Saturday 28 March 2020

Red alert puts Red’s title on ice

Needing only five more points to secure the Premier League title Liverpool’s 30-year wait will have to go on at least a bit longer as football was suspended in England due to a worldwide viral outbreak.
Week 21 – On New Year’s Day Chelsea scored the first Premier League goal of the new decade in their 1-1 draw at Brighton and Arsenal scored twice in the first half to beat Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates while Everton lost 2-1 to a Gabriel Jesus brace at Manchester City. Mark Noble also claimed a brace as West Ham took their visitors from Bournemouth apart 4-0 and Leicester City were 3-0 winners at Newcastle while Wolves lost 2-1 at ten-man Watford and Tottenham lost 1-0 at Southampton. Burnley were 2-1 losers at home to Aston Villa while Crystal Palace drew 1-1 at Norwich and on the following evening Liverpool were 2-0 winners at home to Sheffield United.
Week 22 – Sergio Aguero claimed a hat-trick and Riyad Mahrez a brace as Manchester City humiliated hosts Aston Villa 6-1 while a single goal at Tottenham was enough to give Liverpool another 3 points and Leicester lost 2-1 at home to Southampton. Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United beat their visitors from Norwich 4-0 while ten-man Arsenal drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace and Chelsea were 3-0 winners at home to Burnley. Everton defeated Brighton 1-0 at Goodison Park while Newcastle drew 1-1 at Wolves and Bournemouth fell 3-0 at home to Watford who moved out of the relegation zone. The weekend had begun on Friday evening with Sheffield United winning 1-0 at home to West Ham.
Week 23 – Liverpool took another step towards the Premier League title with a 2-0 home victory over Manchester United as the top six teams all dropped points. Sergio Aguero netted a late double as Manchester City came from a goal down but drew 2-2 at home to Crystal Palace while Leicester City took the lead at Burnley but lost 2-1 and Chelsea lost 1-0 to a goal in stoppage time at Newcastle. Tottenham drew 0-0 at Watford who had a penalty saved while Wolverhampton Wonderers came from 2 down at Southampton to win 3-2 with a double from Raul Jimenez and Sheffield United drew 1-1 at Arsenal. There were also 1-1 draws for Everton at West Ham and for Aston Villa at Brighton while Bournemouth lost 1-0 at Norwich with both teams reduced to 10 players.
Week 24 – In midweek matches ten-man Arsenal twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Chelsea while Florian Lejeune scored twice late in stoppage time to earn Newcastle a 2-2 draw at Everton and Burnley defeated Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford. Ayoze Perez claimed a brace as West Ham United were put to the sword 4-1 at Leicester while Norwich lost 2-1 at Tottenham and Crystal Palace were beaten 2-0 at home to Southampton. Aston Villa came from behind and scored a last gasp 2-1 winner at home to Watford while Bournemouth were 3-1 winners against their visitors from Brighton and Manchester City picked up a 1-0 win at Sheffield United. On Thursday evening, Liverpool overcame Wolves 2-1 at Molineux.
Week 25 – Mo Salah netted twice for Liverpool who swept Southampton aside with 4 goals after the break at Anfield while ten-man Manchester City, who missed a penalty, were beaten 2-0 at Tottenham and Chelsea drew 2-2 at Leicester. Yerry Mina scored twice for Everton who enjoyed a last-minute 3-2 winner with ten men at Watford despite having trailed 2-0 at the break while a Robert Snodgrass brace was not enough for West Ham who relinquished their two-goal lead to draw 3-3 at home to Brighton and Aston Villa lost 2-1 at ten-man Bournemouth. Crystal Palace lost to a single goal at home to Sheffield United while the matches between Newcastle and Norwich City, Manchester United and Wolves, and Burnley against Arsenal ended goalless.
 Week 26 – The introduction of a winter break meant the week’s fixture list was played over two weeks. Crystal Palace were beaten 3-1 at Everton and Watford drew 1-1 at Brighton while Bournemouth took the lead but lost 2-1 at Sheffield United and Manchester City v West Ham fell foul of the weather. Ten-man Leicester drew 0-0 at Wolves on Friday evening and at the weekend Southampton lost 2-1 at home to Burnley while a single goal gave Liverpool a win at bottom of the table Norwich. Heung-min Son completed his brace for Tottenham with a stoppage-time 3-2 winner at Aston Villa while Arsenal took Newcastle apart with four second-half goals at the Emirates and on Monday evening Manchester United prevailed 2-0 at Chelsea. In a rearranged match on Wednesday evening, West Ham United lost 2-0 at Manchester City.
Week 27 – A single goal gave Manchester City a victory at Leicester while Tottenham lost 2-1 at Chelsea and a double from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang help Arsenal to a 3-2 win over Everton at the Emirates. Bournemouth lost a controversial match 3-0 at Burnley while there were 3-0 wins for Manchester United at home to Watford and Wolves at home to Norwich with a Diego Jota claiming a brace. Aston Villa were 2-0 losers at Southampton and Newcastle, who ended the match with 10 players, lost 1-0 at Crystal Palace and Brighton picked up a 1-1 draw at Sheffield United. On Monday evening, Liverpool came from 2-1 down to beat West Ham United 3-2 at Anfield.
Week 28 – While Manchester City lifted the League Cup with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, Liverpool’s long unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an abrupt end when they were beaten 3-0 at Watford with Ismaela Sarr netting twice for the hosts and on Friday evening Leicester City lost 1-0 at Norwich. Wolverhampton Wanderers twice came from behind to win 3-2 at Tottenham while Manchester United drew 1-1 at Everton and West Ham United were 3-1 winners at home to Southampton. Bournemouth drew 2-2 at home to Chelsea while a single goal gave Crystal Palace a win at Brighton and Burnley drew 0-0 at Newcastle.
Week 29 – Manchester City lost 2-0 at Manchester United while Liverpool overturned an early setback to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at Anfield and Chelsea thumped Everton 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. Ten-man Southampton lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle while there were 1-0 home wins for Arsenal again West Ham, Crystal Palace against Watford and Sheffield United against Norwich City. Tottenham drew 1-1 at Burnley and Brighton held Wolves to a goalless draw at Molineux. On Monday evening Aston Villa were swept aside 4-0 at Leicester with a double from Jamie Vardy.