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By Nick Boardman – Summer Staff Writer
The past seven days in the Premier League were fast-paced and exciting once again, and with just two games remaining for a majority of teams in the Prem, the table is as close as it’s been all season. We’ve been treated to some fantastic soccer in a time when the sports world is usually on its summer break, so don’t take the final week for granted. Before looking forward to the final week, keep reading to find out what the Prem was up to in the past week!
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!
Source: Premier League
Manchester United 2-2 Southampton (Highlights)
Southampton got a last-minute equalizer from Michael Obafemi in the 96th minute to steal a point from Manchester United. A win would have put Manchester United into third place, one point above Chelsea. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial continued their run of fine form, each scoring a goal in the first half for United.
Chelsea 1-0 Norwich City (Highlights)
Chelsea scored the lone goal of the game right on the stroke of half time against Championship-bound Norwich City. Forward Olivier Giroud got the goal for Chelsea, heading the ball in from close range after a brilliant cross from Christian Pulisic. The two players have been in solid form in recent weeks for Chelsea.
Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham (Highlights)
Tottenham earned an important three points against mid-table Newcastle in a back-and-forth match. Harry Kane scored two goals for Spurs, both of which came after Newcastle midfielder Matt Ritchie’s bomb of a strike in the 56th minute. Ritchie hit a perfect strike from the left side into the top right corner – the goalkeeper had absolutely no chance. Kane’s second goal came in the 90th minute after a nice run from Erik Lamela.
Burnley 1-1 Wolverhampton (Highlights)
Burnley snatched a point from Wolves, who are desperate for points in their hunt for the Europa League, in the 96th minute of the game. Chris Wood scored a controversial penalty for Burnley just minutes after he missed an absolute sitter. Raúl Jiménez had put Wolves ahead in the 76th minute with a clean volley from just inside the box.
Manchester City 2-1 Bournemouth (Highlights)
Manchester City got off to a brilliant start in the match when David Silva hit a top corner bar-down freekick in just the sixth minute. Gabriel Jesus doubled City’s lead with some nifty footwork and a brilliant finish inside the box a few minutes before the end of the first half. City couldn’t extend their lead throughout the second half, and the match got tense when Bournemouth scored on a swift counter attack in the 88th minute. Bournemouth had a couple of good chances late in the game but were unable to find the back of the net.
Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool (Highlights)
Arsenal gave Liverpool a surprise defeat with two goals late in the first half. Liverpool opened the scoring in the 20th minute through Sadio Mané, and then two rare mistakes from Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson Becker allowed Arsenal to gain the lead before the end of the first half. Liverpool had some chances throughout the second half to level the game but ultimately couldn’t find the tying goal. The loss means that Liverpool won’t be able to eclipse the 100 point mark on the season.
Everton 1-1 Aston Villa (Highlights)
Two goals in the final 30 minutes of this match were the key moments of the match – an otherwise slow game where only three total shots were fired on target. Aston Villa looked like they would earn three points and keep their Premier League survival hopes alive after scoring in the 72nd minute, but Everton scored the equalizer in the 87th minute. Aston Villa will have to claw their way through their next two games to survive relegation.
Leicester City 2-0 Sheffield United (Highlights)
Leicester revitalized their Champions League dreams with an important 2-0 win over Europa League contenders Sheffield United. The hosts went ahead in the 29th minute after Ayoze Pérez fired a quick shot past goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who was wearing a hat during part of the game – a rare but not unseen fashion choice from Henderson! Leicester killed the game through Demarai Gray in the 78th minute.
Southampton 1-1 Brighton (Highlights)
Southampton levelled the game in the 66th minute when midfielder Nathan Redmond sent Danny Ings through alone on goal with a brilliant first time pass. Brighton had gone ahead early in the first half through a quick shot from Neal Maupay. The point meant little for either side, both safe from relegation but both aiming for a mid-table finish.
Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United (Highlights)
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford both got on the scoresheet for Manchester United, each scoring their 17th goal in the Premier League for the season. Rashford made a clever turn to open space for himself to find the net at the end of the first half, and Martial finished off a nice combination play in the 78th minute. Crystal Palace will feel hard done by after having a goal disallowed early in the second half.
West Ham 3-1 Watford (Highlights)
Three first half goals from three different goal scorers proved enough to give West Ham a crucial three points. The highlight of the game was Declan Rice’s curled strike from about 25 yards out. After a tough first half, Watford came out early in the second half and challenged West Ham but could only get one past the Hammers.
Norwich City 0-2 Burnley (Highlights)
Championship-bound Norwich City did themselves no favors by having two men sent off before the end of the first half, and neither red card was debatable – one was a clear lash out of an elbow and the other was a brutal studs-up slide tackle. Burnley forward Chris Wood killed Norwich’s hopes with a beautiful bicycle kick at the end of the first half. An awful own goal from a Norwich defender in the 80th minute was the salt in the wound.
Bournemouth 0-2 Southampton (Highlights)
Southampton forward Danny Ings continued his scoring run, scoring his 21st goal of the season, nearly half of his team’s 48 in total – Ings’ goal came in the 41st minute. Bournemouth thought they tied the game in the 94th minute, but a marginal offside call after a VAR review shocked them and matters only got worse when Southampton killed the game in the 98th minute through Che Adams.
Tottenham 3-0 Leicester City (Highlights)
Tottenham earned a massive three points through three first half goals, including two beautiful goals from sharpshooting striker Harry Kane. Kane brought his individual tally up to 17 for the season. José Mourinho’s side moved up to 6th after the win, while Leicester continued to struggle in their fight to retain their Champions League status for next season.
A wild past seven days will surely be matched by another wild week in the Prem. Nearly ten teams have a legitimate case to make for qualifying for the Champions League and Europa League, and some of the most important matchups of the year will happen throughout the week. At the conclusion of this Sunday we’ll know who will be playing in the Champions League, Europa League, and EFL Championship next season. Who’s going to thrive in the last seven days of the Prem?
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