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The Premier League Recap: Matchweek 25

We bring you all the biggest headlines from this weekend’s latest round of Premier League action. Liverpool host Everton in the Merseyside derby, Manchester City travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal, plus we’ll cover every other game from Matchweek 25.

Wolves record back-to-back victories

Wolverhampton Wanderers secured back-to-back wins for the first time since October as they beat Leeds United 1-0 at the Molineux. 

Both sides went close during the first half with Mateusz Klich striking the post for the visitors before Nelson Semedo’s effort was easily gathered by Meslier. 

The hosts took the lead on 64 minutes when Adama Traore’s powerful strike from long range bounced out off the crossbar, only to hit the Leeds keeper before rolling into the back of the net. 

Raphinha almost found the equaliser right towards the end but Rui Patricio made a great save to earn Wolves a league double over their opponents. 

Nuno’s men now find themselves in 11th place on 33 whilst Leeds are just one place and one point below on 32. 

Southampton earn a point at St. Mary’s

Southampton officially ended their run of six defeats as they held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at the St. Mary’s Stadium. 

The visitors dominated possession in the first half with Marcos Alonso having the best chance as his first-time strike from inside the area went just wide of the post. 

The Saints took the lead completely against the run of play on 33 minutes when Nathan Redmond slotted a through-ball to Takumi Minamino who worked his way past the defence to make a cool finish. 

Chelsea equalised just nine minutes after the breakthrough Mason Mount’s penalty which was awarded when Danny Ings brought the midfielder down inside the area. 

Tuchel’s men continued to dominate but couldn’t find the winner meaning that the spoils were shared on the South Coast. 

Stalemate at Turf Moor

West Bromwich Albion earned a precious point on Saturday afternoon after they held Burnley to a goalless draw at Turf Moor despite playing most of the game with 10 men. 

It was the Baggies who started brightly when Matheus Pereira was twice denied by keeper Nick Pope before Jay Rodriguez saw his effort headed wide at the other end of the pitch. 

The wind was soon taken out of the sails for the visitors when on the half-hour mark, Semi Ajayi received a straight red card after his deliberate handball denied the Clarets a clear goalscoring opportunity. 

Despite the disadvantage, it was Allardyce’s men who almost found the winner when Mbaye Diagne’s strike hit the crossbar from close range. 

Burnley are now unbeaten in four and remain in 15th place on 28 points, whilst another draw for West Brom sees them second from bottom on 14. 

Everton earn derby day victory at Anfield

Everton recorded their first Premier League win at Anfield since 1999 as they beat Liverpool 2-0 to go level on points with the current champions. 

Richarlison put the Toffees ahead inside the opening three minutes when he latched onto James Rodriguez’s through-ball to fire his strike beyond the reach of Alisson. 

A volley from the captain Jordan Henderson forced a fingertip save out of Jordan Pickford with both Salah and Mane having chances to find an equaliser for the hosts. 

Ancelotti’s men sealed the victory on 83 minutes after Trent Alexander-Arnold brought down Dominic Calvert-Lewin inside the box with Gylfi Sigurdsson converting the resulting penalty. 

Fulham move to within three points of safety 

A second half goal from Ademola Lookman was enough to claim a 1-0 victory for Fulham over their relegation rivals Sheffield United at Craven Cottage. 

The hosts enjoyed the better of the chances in the first half with Enda Stevens clearing Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s strike off the line. 

The Cottagers opened the scoring on 61 minutes when Lookman broke the deadlock by firing his effort beyond the reach of Aaron Ramsdale at his near post. 

The Blades almost got the leveller but Stevens was denied by the legs of Alphonse Areola late on to protect their clean sheet and more importantly earn all three points. 

West Ham move into the top four with Spurs win

West Ham United moved up to fourth in the Premier League table on Sunday afternoon as they earned a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium. 

Antonio opened the scoring for the hosts on 5 minutes with an easy tap in from close range after Hugo Lloris could only parry away his initial flick-on from Jarrod Bowen’s cross. 

Jesse Lingard doubled the Hammers’ advantage just after the break when his rifled effort was confirmed as a goal after VAR overturned the decision of an offside in the build-up. 

Lucas Moura pulled one back for Spurs in the 64th-minute when he headed in at the near post from Gareth Bale’s corner but it wasn’t enough, giving David Moyes his first-ever win over Jose Mourinho. 

Leicester City record win at Villa Park

Two first half goals from James Maddison and Harvey Barnes was enough for Leicester to claim all three points as they beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park. 

The Foxes took the lead on 19 minutes when Maddison was teed up by Barnes on the edge of the area who made no mistake and fired his effort low beyond goalkeeper Martinez. 

Barnes added the second for the visitors just four minutes later when he smashed the ball into the roof of the net from close range after Martinez spilled Jamie Vardy’s strike straight into his path. 

Bertrand Traore pulled one back for Villa shortly after the break when he made a smart finish from inside the area after latching on to Matt Targett’s cross. 

Morgan Sanson almost found the equaliser for the home side late on but his shot went narrowly wide of the post. 

This victory for Brendan Rodgers’ side sees them in 3rd place on 49 points whilst Villa stay in 8th on 36. 

Manchester City extend unbeaten run

Manchester City have recorded their 13th consecutive Premier League victory as they ran out 1-0 winners against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. 

Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the game inside the opening two minutes when he headed in the right-wing cross from Riyad Mahrez. 

Ilkay Gundogan’s effort in the second half forced a brilliant save out of Bernd Leno before Mohamed Elneny almost capitalised on a mistake by City’s defence. 

Joao Cancelo had the opportunity to wrap the game up for the visitors in the closing stages of the game but his shot from inside the box went just wide of the post. 

Guardiola’s side remain at the top of the table on 59 points whilst the Gunners stay in 10th on 34. 

United return to second place with Magpies victory

Manchester United have jumped back up to second place in the table after they recorded a 3-1 win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford. 

Marcus Rashford put the Red Devils ahead on the half-hour mark when he beat defender Emil Krafth to drill his strike past Karl Darlow at his near post. 

Allain Saint-Maximin levelled it up for the Magpies just six minutes later when he hit his powerful effort into the roof of the net after Harry Maguire failed to clear the ball away from danger. 

Dan James restored United’s advantage in the 57th-minute with a low shot when he latched on to Fernandes’ flick inside the box. 

Bruno Fernandes sealed the three points for the hosts when he converted a penalty kick which was awarded after Joe Willock brought down Rashford in the area. 

Palace seal late win at the Amex

A stoppage-time goal from Christian Benteke earned Crystal Palace a dramatic victory as they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 at the Amex Stadium. 

The Eagles took the lead on 28 minutes when Jean-Philippe Mateta rotated inside the area and flicked a backheel through the legs of keeper Robert Sanchez to score his first-ever Premier League goal. 

The hosts found the equaliser shortly after the break when Pascal Gross’s strike fell into the path of Joel Veltman who fired his effort home at the back post. 

Just as the game looked set to finish a draw, Benteke got the winner for the visitors in the 95th-minute when he volleyed into the bottom corner from Andros Townsend’s left-wing cross. 

Roy Hodgson’s men now lift themselves up to 13th position on 32 points whilst the Seagulls are in 16th on 26. 

Leeds move into the top half of the table

Three second half goals by Bamford, Dallas and Raphina was enough for Leeds United to claim a comfortable 3-0 victory over Southampton at Elland Road on Tuesday night. 

Bamford put the hosts ahead just two minutes after the break when he latched onto Tyler Roberts’ through-ball before firing his effort into the bottom right hand corner. 

The Northern Irishman Stuart Dallas doubled Leeds’ advantage on 78 minutes when he toe-poked a powerful shot home from the edge of the penalty area. 

Raphina sealed the win in the final stages of the game when he curled his low free-kick beyond the reach of Alex McCarthy. 

Bielsa’s men now jump up to 10th place on 35 points whilst the Saints, who are without a win in eight, find themselves in 14th on 30. 

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