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By Nick Boardman – Summer Staff Writer
The Premier League season is coming down to the wire and things just keep getting more exciting. Teams have five games remaining and a strong finish to the season could make a massive difference in the final standings. 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 predictions from our season restart preview in comparison with the live table to see how well the Blitz knows the Prem!
Crystal Palace 0-1 Burnley (Highlights)
Burnley burst into eighth place in the table after another 1-0 win, this time against Crystal Palace. Center back Ben Mee’s header in the 62nd minute proved enough to give Burnley all three points. Crystal Palace goalie Vincente Guaita will be disappointed that he let Mee score off a header from 15 yards out.
Brighton 0-3 Manchester United (Highlights)
Manchester United’s teenage sensation Mason Greenwood got the scoring going for the Red Devils in the 16th minute through a beautiful individual goal. United added two more goals through Bruno Fernandes before the 50th minute, one off a deflection and one from a beautiful volley at the end of a lightning fast counter attack. United has now gone 15 games unbeaten in all competitions.
Bournemouth 1-4 Newcastle (Highlights)
In one of a couple surprising results of the past week, Newcastle pumped four goals through four different players past Bournemouth’s weak defense. Getting at least a point in this game was crucial for Bournemouth, who face Manchester United, Leicester City, Tottenham, and Manchester City in their next four matches. It’s not looking good for the Cherries, who sit second-bottom in the table.
Everton 2-1 Leicester City (Highlights)
Leicester City’s post-coronavirus woes continued with another loss, this time against Everton. Everton’s goals came in the 10th and 16th minutes, the second of which was Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty – the handball called by VAR was definitely controversial. Leicester City just hasn’t yet figured out how to solidify their spot in the Champions League, but they still sit one point above fourth place Chelsea.
Arsenal 4-0 Norwich City (Highlights)
Arsenal earned their third win in a row in the Premier League with a thumping of last place Norwich. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became the fastest Arsenal player to score 50 Premier League goals, as his goal in the 33rd minute was his 50th in just 79 appearances for the club. Arsenal moved into eighth place with the win and other results going their way.
West Ham 3-2 Chelsea (Highlights)
What a roller coaster game this was! Five goals and another disallowed one is certainly soccer’s version of a barn-burner. Before Chelsea scored the first goal of the game late in the first half, West Ham thought that they had scored a late first-half goal through center back Tomáš Souček, but the goal was disallowed on a controversial offsides call. Souček eventually scored on a similar play in first-half stoppage time. After goals from both teams in the second half, West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko crushed Chelsea with a brilliantly placed finish in the 89th minute. Chelsea’s inconsistency continues.
Sheffield United 3-1 Tottenham (Highlights)
José Mourinho’s Tottenham had yet another goal called back by VAR in this crucial game against Sheffield. After the game, he withheld his comments, saying that he “would be in trouble” if he said anything. The win boosted Sheffield back into seventh place and leaves them fighting for European competition. Sheffield got their three goals through Sander Berge, Lys Mousset, and Oli McBurnie. The race for the Europa League sure is getting hot!
Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool (Highlights)
Another massive surprise… but maybe not. After Liverpool clinched the Premier League title, it was hard to see them playing up to their best level after a weekend of celebrations. Even Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola knew the Liverpool players had drank a few too many beers! City’s three goals in the first half gave them a safe lead, as well as a statement win against a team 23 (now 20) points above them in the table.
Norwich City 0-1 Brighton (Highlights)
Leandro Trossard’s goal in the 26th minute gave Brighton a massive three points, moving them nine points away from the relegation zone. The Belgian poked in a pinpoint Aaron Mooy cross into the far post and past helpless Norwich ‘keeper Tim Krul. Norwich still sit bottom of the table after four straight Premier League defeats, having failed to score a single goal in the process.
Leicester City 3-0 Crystal Palace (Highlights)
Leicester gave themselves some life in the race for the Champions League, winning for the first time since returning from the coronavirus pause. Jamie Vardy scored his first goal since returning from the break, which also happened to be his 100th career Premier League goal. It was a true gift for Vardy and Leicester – an unfortunate slip by a Crystal Palace defender led to the goal. Palace lost their spot in the top ten after results went against them elsewhere.
Manchester United 5-2 Bournemouth (Highlights)
Manchester United continued in their winning ways with a confident dismantling of relegation battlers Bournemouth. The underdogs surprisingly took the lead in the 16th minute, but United turned the game on its head by the end of the first half, taking a 3-1 lead into halftime. Starlet Mason Greenwood continued his fine form, scoring two goals, and Anthony Martial scored another highlight reel goal. United are hot on the heels of current fourth place Chelsea.
Wolverhampton 0-2 Arsenal (Highlights)
Arsenal scored a goal late in each half to give them the 2-0 win over top seven rivals Wolves. Bukayo Saka’s brilliant volley in the 43rd minute was a contender for goal of the week. The win remarkably launches Arsenal into seventh place, just three points behind sixth place Wolves. A massive let up by Wolves and a huge win for Arsenal!
Chelsea 3-0 Watford (Highlights)
Chelsea recovered from their tough loss against West Ham with a win over relegation battlers Watford. Willian scored another penalty and striker Olivier Giroud scored a goal in his first start in several games, which could give him more gametime in the future. The win gives Chelsea two points of breathing room over Manchester United, who sit in fifth place.
Burnley 1-1 Sheffield United (Highlights)
John Egan’s goal in the 80th minute gave Sheffield United the draw after several missed opportunities by Burnley. The center back smashed the ball home at the back post after a flicked header by forward Billy Sharp. The draw only just keeps Sheffield in the race for the Europa League.
Newcastle 2-2 West Ham (Highlights)
Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey’s goal just over a minute after West Ham’s second goal was the final action of the game. The West Ham players will be disappointed that they let two leads slip, having scored the first goal of the game as well. On the flip side, Newcastle manager Steve Bruce will be proud of his players for fighting back after being down 1-0 and 2-1. The draw had little impact on the table.
Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa (Highlights)
It took Liverpool 70 minutes to score against relegation favorites Aston Villa, but Sadio Mané broke the deadlock with a smashing finish off the crossbar and in to give the Premier League champions the win. Youngster Curtis Jones killed the game in the 89th minute with his first career Premier League goal.
Southampton 1-0 Manchester City (Highlights)
A week after beating the best team in the Premier League 4-0, Manchester City surprisingly lost to midtable Southampton. To be fair to City, they dominated possession and shots, but as in any sport, the only stat that truly matters is the scoreline. Che Adams’ ridiculous goal from nearly 50 yards away in the 16th minute proved enough to give the underdogs the three points.
Still to come for Matchweek 33:
Tottenham (45 points, 10th place) host Everton (44 points, 11th place) at 3 P.M. EST in an important match for both teams. Tottenham could jump to eighth with a win, and Everton could jump to ninth with a win. Neither side has been consistent all season, so it’ll be interesting to see how each team starts the game.
The next seven days in the Premier League promise to be exciting. The season is really coming down to the wire! Make sure to check the league table and Morning Blitz’s season restart preview to see how our end of season predictions hold up as the Premier League begins to wrap up!
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