Monday, July 13, 2020

Premier League Review: Matchday Seventeen

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 14 Dec 2017

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The sky is most definitely still blue and Manchester City won yet again, thumping bottom of the table Swansea City to maintain their eleven point advantage at the top of the Premier League.

Two goals either side of half time saw Pep Guardiola’s side secure yet another three points, taking them to one shy of fifty with just seventeen games played.

Two of those goals came from David Silva, who is in the form of his life after being involved in thirteen of his sides last seventeen, with Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero also on the scoresheet.

Meanwhile the Swans, who offered very little were unable to build on their weekend win over West Brom and have now taken just seven points in front of their home fans this campaign, the lowest return in the league.

Romelu Lukaku scored his first Premier League goal in five games as Manchester United edged past Bournemouth while Chelsea returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town.

Three teams find themselves tied on thirty-one points with Tottenham Hotspur currently completing the top four on goal difference after beating Brighton and Hove Albion by two goals to nil at Wembley.

Next up come Liverpool, who were held to a draw for the second time in four days as they were canceled out by West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies remain without a win since August and are outside of the bottom three on goal difference while West Ham United are on the same number of points following their goalless draw with seventh place Arsenal.

It’s quite a turnaround for David Moyes’ side who have kept back-to-back clean sheets after shipping eighteen goals in their previous seven meetings.

Burnley, who moved into the top four ahead of Wednesday’s fixtures are in sixth after narrowly beating Stoke City at Turf Moor.

Ashley Barnes scored the only goal of the game a minute from time to send the Clarets into the Champions League qualification places – the highest they have been in over four decades and dreamers can back them finishing in the top four at a price of 66/1.

Everton continued their resurgence under Sam Allardyce with a 1-0 win at struggling Newcastle United, who sit just two places and one point above the relegation zone.

Wayne Rooney was again the hero for the Toffees, taking his seasons tally to nine goals and keeping his side in the top half of the table.

Leicester City continued their fine run under Claude Puel against the Frenchman’s former club, recording an emphatic 4-1 win at Southampton while Crystal Palace are also looking up after coming from behind to secure a 2-1 victory against a stuttering Watford.


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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