Monday, February 24, 2020

Premier League Review – Matchday 24

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 31 Jan 2019

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Liverpool have extended their lead at the top of the Premier League, despite only managing to draw with Leicester City.

The Reds took an early lead through Sadio Mane though Harry Maguire equlaised on the stroke of half time, and the Foxes managed to hang on to get a share of the spoils.

The result sees Claude Puel’s men slip into the bottom half, while the leaders are now five points in front of champions Manchester City, who suffered a shock defeat at Newcastle United.

It took just twenty-four seconds for Sergio Aguero to add to his ‘goals against Newcastle’ collection, and while they were unable to add to their lead, they did look in control until Salomon Rondon fired in an equaliser on sixty-six minutes.

Then the hosts then turned the match on its head when Matt Richie converted a seventy-eighth penalty.


Rafael Benitez’s side, who have been boosted by the deadline day arrival of club-record signing Miguel Almiron, are up to fourteenth place while Pep Guardiola’s side stay second – though they are just two points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur who came from behind to beat Watford at Wembley.

Craig Cathcart had given the Hornets the lead seven minutes before the break though second half goals from the returning Son Heung-min, and Fernando Llorente secured the points for the North London side.

Chelsea are now 6/5 to finish outside of the top four after they slipped to fifth place following their 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth.

After a goalless first half, the Cherries ran riot in the second with goals from Josh King (2), David Brookes and Charlie Daniels secured a famous win for Eddie Howe’s side, who are tenth.


Arsenal are fourth after they edged past Cardiff City, though like with the match at the Vitality Stadium all the goals were scored after the break.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the Gunners in front with a sixty-sixth minute penalty with Alexandre Lacazatte doubling their advantage with seven to play.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing pulled one back for the Bluebirds, who remain in the relegation zone along with Fulham, who came from two goals down to beat Brighton and Hove Albion at Craven Cottage.


Huddersfield Town remain bottom of the table after they were beaten by Everton – Richarlison getting the only goal of the game after just three minutes while Southampton and Crystal Palace are both a point better off after playing out a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s Stadium.

Wolverhampton Wanderers beat West Ham United 3-0 at Molineux, while Manchester United’s winning run was ended by Burnley though they did manage to come from two down to rescue a point and guess what?

Both of those games were goalless at half-time also.


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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