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Premier League Review – Matchday 28

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 28 Feb 2019

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Liverpool are a win closer to ending their near thirty year wait for a league title after they thumped Watford by five goals to nil at Anfield on Wednesday evening.

Braces from Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk either side of a Divock Origi strike secured the win for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are showing no signs of slowing down despite being replaced by champions Manchester City as favourites for first place.

The Reds can be backed at 6/4 to be crowned champions in May, which may tempt those who like a flutter with all but two of their remaining fixtures coming against sides outside of the top six, while those games against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are both at Anfield.


Sergio Aguero’s fifty-ninth minute penalty was enough to both see him move clear in the race for the Golden Boot, and to secure all three points against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium, with the win keeping the champions to within a point of their title rivals while there was yet more misery for Spurs, who were beaten 2-0 at Chelsea.

Willy Cabalero, who was making his first league start of the season following the Arizzabalaga-saga had very little to do with the North Londoners failing to register a single shot on target.

Chelsea stay in sixth place, while Spurs are now nine points behind the leaders with just ten left to play while Arsenal and Manchester United are hot on their heels after they both registered convincing wins.

The Gunners thumped Bournemouth 5-1 at the Emirates Stadium – their goals coming from Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette while Romelu Lukaku was the hero for the Red Devils, with his brace sending them on their way to victory.


The result at Anfield means that Wolverhampton Wanderers are up to seventh despite suffering a surprise defeat at bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield Town, who even if they succumb to their almost inevitable relegation can now be safe in the knowledge that they will go down with more points than record-holders Derby County did in 2008.

Fulham are now ten points behind seventeenth placed Southampton after the Saints beat the Cottagers 2-0 at St Mary’s while Cardiff City slip back into the bottom three after being swept aside by Everton.

New era

Leicester City began life after Claude Puel with a 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion, with new manager Brendan Rodgers waiting in the wings while Newcastle United further eased their relegation worries with a 2-0 win over Burnley.

Rafael Benitez’s side are now up to thirteenth place, six points clear of danger, with the Clarets just one point and two places behind them.


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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