Newcastle United vs Manchester City – St James Park
An incredibly entertaining affair saw Sterling open the scoring in the 22nd minute, followed closely by Williams in the 25th. De Bruyne then scored an absolute screamer late on in the 82nd minute. Before Newcastle stole away a point with a Shelvey strike in the 88th minute. Critically these were dropped points for City and they have had these sorts of results all season, whereas Liverpool has not. This match could be looked back on as one of the ones where the blue side of Manchester lost their grip on the title. Newcastle is now 14th and sit four points and three teams outside of the relegation zone.
City dominated the game with 76% possession and by shooting 9/24 on target. In comparison, Newcastle had just 24% of the ball and shot only 3/6 on target. City completed 88% of their passes at 672/760. Newcastle was at a dismal 65%, 154/238. Man City had 10 corners to Newcastle’s one. They did lose the duelling battle however as they won just 41 to Newcastle’s 56. And they also won only 16 aerial duels to Newcastle’s 17. City made 12 tackles and Newcastle 18. They conceded six fouls and two yellows. Newcastle leaked four fouls and just the one yellow.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Bournemouth – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
It was close again, but again the Spurs proved to be victorious in their 3-2 win over Bournemouth. Dele Alli scored twice (21st and 50th min) and Sissoko once (69th min) in the nice win. The oppositions goals came via a double to Wilson who found the back of the net in the 73rd minute and with a late 96th-minute consolation goal. The Spurs are currently 6th on 20 competition points. They now sit just two wins of a Top Four spot. Bournemouth is 12th and are only five points of a European Qualifying Place in 5th.
Tottenham owned 53% of the ball and Bournemouth 57%. They shot 5/14 on target while the Cherries went 6/20. The Spurs had seven shots off target and Bournemouth eight. Tottenham completed 81% of their passes and Bournemouth 79%. They were good for 415/515 and 358/455 respectively. The Spurs got four corners and Bournemouth eight. The Spurs won 78 duels and 30 aerial duels to the Cherries 44 and 14. Tottenham made a big 19 tackles to Bournemouth’s eight. The Spurs gave up 10 fouls and Bournemouth 12, who also gave up two yellows.
Burnley vs Crystal Palace – Turf Moor
Crystal Place secured a strong 2-0 win over Burnley away from home last round. Zaha opened the scoring for Palace in the 46th minute. And Schlupp made sure of the result with a goal of his own in the 78th minute. Despite having 56% possession, Palace shot just 2/7 on target. Burnley who owned 44% of the ball, shot 4/15 on target. Palace is currently going strong in 5th position and is just five points off 4th placed Chelsea. Burnley is 11th on 18 points. And they are just now three points of Palace themselves.
Palace had four shots off target and Burnley were double that with eight. Palace had one blocked shot and Burnley the three. Palace completed a lacklustre 75% of their passes, good for 348/464. Burnley were even worse at a 66% completion rate, as they were 229/347. Palace had six corners and Burnley five. Palace won 68 duels and Burnley 70. Palace won 32 aerial duels and Burnley 33. Palace made 15 tackles in comparison to Burnley’s 20. Palace gave away just nine fouls, while Burnley gave up 13 and two yellows as well.
Chelsea vs West Ham United – Stamford Bridge
West Ham claimed a huge scalp in their upset and commendable 1-0 win over Chelsea. West Ham claimed all three points away from home in what was quite the shock to most EPL fans and supporters. Cresswell scored the match’s only goal in the 48th minute after an assist from Fornals. It was a right-footed shot into the bottom-right corner of the goals. Chelsea is currently 4th and are only two wins of the 3rd placed Fox’s. Although everyone from 5th placed Palace right down through to 11th placed Burnley is only 5-8 points of them. West Ham is currently 13th on 16 points and sit four points outside of the relegation zone.
West Ham owned just 34% of the ball and Chelsea 66%. West Ham shot 4/5 on target. The Blues were 6/19, in addition to having a shot come off the woodwork. West Ham had zero blocked shots and Chelsea the five. The Hammers completed 70% of their passes at 248/354. Chelsea was on the other hand at a much better 88%, good for 589/671. West Ham had 68 long balls to Chelsea’s 43, yet they had only three corners to their nine. West Ham had 15 crosses to the Blues 39. West Ham made a humongous 26 tackles to Chelsea’s seven. West Ham gave up 16 fouls and three yellows. Chelsea was very, very well-disciplined as they gave up nothing in comparison.
Liverpool vs Brighton and Hove Albion – Anfield
Dunk converted a late penalty after an Allison red, but it wasn’t enough for the away side to come away with anything as Liverpool proved to be victorious in their 2-1 victory. Dunk converted the spot-kick in the 79th minute as Van Dijk had previously scored a double with goals in the 18th and 24th minutes of the game. This was the Reds 13th win of the season as they sit atop the EPL ladder. No one can or looks like stopping them this season. The opposition, on the other hand, are all the way down in 16th and are only three points of being inside of the relegation zone. They are on 15 points and have a GD of -5.
Liverpool had 45% possession. They shot 7/5 on target. They also completed a respectable 80% of their passes, good for 388/482. Brighton had 55% of the ball as they shot 5/12 on target. They completed a great 84% of their passes, good for 497/592. The duels were split at 36 won each. Brighton won 12 aerial duels to the Reds nine. Both sides made 11 tackles each. Brighton won 11 take-ons to Liverpool’s eight. Brighton gave up 10 fouls. Liverpool gave up an amazingly low three, although they did have the red to contend with.
South Hampton vs Watford – St Mary’s Stadium
Ings in the 78th minute and Ward-Prowse in the 83rd minute completed the relegation-threatened Saints incredible comeback win, as they were victorious 2-1 against Watford. Watford’s goal came via Sarr in the 24th minute of the match. The Saints had 64% possession and Watford, 36%. Southampton shot 6/11 on target and had a shot come off the woodwork. They also completed 78% of their passes, good for 425/542. Watford shot 3/6 on target and completed 64% of their passes, good for 196/304. It’s a no wonder their effort was quite shabby as they held just 36% of the ball throughout the match. Southampton is currently 18th and Watford 20th. Neither side is looking to good this season! In the aftermath of this game, Watford let it be known that Flores had been sacked. Surprise, surprise! This was his second stint as head gaffer at Watford. Chariman and Chief Executive Scott Duxbury called him a man of “great integrity”. But he also proclaimed that results are what eventually lost him his job. Under 23’s coach, Hayden Mullins is in charge of their match vs the Fox’s this round until they can get a new permanent head coach in charge.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Sheffield United – Molineux Stadium
The Wolves are currently 7th on 20 points. Sheffield is currently 8th on 19 points. The Wolves are just two wins of 4th placed Chelsea. Sheffield is just seven points of them. Both sides are doing incredibly well this season, and both are ahead of Arsenal, United and Burnley. Quite the feat! And this was all fully on display in the two sides closely contested 1-1 draw last round. Mousset opened the scoring for Sheffield in just the 2nd minute of the game, before Doherty evened things up for the Wolves in the 64th minute.
The Wolves had 59% possession and Sheffield had 41% possession. Wolverhampton shot 3/13 on target and had four shots off target. They also completed 82% of their passes, good for 422/517. Sheffield shot 4/10 on target and had five go off target. They also completed 75% of their passes, good for 270/361. The Wolves had seven corners and Sheffield had two. The Wolves also won 75 duels and Sheffield won 63. The Wolves won 26 aerial duels, as did Sheffield, they were tied in that regard. Fouls-wise the Wolves gave up 12 and Sheffield 18. Wolverhampton leaked one yellow and Sheffield the five yellow cards.
Norwich City vs Arsenal – Carrow Road
Pukki (21st min) and Cantwell (47th min) were the heroes for the Canaries as they scored the upset 2-2 draw vs Arsenal. Auba is one of the only reasons the Gunners were in it to begin with as he bagged a double with fine strikes in the 29th and 57th minutes of the game. Norwich had 40% possession and Arsenal 60%. Norwich shot 8/15 on target and had a shot come off the woodwork. Arsenal shot 7/16 on target, as defensively wise, they looked clueless for most of the match. Arsenal is currently 9th and Norwich 19th. The Gunners have 19 points and the Canaries 11. Defensive weaknesses aside, this was a very entertaining game to watch.
Ljunberg’s first game in charge of Arsenal was the draw at Norwich. He can’t fix and it would be unrealistic to think he would be able to do so, all of Emery’s problems in one game. And so, for the simple fact that he helped Arsenal to draw a match, that under Emery they probably would’ve lost, he gets a pass mark. It wasn’t all easy going though as his game-time selections were a bit weird for some parts. And the fans really questioned some of the choices he made. His response was he picked a side that he best believed in. Only time will tell how he performs with the North London based side.
Leicester City vs Everton – King Power Stadium
Leicester is flying high in 3rd place on 32 points, with a game in hand over City. They have a simply awesome GD of +24. Everton, on the other hand, are 17th, only one spot outside of the relegation zone. They have just 4 wins from 14 games and have a horrible GD of -8. This is all after the Fox’s 2-1 win. Ineanacho scored the late, clutch 94th-minute winner at home. While Vardy found the back of the net in the 68th minute. Richarlison opened the scoring for Everton in the 23rd minute of the match.
The Fox’s had 69% possession. They shot 6/16 on target. And they completed 83% of their passes at 544/652. For Everton, they owned 31% of the ball throughout the match. They shot just 3/11 on target. And they completed just 67% of their passes, good for 185/275. The Fox’s won 64 duels to Everton’s 59 and 23 aerial duels to their 19. Leicester made 19 tackles and Everton the 20. Leicester gave away seven fouls. Everton was at nine and one yellow cards.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa – Old Trafford
Grealish opened the scoring in the 11th minute. A Heaton OG in the 42nd minute then evened things up. Lindelof scored in the 64th minute. Before Mings evened things up in the 66th minute. That is how Manchester United’s and Villa’s highly fantastic 2-2 draw played out last round. United are now 10th but are only three points off 5th placed Palace. Oh, how the mighty have fallen! And Villa is 15th on 15 points. However, they’re only a win outside of the relegation zone and 18th place.
United had 62% possession. They shot 6/16 on target and had a shot hit the woodwork. They also completed 86% of their passes, good for 452/525. Villa only owned 38% of the ball throughout the match and they shot just 3/9 on target. But they too had a shot come off the woodwork. Villa completed only 72% of their passes, good for 221/309. United won 36 duels and 15 aerial duels. Those numbers for Villa were 55 and eight respectively. United gave away a big 16 fouls and four yellows. Villa was at eight fouls and one yellow.