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By Nick Boardman – Summer Staff Writer
The Past Week in the English Premier League
The second week of the Premier League came and went so quickly that it almost felt like there wasn’t a three-month pause for a global pandemic. Players seemed livelier, games got fiercer, and the table only got closer. One thing’s for certain: Liverpool are Premier League (which began in 1992-93) champions for the first time in the club’s history. In total, Liverpool has now won nineteen top flight titles, one short of all-time leader and bitter rival Manchester United’s twenty. Other than potential records for Liverpool, they’ve fought their fight. But, the remaining Premier League clubs still have plenty to fight for.
If you missed last Monday’s recap, be sure to check it out so you can stay up to date on all things Premier League. Also, keep an eye on the season restart preview in comparison with the live table to see how well the Blitz knows the Prem!
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley (Highlights)
City kept their mathematical title hopes alive with a 5-0 thumping of Burnley. Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez bagged two goals apiece, and David Silva provided the fifth. Remarkably, this was the third consecutive time City have beaten Burnley 5-0 at home.
Leicester City 0-0 Brighton (Highlights)
Leicester continued their slow restart to the season and Brighton got another crucial point. Brighton’s Neal Maupay had a penalty kick saved by Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel in the 14th minute. Leicester were denied a penalty for a potential handball by Brighton’s Lewis Dunk in the 92nd minute.
Tottenham 2-0 West Ham (Highlights)
An own goal by West Ham and a late Harry Kane goal proved enough for Tottenam to earn the three points. The win thrusted them into seventh place ahead of Sheffield. West Ham’s restart woes continue as they still sit just above the relegation zone due to goal difference.
Norwich City 0-1 Everton (Highlights)
Last-place Norwich City failed to win in another week where the teams above them dropped points. Everton centre back Michael Keane provided the winning goal in the 55th minute through a slick header from a corner kick.
Wolverhampton 1-0 Bournemouth (Highlights)
Wolves won their third consecutive game since returning from the pause against relegation-favorites Bournemouth. Adama Traoré’s cross from the right flank found Raul Jiménez at the back post, who powerfully headed the ball in. The win put Wolves level on 49 points with fifth place Manchester United.
Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa (Highlights)
Ahmed Elmohamady kept Villa’s Premier League hopes alive with his equalizer in the 83rd minute on a header from a corner kick. Prior to this goal, Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle gave his side the lead just 15 minutes earlier. The draw was an unwanted result for both sides, each needing three points to climb higher in the table.
Manchester United 3-0 Sheffield United (Highlights)
Anthony Martial scored Manchester United’s first Premier League hat trick in more than seven years – the last Red Devil to score three in a game was Robin Van Persie on April 22, 2013. Martial’s cheeky chip in the 74th minute was the highlight of the game. Sheffield continued their poor firm, having only picked up one out of a possible nine points since returning from the pause.
Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace (Highlights)
The headline was written: if Liverpool won this game and Manchester City failed to win versus Chelsea, Liverpool would become Premier League champions. The 4-0 thumping of Crystal Palace meant little more than putting the cards in Chelsea’s hands. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s freekick in the 23rd minute might be a contender for goal of the season.
Southampton 0-2 Arsenal (Highlights)
Arsenal got back to winning ways by capitalizing on two Southampton mistakes. On the first goal, Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy played an awful pass that landed at the foot of Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah, who had a free run to an empty goal. Arsenal put the game to bed in the 87th minute when Joe Willock capitalized on a rebound from a free kick which was the result of a poor back pass by a Southampton defender.
Burnley 1-0 Watford (Highlights)
Jay Rodriguez’s brilliant diving header in the 73rd minute gave Burnley all three points in the match. Watford’s best chance in the game came just a few minutes before this goal, when a Burnley defender cleared a ball off the line that had beaten goalkeeper Nick Pope.
Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City (Highlights)
In 2015-16, Chelsea’s win over Tottenham clinched the title for Leicester. This year, Chelsea did a favor for Liverpool, who mathematically clinched the Premier League title after Chelsea’s win. Willian’s goal from a penalty kick in the 78th minute gave them the three points. American superstar Christian Pulisic continued in his good form and scored another goal. Kevin De Bruyne’s freekick in the 55th minute will be a contender for goal of the season.
Watford 1-3 Southampton (Highlights)
Watford failed to pick up three points for the third consecutive week – they’re lucky the other teams near the relegation zone have failed to do so, too. Southampton forward Danny Ings’ two goals brings him to 18 for the season, one shy of league leader Jamie Vardy’s 19, and Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse matched Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kevin De Bruyne’s brilliant free kicks with one of his own.
Still to come in Matchweek 32:
Crystal Palace host Burnley tomorrow at 3 P.M. EST in a mid-table clash – this should be an intense game, as the two teams are level on 42 points. With the FA Cup quarter-finals this past weekend, there are still a total of nine games to be played in Matchweek 32. Keep an eye on the table as there could be lots of shifting around with some important matchups.
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