Thriller At Goodison While Liverpool Slip Up Again
Chelsea maintained their nine point lead at the top of the table on Saturday and are now clear favourites to win the Premier League title with fourteen games still to play.
The Blues all but ended Arsenal’s own title challenge with a 3-1 victory over the Gunners at Stamford Bridge, Arsenal’s second defeat in five days. Marcos Alonso, Eden Hazard and former Gunner Cesc Fabregas all scored before Olivier Giroud headed home a late consolation.
Tottenham Hotspur are Chelsea’s nearest threat as the Lillywhites ensured the gap between the Blues and themselves remained nine points after Harry Kane scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Middlesbrough.
Manchester City also edged past a struggling team thanks to Gabriel Jesus’ last minute winner in a 2-1 victory against Swansea City. The Brazilian forward had originally opened the scoring but Swansea equalised through Icelandic attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Liverpool’s season continues to deteriorate following a bad start to the year. The Reds were defeated by Hull City, who are on the rise under new boss Marco Silva, thanks to goals from Alfred N’Diaye and Everton loanee Oumar Niasse. Jurgen Klopp’s side have fallen from second to fifth since the turn of the new year.
Match week 24 also included a nine-goal thriller at Goodison Park where Everton beat Bournemouth by a remarkable 6-3 score line. Romelu Lukaku scored four in the highest-scoring game this season. James McCarthy and Ross Barkley scored the other two Everton goals, while Josh King struck a brace and Harry Arter netted a late third for Eddie Howe’s side.
Despite their big win, Everton remain seventh, a place behind Manchester United who beat Leicester City 3-0. The Red Devils defeated the reigning champions, who are just a point above the relegation zone, thanks to goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata.
There was another shock at the bottom of the table where Sunderland thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0. The Black Cats had only scored four goals in their previous nine away league games but managed four goals in the first half at Selhurst Park, including three in a six-minute blitz. Lamina Kone, Didier N’Dong and a Jermain Defoe double secured the victory against former boss Sam Allardyce’s Eagles.
West Ham United earned another win as they continue to climb the table, beating Southampton 3-1 at St Mary’s Stadium. Andy Carroll, Pedro Obiang and Mark Noble all scored after debutant Manolo Gabbiandini gave the hosts the lead.
Meanwhile, Watford earned their second victory in a week after their 2-1 win at Arsenal. The Hornets recorded the same score line against ten-man Burnley, scoring through Troy Deeney and M’Baye Niang. Former Norway Under-20 international Ashley Barnes scored a late penalty for Burnley, who had Jeff Hendrick sent off just six minutes into the game.
There was another home win for West Bromwich Albion as they continued their excellent form under Tony Pulis. The Baggies remain eighth following a fairly unnoticed run of results, particularly at the Hawthorns. James Morrison scored the only goal early in the game as they edged past Stoke City.