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By Nick Boardman – Summer Staff Writer
Another week has come and gone in the Premier League… and the table has only gotten closer. Teams near the bottom of the table earned some important points and the top four race is hotter than ever. With the Premier League wrapping up on July 26, the next two weeks will ultimately decide where teams finish in the table. But this past week was just as important for several teams – let’s take a look at what happened in the past seven days in the Prem.
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!
Tottenham 1-0 Everton (Highlights)
Everton center back Michael Keane’s own goal ultimately gave Tottenham a crucial three points. The talking point of the game was a clash between Tottenham teammates Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min. The two players got into a verbal fight at the end of the first half, but were shown making up before the start of the second half.
Watford 2-1 Norwich City (Highlights)
Two goals in the first 10 minutes of this game set the stage for a thrilling contest. The match was capped off by a spectacular goal from Watford forward Danny Welbeck, who hit a picture-perfect bicycle kick from the penalty spot directly into the top corner. Watford earned a massive three points, and Norwich’s relegation fight only got tougher.
Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea (Highlights)
Chelsea was involved in yet another high-scoring game, this time against midtable opponents Crystal Palace. Chelsea ‘keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was the center of criticism once again after he got scored on from nearly 30 yards out – a wicked strike from Wilfried Zaha but was down the throat of Kepa. American Christian Pulisic scored another great goal.
Arsenal 1-1 Leicester City (Highlights)
Three points would have been massive for either side in this one, but neither team was able to find the winning goal. Leicester striker Jamie Vardy got on the scoresheet again with his league-leading 22nd goal of the season to tie the game in the 84th minute. Leicester were able to capitalize on their man advantage after Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah got sent off in the 75th minute – Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was not happy with the decision because Jamie Vardy made a controversial play late in the first half that he was not booked for.
West Ham 0-1 Burnley (Highlights)
Jay Rodriguez’s inch-perfect header in the 38th minute was enough to give Burnley all three points. Burnley have been in solid form in recent weeks, having won three of their last four matches. West Ham failed to get three points and they still face a serious relegation fight as the season comes to a close.
Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle (Highlights)
Manchester City took the sword to Newcastle in this match, scoring four goals through four different players and one own goal from a Newcastle player. Veteran midfielder David Silva was city’s man of the match with a goal and two assists on the day.
Sheffield United 1-0 Wolverhampton (Highlights)
Sheffield United got a crucial win over Wolves through a dramatic last-minute goal from center back John Egan. Egan’s header in the 93rd minute sent the Sheffield players and coaches into a frenzy in the rain – a typical beautiful sight for the beautiful game. Wolves held a majority of possession but only had one shot on target in the match.
Brighton 1-3 Liverpool (Highlights)
Liverpool scored two goals within the first 10 minutes of the match to put relegation battlers Brighton out of sight early on. The champions killed the nerves in the 76th minute through a header from Mohamed Salah. Brighton pulled the game to within one late in the first half, but Jurgen Klopp’s men were just too good on the day.
Everton 1-1 Southampton (Highlights)
Two sides next to each other in the table (Everton in 11th, Southampton in 12th) faced off in an important mid table clash. After both teams found the next in the first half, neither team was able to win the game with a goal in the second. Danny Ings continued his hot run for Southampton, scoring his 19th goal of the season – that’s 19 of his team’s 43 in the Premier League all season!
Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham (Highlights)
Tottenham manager José Mourinho was careful with his words after the match. Mourinho was upset with a VAR call for another week running. How many more times can he get upset by VAR?! Tottenham dominated the ball with 60% possession but failed to register a shot on target – that’s clearly not a winning formula. Bournemouth got an important point from the match but need several wins to stay up at this point.
Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United (Highlights)
Manchester United became the first Premier League team to win four consecutive league matches by three or more goals after thrashing Aston Villa 3-0. United kept their strong form going through goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, and Paul Pogba, all players who have fueled United’s wins in recent weeks. After Chelsea lost on Saturday, United could sneak into the top four with a win versus Southampton on Monday.
Watford 2-1 Newcastle (Highlights)
Watford got another crucial three points and put themselves six points away from Bournemouth as of Saturday afternoon. The Hornets scored their two goals through two Troy Deeney penalties after going behind in the first half. Newcastle find themselves in a strange position in the table: they’re not fighting for European football, but they’re far from the relegation battle. With other teams having so much to fight for, it could be hard for players to motivate for the final days of the season.
Norwich City 0-4 West Ham (Highlights)
Michail Antonio stole the show with four goals of his own on the day. The last player to do so was Mohamed Salah in March 2018. Antonio scored two goals in each half to confirm Norwich’s relegation status. The Canaries went from high to low remarkably quick – they were winners of the Championship (second division) just last season!
Liverpool 1-1 Burnley (Highlights)
The champions were held to one point at home by Burnley, who have a legitimate (albeit long) shot of playing in the Europa League next season – they’re only two points back from Wolves as of Saturday. Jay Rodriguez hit a brilliant turnaround volley to draw the Clarets level with Liverpool in the 69th minute after Andy Robertson put the champions ahead in the first half.
Sheffield United 3-0 Chelsea (Highlights)
Sheffield handed Chelsea a demoralizing defeat. Chelsea could have put some breathing room between them and the rest of the top four contenders, but now Manchester United have a chance to leapfrog them into third. Sheffield’s David McGoldrick scored his first career Premier League goals in the match as the Blades dismantled Chelsea’s defense throughout the game.
Brighton 0-5 Manchester City (Highlights)
Manchester City beat a Premier League opponent 5-0 for the second week in a row. How are they still 21 points behind Liverpool?! City’s Raheem Sterling scored his fourth career Premier League hattrick, the third goal being one of the most ridiculous goals you’ll ever see. This was one of the most one-sided games of the season: City had 70% possession and 8 shots on target, while Brighton failed to register a shot on target.
Wolverhampton 3-0 Everton (Highlights)
Wolverhampton got an important three points against Everton to keep their place in the Europa League for now. In the game, Raul Jiménez, Leander Dendoncker, and Diogo Jota scored for the Wolves. With three wins and results going their way, Wolves could even make a push for the Champions League. Everton seem destined for a mid table finish.
Aston Villa 2-0 Crystal Palace (Highlights)
After this win, Aston Villa remain fighting for their spot in the Premier League, but they’ll only stay up if everything goes their way. Trézéguet scored both goals for Villa, both of which were tidy finishes inside the box. Crystal Palace, recently as high as ninth in the table, will likely finish outside of the top ten.
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal (Highlights)
The North London Derby is always a heated contest and despite having no fans, this match was no exception. After Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal ahead with a brilliant strike (possibly goal of the season contender), Arsenal shot themselves in the foot just three minutes later with a defensive mistake that Tottenham forward Son Heung-min capitalized on. Toby Alderweireld got the winning goal in the 81st minute with a sweet header off a corner kick.
Bournemouth 4-1 Leicester City (Highlights)
The Premier League never fails to produce a surprising result or two each week. Bournemouth, relegation favorites, absolutely clattered Leicester City, Champions League contenders. Jamie Vardy scored his league-leading 23rd goal of the season in the 23rd minute, but Leicester absolutely fell apart in the second half. After conceding in the 66th minute, Bournemouth scored again in the 67th minute and then Leicester center back Çağlar Söyüncü was shown a red card for kicking a Bournemouth player after the goal. Bournemouth added two more goals to show that they’re still fighting for their spot in the Premier League.
Still to come for Matchweek 35:
Manchester United host Southampton in an important match for the hosts. After Leicester and Chelsea both lost this weekend, a win would launch the Red Devils into third place! Like every week, the table shifted so much this week and it promises to keep shifting in the final two weeks of the season. With each team only having three more games left in the Premier League, it’ll be the closest race to the finish in recent memory. Buckle up!
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