Another week of scintillating English Premier league 2018-19 action just concluded, slowly leading into the business end of the season. The recent set of fixtures, which also included Arsenal against Manchester United, had some brilliant football on offer, sprinkled with some major surprises. Here are all the results and highlights from the week gone by:
Leicester City 3-1 Fulham
Jamie Vardy passed a century of goals for Leicester City as his late double secured a 3-1 Premier League victory over Fulham in Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge at the King Power Stadium. Vardy made it 2-1 in the 78th minute to reach the century mark across all competitions and then netted his 101st goal eight minutes later to seal the win in new manager Brendan Rodgers' first home game in charge. Youri Tielemans scored his first goal for the club midway through the first half before Floyd Ayite equalized for Fulham in the 50th. The win put Leicester into 10th place while Fulham is rooted in 19th and 13 points from safety after Southampton and Cardiff both won on Saturday.
Newcastle United 3-2 Everton
Newcastle United produced a thrilling comeback as they hit back from 2-0 down to beat mid-table Everton 3-2 at St James’ Park. First-half goals by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison had put Everton in control of the match before Rafa Benitez’s team fought back well after the break, as Salomon Rondon’s effort and an Ayoze Perez brace ensured they picked up the three points. After this victory, Newcastle United won a Premier League game from two goals down for the first time since October 2003 against Fulham under Sir Bobby Robson.
Manchester City 3-1 Watford
Raheem Sterling stole the show as he scored a hat-trick against Watford to help Manchester City register a 3-1 win ans pull four points clear in the title race and pile the pressure on 2nd placed Liverpool. The England winger bagged three goals inside 13 minutes in the second half, the first of which should have been disallowed, to make it five straight wins in the league for Pep Guardiola's side. Gerard Deulofeu grabbed a late consolation just 20 seconds after coming off the bench for Watford but the damage was already done. City have won 10 of their last 11 Premier League games, and are on the longest current winning run in the competition with six games.
Southampton 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton moved up to 16th place on the Premier League table with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon. Harry Kane opened the scoring for Spurs as he drifted away from Jannik Vestergaard to fire low and beyond Angus Gunn. Southampton were far more aggressive after the interval, however, and played with fluency. They began creating more and more chances, and their patience paid off. Yan Valery scored his second goal in as many games after Tottenham failed to deal with a low ball across the face of goal. The Saints then went ahead soon after, as James Ward-Prowse curled a sumptuous free-kick beyond the reach of a helpless Hugo Lloris in the Spurs net, sealing a 2-1 win for the hosts.
Liverpool 4-2 Burnley
Liverpool beat Burnley 4-2 at Anfield on Sunday to go back within a point of Man City at the top of the Premier League. The Reds got off to the worst possible start as Ashley Westwood’s corner went straight in, although Alisson was impeded on the line. But Liverpool responded in the best possible way by hitting back through two goals from Roberto Firmino – both tap ins after good work from Salah – and a fine first-time finish from Sadio Mane. Johann Gudmundsson pulled a goal back in injury time but Mane added a fourth for Liverpool to ensure Manchester City's lead at the top of the Premier League is reduced to one point.
Chelsea 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
An injury-time goal from Eden Hazard salvaged a point for Chelsea against a dogged Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday. The Blues looked like they were going to suffer their second defeat of the season against the West Midlands outfit with Raul Jimenez putting the visitors in front at Stamford Bridge. Wolves broke from inside their own half with some attractive interplay before Jimenez clipped the ball over Kepa Arrizabalaga to give the visitors the lead in the 56th minute. With time running out it looked like it was going to be a memorable win for Wolves against the Blues but it was Belgian international Hazard to the rescue in the 92nd minute.
Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United
Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 in a crucial Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Granit Xhaka put Arsenal ahead with a good striker in the 12th minute, while Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang converted a penalty in the second half to win the match for Arsenal. The Gunners put in an impressive display, while United were below par and most of their players looked a bit jaded. It was only United’s 2nd defeat in 18 matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as Arsenal continued their impressive home form. They have now defeated United, Chelsea and Tottenham in their home ground in the Premier League.
Cardiff City 2-0 West Ham United
Goals from Junior Hoilett and Victor Camarasa, gave Cardiff City victory over West Ham United at the Cardiff City Stadium. Cardiff started brightly and the early pressure paid dividends when in the 4th minute, Josh Murphy was played in down the right and his low sweeping cross was put in byHoilett to give the Bluebirds an early lead. They doubled their lead after, 52 minutes. Aaron Cresswell misplaced a pass going backwards, Hoilett latched onto it and put the ball in the box, Murphy nodded it back across goal and Victor Camarasa bundled it over the line. West Ham did go close to pulling one back, in the 70th minute, when Declan Rice danced his way to the top of the Bluebirds box but his effort came back off the upright and was cleared away.
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Jeet Ghosh is a Football Journalist, living and working in Kolkata with 7 years of experience. He has also worked with Sportzwiki and India.com. Jeet is a sports lover but has special liking for football. He follows the football league’s around the world and is somewhat partial towards Real Madrid.