The Premier League Round Up

Last weekend was an eventful one so let’s delve right into the action.

Manchester United 1-1 Bournemouth

Man Utd were held to  a one-all draw against the Cherries. Rojo scored first on the 23′ for United then King equalised with a penalty on 40′. Mings and Ibrahimovic were involved in a few incidents including a head stamp and a nasty elbow. Surman got sent to the stands for pushing Ibra over after already picking up  a yellow just on half time.

Leicester City 3-1 Hull City

Leicester contuined their winning ways after coming from behind. Clucas struck  Hull in front  within 14′ but then the Foxes got three without reply from Fuchs (27′), Mahrez (59′) and an OG from Huddleston on the 90′ mark.

Stoke City 2-0 Middlesbrough 

Stoke ran out winners at home against relegation-threatened opposition Middlesbrough. It was an Arnautovic first half  double (29′,42′) that was the difference between the two in the end.

Swansea City  3-2 Burnley

Swansea got a crucial win at home against fellow relegation fighters Burnley. It was Swansea who got the first score thanks to talisman Llorente on 12′ then the Clarets’ main man got them back into it with a penalty from Gray on 20′. Sean Dyche’s men got in front after the break thanks to Gray again on62′ but it wasn’t enough as Olssen brought it back quickly ib 69′. The Swans then waited right up until the end but their main man Llorente was there again on the 92′ to win it.

Watford 3-4 Southampton

Southampton got the three points in a seven-goal thriller at Vicarage Road. Troy Deeney started off the scoring early on the 4′ but Southampton got two before the break thanks to Tadic 29, and a first of a Redmound double 45+2′. Okaka then started off a frantic last 10 minutes bringing it back to a draw on 79′. The Saints then got two in three minutes thanks to their main man at the moment Gabbiadini 83′ and a second of the double from Redmound 86′. Watford pulled one back thanks to Doucoure 90+4 but it was too little too late as Southampton got the win.

West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace 

Palace got a crucial win in their bid to stay in the Premier League at the Hawthorns. Allyardyce will be relieved to have two wins on the bounce and get out of the rut they were in. He has Zaha and Townsend to thank as two second half goals 55′ and 84′ respectively earned them the three points.

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Liverpool got a big win in the race for a Champions League spot against rivals for the spot, Arsenal. This loss now puts massive pressure on Wenger after being completely outplayed by the ‘Pool with many fans calling for a change since the Munich embarrassment. Firmino started off the scoring on 9′ and then Mane doubled the lead before the break 40’. Welbeck pulled one back to give hope for the Gunners on 57′ but just before full time, Wijnaldum put a stop to that on 90+1.

Tottenham Hotspurs 3-2 Everton

Spurs beat Everton to cut Chelsea’s gap on the top to six points. Kane’s double looked to give Tottenham an easy time, 20′ and 56′, but Lukaku pulled one back to make it a nervous last 10 minutes. Then Alli calmed Spurs’ fans with a goal on the 90+2.Valencia got one back a minute later 90+3′ but it turned out to just be a constellation with Tottenham getting all three points.

Sunderland 0-2 Manchester City 

Sunderland remain rooted to the bottom of the table after yet another loss, this time to Man City. Aguero opened up the scoring just before half time on the 42′ then 10 minutes into the second half, Sane doubled the lead 52′ to give City a comfortable win.

West Ham United 1-2 Chelsea FC

Chelsea extended their lead at the top with a win against West Ham. This puts Chelsea 10 points ahead of nearest rivals Tottenham and set for the title this year. Hazard broke the deadlock on 25′, finishing off a nice counter attack. Costa doubled their lead just after the break on the 25′ mark but the Hammers had other ideas with Lanzini pulling one back at the death 90++2′. Unfortunately for them, it turned out to be only a consolation.


Shane Long downs the ‘Pool

On Wednesday the 25th of January, Southampton  sent Liverpool crashing out of the EFL cup semi-final with a 2-0 aggregate win. Claude Puel’s side are the first Southampton team to reach a league cup final since 1978. This result is a continuation of Liverpool’s bad form, with only one win out of their seven matches in 2017, including a loss to bottom-of-the-Premier-League Swansea.

Southampton had made two changes going into the game, with Virgil Van Djik missing through injury. He was replaced by  Jack Stephens in centre back, which allowed Stephen Davis the honour of being captain while filling in for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Klopp made three changes to his side. This included the selection of Joel Matip, indicating that Klopp’s dispute with the Cameroonian over his eligibility had been put aside. Louis Karius, Daniel Sturridge and Trent Alexander-Arnold also returned to the squad.

Southampton could have wrapped up the tie in the first leg at St Mary’s, if not for poor finishing. This showed again in Anfield, with NathanRedmond presenting Tadic with a gilt-edged chance from six yards out, only for Karius to make a necessary save. A couple of minutes later, Redmond again escaped from the young Alexander-Arnold and sent an inch-perfect cross to Davis, who unfortunately smashed it wide.

Liverpool eventually grew into the game and came out fighting in the second half. Emre Can scared the Saints fans with a powerful shot that Forster was forced to deflect backwards before managing to snatch off the line. Goal-line technology deemed it not a goal. Sturridge would probably not enjoy watching the highlights, after he wasted two solid chances for the Reds. His first missed opportunity was from six yards out, where he skied it, and the second came six minutes later via a cross from Henderson, which Sturridge headed over the crossbar.

The closest Klopp’s side came after that was a wide effort from the brilliant Philippe Coutinho on 78 minutes. There were two possible penalty shouts in the last 10 minutes, with an apparent handball against goalscorer Shane Long on the 84-minute mark, and a controversial Stephen Davis tackle on Origi in the 90th minute. Referee Martin Atkinson awarded neither.

The Davis tackle led to a corner from which, instead of Liverpool grabbing the equaliser, Southampton got the winner. A fast counter attack (which has so often been associated with Klopp) from one box to the other was eventually finished by Shane Long, following a lung-bursting run. This led to jubilant celebrations from fans, players, and coaching staff alike.