Matchday 27 came to a conclusion on Sunday with a dull battle between Manchester United and Liverpool. There was eight games on the schedule and there were some major results, in both the championship and relegation races, with only 12 matches to go. Chelsea and Brighton are now the only teams still sitting on 26 matches as their fixture was postponed as Chelsea competed in the EFL Cup final against Manchester City.
Manchester United vs Liverpool
In what was a weird game that saw four injury substitutions in the first half Manchester United and Liverpool played to a scoreless draw. Liverpool could not take advantage of Jesse Lingard, Jaun Mata and Ander Herrera all coming off in the first half and really did not create much of a chance the whole game. With the draw, Liverpool is now one point up, at the top of the table, on Manchester City, while Man U fall into 5th place and to a Europa League spot. They are just one point behind Arsenal for the fourth place Champions League spot.
Burnley vs Tottenham
In a game that had both relegation and championship race implications, Burnley came on top at Turf Moor 2-1. Goals by Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood spoiled the return of Spurs forward Harry Kane, who scored Tottenham’s goal, earned the Claret’s three crucial points. The win pushed Burnley six points clear of a relegation spot while the loss pushes Tottenham six points back of league leaders Liverpool.
Cardiff vs Watford
Watford continues their great season with a 5-1 win at Arms Park in Wales. A hat trick by Gerard Deulofeu, and two goals by Troy Deeney, was more than enough to get Watford three points and push them up 7th place. With this loss Cardiff remains in a tough relegation battle as they are just one point clear of Southampton who is currently holding down the third relegation spot.
West Ham vs Fulham
Fulham struck quick, with a goal by Ryan Babel in the third minute, but could not contain West Ham and remain in a very uphill battle to avoid relegation. West Ham used goal by Chicharito, Issa Diop and Michail Antonio, to continue their rise up the league table. The Hammer are currently in 9th place on 36 points. On the other hand, Fulham sit eight points away from safety and look to be heading back to the Championship at year end.
Bournemouth vs Wolves
In what was a typical Bournemouth game under Eddie Howe the Cherries played to a 1-1 draw at home against Wolves. After a tackle in the box, by Wolves Joao Moutinho, that led to a penalty Josh King put the ball in the back of the net to give Bournemouth the lead in the 14th minute. Wolves tied it up in the 83rd minute thanks to a penalty by Raul Jimenez. The penalty came about after a trip by Adam Smith in the box. Two minutes later Josh King had a chance from the penalty spot to get the Cherries the full three points, but his shot smashed against the right post. This result sees Wolves finish in eighth place while Bournemouth is six points back in 10th.
Newcastle vs Huddersfield
It was a battle between two of the bottom teams in the league when Huddersfield traveled to Newcastle on Saturday. Huddersfield is just playing out the string at this point as they are sitting at the bottom of the table with only 11 points. Using two goals in the second half Newcastle climbed to 15th, with 28 points, are four points clear of safety. There was an ugly challenge by Tom Smith, in the first half that resulted in a red card and had Huddersfield down to 10 men for 70 minutes.
Leicester vs Crystal Palace
In what ended up being Leicester City manager Claude Puel’s last game before getting fired, the Foxes suffered a 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday. Possession was dominated by Leicester City, but Palace took advantage of their chances and scored four goals on five shots on target. Wilfried Zaha netted two goals and Michy Batshuayi scored his first since coming over on loan during the January transfer window. Leicester is now sitting on 32 points, in 12th place, while Palace is just two points behind them in 13th.
Arsenal vs Southampton
In a game that was over before it started Arsenal used two goals in the first 17 minutes to brush a side relegation battlers Southampton. Alexandre Lacazette scored in the 6th minute, and Henrichk Mkhitaryan added one in the 17th, to seal this one before the half. With the win, and a Manchester United draw, the Gunners move into fourth place, and a Champions League spot, one point ahead of United. Southampton is still occupying the last relegation spot, with 24 points, one point behind Cardiff and three behind Brighton.
The Premier League season is fully in the stretch run and there is still a lot to be determined. Who is going to win the league? Who is going to claim the last Champions League Spot? Who is going down? It is sure to be an exciting finish to the 2018-19 season.