Round #27 of the Barclays Premier League kicked off on Saturday with 14 of the 20 top-flight teams in action looking for positive results.
Teams in the top-half of the table were looking to continue upward, while teams in the bottom-half were looking to avoid slipping further into trouble.
Here is a recap of Saturday’s action in the EPL, with video highlights of each match in the respective score-line.
Jose Mourinho‘s team fought valiantly but were unable to get more than a point against Bournemouth at Old Trafford. Marcos Rojo’s 23rd minute opener had the hosts up 1-0 before Bournemouth leveled it five minutes to halftime. Joshua King‘s 40th minute penalty kick made it 1-1 just before halftime. The Cherries were reduced to 10-men in first-half stoppage time as midfielder Andrew Surman earned a second yellow card. Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s 72nd minute penalty kick was saved by Cherries keeper Artur Boruc which kept the score at 1-1. Boruc made six saves in the draw as Eddie Howe‘s side snapped a four-match losing streak. Manchester United missed the chance of moving out of sixth place, while Bournemouth remain in 14th.
After a convincing win vs. Liverpool on Monday, Leicester City made it two wins in-a-row after defeating Hull on Saturday. Despite Hull getting a 1-0 lead from Sam Clucas‘ bundled effort after 14 minutes, Leicester fought back quickly. Christian Fuchs finished off Jamie Vardy‘s assist for a 1-1 equalizer in the 27th minute. Riyad Mahrez deked his way to Leicester’s second goal, finishing with a right-footed finish. The day got worse for Hull in second-half stoppage time as an own-goal off midfielder Tom Huddlestone made it 3-1 Leicester. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel made three saves in caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare‘s second win in charge. Leicester go to 15th, while Hull remain in 19th.
Stoke bounced back from a drubbing at Tottenham a week ago by shutting out Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Bet365. Marko Arnautovic‘s 29th minute opener had the Potters up 1-0 before the Austrian went to work again. The midfielder redirected Peter Crouch‘s headed pass in the 42nd minute for a 2-0 lead and his fifth league goal of the season. Middlesbrough only could muster two shots-on-goal while keeper Victor Valdes made six saves in the loss. After losing consecutive league matches, Middlesbrough falls to 18th and in the relegation zone. Stoke go up to ninth with the win.
Paul Clement‘s Swans got a late winner at the Liberty Stadium to defeat Burnley. Fernando Llorente‘s 12th minute opener had Swansea up 1-0, but saw Andre Gray‘s 20th minute penalty level the match at 1-1. Gray netted his second goal of the match in the 61st as he finished off nicely inside the box. Martin Olsson rifled home Swansea’s equalizer eight minutes later to make it 2-2. Llorente won Swansea all three points in the 92nd minute as he headed Tom Carroll‘s assist to the top left corner. Burnley keeper Paul Robinson made seven saves in the loss, while the Clarets drop to 12th after the loss. Swansea remains in 16th after earning their second win out of their last three matches.
After falling in the EFL Cup final a week ago, Southampton bounced back nicely by beating Watford at Vicarage Road. Troy Deeney‘s fourth minute goal had Watford up 1-0 early but saw that lead disappear before halftime. Dusan Tadic‘s slotted home the Saints equalizer in the 28th minute finishing nicely with a left-footed effort. Nathan Redmond put Claude Puel‘s side in front 2-1 with the last kick of the first half. Stefano Okaka‘s 79th minute finish made it 2-2 before Southampton pulled away. Manolo Gabbiadini‘s sixth goal in all comps for the Saints made it 3-2, before Redmond rifled home his second goal of the match three minutes later.
Substitute Abdoulaye Doucoure tapped home a consolation goal in the 94th but that was the closest Watford got, falling 4-3. Heurelho Gomes made seven saves in the defeat, which was their fifth at home this season. Southampton go to 10th with the win, while Watford slip to 13th.
West Bromwich Albion 0 – Crystal Palace 2
Crystal Palace made it consecutive league wins after a 2-0 road win at the Hawthorns on Saturday. Wilfried Zaha‘s match-winner in the 55th had Sam Allardyce‘s squad up 1-0 against a stubborn Baggies side. Andros Townsend struck home Palace’s second in the 84th minute, which sealed the points for the Eagles. Albion only recorded one shot-on-target, while falling for the first time since Jan. 14th. Tony Pulis‘ side remain in eighth despite the home loss, while Palace jump to 17th sitting three points clear of the relegation zone.
Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds made it consecutive home wins at Anfield, despite losing at Leicester on Monday. Roberto Firmino‘s cool finish nine minutes in put the hosts up 1-0 thanks to a quick start. Sadio Mane rifled home his 12th goal of the season, five minutes to halftime to make it 2-0. Danny Welbeck chipped home for Arsenal in the 57th minute to make it 2-1, but Georginio Wijnaldum capped off the win for Liverpool in the 91st minute. Arsene Wenger will be facing criticism after not starting leading scorer Alexis Sanchez from the get-go. The loss for the Gunners see them drop to fifth, while Liverpool climb to third at least until tomorrow.
Sunday’s action sees Tottenham host Everton in a battle of second vs. seventh at White Hart Lane. The sides drew 1-1 in their first meeting of the season at Goodison Park. In the late match, Manchester City travel to Sunderland knowing a win could put them as high as second depending on Tottenham’s result. Sunderland currently are 20th, and an upset win could see them move up a spot.
Monday concludes the round with league-leaders Chelsea traveling to West Ham United in a London Derby.
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