Premier League Weekly- Gameweek 23

Hello everyone! Welcome to a Premier League Weekly, where I will be reporting on every game from last weekend’s matches in the Premier League and I will be also making my Team of the Week! Enjoy!

Match Reports

Chelsea 0-0 Leicester City

Chelsea were lucky to come away with their third 0-0 draw in a row with a poor performance at Stamford Bridge against Leicester. The Foxes were the better side on the day, and if it hadn’t been for Ben Chilwell picking up his second yellow card in the 68th minute they probably would have pushed on for the victory. As it was though, they then had to sit back and let Chelsea attack, but the Blues couldn’t break through the ten men.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley

Crystal Palace earned a well deserved victory at Selhurst Park over Burnley to ensure that the Clarets went seven games without a win. In the 21st minute Bakary Sako used his skill to get past Phil Bardsley and sprinted into the box before he smashed a low shot past Nick Pope and into the Burnley goal to get the winner and move the Eagles up to 13th in the league, which is a massive credit to Roy Hodgson and his players.

Huddersfield Town 1-4 West Ham United

West Ham thrashed Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday to put more pressure on the gradually sliding Huddersfield. In the 25th minute Joe Lolley gave the ball away to Mark Noble, who ran through on goal and finished superbly to put the Hammers ahead. However, Lolley made up for his error fifteen minutes later when he ran to the edge of the box and curled a beauty with his left foot into the far corner. The Terriers capitulated in the second half, and nine seconds into it they were behind when Marko Arnautovic took down Pedro Obiang’s long ball and finished to but the Irons back in the lead. Ten minutes later Manuel Lanzini doubled their lead, and he sealed the game with an emphatic finish only five minutes after that.

Newcastle United 1-1 Swansea City

A classic ‘relegation 6-pointer’ between strugglers Newcastle and Swansea ended in a score draw on Saturday. Swansea took a surprise lead in the 60th minute when Jordan Ayew shocked the home crowd, but something equally as shocking happened eight minutes later, when Joselu equalised for the Magpies. The hosts, who deserved to win, couldn’t break through the Swans’ defence in the last twenty minutes.

Watford 2-2 Southampton

An extremely dramatic match at Vicarage Road ended in a draw, but it should have been a victory for Southampton as Watford scored a very controversial goal at the end. In the 20th minute James Ward-Prowse put the Saints ahead and then twenty five minutes later he finished off a wonderful team move to double their lead. However, in the second half the Hornets came back stronger, and in the 58th minute Andre Gray tapped the ball past Alex McCarthy to bring them back into the game. In the last minute, Abdoulaye Doucoure scored the equaliser, but he clearly handballed it into the net. However, the goal was given and the Saints were denied a crucial win.

West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

West Brom earned only their third win of the season, and their first one since August with a win against fellow strugglers Brighton. The Baggies took the lead after only four minutes, when Johnny Evans headed in a corner. The Northern Irish international has been linked with a £25m move to Manchester City, which wouldn’t be a bad signing for City. Anyway, the hosts then sealed the victory ten minutes into the second half, when Craig Dawson headed a corner down into the ground and it bounced over Mat Ryan. If Brighton continue in this poor form I think they will get relegated.

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Everton

Tottenham thrashed a lacklustre Everton at Wembley on Saturday afternoon to keep up their perfect start to 2018. In the 28th minute Heung-Min Son put the Lilywhites ahead with a cool finish, and then two minutes into the second half Harry Kane scored his customary goal, before completing his brace with a scuffed finish twelve minutes later. With ten minutes to go Christian Eriksen scored an excellent goal to compound the misery on the Toffees.

Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal

Bournemouth came from behind to beat Arsenal as the Gunners continued their poor form at the Vitality Stadium. In the 52nd minute Hector Bellerin scored his second goal in as many Premier League games to put the visitors into the lead. However, with twenty minutes left Callum Wilson equalised for the Cherries and then five minutes later Jordan I’ve scored the winning goal to earn a surprising victory for Bournemouth.

Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City

In the game of the season so far, Liverpool survived a late scare to end Manchester City’s hopes of an invincible season in the Premier League with a wonderful performance at Anfield. In the 8th minute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave the Reds the perfect start with a driven shot from 30 yards that went into the bottom left corner. They deserved to be leading at the break, but five minutes before half time Leroy Sane chested the ball down and dribbled towards the goal and smashed the ball into the net at the near post to equalise. Fifteen minutes into the second half, Roberto Firmino outstrengthed John Stones and chipped Ederson to put the Reds back in the lead. One minute later Sadio Mane smashed a left footed shot into the top corner and then seven minutes later Mohamed Salah intercepted Ederson’s clearance and chipped it into the net from 35 yards out. With six minutes left of the game Bernardo Silva brought City back into the game and then in the first of four minutes of injury time Ilkay Gundogan poked in their third goal. In the very last minute the visitors got a free kicks, but Kevin de Bruyne’s cross was headed against the side netting by an offside Sergio Aguero. It was an incredible game, but it would’ve been even more eventful had City completed the most miraculous of all comebacks.

Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City

Man United closed the gap at the top of the table to 12 points with a comfortable win against Stoke at Old Trafford on Monday night. They took only 9 minutes to go ahead, when Antonio Valencia scored his first left footed goal since 2012 when he played for Wigan with a curling shot into the top left corner. Seven minutes before half time Anthony Martial scored to double their lead, and Romelu Lukaku sealed the victory with a rare goal in the 72nd minute.

Team of the Week

  • Ben Foster
  • Craig Dawson
  • Johnny Evans
  • Davinson Sanchez
  • Antonio Valencia
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Paul Pogba
  • Manuel Lanzini
  • James Ward-Prowse
  • Marko Arnautovic
  • Harry Kane

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