sixty-five minutes, only for Raheem Sterling to make sure of the points shortly after he came off the bench.

Tottenham Hotspur are in third after they beat Burnley, and they left it late to do so with Christian Eriksen scoring the only goal of the game in stoppage time while Chelsea are fourth following their 2-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.

Shock

Arsenal’s unbeaten run came to an end after they suffered a shock defeat at struggling Southampton, who’s first win under new manager Ralph Hassenhuttl sees them climb out of the bottom three.

Wolverhampton Wanderers leapfrogged Bournemouth (and Everton) after beating the Cherries 2-0 at Molinuex thanks to goals from Raul Jiminez and Ivan Cavaleiro.

Many were tipping Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to finish as the ‘best of the rest’ and they are now in pole position to do so, despite taking just one point from six games not too long ago while bookmakers are offering a price of 9/1 for them to go even better and finish in the top six.

West Ham United and Watford are both up a couple of places after beating Fulham and Cardiff City respectively.

Slip

That result at Craven Cottage keeps Fulham rooted to the bottom of the division while Neil Warnock’s men, who fought from three goals down to make give themselves a chance sit two points above the relegation zone.

Relegation favourites Huddersfield Town were narrowly beaten by Newcastle United – Salomon Rondon getting the only goal of the game ten minutes into the second half while Crystal Palace are up to fifteenth after edging past Leicester City – only their second win from their last twelve league outings.

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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