Sunday, 10 March 2019

Tight at the top


With 8 weeks remaining, Manchester City lead Liverpool by a point at the top and Tottenham enjoy the same advantage over Arsenal for the third spot while at the other end Huddersfield Town and Fulham need a miracle not to drop out of the Premier League.
Week 21 – Arsenal began the year with a 4-1 win at home to Fulham while Tottenham blew hosts Cardiff away with 3 goals in the first 26 minutes and Leicester were 1-0 winners at Everton. On Wednesday evening Manchester United’s renaissance continued with a 2-0 win at Newcastle while Crystal Palace enjoyed the same result at Wolves and ten-man Huddersfield Town lost 2-1 at home to Burnley who also finished the match with ten men. West Ham United replied to 2 quick-fire Brighton goals with a swift brace from Marko Arnautovic to earn a 2-2 draw at the London Olympic Stadium while Troy Deeney scored twice for Watford who drew 3-3 at Bournemouth and Southampton held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. The most eagerly anticipated match came on Thursday evening at the Etihad where Manchester City ended Liverpool’s unbeaten record with a 2-1 victory to narrow the gap with the Reds.
Week 22 – Manchester United continued their winning streak under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Wembley while Chelsea were 2-1 winners at home to Newcastle and a converted penalty for Liverpool was the difference between them and their hosts at Brighton. Arsenal lost 1-0 at West Ham while ten-man Southampton were victorious 2-1 at Leicester and Crystal Palace lost 2-1 at home to Watford. Fulham lost 2-1 at Burnley while Huddersfield and Cardiff drew blanks in the Welsh Capital and Everton beat Bournemouth 2-0 at Goodison Park. On Monday evening Gabriel Jesus struck twice as Manchester City defeated 10-man Wolves 3-0 at the Etihad.
 Week 23 – Arsenal defeated Chelsea 2-0 at the Emirates while Mohamad Salah scored twice as Liverpool, who ended the match with 10 men, beat Crystal Palace 4-3 at Anfield and in another 7-goal thriller Wolverhampton Wanderers got the better of their visitors from Leicester with a hat-trick from Diegi Jota. Manchester United won 2-1 at home to Brighton while Newcastle brushed Cardiff aside 3-0 with a double from Fabian Schar at St James’ Park and Everton lost 2-1 at Southampton. West Ham were beaten 2-0 at Bournemouth while Manchester City won 3-0 at Huddersfield and Tottenham came from behind at Fulham to win 2-1 with a goal in stoppage time while Burnley drew 0-0 at Watford.
Week 24 – After a weekend of FA Cup matches, the Premier League resumed in midweek with champions Manchester City taking a 1st minute lead but suffering a shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United while Chelsea were battered 4-0 at Bournemouth with Joshua King netting a double and Liverpool dropped points in their 1-1 home draw with Leicester City. Tottenham came from behind to beat Watford 2-1 with 2 late goals at Wembley and Arsenal gained the same result over their visitors from Cardiff while Crystal Palace, who ended the match a player short, drew 1-1 at Southampton. Glenn Murray scored 2 early goals for Brighton, but Fulham struck 4 times after the break with Aleksandar Mitrovic bagging a brace for the hosts while West Ham fell apart 3-0 at Wolves with Raul Jimenez helping himself to a double and 10-man Everton held onto an early goal to win at Huddersfield who were managed by newly appointed Jan Siewert. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning streak came to an end as Manchester United fought back from 2 down against Burnley to earn a point in stoppage time at Old Trafford.    
Week 25 – Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick to give Manchester City a 3-1 home win over Arsenal and narrow the gap with Liverpool who could only draw 1-1 at West Ham while a late goal gave Tottenham 3 points at home to Newcastle United. Debutant Gonzalo Higuain got off the mark with 2 goals for Chelsea who humbled Huddersfield Town 5-0 at Stamford Bridge with Eden Hazard also scoring a brace for the Blues while Wolves punished Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park and Crystal Palace enjoyed a 2-0 home win over Fulham. An early goal at Leicester was enough to give Manchester United 3 points while Burnley needed a penalty in stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton and a Bobby Reid brace gave Cardiff a home win against Bournemouth. Watford drew 0-0 at Brighton.
Week 26 – A goal at the end of each half at Everton on Wednesday evening took Manchester City above Liverpool on goal difference with an extra game played, but Liverpool went back to the top with a 3-0 home win over Bournemouth on Saturday before Sergio Aguero’s Sunday hat-trick in City’s 6-0 demolition of Chelsea at the Etihad. Paul Pogba scored twice as Manchester United returned from Fulham with a 3-0 win while a Chris Wood brace helped Burnley beat Brighton 3-1 away from home and Arsenal laboured to a 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town. Tottenham were 3-1 winners at home to Leicester while West Ham drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace and Everton, who ended the match with 10 players, lost 1-0 at Watford. Southampton’s stoppage-time leveller was silenced as their visitors from Cardiff scored even later to win 2-1 and on Monday evening Wolves salvaged a 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle with a goal in stoppage time.  
Week 27 – The weekend began on Friday evening with Watford walloping Cardiff City 5-1 away from home with Gerard Deulofeu scoring a hat-trick and Troy Deeney adding 2 to the visitors’ tally while West Ham United recovered from an early setback to beat Fulham 3-1 at The London Stadium. On Saturday Tottenham suffered a 2-1 defeat at Burnley while Crystal Palace punished Leicester City 4-1 with a double from Wilfried Zaha at the Walker Stadium while 10-man Huddersfield lost 2-0 at Newcastle and in a game of penalties, Wolves scored a late penalty to draw 1-1 at Bournemouth who converted and missed a spot kick. On Sunday while Manchester City were beating Chelsea on penalties to win the League Cup at Wembley, Liverpool drew 0-0 at Manchester United and 2 early goals gave Arsenal a 2-0 home win over Southampton.   
Week 28 – In midweek matches Tottenham lost 2-0 at Chelsea while Arsenal buried Bournemouth 5-1 at the Emirates and Liverpool destroyed Watford 5-0 at Anfield with Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk each netting a double. Romelu Lukaku also scored twice as Manchester United were 3-1 winners at Crystal Palace while a penalty conversion was the difference between Manchester City and West Ham at the Etihad and Fulham lost 2-0 at Southampton. Huddersfield Town defeated Wolves 1-0 at home while Gylfi Sigurdsson scored twice as Everton won 3-0 at Cardiff and Newcastle put 2 past Burnley at St James’ Park. Leicester City won 2-1 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.  
Week 29 – Arsenal missed a stoppage time penalty and ended the match with 10 men as they drew 1-1 with Tottenham at Wembley while Romelu Lukaku scored twice to give Manchester United a 3-2 win at home to Southampton and one goal was enough to give Manchester City 3 points at Bournemouth. Crystal Palace were 3-1 winners at Burnley while 2 early goals gave Wolves a win at home to Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town sank 1-0 at Brighton. Newcastle lost 2-0 at West Ham and on Sunday there were 2-1 wins for Chelsea at Fulham and Watford at home to Leicester in Brendan Rodgers’ first match in charge of the Foxes while the Merseyside derby finished goalless at Everton.
Week 30 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer experienced his first league defeat at the helm of Manchester United as they lost 2-0 at Arsenal who moved into fourth place within a point of Tottenham who had taken the lead but lost 2-1 at Southampton while Chelsea scored in stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves. Ayoze Perez netted a late double for Newcastle who came from 2 down to win with 3 goals in the second half at home to Everton while a brace from Jamie Vardy helped Leicester to 3-1 victory at home to Fulham and Brighton were 2-1 winners at Crystal Palace. Cardiff City enjoyed a 2-0 win at home to West Ham United and Bournemouth picked up the same result on the road to Huddersfield Twon while at  the top Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick in 13 minutes at the start of the second halfas Manchester City defeated Watford 3-1 at the Etihad and 2 goals apiece from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane at Anfield gave Liverpool a 4-2 win over Burnley.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Reds arrow to the top


After 20 weeks Liverpool are the front runners ahead of Manchester City who were top of the table until a Christmas blip.
Week 11 - Liverpool earned a 1-1 draw at Arsenal while Raheem Sterling claimed a brace as Southampton were slaughtered 6-1 at Manchester City and Alvaro Morata netted twice in Chelsea’s 3-1 win at home to Crystal Palace. Manchester United came from behind to score their 2-1 winner in stoppage time at Bournemouth while Tottenham took a 3-goal lead against the run of play at Wolves who reduced the deficit with 2 spot kicks and Burnley bounced back twice but lost 4-2 at West Ham for whom Filipe Anderson scored a double. Richarlison scored twice as Everton beat Brighton 3-1 at Goodison Park while a single goal gave Newcastle 3 points at home to Watford and in their first match since the loss of their owner, an emotionally charged Leicester City were 1-0 winners at Cardiff. On Monday evening Huddersfield Town picked up their first win of the season with a 1-0 home win over fellow strugglers Fulham.     
Week 12 – Liverpool moved to the top of the table with 2 goals at home to Fulham but a few hours later Manchester United were outclassed 3-1 at Manchester City who retained top spot while Chelsea were held to a goalless draw at home to Everton and Arsenal could only draw 1-1 with Wolves with a late goal at the Emirates. A Salomon Rondon double gave Newcastle a 2-1 home win over Bournemouth while 10-man Brighton fell 2-1 to a last-minute goal at Cardiff and there were 1-1 draws for Watford at Southampton and West Ham at Huddersfield Town. One goal was enough to give Tottenham all 3 points at Crystal Palace and in their first home match since the death of their owner, Leicester City drew 0-0 with Burnley.     
Week 13 – Chelsea’s unbeaten run came to an end at Wembley where they were defeated 3-1 by Tottenham who moved above them in the league while Manchester City hammered West Ham 4-0 with a double from Leroy Sane at the London Stadium and ten-man Liverpool put 3 past their hosts Watford without reply. Crystal Palace held Manchester United to a goalless draw at Old Trafford while Arsenal were 2-1 winners at Bournemouth and Everton saw off Cardiff with one goal at Goodison Park. In Claudio Ranieri’s first match in charge of Fulham, Aleksandar Mitrovic netted a brace as they overcame their visitors from Southampton 3-2 for whom Stuart Armstrong netted twice while ten-man Leicester came from behind to draw 1-1 at Brighton and Aaron Mooy scored both goals for Huddersfield who move away from the bottom of the table with a win at Wolves. On Monday evening Newcastle won 2-1 at Burnley.
Week 14 – Arsenal went into the break 2-1 down but took Tottenham apart in the 2nd half to win 4-2 at the Emirates with the visitors finishing a man short while Chelsea put 2 past Fulham at Stamford Bridge and in the Merseyside derby at Anfield a freak goal late into stoppage time gave Liverpool all 3 points against Everton. Manchester United came from 2 down to draw 2-2 at Southampton while Bournemouth lost 3-1 at Manchester City and Brighton came back from an early setback to win 2-1 at 10-man Huddersfield town. Crystal Palace dominated and defeated Burnley 2-0 at Selhurst Park while Watford lost 2-0 and suffered a late dismissal at Leicester. Javier Hernandez scored twice as West Ham were 3-0 winners at Newcastle and on Friday night Cardiff City turned the match around in the 2nd half to win 2-1 at home[M1]  to Wolves.
Week 15 – In midweek matches Chelsea took the lead but lost 2-1 at Wolves while Manchester United twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at home to Arsenal and Tottenham were 3-1 winners against their visitors from Southampton who were being watched by newly appointed manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. Burnley took the lead in front of their home crowd but lost 3-1 to Liverpool while ten-man Brighton enjoyed the same scoreline at home to Crystal Palace and a double from Lucas Perez helped West Ham to a 3-1 home win over Cardiff City. There were 2-1 wins for league leaders Manchester City at Watford and for Bournemouth at home to Huddersfield Town while there were 1-1 draws for Newcastle at Everton and for Leicester City at Fulham.   
Week 16 – Liverpool moved to the top of the table as the only unbeaten team in the Premier League after a Mo Salah hat-trick helped them to a 4-0 victory at Bournemouth while Manchester City were beaten 2-0 at Chelsea. Tottenham were 2-0 winners at Leicester City and Arsenal kept up the chase with a narrow 1-0 win at home to Huddersfield Town while ten-man Fulham lost 4-1 at Manchester United. There were 1-0 home wins for Burnley over Brighton and for Cardiff over Southampton while West Ham United were 3-2 winners at home to Crystal Palace. On Sunday Wolverhampton Wanderers scored in stoppage time to win 2-1 at 10-man Newcastle and on Monday evening Everton missed a penalty but salvaged a 2-2 draw with a goal deep into stoppage time at home to Watford.
Week 17 – Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice at Anfield as Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-1 to remain at the top of the table while Manchester City enjoyed the same result at home to Everton with a brace from Gabriel Jesus and Tottenham broke the deadlock in stoppage time to bag all 3 points against Burnley at Wembley. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Ings scored twice each for their respective teams as Arsenal lost 3-2 at Southampton while Chelsea were 2-1 winners at Brighton and Wolves defeated Bournemouth 2-0 at Molineux. Cardiff City pulled 2 goals back but lost 3-2 at Watford and Fulham lost 2-0 at home to West Ham while there were 1-0 wins for Crystal Palace at home to Leicester and Newcastle away to Huddersfield Town.   
Week 18 – Crystal Palace came from a goal down to shock campions Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad and Chelsea lost 1-0 at home to Leicester while on Friday evening Liverpool guaranteed top spot at Christmas with a 2-0 victory at Wolves. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal got the better of Burnley 3-1 at the Emirates while Manchester United romped to a 5-1 win at Cardiff with Jesse Lingard netting twice in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match in charge of the Red Devils and Watford were 2-0 winners at West Ham. Ten-man Brighton lost 2-0 to a David Brooks brace in Bournemouth while Southampton won 3-1 at Huddersfield Town and Fulham played a goalless match at Newcastle. In the sole match on Sunday Everton opened the scoring but were taken apart 6-2 with Heung-min Son and Harry Kane scoring 2 apiece for Tottenham at Goodison Park.  
Week 19 – On Boxing Day Manchester City suffered their second defeat in less than a week when they fell 2-1 at Leicester, ending the match with 10 players, and were overtaken into 2nd place by Tottenham who battered Bournemouth 5-0 at Wembley with another double from Heung-min Son while Liverpool extended their lead at the top after smashing Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield. Eden Hazard scored both goals in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Watford while Arsenal drew 1-1 at Brighton and Everton bounced back from their weekend hammering to bury Burnley 5-1 at Turf Moor with a double from Lucas Digne. Paul Pogba netted twice in Manchester United’s 3-1 home win over Huddersfield Town while Wolves drew 1-1 at Fulham and Crystal Palace fired blanks at home to Cardiff. On the following evening, West Ham United came from behind to win 2-1 at Southampton with a double from Felipe Anderson.   
Week 20 – Liverpool march on at the top of the Premier League table having humiliated Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield with a hat-trick from Roberto Firmino while Tottenham took the lead at Wembley but were devoured 3-1 by Wolves and Manchester City got back to winning ways 3-1 at Southampton who ended the match a man short. Paul Pogba claimed another brace as Manchester United, who ended the match with 10 men, overpowered Bournemouth 4-1 at Old Trafford while a single goal gave Chelsea a win at Crystal Palace and Newcastle drew 1-1 at Watford. Cardiff City broke the deadlock to win at Leicester and Fulham did the same at home to Huddersfield while there was also a 1-0 win for Brighton at home to Everton and West Ham lost 2-0 at Burnley.

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