by Sam Lawson
Friday, February 22
West Ham – 3 (Hernandez 29’, Diop 40’, Antonio 90’ + 1)
Fulham – 1 (Babel 3’)
Fulham’s 18th defeat of this Premier League season came at the hands of a controversial Hernandez equalizer. Although it appeared that he headed the ball in, later video replays showed that the ball hit his arm. Two more goals from the Hammers moved them up to ninth on the table, while 19th place Fulham are now eight points from safety.
Cardiff City – 1 (Bamba 82’)
Watford – 5 (Deulofeu 18’, 61’, 63’, Deeney 73’, 90’ + 1)
Gerard Deulofeu’s hat trick propelled Watford to seventh place in a stunning victory over Cardiff City. The Bluebirds could have moved up to 13th with a win but instead were met with an impressive performance from Watford. After winning their last two, Cardiff’s survival hopes have taken a hit as a result of this poor performance.
Saturday, February 23
Burnley – 2 (Wood 57’, Barnes 83’)
Tottenham – 1 (Kane 65’)
Harry Kane returned from injury and got himself a goal, but Tottenham’s title hopes suffered a blow as Ashley Barnes scored the winning goal. Despite enjoying much of the possession, the Spurs weren’t much of a threat for the Burnley keeper in the first half. If they want to have any chance at a title, Tottenham will have to do more with the 70% possession they were able to keep.
Bournemouth – 1 (King 14’ (P))
Wolverhampton – 1 (Jimenez 83’ (P))
Joshua King scored a 14th minute penalty but couldn’t do it again in the 85th minute as the Wolves and Cherries played to a draw. The pitch sprinklers made an appearance in stoppage time, a humorous end to a highly competitive match. The Wolves dominated the first half but fell back in the second half. Bournemouth pass Everton as a result to move to 10th, while the Wolves remain at eighth. Wolverhampton also extend their unbeaten run to five matches.
Newcastle – 2 (Rondon 46’, Perez 52’)
Huddersfield – 0 Smith (Red Card, 20’)
Former Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron proved his worth in his Premier League debut, playing a part in Newcastle’s second goal and taking three of his own shots on goal. Huddersfield went down to ten men after a high challenge on Almiron in the 20th minute, and after that proved no real challenge, recording only one shot on target. Newcastle moved four points clear of relegation as a result. Huddersfield remain dead last, 14 points from safety.
Leicester City – 1 (Evans 64’)
Crystal Palace – 4 (Batshuayi 40’, Zaha 70’, 90’+3, Milivojenic 81’ (P))
Crystal Palace put on an impressive show at Leicester City, which left Claude Puel without a job. The Leicester manager was booed by the crowd, much to the delight of visiting Palace. This loss is Leicester’s fourth consecutive league defeat (their worst run since 2000). Palace manager Roy Hodgson also became the oldest ever Premier League manager. For their efforts, Palace moved four points clear of relegation to 13th.
Chelsea vs. Brighton was postponed because Brighton had to compete in an FA Cup replay match against West Brom, which Brighton won 3-1 after extra time.
Sunday, February 24
Arsenal – 2 (Lacazette 6’, Mkhitaryan 17’)
Southampton – 0
Arsenal moved back into the top four with a win over an unorganized Southampton side. The Saints only made three shots in the first half and simply could not seem to find their footing in the match. Arsenal are in the hunt for Champions League qualification, and their performance against the Saints shows they have the quality to do so.
Manchester United – 0
Liverpool – 0
Liverpool only gained a point at Old Trafford but returned to the top of the table. United lost Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, and Jesse Lingard to injuries before halftime. There were few chances for either side, with a total of four shots on target. Roberto Firmino also appeared to suffer an injury and was brought off. David de Gea recorded his 100th clean sheet in the Premier League.