Tuesday 11 April 2023

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With the Premier League title within dreaming distance, Arsenal’s lead over Manchester City is suddenly looking precarious while Manchester United and Newcastle are vying for third place.

Week 21 – Chelsea played a goalless match at Liverpool as did Newcastle at Crystal Palace while Bournemouth drew 1-1 at home to Nottingham Forest and Brighton shared 4 goals with hosts Leicester City. A Jarrod Bowen brace gave West Ham a home win over Everton and one goal was enough to give visiting Aston Villa a win at Southampton while on Sunday Eddie Nketiah completed his double in the last minute of a pulsating match at the Emirates to give Arsenal a 3-2 victory over Manchester United and Erling Haaland scored all 3 goals in Manchester City’s win at home to Wolves. Brentford drew 0-0 at Leeds and on Monday Fulham fell to a solitary goal at home to Spurs.

Week 22 – The week’s fixtures began with a goalless draw between Chelsea and Fulham on Friday evening and on Saturday, league leaders Arsenal came unstuck 1-0 at Everton while Crystal Palace lost 2-1 at 10-man Manchester United and Newcastle drew 1-1 at home to West Ham. Leicester City won a thrilling match 4-2 at Aston Villa while Southampton were beaten 3-0 at Brentford and Liverpool were taken apart 3-0 at Wolves. A late goal settled the match in Brighton’s favour against their visitors from Bournemouth and on Sunday Manchester City failed to take advantage of Arsenal’s slip up when they lost 1-0 at Tottenham who finished the match with 10 players while Leeds United parted company with manager Jesse Marsch after losing 1-0 at Nottingham Forest. On Wednesday evening, in a rearranged match, Manchester United fought back from 2 down against managerless Leeds United to draw 2-2 at Old Trafford.  

Week 23 In a controversial weekend, Brentford managed to draw 1-1 at league leaders Arsenal and there were 1-1 draws for Chelsea at West Ham and for Brighton at Crystal Palace while Tottenham opened the scoring but were thumped 4-1 at Leicester and Fulham defeated Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Craven Cottage. Ten-man Wolves came from behind to win 2-1 at troubled Southampton and Newcastle drew 1-1 at Bournemouth while on Sunday Manchester United scored 2 latre goals to win at Leeds and Manchester City registered a 3-1 home win against Aston Villa. On Monday evening Liverpool put 2 past Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield and in a rearranged match on Wednesday, Manchester City Overtook Arsenal at the top on goal difference after a 3-1 victory at the Emirates.

Week 24 – Arsenal regained top spot after twice coming from behind and scoring twice in stoppage time to win 4-2 at Aston Villa while Manchester City could only draw 1-1 at Nottingham Forest and 10-man Newcastle lost to 2 early goals at home to Liverpool. Chelsea were stunned 1-0 at home to bottom of the table Southampton and Brighton fell to a late goal at home to Fulham while Brentford scored a last-gasp goal to draw 1-1 at home to Crystal Palace and Leeds lost to a single goal at Everton. Bournemouth scored the only goal of the match at Wolverhampton Wanderers while on Sunday a double from Marcus Rashford helped Manchester United to a 3-0 win at home to Leicester and West Ham lost 2-0 at Tottenham.

Week 25 – On Saturday, after Wolves had drawn 1-1 at Fulham on Friday evening, a single goal gave Arsenal 3 points at Leicester while Manchester City sailed 4-1 past Bournemouth on their travels and Nottingham Forest fell apart 4-0 at West Ham for whom Danny Ings netted a double. Everton lost 2-0 at home to Aston Villa while Leeds got the better of Southampton with a goal at Elland Road and Liverpool played a goalless match at Crystal Palace. On Sunday, while Manchester United were winning the League Cup with a 2-0 win over Newcastle at Wembley, Chelsea lost 2-0 at Tottenham while in rearranged matches on Wednesday Gabriel Martinelli scored twice as Arsenal brushed Everton aside 4-0 at the Emirates and Liverpool put 2 past Wolves at Anfield.

Week 26 – With Manchester City having won 2-0 at home to Newcastle, Arsenal conceded after only 9 seconds and went 2 down to Bournemouth before mounting a valiant comeback that saw them score the 3-2 winner with the last kick of the game in front of their jubilant home crowd while West Ham were hammered 4-0 at Brighton and 10 men from Crystal Palace fell to an own goal at Aston Villa who were joined by Chelsea, Wolves and Southampton in achieving 1-0 home wins, beating Leeds, Tottenham and Leicester respectively. On Sunday, after Everton had drawn 2-2 at Nottingham Forest, Manchester United were destroyed 7-0 at Liverpool for whom Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah each grabbed a brace while on Monday evening Fulham lost 3-2 at Brentford.

Week 27 – Liverpool lost 1-0 at Bournemouth and Brentford suffered the same result with a first-minute goal at Everton while Brighton twice took the lead but drew 2-2 at Leeds. Harry Kane score twice as Tottenham ran out 3-1 winners at home to Nottingham Forest while Chelsea enjoyed the same result at Leicester who finished the match with 10 players and a penalty conversion in favour of Manchester City was the difference between them and their hosts Crystal Palace. On Sunday Arsenal picked up another win with 3 first-half goals at Fulham and Newcastle sent Wolves home 2-1 losers while Southampton earned a 0-0 draw at Manchester United who were reduced to 10 players and West Ham drew 1-1 at home to Aston Villa. On Wednesday evening, in rearranged matches Brentford put 2 past their hosts at troubled Southampton while Crystal Palace lost 1-0 at Brighton.

Week 28 – On Friday evening Newcastle United came from a behind to win 2-1 at Nottingham Forest with Alexander Isak completing his brace from the spot in stoppage-time while on Saturday, a stoppage-time penalty earned Southampton a 3-3 draw at home to Tottenham having  trailed 3-1 to the Londoners and Wolverhampton Wanderers attempted to fightback from 3 down at home to Leeds but ended the match 4-2 losers with nine players on the field. Aston Villa put 3 past their visitors from Bournemouth without reply and Everton twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Chelsea while Leicester drew 1-1 at Brentford who finished the match with 10 players. On Sunday, after parting with manager Patrick Viera, Crystal Palace lost 4-1 at Arsenal with Bukayo Saka netting twice for the league leaders.

Week 29 – Liverpool took the lead at Manchester City but were outclassed 4-1 while Gabriel Jesus scored a double as Arsenal enjoyed the same result at home to Leeds United and Chelsea lost 2-0 at home to Aston Villa before dismissing manager Graham Potter. Brighton and Hove Albion 3 times came from behind to earn a late 3-3 draw at home to Brentford while Bournemouth fell behind but defeated their visitors from Fulham 2-1 and Crystal Palace achieved the same result with their winning goal at home to Leicester coming in stoppage time. Wolves drew 1-1 at Nottingham Forest and on Sunday one goal was enough to give West Ham a home win over Southampton while Newcastle beat Manchester United 2-0 at St James’ Park. On Monday evening, 10-man Everton scored a last-minute goal at Goodison Park to draw 1-1 with Tottenham who also finished the match with 10 players. In rearranged matches in midweek, Liverpool played a goalless match at Chelsea and Brighton won 2-0 at Bournemouth while there were 2-1 wins for Leeds who came from behind at home to Nottingham Forest and for Aston Villa at 10-man Leicester City who had recently parted company with manager Brendan Rodgers. West Ham United were hammered 5-1 at home to Newcastle for who Callum Wilson Joelinton each netted a brace while a single goal at Old Trafford gave Manchester United 3 points against Brentford.

Week 30 – Manchester United scored twice at home to Everton and Aston Villa achieved the same result with a goal in stoppage-time against Nottingham Forest while there were 1-0 away wins for West Ham at Fulham and for Bournemouth at Leicester City. In a controversial match, Tottenham beat their visitors from Brighton 2-1 and at Bradford, Toney, who missed a penalty for the first time, made amends with another spot kick, but Newcastle came back after the break to win 2-1 and Chelsea were defeated by a single goal at Wolves. Erling Haaland netted a double as Manchester City ran out 4-1 winners at Southampton while on Sunday Arsenal took a 2-goal lead at Liverpool but were pegged back to 2-2 and Leeds United went ahead in front of their home crowd but were thumped 5-1 by Crystal Palace for whom Jordan Ayew scored twice. Burnley became the first team this year to gain promotion to the Premier League.