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The Premier League Recap: Matchweek 18

We bring you all of the biggest headlines from the mid-week round of fixtures in the Premier League. Brighton travel to the Etihad to take on Manchester City, Wolves host Everton plus we’ll cover the rest of the action from another exciting round of matches.

Sheffield United earn first victory of the season

Sheffield United recorded their first league win of the season as they triumphed 1-0 over Newcastle at Bramall Lane.

It was a spot-kick from Billy Sharp in the 73rd-minute which was enough to claim all three points for the home side as a handball was awarded against Frederico Fernandez after a VAR review by the referee on the pitchside monitor.

This was Sharp’s 100th league goal for the Blades. Sheffield dominated most of the game and it went from bad to worse for the Magpies when Ryan Fraser was dismissed after receiving two yellow cards inside the space of three minutes.

With their first victory in 18 league games and still bottom of the table, this takes Chris Wilder’s men up to 5 points whilst Newcastle remain in 15th place. 

Pogba’s strike sends United top of the table 

Paul Pogba was on hand to score the only goal of the game on Tuesday night as Manchester United sealed a 1-0 away victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Red Devils had the better of the chances with Harry Maguire seeing his header in the first half ruled out for a foul in the build-up to the goal.

It was the French international Pogba who was able to meet Marcus Rashford’s cross in the 71st-minute to send his volley through the legs of the Clarets keeper Nick Pope and into the back of the net with the help of a slight deflection.

Burnley twice came close to equalising in the final stages of the game with Vydra seeing his effort put wide and James Tarkowski miskicking a great opportunity in stoppage-time.

United now go clear at the top of the table with 36 points, just three ahead of Liverpool who they will play on Sunday. Sean Dyche’s men stay 16th. 

Everton take all 3 points at the Molineux

Everton have regained their place in the top four of the Premier League after a 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux.

The former Arsenal man Alex Iwobi gave the Toffees an early lead in the 6th-minute after striking Lucas Digne’s pass straight into the back of the net from close range.

It was Ruben Neves who levelled for the home side just moments later after he volleyed in a cross from his team-mate Rayan Ait-Nouri.

As both sides pushed for the winning goal, defender Michael Keane fired the visitors back into the lead with a 77th-minute header that he met from Andre Gomes’ cross.

Wolves did threaten an equaliser as Neves hit the outside of the post from his free-kick but Everton were about to see out the match safely. 

Manchester City seal victory at the Etihad

A strike by the young City starlet Phil Foden was enough to claim the three points for his team as Manchester City earned a 1-0 win over Brighton on Wednesday night.

City were the more dominant side and missed some great opportunities in the first-half but it was Foden who found the back of the net just before the whistle blew on the stroke of half-time as his side-footed shot nestled itself into the bottom corner.

After the break, Bernardo Silva hit the bar whilst the Seagulls’ best chance was missed as the strike by Alexis Mac Allister was fired over the crossbar.

In injury time, Kevin De Bruyne was brought down in the area by Sanchez but the City substitute Raheem Sterling failed to convert the awarded penalty.

The home side were able to secure the victory which now sees them jump up to 3rd place, level on points with both Everton and Leicester. Brighton find themselves in 17th with just 14 points. 

Honours even at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

It was an entertaining game in North London as a second-half goal from Fulham clinched them a point after a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.

It was the home side who took the lead in the 25th-minute when captain Harry Kane saw his diving header go into the back of the net after he met the initial cross from Sergio Reguilon.

Son Heung-Min was able to force a close-range save from the Fulham keeper Alphonse Areola, whilst the visitors also looked threatening after the Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek saw his effort go just wide of the post.

With just 15 minutes of the match left, the Cottagers’ substitute Ademola Lookman picked out a brilliant cross which Cavaleiro met and made no mistake of getting the equaliser for his team.

In stoppage-time, Reguilon had the ball in the net for Spurs but this was later ruled out for offside.

This means that Fulham, who have now earned their fifth consecutive draw in the Premier League are in 18th place whilst Tottenham lie in 6th. 

Stalemate at the Emirates

Arsenal’s Premier League winning streak came to an abrupt end on Thursday night as they were held to a 0-0 draw by fellow Londoners Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.

It was the hosts who started the game the brighter of the two teams however in the 39th-minute, Eagles defender James Tomkins saw his leaping header hit the crossbar before Christian Benteke saw his effort palmed away by Bernd Leno at full stretch.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles was able to test the goalkeeper Guaita at the start of the second-half whilst Rob Holding missed the chance to win it for the Gunners when his header went wide of the post meaning that the match finished goalless.

The result leaves Arsenal in 11th with Palace just two places behind them in 13th.

In a week where Premier League players have been warned about continuing to embrace when celebrating goals, maybe these two teams are onto something… you can’t celebrate if you don’t score! 

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