Premier League Recap

Due to the FA Cup Sixth Round fixtures there were only a handful of Premier League games played this weekend.

19 goals were scored, seven of which game at London Stadium, 15 yellow cards were produced and Leicester City were a man down after just four minutes, with Harry Maguire seeing red.

 

Saturday

 

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AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United 

2-2

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez believes his side need just one more win to secure Premier League safety after their dramatic draw with Bournemouth.

Former Cherries player Matt Ritchie scored a spectacular volley to level the field after 90 +4 minutes, lifting the Magpies to 35 points with seven games left to play.

Salomon Rondon opened the scoring with a magnificent free kick on the stroke of half time, but Joshua King turned the game in the hosts’ favor in the second half, with a penalty and cool finish into the far corner from Dominic Solanke‘s pass.

Benitez wasn’t happy with referee Mike Dean‘s decision to award the penalty following Federico Fernandez‘s foul on Nathan Aka.

Bournemouth sit in 12th place, while Newcastle remain 13th, 7pts above the relegation zone.

 

Up Next:

Leicester v Bournemouth – Saturday, March 30th (11am)

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

 

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Burnley v Leicester City

1-2

Brendan Rodgers‘ team played an “outstanding mental game” after snatching a late win at Burnley, despite playing with only 10 men for the most of the game.

Harry Maguire was sent off after just four minutes for bringing down Johann Berg Gudmundsson when he was clear on goal.

Despite their disadvantage, the Foxes took the lead through a James Maddison free kick, before Dwight McNeil leveled shortly after.

The visitors left it late, but scored against the run of play when substitute Wes Morgan headed home Youri Tieleman‘s cross.

Burnley remain 17th, whilst Leicester sit in 10th place and have crossed the 40pt mark with seven games remaining.

 

Up Next:

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

Leicester v Bournemouth – Saturday, March 30th (11am)

 

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West Ham United v Huddersfield Town

4-3

The Hammers produced a thrilling comeback late on to stop relegation-threatened Huddersfield Town moving off the bottom of the league table for the first time since December.

The Terriers led 3-1 with barley 15 minutes renaming, before substitute Javier Hernandez inspired the incredible turnaround.

Captain Mark Noble slotted home from the spot in the first half, before Juninho Bacuna leveled for the visitors. 21-year-old Karlan Grant then scored twice giving Huddersfield a 3-1 lead.

Angelo Ogbonna headed home for the hosts to make it 3-2, followed by two goals from Hernandez in the closing stages to spark euphoric celebrations at London Stadium.

The Hammers remain ninth, two points behind seventh-placed Wolves.

 

Up Next:

West Ham v Everton – Saturday, March 30th (1:30pm)

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

 

Sunday

 

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Fulham v Liverpool

1-2

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League after James Milner‘s late penalty saved them from an embarrassing defeat at 19th-placed Fulham.

The Reds took the lead through Sadio Mane‘s 11th goal in as many games, but the visitors failed to put second-to-bottom Fulham away, allowing the hosts back into the game.

A calamitous defensive mix up between defender Virgil van Dijk and goalie Alisson gifted Ryan Babel an equalizer against his former team on 74 minutes.

To Liverpool’s pleasure, Fulham keeper Sergio Rico then made an equally painful blunder, dropping Mo Salah‘s curling shot and fouling Mane as he went for the ball.

Miler calmly converted, sending a relieved Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League for the first time since the start of March.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side are two points ahead of Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

 

Up Next:

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

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

 

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Everton v Chelsea

2-0

Chelsea’s top-four hopes were dented by Everton’s second-half resurgence handing them a 2-0 defeat.

The Blues dominated possession in the first half with Eden Hazard hitting the post and Pedro wasting an opportunity from close range.

The visitors’ profligacy was punished just after the break when Richarlison headed home from a corner for his 13th goal of the season.

Chelsea’s woes increased when Richarlison was brought down in the box by Marcos Alonso, before Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the rebound from his own penalty.

As a result, the visitors failed to capitalize on their game in hand, remaining sixth. Had they won, they would have leapfrogged Manchester United and drawn level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal.

It was a much needed victory for Everton, who haven’t won at Goodison Park since January 13.

 

Up Next:

West Ham v Everton – Saturday, March 30th (1:30pm)

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

 

 

ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN

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