Premier League Week 28 Review

by Sam Lawson

 

Tuesday, February 26

 

Huddersfield – 1  (Mounie 90’ + 1)

Wolverhampton – 0

 

Huddersfield get their third win of the season thanks to a late goal from Steve Mounie. After building up pressure throughout the second half, the hosts finally found a goal in stoppage time. Huddersfield remain in last, 11 points behind 17th placed Cardiff City. Although their survival chances look slim, Huddersfield manager Jan Siewert assured fans that his team would not give up.

 

Cardiff City – 0

Everton – 3    (Sigurdsson 41’, 66’, Calvert-Lewin 90’ + 3)

 

Everton scored three at Cardiff to end a three game losing streak. Everton gradually grew into the match, and after the opening goal appeared to be back in form. Having lost five of their last six matches in all competitions, Everton fans will be happy that their side can still play quality football. Everton moved to ninth as a result, while Cardiff are one place and one point above the bottom three. The Bluebirds were hoping to recover from their 5-1 defeat against Watford and gain some ground in the survival battle, but instead suffered another setback.

 

Leicester City – 2    (Gray 10’, Vardy 63’)

Brighton – 1      (Propper 66’)

 

Leicester confirmed a new manager, Brendan Rodgers, an hour before kickoff, and although he had to sit in the stands, his side performed much to his liking. Brighton meanwhile have failed to win in 2019, and missed several chances to equalize. Although they conceded, Leicester showed a strong defense. This victory marks their first home win since December 26, when they beat Manchester City. Brighton remain three points above the bottom three. The only side in the top four tiers of English football that has not won in 2019, Brighton fans may be wondering if their club will stay up.

 

Newcastle – 2     (Schar 24’, Longstaff 38’)

Burnley – 0

 

Miguel Almiron impressed once again as Newcastle ended Burnley’s eight match unbeaten run. The Burnley defence could not keep up with the Paraguayan forward’s speedy pace. The fans have already taken a liking to their new hero, giving him a standing ovation upon being subbed off. Burnley manager Sean Dyche described the match as an “odd game” that will serve as motivation for his side. Newcastle’s excellent performance moved them up over Burnley to 13th, seven points above the relegation zone.

 

Wednesday, February 27

 

Southampton – 2     (Romeu 23’, Ward-Prowse 40’)

Fulham – 0

 

Southampton comfortably beat Fulham to move out of the relegation zone in what the Saints’ manager Ralph Hasenhuttl called a “should-win” match. The Saints looked confident despite being winless in their last four matches. Fulham could do nothing to respond to Southampton’s pair of goals, and remain without an away win this season. Fans chanted “you don’t know what you’re doing” at the Fulham manager, and banners criticizing the club structure were present in the stands. Southampton’s win moves them 10 points from the relegation zone, while Fulham remain in 19th.

 

Arsenal – 5        (Ozil 4’, Mkhitaryan 27’, Koscielny 47’, Aubameyang 59’, Lacazette 78’)

Bournemouth – 1       (Mousset 30’)

 

Mesut Ozil made a rare appearance as Arsenal thrashed Bournemouth 5-1. The German proved his skill after just four minutes, and continued to create chances throughout the match. A mistake by Matteo Guendouzi let Bournemouth score, but Arsenal quickly recaptured the game after halftime with a stunning Koscielny goal. Arsenal remain in fourth, one point ahead of Manchester United.

 

Crystal Palace – 1       (Ward 66’)

Manchester United – 3      (Lukaku 33’, 52’, Young 83’)

 

An injury ridden Manchester United had no trouble against Crystal Palace. Romelu Lukaku’s stunning brace combined with a late Ashley Young goal gave the Red Devils a boost in the top four race. Although they did not move past fourth place Arsenal, only one point separates them. Palace, meanwhile, sit five points above the relegation zone.

 

Liverpool – 5        (Mane 9’, 20’, Origi 66’, van Dijk 79’, 82’)

Watford – 0

 

Liverpool retained their small lead at the top of the table with a 5-0 rout of Watford. Manager Juergen Klopp told reporters it was “exactly the match I wanted”. Liverpool dominated the game, giving Watford few chances. Mohammed Salah had several chances to score but failed to find the net.  After drawing three of their last four matches, Liverpool are now one point ahead of Manchester City. Watford moved to eighth in the table as a result.

 

Manchester City – 1        (Aguero 59’ (P))

West Ham – 0

 

Manchester City dominated possession as usual but needed a penalty to get past a stalwart West Ham defense. The Champions did only allow one shot on target from the Hammers, but could not find the net themselves despite several late chances. The penalty was enough to bring City to within a point of Liverpool.

 

Chelsea – 2          (Pedro 57’, Trippier 84’ (Own Goal))

Tottenham – 0

 

Chelsea left troublesome goalkeeper Kepa on the bench as they beat a struggling Tottenham side at home. Pedro scored to give Chelsea the lead after halftime, and the Spurs’ Trippier passed the ball past Hugo Lloris into his own empty net to give Chelsea a two goal lead. Third place Tottenham’s small title hopes seemed dashed after their second league defeat in a row, while Chelsea’s top four hopes are growing. Chelsea moved to sixth with this result, three points behind fourth place Arsenal.

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