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Premier League Review – Matchday 22

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 15 Jan 2019

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Manchester City moved back to within four points of leaders Liverpool after easing past Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening.

The hosts were ahead within ten minutes with Gabriel Jesus, fresh from scoring four in the midweek rout over League One Burton Albion while their task was made even easier soon after with Willy Boly being shown a straight red card for a rash challenge on Bernardo Silva.

Jesus added a second from the penalty spot six minutes before the break, with the result put beyond doubt deep into the second half after Conor Coady turned the ball into his own net.

Grip

One goal was enough for Jurgen Klopp’s men on Saturday afternoon, with Mo Salah’s fiftieth minute penalty the difference between them and Brighton and Hove Albion while third place Tottenham Hotspur were beaten at home by Manchester United on Sunday.

That result has left Mauricio Pochettino’s side nine points off the top of the table, while their feint hopes of making first place were dealt a further blow with the news that Harry Kane will be missing for up to seven weeks with an ankle injury.

Kane’s absence, along with that of Heung-min Son who has gone to the Asian Games could cost Spurs dearly, and you may be tempted to back them to not make the top four at a price of 11/4.

Chelsea are just a point behind the North Londoners after beating Newcastle United 2-1 in Saturday’s late kick-off while fifth place Arsenal are only ahead of Manchester United on goal difference after they fell to a surprise defeat at West Ham United.

Present

On the eve of his twentieth birthday, it was Declan Rice who was the hero at the London Stadium, with the Hammers up to ninth place, just a point behind seventh placed Watford.

The Hornets came from behind to win at Crystal Palace and in doing so leapfrog Leicester City, who were beaten at home by manager Claude Puel’s former side Southampton.

The Saints have won three of their last six matches – form that has seen them move outside of the bottom three though they are just one ahead of Newcastle in eighteenth.

Own goals

Burnley beat second-from-bottom Fulham without registering a shot on target, with own goals from Joe Bryan and Dennis Odoi doing the damage to the Cottagers after Andre Schurrle had fired them in front in some style after just two minutes.

Bottom of the table Huddersfield Town were held to a goalless draw by Cardiff City in what proved to be the final match for David Wagner, who has left the Terriers by mutual consent.

Finally, Everton beat Bournemouth at Goodison Park to keep themselves well in the mix in the battle for seventh place.

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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