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Premier League Review – Matchday 25

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 6 Feb 2019

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Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League stands at just three points after they only managed to draw at the London Stadium on Monday evening.

Sadio Mane had put Jurgen Klopp’s side in front on twenty-two minutes, only for Michail Antonio to draw West Ham United level six minutes later.

The point was certainly more welcomed for the Hammers, who went into the game on the back of back-to-back defeats though the leaders will see it as two dropped, with Manchester City hot on their heels.

Pep Guardiola’s men triumphed over Arsenal on Sunday afternoon – Sergio Aguero again the hero with a hattrick.

City’s all-time top scorer opened the scoring in the first minute with Laurent Koscielny replying soon after, though Aguero netted again before and after half-time to secure the victory.

Favourites

The champions will go top of the table if they beat Everton on Wednesday evening, and even though Liverpool will have a game in hand, it is the Citizens who are now favourites for the title at 5/6.

A late goal from Heung-min Son was enough to give Tottenham Hotspur all three points against Newcastle United – a result that sees Spurs just five points off the lead while Chelsea moved back into the top four after thumping bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield Town.

Eden Hazard and recent arrival Gonzalo Higuain each bagged a brace, with David Luiz completing the scoring four minutes from time.

The Terriers, who host Arsenal on next are now thirteen points from safety with just thirty-nine to play for.

Manchester United are in fifth, just two points off the Champions League places after the edged past Leicester City – Marcus Rashford with the only goal of the game.

Form

The England forward now has six league goals since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins at Old Trafford, and no other United player has more than his tally of nine so far this season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers stay seventh after they continued their fine form with a 3-1 win at Everton – a result that allowed Watford to climb to eighth despite being held to a goalless draw by Brighton and Hove Albion on the south coast.

Crystal Palace are up to fourteenth after a penalty from Luka Milivojevic and a strike from Jeffrey Schlupp secured victory over Fulham at Selhurst Park while there was also a 2-0 home win at the Cardiff City Stadium, with the Bluebirds beating Bournemouth thanks to a brace from Bobby Reid.

Stalemate

Finally, Burnley and Southampton are both a point better off but just two clear of the drop zone after playing out a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.

Ashley Barnes scored a last minute penalty to give his side a share of the spoils – the first spot-kick to be awarded to the Clarets in sixty-seven matches.

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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