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Premier League Review – Matchday 27

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 25 Feb 2019

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Liverpool have returned to the top of the Premier League after drawing 0-0 with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Jurgen Klopp’s side rarely tested Red Devils goalkeeper David De Gea, who became the seventh player to have kept one hundred clean sheets in the division while the hosts only had a few shots on target themselves.

The point sees Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men slip outside the top four, with Arsenal replacing them after they eased past Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.

Goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Alex Iwobi helped seal the victory for the Gunners, who can be backed at2/1 to finish in the Champions League qualification places for the first time in three years.

Thumped

The Saints remain just a point below seventeenth place Cardiff City, after the Bluebirds were thumped by Watford on Friday evening.

Gerard Deulofeu set the Hornets well on their way with a hattrick, before Troy Deeney netted either side of Sol Bamba’s consolation.

Javi Gracia’s side are now in seventh place, ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers who were held to a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

Josh King put the Cherries in front from the spot on fourteen minutes, with Raul Jiminez levelling with a penalty of his own seven minutes from time.

A third spot-kick was awarded just two minutes after the second though King was unable to repeat his earlier success, with both sides having to settle for a share of the spoils.

Spurned

Tottenham Hotspur missed the chance to close the gap on the leaders as they were beaten 2-1 by Burnley at Turf Moor in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Chris Wood broke the deadlock for the hosts on fifty-seven points, with Harry Kane hitting a reply on his return just eight minutes later.

However, Ashley Barnes netted a winner on eighty-three minutes to take his side up to fourteenth place and six points clear of the bottom three.

Newcastle United also moved further away from trouble after beating bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield Town 2-0 at St. James’s Park – the goals coming from Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez.

Ticking

Like the Terriers, time is running out for Fulham who lost at West Ham United – their sixth defeat in their last seven league outings.

Having missed a golden opportunity to open the scoring in the first minute, Ryan Babel netted his first goal for the Cottagers shortly after though the Hammers turned the game on its head thanks to strikes from Javier Hernandez, Issa Diop and Michail Antonio.

Finally, Leicester City were thumped at home by Crystal Palace – a result that was enough to see Claude Puel dismissed as Foxes boss.

The Eagles are now just two points behind the 2016 Premier League champions, who reportedly have Brendan Rodgers and Rafa Benitez on their shortlist of potential new managers.

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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