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Premier League Review: Matchday Twenty-eight

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 26 Feb 2018

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Manchester United beat champions Chelsea on Sunday afternoon to move back up to second place in the Premier League.

The Red Devils came from a goal down to secure the impressive victory with Romelu Lukaku drawing the hosts level seven minutes after Willian had given the Blues the lead.

It was an impressive performance from the Belgium international, who went a long way to answering those critics who have accused him of going missing in games against fellow big-six sides.

He also provided the assist for substitute, who headed in ten minutes after replacing Anthony Martial and Jose Mourinho’s men held on to move two points ahead of Liverpool and to within thirteen of noisy neighbours Manchester City, who beat Arsenal in the EFL final shortly after the heavyweight clash at Old Trafford concluded.

Incidentally, the league leaders take on the Gunners on Thursday evening and will hope for an easy time of it as they had at Wembley with another win for Pep Guardiola’s men priced at 3/4.

Rampant Reds

Liverpool temporarily moved into second place on Saturday afternoon after thumping West Ham United, with all three of their members of their fabulous front-line getting on the scoresheet after Emre Can had given them a twenty-ninth minute lead.

Michail Antonio gave the Hammers hope before Sadio Mane made it four for the hosts though the damage was done, with the result leaving David Moyes’ men just three points above the relegation zone.

Having, like West Ham seen a rise in form since appointing a new manager earlier in the campaign Crystal Palace are currently even closer to the bottom three, with just goal difference keeping them above the dotted line following their narrow defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Kane again

Harry Kane’s late goal was enough to separate the sides and move Mauricio Pochettino’s side back into the top four though with just six points between Chelsea in fifth and Manchester United in second the landscape is far from clear.

Burnley remain in seventh though only managed to draw against struggling Southampton, who gained a share of the spoils thanks to substitute Manolo Gabbiadini’s first goal in over four months.

Relegation scrap

Stoke City remain in the bottom three after they drew with Leicester City while Swansea City slipped back into trouble after seeing their ten game unbeaten run ended by an emphatic Brighton and Hove Albion while West Bromwich Albion lost yet again with Huddersfield Town taking a vital three points from their clash in the Midlands.

Watford edged past Everton in Saturday’s late kick-off with captain Troy Deeney grabbing the only goal of the game while Bournemouth came from two goals down to take a point as they entertained Newcastle United.


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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