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The Premier League Recap: Matchweek 19

We bring you all of the biggest headlines from around the grounds in what has been another busy weekend of Premier League action. Manchester United head to Liverpool for a top of the table clash, high flying Leicester host Southampton and West Brom travel to Wolves for the Black Country derby.

West Brom seal victory at the Molineux

Two penalties from Matheus Pereira secured Sam Allardyce his first win as West Bromwich Albion manager as they emerged 3-2 winners against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux in the Black Country derby. 

The Baggies took the lead in the 8th-minute with a penalty being awarded after Callum Robinson was brought down in the area by Willy Boly. 

Wolves found the equaliser not long before half-time as Fabio Silva calmly slotted the ball past keeper David Button who came in for the unwell number one Sam Johnstone. 

The hosts went 2-1 ahead when Boly finished from close-range but it was West Brom who completely turned the game around by scoring two goals in quick succession after the break. 

Semi Ajayi looped a header in on the 52-minute mark before the Baggies were given their second penalty of the night as Robinson was challenged by Conor Coady which resulted in another conversion by Pereira. 

West Brom remain 19th on 11 points whilst Wolves are currently winless in six and find themselves in 14th with 22 points. 

Brighton pick up third win of the season at Elland Road

Brighton and Hove Albion earned another victory on the road as Neal Maupay’s effort was enough for the away team to edge past Leeds United with a 1-0 win at Elland Road. 

The Seagulls striker was able to complete what was a brilliant team goal to put the visitors ahead in the 17th-minute when he easily tapped in a cross by Alexis Mac Allister. 

From here on in, Brighton controlled the game and were unlucky not to double their advantage just before the half-hour mark when Leandro Trossard’s effort deflected off Luke Ayling and hit the crossbar. 

The hosts grew into the match during the second half with Jack Harrison putting his shot wide and Liam Cooper seeing his header palmed away by keeper Robert Sanchez.

Despite Leeds’ best efforts, Brighton were able to hang on and secure those all-important three points. 

Burnley suffer defeat at the London Stadium

An early goal by Michail Antonio was the difference as West Ham United picked up a 1-0 win against Burnley at the London Stadium. 

The Hammers striker fired home in just the 9th-minute of the game when he tapped in the cross by Pablo Fornals at the far post to score his 10th goal in 12 league starts.

The hosts almost doubled their lead when Angelo Ogbonna’s header struck the woodwork and Antonio was denied his second as he saw his effort cleared off the line by the Clarets captain Ben Mee. 

Burnley created chances in the second-half through the substitute Jay Rodriguez but failed to find that all-important equaliser meaning that David Moyes’ men seal back-to-back victories. 

Mount strikes to secure all three points for Chelsea

A late goal by the youngster Mason Mount claimed Chelsea the win after a 1-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage. 

The Blues dominated the first-half with Mount seeing his shot denied by the bar whilst Hakim Ziyech’s strike had to be tipped wide of the post by goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. 

Just a minute before half-time, the night went from bad to worse for the home side as they were reduced to 10-men when Antonee Robinson received a straight red card for a late challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta. 

After the break, the visitors continued to push for the winner and finally found the opener in the 78th-minute when Mount had a tap in from close-range after an initial save from Areola fell right into his path. 

A first win in four for Chelsea sends them up to 7th place whereas the Cottagers remain 18th after suffering their first defeat in six. 

Leicester climb to third after comfortable home win

Goals from the in-form duo James Maddison and Harvey Barnes earned Leicester a 2-0 win against Southampton at the King Power Stadium. 

Maddison put the Foxes ahead in the 37th-minute when he collected a pass from Youri Tielemans and smashed his individual strike brilliantly into the roof of the net from a tight angle. 

Leicester were twice dependent on Kasper Schmeichel who on his 400th appearance for the club denied efforts from both Ryan Bertrand and Che Adams to prevent the visitors from getting the equaliser. 

The Saints kept on pressing when Stuart Armstrong struck the crossbar but the away side just couldn’t find that finishing touch. 

However, in stoppage-time, the Foxes wrapped the game up when Harvey Barnes finished coolly and put the ball beyond the reach of Alex McCarthy to send his team up to third meaning they now remain unbeaten in five matches. 

Spurs triumphant at Bramall Lane

Another excellent performance by Tottenham Hotspur helped them move up to fifth in the table after picking up a 3-1 away victory against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. 

The visitors were ahead after five minutes when Serge Aurier headed in from Son Heung Min’s corner. 

Mourinho’s men added a second just minutes before the break when Harry Kane collected the pass from Hojbjerg, made an exceptional turn and fired the ball past Aaron Ramsdale from outside the penalty area to bag his 12th goal of the season. 

The home team did respond in the 59th-minute when David McGoldrick met the cross of John Fleck and guided his header into the back of the net to pull back a goal for the hosts. 

Just as there seemed to be a glimmer of hope for the Blades, Spurs struck again when Ndombele chipped the ball over the top of Ramsdale from a tight angle to wrap the game up for the visitors. 

Top of the table clash ends all square at Anfield

Manchester United have retained their place at the top of the Premier League table after earning a goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. 

The hosts enjoyed a lot more of the possession during the first-half and created several chances, including Roberto Firmino’s two missed opportunities which fell straight into the hands of David De Gea and Andy Robertson who saw his volley fired over the crossbar. 

The Red Devils came close to breaking the deadlock when Bruno Fernandes saw his long-range free-kick go just inches wide of the post. 

The Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson then made a terrific save in the closing stages of the game to deny Paul Pogba trying to find the winner for the visitors. 

United’s 12-match unbeaten run keeps them in first place on 37 points whilst Liverpool are just three points behind in fourth. 

Man City claim victory against the Eagles

A brace by Manchester City’s centre-back John Stones helped his side claim a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the Etihad. 

City took control and opened the scoring in the 26th-minute when Stones headed in a fantastic cross from Kevin De Bruyne to put the hosts one ahead. 

A thunderous strike from 20 yards out by midfielder Ilkay Gundogan doubled their advantage just after the break with Stones reacting quickest with a tap in to add a third when the Palace keeper Guaita spilled the ball inside the area. 

Raheem Sterling got the fourth of the night with a superbly taken free-kick to ensure that City recorded a fifth straight Premier League win. 

This result sees them jump up to second place just two points behind the current leaders Manchester United with a game in hand. Roy Hodgson’s men stay 13th with a total of 23 points. 

Aubameyang brace secures win for the Gunners 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in a game for the first time this season to claim a 3-0 victory for Arsenal over Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.

Aubameyang put the Gunners ahead in the 50th-minute after he picked up a long-range cross from Thomas Partey and fired the ball past the Magpies keeper Karl Darlow. 

Bukayo Saka was on hand to double the hosts’ advantage when he was able to stroke in the pass from Emile Smith Rowe. 

Newcastle striker Andy Carroll had a chance to pull a goal back for the visitors after the break but his effort could only be thumped wide of the post. 

Aubameyang then struck again from close-range to earn his second of the night after Cedric Soares put in a brilliant cross from the byline. 

Mikel Arteta’s men are now unbeaten in five and climb to 10th in the table. Steve Bruce’s side remain in 15th place and are now winless in seven matches. 

West Ham’s winning streak continues

West Ham United have extended their unbeaten run to five matches after a second-half strike from Michail Antonio sealed a 2-1 win for the home side against West Brom at the London Stadium.

The Hammers took the lead just before the break when Said Benrahma swung in a cross that was initially met by Vladimir Coufal before he squared it to Jarrod Bowen to chest the ball into the back of the net. 

Just six minutes into the second half, the Baggies found the equaliser when their star man Matheus Pereira rifled a low angled shot beyond the reach of Lukasz Fabianski. 

In the 66th-minute, West Ham responded and scored what ended up being the winner as Andriy Yarmolenko headed the ball back across goal where Antonio hooked the ball in to claim the victory for the hosts. 

The hosts now move up to 7th on 32 points which is their highest ever tally at the halfway point of a Premier League season. West Brom remain 19th on just 11 points. 

Foxes take all three points at the King Power

Brendan Rodgers got his first-ever career win against Chelsea on Tuesday night as two first-half goals by Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison earned them a 2-0 win over the Londoners at the King Power Stadium. 

Ndidi put the Foxes ahead with an early opening goal when his long-range shot from the edge of the penalty area went in off the inside of the post following a well-worked corner routine. 

In the 38th-minute, the visitors were awarded a spot-kick after Jonny Evans brought down Christian Pulisic, however, a VAR review showed that the challenge had taken place just outside the box which resulted in the original decision being reversed. 

Mount fired the free-kick over the crossbar and just seconds later, Leicester went on the break and a defensive mix up at the back allowed Maddison to make it 2-0 to the home side. 

Timo Werner had an effort late on but this was ruled out for offside meaning that the hosts were able to see out a comfortable victory. 

Guardiola’s men seal victory over Villa

Two second-half goals by Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan gave Manchester City a 2-0 victory against Aston Villa at the Etihad. 

During the opening 45 minutes, City enjoyed most of the possession but were constantly frustrated as they struggled to get past the resolute Villa defence. 

After the break, the right-back Joao Cancelo clipped the woodwork with his strike before Silva eventually broke the deadlock for the hosts after controlling Rodri’s pass and unleashing the shot on his left foot. 

There was some action on the side-lines too as Aston Villa’s manager Dean Smith received a red card from referee Jonathan Moss for complaints following the opening goal. 

Gundogan wrapped up the game for City in the 90th-minute after converting a penalty which was awarded after Matty Cash handled the ball inside the area. 

The sixth straight Premier League win for the blues takes them up to 2nd on 38 points whilst Villa lie in 11th on 26.

Manchester United remain top of the table

Paul Pogba’s stunning strike proved to be the winner for Manchester United as they ran out 2-1 winners over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night. 

Fulham went ahead after just five minutes when Ademola Lookman dispatched the ball into the far corner after receiving Anguissa’s ball over the top. 

The Red Devils found the equaliser in the 21st-minute when Bruno Fernandes whipped in a cross which was spilled by the Cottagers goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and fell into the path of Edinson Cavani who was there to tap in from close-range. 

The hosts started the second-half positively but it was the visitors who got their nose in-front when Paul Pogba picked up the ball on the edge of the area and hit an unstoppable curling strike beyond the reach of Areola. 

United remain top of the table on 40 points just two points clear of Manchester City who have a game in hand. Fulham stay in 18th position with 12 points.

Barnes penalty steals late win for Burnley 

A penalty by Ashley Barnes in the final ten minutes of the game earned Burnley a 1-0 away win against the current Premier League champions Liverpool at Anfield. 

Jurgen Klopp’s men dominated play for most of the match where just a minute before half-time, Divock Origi smashed his shot against the crossbar after the Clarets captain Ben Mee made a defensive error which put the striker through on goal. 

The hosts introduced Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino approaching the hour-mark in a bid to try and find an opener, but in the 83rd-minute goalkeeper, Alisson brought down Barnes in the area with the Burnley forward calmly converting his 100th career goal from 12 yards out. 

This was the Reds’ first defeat at home in three years which leaves them in 4th place. These vital three points for the visitors and their first league win at Anfield since 1974 lifts them up to 16th. 

Villa earn home win against the Magpies

Aston Villa sent themselves up to 8th in the Premier League table on Saturday afternoon with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at Villa Park. 

The hosts went ahead in the 13th-minute when the attempted clearance by Fabian Schar fell straight into the path of the frontman Ollie Watkins who was able to head in from close-range. 

Villa doubled their advantage just minutes before half-time when Jack Grealish set up Bertrand Traore whose powerful effort went in off the crossbar. 

In the second half, Steve Bruce introduced Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser in a bid to try and find a goal for the visitors and although this gave the Magpies an attacking impetus, they failed to break down the opposition. 

This is Villa’s third successive home clean sheet whilst Newcastle are now without a win in nine games.

Fixture Update

Please note that the match between Aston Villa and Everton that was due to take place last weekend has been postponed due to the remaining Covid outbreak throughout one of the clubs. A new date and kick-off time for this game will be announced in due course. 

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