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Premier League Review: Matchday 30

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 13 Mar 2018

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The headline fixture from matchday thirty in the Premier League didn’t disappoint as Manchester United beat Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime.

So often these heavyweight clashes fail to live up to expectation and while this game wasn’t a classic, two well taken first-half goals from Marcus Rashford secured the win for the Red Devils

An own goal from Eric Bailly gave the visitors hope with twenty-five minutes left to play though Jose Mourinho’s men held on to secure the win and with it move five points clear of their North West rivals.

They remain sixteen points behind league leaders Manchester City after the champions elect beat Stoke City on Monday evening with David Silva scoring both goals in a 2-0 win.

Closing in

That means that just two more wins for Pep Guardiola’s side will clinch the title and who do they play in two games time? Yep, their city rivals.

Captain Vincent Kompany has spoken of the thrill of having the chance to clinch the championship with a win in the Manchester derby and should his side beat Everton next time out in the league they will have the chance to do just that.

Meanwhile Stoke remain in the relegation zone, one point from safety and will be hoping that the capitulations of some of the sides above them will continue as they fight for survival.

Falling out

West Ham United appear to be heading in one direction after being thumped 3-0 by Burnley at the London Stadium though sadly the result does not nearly tell the whole story of the game.

No less than four pitch invasions took place with home fans disgruntled by the way the club is being run though that is no excuse for their behavior.

An investigation into the events that unfolded commenced shortly after the final whistle and the Hammers could be looking at having play their remaining home fixtures behind closed doors as the club failed to control a number of their supporters.

They could even be docked points which would vastly increase their chances of dropping down to the second tier, something which can currently be backed at 9/4.

Southampton are also in a rut and dismissed Manuel Pellegrini as manager after they were thumped 3-0 by Newcastle United while Crystal Palace continued their poor run with defeat at Chelsea.

Having seen an upturn in their fortunes following the appointment of Roy Hodgson the Eagles are now without a win in seven and have taken just two points in that time.

Looking up

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal celebrated his side earning a point at Huddersfield Town like he had won the game after his side survived an onslaught from the Terriers with ten men for most of the game following the dismissal of Jordan Ayew.

Leicester City piled more misery on Alan Pardew’s West Bromwich Albion coming from behind to record an impressive 4-1 victory at the Hawthorns while Everton beat Brighton and Hove Albion by two goals to nil at Goodison Park.

Finally there were smiles all round in North London as both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur secured convincing wins against Watford and Bournemouth respectively.

Petr Cech saved a Troy Deeney penalty on route to keeping his two hundredth Premier League clean sheet while the top story from Spurs’ win was the injury to Harry Kane which has left England fans sitting nervously just three months before the start of the World Cup finals.


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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