Barclays Premier League Round #30 Saturday Recap
Following a two-week break due to March’s World Cup Qualifiers, the Barclays Premier League resumed on Saturday.
Eight matches took center-stage on Saturday as several top sides including league-leaders Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Everton, and Manchester United all searched for victories.
Elsewhere, Sunderland and Hull City searched for wins at the opposite end of the league table to escape a relegation fight.
Here is a rundown of all the day’s action across the top domestic league in the world. Video highlights of each match can be found in the score-line.
Hosts Liverpool rolled to a 3-1 Merseyside Derby victory to kick off Saturday’s EPL action. Jurgen Klopp‘s side moved to third-place at least for today, thanks to a comfortable victory against their neighbors. Sadio Mane opened the scoring after eight minutes before 22-year-old Matthew Pennington equalized for Everton in the 28th-minute. Philippe Coutinho gave Liverpool a 2-1 lead just three minutes later, scoring his seventh league goal of the season. The Brazilian assisted on Liverpool’s third goal of the match, a fine finish from substitute striker Divock Origi at the hour-mark. Everton’s second defeat of their last four overall see them stay in seventh-place. Liverpool go to third, but could drop back down to fourth if Manchester City are victorious tomorrow.
Tottenham Hotspur cut the deficit behind league-leaders Chelsea to seven points thanks to a 2-0 road success at Turf Moor. Despite injuries to Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks, Tottenham got a 66th-minute winner from defender Eric Dier. Son Heung-min doubled Tottenham’s lead in the 77th-minute finishing off Dele Alli‘s assist. Hugo Lloris made two saves in the clean sheet for Spurs, while Burnley were on the back-foot most of the match. The Clarets drop to 15th after dropping their third result out of their last four.
League-leaders Chelsea suffered their first home defeat since September losing to Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. Despite a fifth-minute opener from Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea were down after 11 minutes. Wilfried Zaha equalized for the Eagles in the ninth minute before striker Christian Benteke chipped home the visitors match-winner just two minutes later. Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey was the standout star besides Zaha, making ten saves in the victory. Sam Allardyce‘s side have won their fourth-in-a-row which see them remain in 16th-place. Chelsea will regroup for a tough home fixture against Manchester City on April 5th.
Marco Silva‘s Tigers fought back for a 2-1 home victory against West Ham United on Saturday. An 85th-minute match-winning header from Andrea Ranocchia sealed the points for the hosts. Andrew Robertson‘s left-footed effort in the 53rd-minute equalized for Hull after Andy Carroll‘s seventh league strike of the season had the Hammers ahead after 18 minutes. Hull’s Eldin Jakupovic made three saves in the victory, while West Ham are winless since February 4th.
Craig Shakespeare‘s Foxes earned their fifth-straight victory in all competitions thanks to a 2-0 home win over Stoke on Saturday. Wilfried N’Didi‘s 25th-minute strike beat Lee Grant for a 1-0 lead. Jamie Vardy doubled the Foxes lead in the 47th-minute, finishing off Danny Simpson‘s cross into the bottom-left corner. Grant made eight saves in the defeat, while Stoke City slumped to their first defeat since March 4th. The Potters remain in ninth-place, while Leicester jump to 13th-place.
Manchester United were held for their league-leading 11th draw of the season, in a 0-0 tie against West Brom. Despite having 75% of the match possession, Manchester United could not beat Ben Foster who made three saves in the Baggies goal. West Brom only had one shot-on-goal but made it back-to-back matches unbeaten in league-play. Tony Pulis‘ side remain in eighth-place.
Watford earned their first victory since February 4th, thanks to a 1-0 home win over bottom-place Sunderland. A 59th-minute header by Miguel Britos was all the hosts needed to earn an important three points at home. Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford made nine saves in the defeat, while his team only created three shots-on-goal. David Moyes‘ side remain in last place, and seven points from safety. Watford jump to 12th after today’s win.
In a South Coast Derby at St. Mary’s, the points were shared between Southampton and Bournemouth. Southampton saw first-half chances go astray as Dusan Tadic struck the left-post while Jay Rodriguez‘s volley was palmed away by Artur Boruc. Bournemouth had the chance to win the match late in the second-half as Ryan Fraser drew a penalty against Ryan Bertrand. Cherries midfielder Harry Arter skied his penalty-kick opportunity which kept the score 0-0. That would be the final as both teams earned a point, and remained level on points. Southampton sit a place higher in 10th, while playing two less matches. Eddie Howe‘s side are now four matches unbeaten, after a poor January and February.
Sunday’s action sees two fixtures at opposite ends of the league table. Swansea City welcome Middlesbrough to the Liberty Stadium, in a battle of 17th versus. 19th. In the late match, Manchester City travel to Arsenal, looking to retain their spot in third-place. Arsenal, who sit in sixth, desperately need a league win over a quality opponent.
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