Premier League Recap

With the FA Cup semi-finals going on at the same time, we were only treated to six instead of 10 games.

This weekend limited fixtures saw 17 goals, 25 yellows and a contender for Goal of the Season.

 

Friday

 

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Southampton v Liverpool

1-3 

Mo Salah scored a beautiful solo goal as Liverpool came from behind to beat Southampton and return to the top of the Premier League.

The Reds were in serious danger of dropping vital points with the score level at 1-1 with 10 minutes remaining, before Salah clinically ended a six league game goal drought.

Southampton’s defense backed off, allowing the Egyptian to run half the length of the pitch before firing one past Angus Gunn.

Substitute Jordan Henderson sealed victory late on with a close-range strike.

Shane Long had given the Saints an early lead with a cool strike from inside the area, but Naby Keita headed home his first goal for the visitors just before the break to level things.

The victory sees Liverpool leapfrog Man City once again – the 25th time the lead has changed this season. The Reds now have a two-point gap at the top, though the defending champions have a game in hand with six matches left.

Southampton remain 16th, five points above the relegation zone.

 

Up Next:

Premier League

Southampton v Wolves – Saturday, April 13 (10am)

Liverpool v Chelsea – Sunday, April 14 (11:30am)

Champions League

Liverpool v Porto – Tuesday, April 9 (3pm)

 

Saturday

 

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AFC Bournemouth v Burnley

1-3

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe warned his players they still have a lot of work to do to secure their safety as Burnley boosted their own survival hopes with a 3-1 victory.

The Cherries, who remain 10 points clear of the bottom three, made an almost perfect start as Ashley Barnes sent the ball into his own net under pressure from Nathan Ake.

The Clarets responded in kind, scoring twice in as many first-half minutes to turn the game around.

First Bournemouth’s Asmir Begovic misjudged Ashley Westwood‘s corner, allowing Chris Wood to head home an emptynetter from point-blank range. Westwood then converted Chris Mepham‘s poor clearance two minutes later, before Barnes atoned for his early own goal by slotting one home in the second half.

The result lifts the visitors to eight points above the relegation zone, two points and one place behind their hosts.

 

Up Next:

Premier League

Brighton v Bournemouth – Saturday, April 13 (10am)

Burnley v Cardiff – Saturday, April 13 (10am)

 

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Huddersfield Town v Leicester City

1-4

Jamie Vardy earned high praise from manager Brendan Rodgers after the Leicester striker’s double helped the Foxes win a fourth consecutive league game.

Youri Tielemans, on loan from Ligue 1 side Monaco, broke the deadlock for the visitors with a clever finish from the edge of the box after the hosts failed to clear from a corner.

Vardy doubled Leicester’s advantage with his 14th league goal of the season, before already relegated Huddersfield responded quickly with their first penalty of the season. Aaron Mooy converted from the spot following Caglar Soyuncu‘s foul on Karlan Grant.

James Maddison added the Foxes third with an excellent free-kick, and Vardy scored his second from the penalty spot with a little over six minutes remaining.

The result sees Leicester climb from ninth to seventh, level on points with Wolves having played a game more.

 

Up Next:

Premier League

Spurs v Huddersfield – Saturday, April 13 (7:30am)

Leicester v Newcastle – Friday , April 12 (3pm)

 

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Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

0-1

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes his side’s victory at Newcastle means they’ve amassed enough points to avoid relegation.

The win saw them take their points tally to 39 – 11 clear of 18th placed Cardiff with just five games remaining.

Palace captain Luka Milivojevic scored the winner from the penalty spot after Wilfried Zaha had been fouled in the area by DeAndre Yedlin with just under 10 minutes remaining.

Both teams had goals disallowed in the first half; Salomon Rondon was called offside for the hosts, before James Tomkins fired in from a corner only for the flag to be raised on an offside James McArthur.

The Magpies lost Florian Lejeune midway through the second half, he was carried off on a stretcher after suffering a nasty knee injury.

The victory sees Palace rise to 12th, whilst Newcastle drop to 15th, though they are still seven points clear of the relegation zone.

 

Up Next:

Premier League

Leicester v Newcastle – Friday , April 12 (3pm)

Palace v Man City – Sunday, April 14 (9:05am)

 

Sunday

 

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Everton v Arsenal

1-0 

Everton manager Marco Silva said his side’s improved form is due to a new found confidence following their impressive victory over Arsenal at Goodison Park.

Phil Jagielka, who was called into the starting lineup as a replacement for Michael Keane just prior to kick-off, slotted home the only goal of the game on the 10 minute mark following Dominic Calvert-Lewin‘s header.

Arsenal were poor in the first half and, whilst they improved in the second, they never really tested Jordan Pickford in the Toffees goal.

The hosts meanwhile had plenty of chances to double their lead in the second half as Bernard, Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson all spurned opportunities.

The victory sees Everton leapfrog Watford into ninth, whilst the Gunners remain fourth.

 

Up Next:

Premier League

Fulham v Everton – Saturday, April 13 (10am)

Watford v Arsenal – Monday, April 15 (3pm)

Europa League

Arsenal v Napoli – Thursday, April 11 (3pm)

 

Monday

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Chelsea v West Ham United

2-0

Eden Hazard scored one of THE goals of the Premier League season as Chelsea defeated West Ham to climb above Spurs and Arsenal into third spot in the race for a Champions League spot.

The Belgian, who has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, evaded five players during a beautiful run, before calmly beating keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

He added a late second to cap off a magnificent individual performance in an entertaining game at Stamford Bridge.

The deficit could have been worse for the Hammers with Gonzalo Higuain hitting the post, and Hazard being denied a penalty after what looked like a foul by Mark Arnautovic.

Argentinan Manuel Lanzini came closest for West Ham with a shot that got beaten away by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Blues, who can still qualify for next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League, are three points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand, after winning a third consecutive game.

Meanwhile West Ham remain 11th after their third defeat in four league games.

 

Up Next:

Premier League

Liverpool v Chelsea – Sunday, April 14 (11:30am)

Man United v West Ham – Saturday, April 13 (12:30pm)

Europa League

Slavia Prague v Chelsea – Thursday, April 11 (3pm)

 

 

ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN

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