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The Premier League Recap: Matchweek 22

We bring you all of the biggest headlines from this midweek round of Premier League action. Tottenham host Chelsea in the London derby, Everton travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds, plus we’ll cover every other game from Matchweek 22.

Sheffield United claim important victory over relegation rivals

Billy Sharp was Sheffield United’s man of the match as they came back from behind to beat their relegation rivals West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Bramall Lane. 

The visitors took the lead in the 41st-minute when the Blades goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale parried the ball straight into the path of Matt Philips who reacted quickest and was there to make the tap in. 

Sheffield lost one of their key men, George Baldock, to injury but still found the equaliser early in the second half when Chris Basham set up Jayden Bogle who made no mistake and smashed the ball into the back of the net. 

Chris Wilder’s men officially completed the turnaround on 73 minutes when club captain Sharp fired his effort in from 10 yards out after John Egan neatly knocked the ball into his path. 

This result means that United stay bottom but after picking up a third win in five matches, they are now just a point behind 19th-placed West Brom who are winless in four. 

Nine-man Arsenal suffer defeat at the Molineux

Wolves finally ended their eight-match winless run on Tuesday night as they claimed a 2-1 victory against nine-man Arsenal at the Molineux. 

Nicolas Pepe gave the Gunners the lead just past the half-hour mark with a superb individual goal, nutmegging two of the Wolves players before curling his effort beyond the reach of Rui Patricio. 

The match was turned on it’s head during the first half stoppage-time when David Luiz received a straight red card for bringing down Willian Jose in the area making no attempt to play the ball. Ruben Neves calmly converted the resulting penalty to bring the home side level. 

On 49 minutes, Joao Moutinho gave the hosts the advantage when his long-range strike found the top corner of the net to score his first-ever goal at Molineux. 

Things went from bad to worse for Arteta’s men when in the 72nd-minute, goalkeeper Bernd Leno was sent off for a deliberate handball outside of the box. This is Arsenal’s first defeat in eight matches. 

Manchester United equal their biggest ever PL win

Manchester United have equalled their biggest ever Premier League win with an emphatic 9-0 victory over Southampton at Old Trafford. 

The Saints made a bad start when just 79 seconds into his first team debut, the 19-year-old Alexandre Jankewitz received a straight red card for a high challenge on Scott McTominay. 

United took the lead when Aaron Wan-Bissaka tapped in Luke Shaw’s cross before Marcus Rashford doubled their advantage on 25 minutes with a cool finish after being set up by Mason Greenwood. 

Jan Bednarek then scored an own goal to make it three before Edinson Cavani headed in from Shaw’s cross to add the fourth just before half-time. 

After the break, Bruno Fernandes teed up the substitute Anthony Martial to score before McTominay saw his powerful strike netted from long range. 

Things became more difficult for Southampton when they were reduced to nine men as Bednarek was sent off for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity with Fernandes converting the resulting penalty. 

Martial then got his second of the night before Dan James rounded off the scoring by tapping in Fernandes’ header across the box. 

This result keeps the Red Devils in 2nd place on 44 points whilst the Saints drop to 12th after a fourth consecutive loss. 

Palace make a comeback at St. James’ Park

Premier League veteran Gary Cahill scored his first goal in almost four years as Crystal Palace earned a 2-1 away victory over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. 

The Magpies opened their account after just two minutes as Callum Wilson teed up Jonjo Shelvey to volley the hosts ahead. 

The Eagles responded quickly and hit back with two goals inside the space of five minutes. 

They initially got the leveller when Jairo Riedewald’s shot deflected in off Ciaran Clark before Gary Cahill headed his team in front after meeting the right-wing cross from Eberechi Eze. 

The centre-half now becomes Palace’s oldest Premier League goalscorer aged 35 years and seals back-to-back wins for Roy Hodgson’s men for the first time since Matchweek 2. 

Manchester City claim victory at Turf Moor

Manchester City recorded their ninth successive Premier League win on Wednesday night as they beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor. 

Guardiola’s men were ahead after just three minutes when Nick Pope palmed Bernardo Silva’s saved effort into the path of Gabriel Jesus who was there to head in his fourth of the season. 

City doubled their advantage on 38 minutes when Ilkay Gundogan set up Raheem Sterling to tap in their second from close range giving them a two goal lead going into the break. 

It was Matej Vydra who came closest for the Clarets after controlling the ball well with his chest but could only volley his strike over the crossbar. 

After their sixth straight clean sheet, Manchester City remain top of the table on 47 points still with a game in hand whilst Burnley drop to 17th on 22. 

Leicester go third after Fulham win

Leicester City jumped up to third in the Premier League table after a comfortable 2-0 away victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage. 

The Foxes took the lead on 17 minutes when Kelechi Iheanacho headed in a superb pinpoint cross into the box from James Maddison. 

The Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had to tip over a fierce effort by Tosin Adarabioyo to deny the Cottagers an equaliser right before the break. 

Just seconds later, the hosts got their second of the night and wrapped up the game as defender James Justin went around Alphonse Areola to tuck in from close range. 

Everton back to winning ways at Elland Road

Two first half goals by Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin was enough for Everton to claim all three points on the road as they beat Leeds United 2-1 at Elland Road. 

Ancelotti’s side were ahead after just nine minutes when the cross in from Lucas Digne found Sigurdsson who made a cool side-footed finish. 

Alioski came close to finding an equaliser for the hosts as his powerful volley was smashed against the post before Calvert-Lewin doubled the Toffees’ advantage with a header at the far post minutes before half-time. 

In the 48th-minute, Leeds pulled a goal back when Patrick Bamford fed Raphina who netted with a composed strike beyond Jordan Pickford. 

Bamford later saw his effort headed onto the crossbar but it was Everton who held out for the victory to lift themselves up to 7th place on 36 points, whilst Bielsa’s men lie in 11th on 29. 

Lingard gets double on Hammers debut

Jesse Lingard was the star of the show as he scored two goals on his debut for West Ham United as they earned a 3-1 win against Aston Villa at Villa Park. 

It was Soucek who broke the deadlock for the visitors early in the second half when he latched on to the end of Benrahma’s through-ball and sent his shot into the bottom left hand corner. 

Lingard made it two when he brought down the cross from Michail Antonio and fired across goal beyond Emiliano Martinez. 

Ollie Watkins restored a bit of hope for Villa when he coolly finished off a move with the captain Jack Grealish but Lingard soon struck with the Hammers’ third of the night putting another strike through Martinez to remove any chance of a comeback for Dean Smith’s team. 

Liverpool suffer back-to-back home defeats

Steven Alzate scored the only goal of the game as Brighton and Hove Albion secured a 1-0 away victory against Liverpool at Anfield for the first time since 1982. 

Mo Salah fired a shot over early on after a clever through-ball by the captain Jordan Henderson but as the Seagulls continued to impress, they took the lead in the 56th-minute when Dan Burn headed the ball back across the face of goal where both Trossard and Alzate combined to steer it into the back of the net. 

This gave Graham Potter’s men the confidence to go on and threaten for a second with both Neal Maupay and Burn seeing their efforts saved. 

Roberto Firmino saw his shot go high and wide in the second half which pretty much summed up the night for Liverpool who have now suffered a second successive home defeat. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side now find themselves in 4th on 40 points whilst Brighton are 15th on 24. 

Thomas Tuchel gets first London derby win

Thomas Tuchel has recorded his first ever London derby win as Chelsea earned a 1-0 victory over Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night. 

The visitors controlled the majority of play in the first half when Jorginho fired them into the lead from the penalty spot on 24 minutes after Eric Dier brought down Timo Werner inside the area. 

After the break, Mason Mount saw his low strike across the face of goal well saved by Hugo Lloris whilst Marcos Alonso also volleyed his effort over the crossbar. 

Spurs came close to an equaliser late on when Carlos Vinicius met the inviting cross from Serge Aurier but could only put his header wide of the post. 

This result now sends Chelsea up to 6th place on 36 points whilst Jose Mourinho’s side are in 8th on 33. London is blue! 

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