Premier League Recap

As the title race heats up, the game become more entertaining. This weekend we were treated to 33 goals and saw the referees produce 38 yellows.

 

Saturday

 

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Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion

1-2

Brighton set a new record, just not the kind you want. Winger Anthony Knockaert got shown a yellow card after just 28 seconds, that’s the fastest in the Premier League for a decade.

The challenge left Crystal Palace manager “incensed” as the Eagle lost at home to the Seagulls and of course it was the Frenchman who scored the winner, a stunning curl into the top corner from 25 yards out.

Former Eagle, Glenn Murray, had given Brighton the lead with his 100th league goal after pouncing on a mistake by James Tomkins, before superbly volleying it 18 yards into the far corner.

The hosts equalized just after half time when Luka Milivojevic scored his eighth penalty of the season after Davy Propper fouled Andros Townsend in the box.

The victory leaves Brighton in 15th, whilst the defeat sees Palace – who are also on 33pts –  stay 14th on goal difference.

 

Up Next:

FA CUP

Watford v Palace – Saturday, March 16th (8:15am)

Millwall v Brighton – Sunday, March 17th (10am)

Premier League

Palace v Huddersfield – Saturday, March 30th (11am)

Brighton v Southampton – Saturday, March 30th (11am)

 

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Cardiff City v West Ham United

2-0

Cardiff City pulled off a huge performance just at the right time, putting pressure on  West Ham with a vital home win.

The Bluebirds were off to a perfect start when Junior Hoilett swept home a beautiful move just four minutes in.

Victor Camarasa doubled their advantage shortly after half time and they could, and probably should have added to their advantage in their most dominant home display all season.

Declan Rice hit the post for the Hammers with 20 minutes left, but they never truly looked capable of mounting a comeback.

West Ham sit ninth on 39pts, whilst Cardiff, who are two points from safety, remain in the bottom three with 28pts.

 

Up Next:

Premier League

Cardiff v Chelsea – Sunday, March 31st (9:05am)

West Ham v Huddersfield – Saturday, March 16th (11am)

 

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Huddersfield Town v AFC Bournemouth

0-2

Callum Wilson received praise from boss Eddie Howe, who called the striker a “unique player” after he scored on his return from injury.

Wilson, who had been sidelined since January with a knee problem, opened the scoring when he forced home Ryan Fraser‘s cross to put the Cherries ahead after 20 minutes.

The duo combined again after half time for Bournemouth’s second goal, Wilson crossed to Fraser who swept in his sixth Premier League goal of the season and secured their first away win since October.

It couldn’t have come on a better day for Wilson, with England manager Gareth Southgate sat in the stands at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Despite the win Bournemouth stay 12th and are now 10pts clear of the relegation zone. Huddersfield remain anchored to the bottom, 16pts from safety, with relegation almost a certainty.

 

Up Next:

Premier League

West Ham v Huddersfield – Saturday, March 16th (11am)

Bournemouth v Newcastle – Saturday, March 16th (11am)

 

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Leicester City v Fulham

3-1

Brendan Rodgers got his first win as Leicester City manager, whilst pushing Fulham closer toward relegation, on the day that Jamie Vardy reached 100 goals for the Foxes.

The England striker was the key figure throughout, first he unselfishly set up a simple finish for Youri Tielemans, before netting two himself.

His first came from a beautiful through ball by James Maddison with 12 minutes left, he then got his 100th goal for the club when he netted past Sergio Rico in the 86th minute.

Fulham’s goal just after half time was a scrappy one from substitute Floyd Ayite, but enough to level things before Vardy‘s strong finish.

After the frontman’s rampage, the Cottagers, under interim manager Scott Parker, had no answer and the defeat leaves them 13pts from safety and looking to be on their way back down to the Championship after just one season amongst the elite.

 

Up Next:

Premier League

Burnley v Leicester – Saturday, March 16th (11am)

Fulham v Liverpool – Sunday, March 17th (10:15am)

 

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Newcastle United v Everton

3-2

Newcastle United charged from two goals down at the break to secure a vital victory over Everton in the most captivating match of the day.

Ayoze Perez capped his Man of the Match performance with an 84th-minute winner, poking the ball past Jordan Pickford after the Toffees failed to clear the ball.

The striker had equalized three minutes earlier after Pickford spilled Miguel Almiron‘s effort into his path. He also set up Salomon Rondon‘s magnificent volley to get the hosts back into the game.

Up to that point, Rafael Benitez and his team felt aggrieved at referee Lee Mason‘s decision not to send Pickford off for a foul on Rondon, with the England keeper saving a poor subsequent penalty from Matt Ritchie.

The Magpies’ afternoon darkened when, moments after the save, Richarlison hit home the Toffees’ second of the game, after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had opened the game on 18 minutes with a superb header.

Everton faded in the face of the hosts’ second-half onslaught and are now just 3pts in front of Newcastle.

 

Up Next:

Premier League

Bournemouth v Newcastle – Saturday, March 16th (11am)

Everton v Chelsea – Sunday, March 17th (12:30pm)

 

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Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur

2-1

Southampton scored two late goals in the span of five minutes to secure an incredible comeback victory over Tottenham, whose top-four hopes plummeted.

Harry Kane gave the visitors a first half lead with his 200th career goal, making victory seem very unlikely for the hosts against a dominant Spurs side.

Yan Valery took advantage of Danny Rose‘s mistake to bring his side level with 14 minutes to go.

James Ward-Prowse earned the three points with a signature free-kick from 25 yards out to keep the Saints two points above the relegation zone.

The amazing turnaround earned Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s side their second consecutive home win – the first time they’ve achieved the feat since December 2016.

Spurs were without manager Mauricio Pochettino, who was in the stands as part of his two-match touchline ban.

Despite sitting third, they’ve lost three of their last four league games meaning they face the prospect of being caught by their rivals.

Spurs, who have already reached the last eight of the Champions League and face Liverpool in their next game, will plummet down the table if Chelsea win their two games in hand.

 

Up Next:

Premier League

Brighton v Southampton – Saturday, March 30th (11am)

Liverpool v Tottenham – Sunday, March 31st (11:30am)

 

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Manchester City v Watford

3-1

Raheem Sterling took just thirteen minutes to score a second half hat trick, sending Manchester City a point clear at the top of the Premier League.

His first goal was surround with controversy. With the game goalless, Sterling was clearly offside when Sergio Aguero chested the ball into his path. The linesman’s flag went up, but, after a long discussion with his fellow officials, referee Paul Tierney overruled the decision, to the disbelief of the Hornets players, coaches and fans.

There was no disputing Sterling‘s second goal, which came four minutes later when he tapped home Riyad Mahrez‘s cross.

He completed his hat trick just before the hour mark, running on to David Silva‘s pass and cutting past two defenders before slotting home his 18th of the season.

Watford, who made seven changes ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final tie with Crystal Palace next weekend, brought on Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu late in the game. The pair combined moments later to get a goal back for the visitors with their first touches of the afternoon.

Unfortunately for the Hornets it turned out to be a consolation rather than the start of a magical comeback.

City were comfortably holding on to the title race Saturday night with their 4pt lead their biggest advantage at the top since December 4, however after Liverpool’s victory over Burnley, they’re now only one point clear at the top.

 

Up Next:

Champions League

Man City v Schalke (3-2 agg) – Tuesday, March 12th (4pm)

FA Cup

Swansea v Man City – Saturday, March 16th (1:20pm)

Watford v Palace – Saturday, March 16th (8:15am)

Premier League

Fulham v Man City – Saturday, March 30th (8:30am)

Man United v Watford – Saturday, March 30th (11am)

 

Sunday

 

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Liverpool v Burnley 

4-2

Liverpool maintained the pressure on Manchester City by coming from behind to beat Burnley in tough conditions at Anfield.

The visitors took a shock sixth-minute lead with Ashley Westwood scoring directly from a corner.

The Reds were only behind for 13 minutes before Roberto Firmino tapped in Tom Heaton‘s fumble from Mo Salah‘s cross.

The first half was played in strong winds and hailstorms, but Liverpool battled through and took the lead when Sadio Mane curled a shot past Heaton.

They extended the lead when Firmino scored his second following another poor Heaton clearance, before Burnley pulled one back late on through Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

It was just a little too late for the Clarets to stage a comeback, with the game cemented in Liverpool’s favor when Mane went around Heaton in injury time for his second and the hosts’ fourth to secure all three points.

Victory leaves Jurgen Klopp‘s side one point behind City with eight league games remaining.

 

Up Next:

Champions League

Bayern Munich v Liverpool (0-0 agg) – Wednesday, March 13th (4pm)

Premier League

Fulham v Liverpool – Sunday, March 17th (10:15am)

Burnley v Leicester – Saturday, March 16th (11am)

 

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Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers

1-1

Eden Hazard scored a stoppage-time equalizer to rescue a point against Wolves at Stamford Bridge, raising hopes of a top-four finish.

The Belgian curled one into the bottom corner in the second minute of added time to deny their visitors a memorable victory and ensure the Blues remain unbeaten in the league since a 6-0 thrashing at Man City last month.

The draw keeps Chelsea in sixth, two points behind Manchester United and three adrift of Arsenal, who sit fourth. The Blues have a game in hand on all the sides above them.

Raul Jimenez put Wolves ahead by finishing off a swift counterattack with their only shot on target nine minutes into the second half.

For the longest time it looked to be enough, especially after Willian‘s effort was wonderfully saved by Rui Patricio late on, but Hazard struck to salvage the draw with his 16th goal of the season.

Despite only managing two attempts on goal all game, the visitors may feel aggrieved at only getting one point having limited Chelsea to just one shot on target during the first half.

It was hard to see the hosts scoring as the game entered the few added minutes but Hazard showed his skill in turning away from Ruben Neves and finally beating Patricio from 18 yards.

 

Up Next:

Europa League

Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea – Thursday, March 14th (1:55pm)

FA Cup

Wolves v Man United – Saturday, March 16th (3:55pm)

Premier League

Everton v Chelsea – Sunday, March 17th (10:05am)

Burnley v Wolves – Saturday, March 30th (11am)

 

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Arsenal v Manchester United

2-0

Arsenal won 2-0, handing Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær his first Premier League defeat and leapfrogging their opponents for fourth place.

Granit Xhaka beat David de Gea with a swerving effort from outside the box, which the United keeper was expected to and should have stopped.

Romelu Lukaku hit the bar whilst the game was goalless, before Arsenal took the lead soon after. Just after the opening goal Brazilian midfielder Fred struck the post for the Red Devils.

Bernd Leno produced two crucial saves to keep Lukaku out, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the hosts’ lead from the penalty spot after Fred fouled Alexandre Lacazette.

Not long after the Gunners’ second goal, a fan ran on to the pitch and shoved United’s Chris Smalling before being removed by stewards.

It was the second such incident of the day, with a fan encroaching the pitch in the derby between Birmingham City and Aston Villa of the Championship, the fan in that incident was arrested and has now been jailed 14 weeks for assaulting Jack Grealish, he has also been banned from attending a match in the UK for 10 years and has to pay a fine of £350/$458.

Arsenal, who have won seven out of 10 league games in the calendar year, are one point behind North London rivals Tottenham, who sit third with eight games remaining.

 

Up Next:

Europa League

Arsenal v Rennes – Thursday, March 14th (4pm)

FA Cup

Wolves v Man United – Saturday, March 16th (3:55pm)

Premier League

Man United v Watford – Saturday, March 30th (11am)

Arsenal v Newcastle – Monday, April 1st (3pm)

 

 

ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN

 

* Daylight Savings started Sunday, March 10th in the U.S., but is NOT until Sunday, March 31st in the U.K.. Therefore there will only be 4hrs time difference between those dates. 

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