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Premier League Review: Matchday nineteen

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 26 Dec 2017

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The sky is most definitely still blue and Manchester City won once again to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League on matchday nineteen.

In another dominant performance from the champions elect Sergio Aguero netted twice, with Raheem Sterling and Danilo also getting on the scoresheet to wrap up a 4-0 victory.


The Citizens are well on course to break a number of records including the most points accumulated in a Premier League season as well as the most goals scored and with their next two games coming against teams in the bottom half of the table few would bet against them finishing 2017 with a flourish.

Manchester United lost more ground in the ‘title race’ as they only managed to draw with Leicester City, with Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire scoring either side of a Juan Mata double to give the 2016 champions a share of the spoils while Chelsea also only picked up one point from their clash with Everton, which ended goalless.

Liverpool and Arsenal played out a six-goal thriller on Friday evening, with Arsenal coming from two down to lead before Roberto Firmino equalised to rescue a point for Jurgen Klopp’s side while Tottenham Hotspur moved back into the top five after easing past Burnley.


Harry Kane scored all three goals in the win for the North London side and needs just one goal against Southampton on Boxing Day to beat Alan Shearer’s record of the most Premier League goals in a calendar year.

The England international is currently on fifteen for the season, joint with Liverpool’s Mo Salah and can be backed at 5/4 to win the Golden Boot for a third consecutive year, (which would equal another of Shearer’s records).

Brighton and Hove Albion edged past Watford at the Amex Stadium with Pascal Gross scoring the only goal of the game while Huddersfield Town drew 1-1 with Southampton at the John Smiths Stadium.

Bouncing back

One a piece was also the scoreline as Crystal Palace traveled to bottom-of-the-table Swansea City while another six-pointer took place at the Bet 365 Stadium where Stoke City’s long wait for a win ended as they beat West Bromwich Albion.

The win moved the Potters up to fourteenth place while the Baggies, who now haven’t tasted victory in seventeen attempts are just a point off the bottom.

Finally, another side who returned to winning ways after a while was Newcastle United, who edged out in form West Ham United in a thrilling match at the London Stadium.

Rafael Benitez’s side climbed out of the relegation zone after goals from Henri Saivet, Mo Diame and Christian Atsu were enough to secure the points and leapfrog their opponents.


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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