Title Race Back On As Chelsea Defeated
Despite seemingly heading to an obvious conclusion a mere few weeks ago, the Premier League title race is back on after match week 33.
Jose Mourinho tasted victory against former club Chelsea for the first time in three attempts this season, with his Manchester United side overcoming the Blues 2-0 at Old Trafford. Goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera earned an important three points for the Red Devils, whose Champions League ambitions still remain in doubt but will be boosted by the victory.
Chelsea’s defeat and recent poor form meant Tottenham Hotspur moved within just four points of the league leaders. The Lilywhites put four past Bournemouth without reply in Saturday’s early fixture. Mousa Dembele, Heung-min Son, Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen ensured Spurs’ remain in the fight for their first top-flight title in 55 years.
Liverpool and Manchester City make up third and fourth respectively after they both won over the weekend. Roberto Firmino scored the only goal of the game as the Reds won at West Bromwich Albion, while Manchester City won 3-0 at Southampton, courtesy of goals from Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero.
Arsenal ended a run of four consecutive away league defeats with a 2-1 victory against Middlesbrough. The game appeared to be heading for a draw when Alvaro Negredo cancelled out Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick, but Mesut Ozil’s late goal earned the Gunners an important win.
Meanwhile, Everton’s quest for Europa League qualification was given a boost as they beat Burnley 3-1 at Goodison Park. Clarets striker Sam Vokes equalised from the penlty spot after Phil Jagielka’s opener, but Ben Mee’s own goal and Romelu Lukaku’s goal secured the three points.
At the other end of the table, Swansea City’s Premier League status appears to be deteriorating as they were beaten 1-0 at Watford. A costly mistake from the usually reliable Alfie Mawson allowed Etiene Capoue to score the game’s only goal in the first period.
Swansea’s defeat gifted Hull City a lifeline, despite their own 3-1 defeat at Stoke City. Mark Arnautovic, Peter Crouch and Xherdan Shaqiri condemned the Tigers, who scored through Harry Maguire. Marco Silva’s side sit two points above the relegation zone.
Crystal Palace appear all but safe after a 2-2 draw with Leicester City. Things appeared pretty bleak at Selhurst when Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy handed the Foxes a 2-0 lead, but goals from Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke completed a remarkable come-back – lifting the Eagles up to fifteenth on 35 points.
Finally, a late Fabio Borini equaliser against West Ham United could still prove to be not enough for Sunderland as they seem to be heading towards the inevitability of relegation. The Hammers took the lead twice in the dramatic 2-2 draw, firstly through Andre Ayew and then James Collins, but the Black Cats equalised through Wahbi Khazri and Borini respectively.