Sunday, December 9, 2018

Premier League Review: Matchday fourteen

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 30 Nov 2017

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Manchester City left it late to wrap up their twelfth straight Premier League win against Southampton on Wednesday evening, but did so to maintain their eight point lead at the top of the table.

Kevin De Bruyne put the hosts in front two minutes into the second half, with Oriol Romeu drawing the visitors level with fifteen minutes from time.

It had looked as if Pep Guardiola’s side’s magnificent winning run was about to come to end only for top scorer Raheem Sterling to hit a superb winner from the edge of the area six minutes into stoppage time.

Manchester United beat Watford 4-2 at Vicarage Road with Ashley Young scoring the opening two goals on his old stomping ground before Anthony Martial added a third just past the half hour mark.

A Troy Deeney penalty and an Abdoulaye Doucoure strike had given Marco Silva’s men hope only for Jesse Lingard to put the result beyond doubt late on.

Gunners on fire

Chelsea stay third but only just nudged past struggling Swansea City, with Antonio Rudiger the unlikely hero notching winner ten minutes into the second half while Arsenal thumped Huddersfield Town by five goals to nil to further display their top four credentials.

Mohamed Salah scored his eleventh and twelfth league goals of the season despite only playing the final twenty-three minutes of Liverpool’s trip to Stoke City with the Reds recording a 3-0 win to pile the pressure on Potters boss Mark Hughes.

Salah on song

Sadio Mane had given the visitors the lead on seventeen minutes only for the Premier League’s top scorer to come off the bench and make sure of the points.

Salah can now be backed at 5/1 to win this season’s Golden Boot with only Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane more likely in the eyes of the bookmakers.

Kane scored a consolation as Tottenham Hotspur once again dropped points, this time losing 2-1 to Leicester City while Burnley bounced back from their late defeat to Arsenal with a 2-1 win at Bournemouth.

Moyes on edge

David Unsworth’s final game in caretaker charge of Everton was one to remember as the Toffees put one over their former boss David Moyes by thumping West Ham United by four goals to nil.

Wayne Rooney missed a penalty but scored the rebound before adding a second and third with Ashley Williams wrapping things up prior to Sam Allardyce being confirmed as the clubs new manager.

Rooney certainly rolled back the years and the goal that secured his hattrick will live long in the memory with the former England captain striking from inside his own half.

Elsewhere, West Bromwich Albion squandered a 2-0 lead to eventually draw with Newcastle United while Brighton and Hove Albion played out a goalless draw with rivals Crystal Palace.


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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