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Premier League Review: Matchday Thirteen

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 27 Nov 2017

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Matchday thirteen in the Premier League was rounded off by leaders Manchester City surviving a scare to beat Huddersfield Town, and tighten their grip at the top of the table.

An own goal from Nicholas Otamendi had given the Terriers a surprise lead on the stroke of half-time only for Sergio Aguero to equalise from the penalty-spot shortly after the restart.

Raheem Sterling bagged the winner six minutes from time with his eighth league goal of the campaign – a tally only bettered by Aguero, Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah.

Perfect ten

The Egyptian became the first player to hit double figures in Saturday’s late kick off when he gave Liverpool the lead against against Chelsea at Anfield.

The Reds had looked like they were about to secure a fourth straight league win but substitute William leveled with five minutes left on the clock leaving the champions three points behind second place Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho’s side needed an own goal from Lewis Dunk to take all three points from their clash with Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon while Arsenal complete the top four having edged past Burnley thanks to an injury-time penalty from Alexis Sanchez.

Late drama

Arsene Wenger’s side climbed into the Champions League qualification places at the expense of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who only managed to draw with managerless West Bromwich Albion.

Watford condemned Newcastle United to a fourth straight defeat, with Marco Silva’s men running out 3-0 winners at St James’s Park and are now five points ahead of Brighton and fellow south coast side Southampton.

The Saints ended their recent winless run and scored twice as many as they have managed in their previous four games as they piled more misery on Everton in Sunday’s early kick-off.

Toffees stuck

Mauricio Pellegrini’s goals from Dusan Tadic and Steve Davis, either side of Charlie Austin’s brace put the result beyond doubt and rendered Gylfi Sigurdsson’s stunning reply for the visitors unnecessary.

The Toffees, who are still searching for a new manager with Sam Allardyce the latest front runner, now sit just two points above the drop zone and can be backed at a price of 11/2 to be relegated from the Premier League for the first time.

Swansea City remain in trouble after only managing to draw 0-0 with Bournemouth, who climb a place to thirteenth while Crystal Palace are now just three points from safety after coming from behind to beat Stoke City at Selhurst Park.

Xherdan Shaqiri had put Mark Hughes’ side in front only for Ruben Loftus-Cheek to level three minutes later while captain Mamadou Sakho snatched the much-needed winning goal for Roy Hodgson’s men in stoppage time.

Next up for the Eagles is a trip to rivals Brighton, where three points could see them, if only temporarily climb of the foot of the table.


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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