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Premier League Review – Matchday 26

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 12 Feb 2019

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This week in the Premier League title race, Liverpool asked a question and Manchester City duly answered to keep themselves in pole position.

The Reds reclaimed top spot after easing past Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon – first half goals from Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum setting them on their way to a comfortable victory.

Mo Salah then added a third with his seventeenth goal of the season – a strike that put him out in front as the top scorer in the division.

They do say it’s lonely at the top, and the Egypt international didn’t spend long as the outright leader in the chase for the Golden Boot with Sergio Aguero bagging what was his second hattrick in just eight days as the champions thrashed Chelsea 6-0.

In truth it could have been even more had City’s record goalscorer not missed a gilt-edge chance at 1-0, though he more than made amends with a stunning strike soon after.

Aguero got his second on nineteen minutes to make it three, with Ilkay Gundogan adding a fourth with just twenty-five on the clock.

Record

A penalty eleven minutes into the second-half allowed Aguero to compete his hattrick, with Sterling getting his second ten minutes from time having also opened the scoring.

The result was Chelsea’s heaviest in the Premier League and was enough to see them slip to sixth place on goal difference with Arsenal having beaten bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Unbeaten

Saturday’s action kicked off at Craven Cottage, where Manchester United continued their unbeaten run by beating Fulham 3-0 thanks goals from Paul Pogba (2) and Anthony Martial.

The Red Devils are now in fourth place, a point ahead of Arsenal ahead of the visit from fierce rivals Liverpool a week on Sunday, with a price of just 1/1 for them to end the season in the Champions League qualification places.

Coattails

Tottenham Hotspur kept to within five points of the top two by beating Leicester City 3-1 in Sunday’s early kick-off, while Burnlely won by the same scoreline on their visit to Brighton and Hove Albion to conclude Saturday’s matches.

Crystal Palace and West Ham United are both a point better off after playing out a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park, while the spoils were also shared at Molinuex, with Willy Boly rescuing a point for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in stoppage time after Isaac Hayden had put Newcastle United a goal to the good.

Watford edged past Everton – Andre Gray getting the only goal of the game while there was late drama at St Mary’s, where Cardiff City netted a dramatic winner late on – just as Jack Stephens looked to have rescued a point for the Saints, who have dropped below the Bluebirds and into the bottom three.

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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