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The Premier League Recap: Matchweek 16

We bring you all of the biggest headlines from the final round of action of the year in the Premier League. Aston Villa travel to the capital to face Chelsea, Leeds come up against former Championship rivals West Brom, plus we’ll cover every other game from this hectic festive period.

The Foxes rescue a point at Selhurst Park

Leicester’s in-form midfielder Harvey Barnes was on the scoresheet for a second time in two games as he earned a point for his team against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. During the first half, the Eagles defender James Tomkins brought down Luke Thomas in the area which resulted in Leicester being awarded a penalty. With the surprise of Jamie Vardy being named on the bench, it was time for Iheanacho to step up but his spot-kick was saved by the Palace keeper Guaita. Against the run of play, it was the home team who capitalised first as Wilfred Zaha smashed in the volley from Townsend’s cross to put the Eagles ahead just before the hour-mark. In the final ten minutes, Harvey Barnes got the equaliser for the Foxes as his shot from the edge of the box was fired into the bottom-right corner. This result means that Leicester now move up to second and Crystal Palace climb to 13th. 

Villa extend unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge

Aston Villa’s Dutchman Anwar El Ghazi’s second half leveller was enough to extend their unbeaten run to five matches after a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The blues made a strong start to the game, almost scoring twice, but it was Olivier Giroud’s diving header that put them ahead just before half-time after meeting Ben Chilwell’s cross in the area. Villa struck back in the 50th-minute through El Ghazi who met Cash’s cross just six-yards out. This is the winger’s fifth goal in five matches. Both teams were pushing to try and find the winner but nothing could be done to separate them. Aston Villa now move up to 5th place with two games in hand whilst Chelsea are just behind them on goal difference. 

Arsenal seal victory at the Amex

Arsenal substitute Alexandre Lacazette scored just 29 seconds after coming onto the pitch to secure a 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. The only goal of the game came in the 66th-minute with Bukayo Saka setting up the Gunners striker Lacazette who made no mistake in curling his shot into the bottom-right corner. The Seagulls had some good chances in the second-half with Bernardo going close on two occasions but they just couldn’t find that finishing touch. This means that Arsenal have now recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since September moving them up into 13th. Brighton have now dropped to 17th extending their winless run to seven games. 

Captain Mee to the rescue at Turf Moor

The Clarets’ Captain Ben Mee’s first-half header was enough to claim all 3 points for Burnley as they recorded a 1-0 victory over relegation battling Sheffield United at Turf Moor. The ex-Liverpool man Rhian Brewster came close to scoring for the Blades when his header was cleared off the line. However, it was Burnley that scored the opening goal just past the half-hour-mark when Mee headed in from Brady’s in-swinger of a corner. David McGoldrick forced a save from the England keeper Nick Pope in the second-half but Sheffield were unable to find the equaliser. The Clarets move up to 16th whilst Utd remain in 20th place with just two points.

Stalemate at St. Mary’s

Tuesday’s game between Southampton and West Ham ended in a goalless draw at the St Mary’s Stadium. The Saints striker Danny Ings, who returned to the side following a short injury, had a goal disallowed as Che Adams was offside in the build-up. The former Everton man Theo Walcott had a dipping shot saved by the Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski, whilst at the other end of the pitch, Tomas Soucek was denied by Alex McCarthy. This result means that both sides have now had back-to-back stalemates. 

5-star performance from Leeds at the Hawthorns

Leeds United have equalled the record for their biggest ever Premier League away win as they picked up a 5-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. The opener came through a Romaine Sawyers own goal with the second arriving just past the half-hour mark after an excellent strike from Alioski rattled in off the right-hand post. Jack Harrison got the third of the night after his shot from the one-two with Patrick Bamford rifled into the top-left corner of the net. Rodrigo’s deflected attempt then made it 4-0 to the visitors with just five minutes of the first-half left to play. In the 72nd-minute, Raphina finished the game in style by adding a fifth with a brilliant effort from outside the box which ended up in the top-left corner of the net. This superb performance from Leeds sends them up to 11th in the league whilst the Baggies stay 19th just five points from safety. 

Injury-time winner secures victory for United

A stoppage-time goal from Marcus Rashford was enough to move Manchester United up to second in the Premier League table after a 1-0 win over Wolves at Old Trafford. Romain Saiss came close to scoring for the away team in the first half after his header on target hit the crossbar. The Red Devils also had a great chance with Bruno Fernandes being denied at close range by Rui Patricio. In the final moments of the match, Fernandes sent a long pass through to Rashford who converted with the help of a deflection to claim all 3 points for the home side. Wolves now drop to 12th place whilst United are in 2nd and have extended their unbeaten run to nine games. 

Goalless at St. James’ Park 

Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow was the hero of the night at St. James’ Park after he helped his team earn a 0-0 draw against visitors Liverpool. The Magpies started the game brightly with Alisson being forced into an early save after a strike by Callum Wilson. From then on, it was the Reds piling on the pressure with both Salah and Mane seeing their shots brilliantly saved. Roberto Firmino almost grabbed a late winner with his header but it was Darlow to the rescue once again to make sure his team came away with a precious point. Jurgen Klopp’s men remain top of the table just 3 points clear of Manchester United in second. Newcastle find themselves in 14th on 19 points.

Fixture Update

Please note that the Everton vs Man City and Fulham vs Tottenham matches that were scheduled to take place earlier this week have both been postponed due to new Covid outbreaks at the clubs. A new date and kick-off time for these games will be announced in due course. 

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