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The Premier League Recap: Matchweek 26

We bring you all the biggest headlines from this week’s latest round of Premier League action. Chelsea host Manchester United, Liverpool travel to Bramall Lane to take on Sheffield United, plus we’ll cover every other game from Matchweek 26.

Manchester City extend unbeaten run at the Etihad

Manchester City have recorded their 14th consecutive Premier League win as they beat West Ham United 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium. 

The hosts opened their account on the half-hour mark when Ruben Dias headed in from Kevin De Bruyne’s superb cross into the area. 

Michail Antonio found the equaliser for the Hammers just two minutes before the break when he slotted home Jesse Lingard’s shot from close range. 

City’s lead was restored on 68 minutes when John Stones collected the ball from Riyad Mahrez to put his strike beyond the reach of Darren Randolph. 

Guardiola’s men remain top of the table on 62 points whilst West Ham are in 4th on 45. 

Brighton suffer defeat following double penalty miss

West Bromwich Albion earned their first Premier League win in eight matches after they beat Brighton 1-0 at the Hawthorns. 

The hosts took the lead on 11 minutes when Kyle Bartley headed in from Conor Gallagher’s corner to get his third of the season. 

The Seagulls later missed two penalties and had a goal overturned in what was an unbelievable game. 

Pascal Gross’ spot-kick hit the crossbar whilst Danny Welbeck’s second attempt hit the post before Lewis Dunk’s free-kick was ruled out following a VAR review. 

These all-important three points for the Baggies now sees them just eight points from safety. 

El-Ghazi goal seals win for Villa

An early goal by Anwar El-Ghazi was enough for Aston Villa to claim a 1-0 away victory against Leeds United at Elland Road. 

The visitors opened the scoring on 5 minutes when Ollie Watkins’ shot was parried straight into the path of the Dutch international by Meslier who tapped in from close range. 

Emiliano Martinez made a superb save to deny Tyler Roberts an equaliser before El-Ghazi was later kept out twice following two Meslier stops. 

Raphina had a great opportunity to rescue a point in stoppage-time but he could only fire his header wide of the post. 

Marcelo Bielsa’s men find themselves in 11th place on 35 points whilst Villa are just two positions above on 39. 

Points are shared at St. James’ Park

A second half goal from Ruben Neves rescued a point for Wolverhampton Wanderers as they earned a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. 

The Magpies took the lead on 52 minutes when Jamall Lascelles powerfully headed in the cross from Ryan Fraser and put it beyond the reach of Rui Patricio. 

Neves found the equaliser for Wolves with just 20 minutes remaining as he met Pedro Neto’s cross to fire in a header of his own. 

Joelinton almost got the winner for the hosts late on but his effort was magnificently cleared off the line by Roman Saiss meaning that the spoils were shared at full-time. 

Honours even at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace earned a point on Sunday afternoon as they were held to a goalless draw by Fulham at Selhurst Park. 

It was the Eagles who had the better of the play early on when Andros Townsend’s cross was diverted towards goal by Joachim Andersen but Areola was on hand to prevent the defender from putting the ball into his own net. 

The Cottagers’ centre-back had a chance at the other end just before the break but could only head his effort over from Ademola Lookman’s corner. 

The visitors almost found the winner in the final stages of the game but Tosin Adarabioyo saw his header superbly saved by Vicente Guaita from close range. 

Roy Hodgson’s men stay in 13th place on 33 points whilst Fulham are in 18th on 23.

Arsenal make comeback against the Foxes

Arsenal made a great comeback from a goal down to secure a 3-1 away victory against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. 

Youri Tielemans gave the Foxes the lead after just six minutes when he ran all the way from the halfway line and surged into the area to slot his effort home past Bernd Leno.

The Gunners found the equaliser on 39 minutes when David Luiz headed into the back of the net from Willian’s fantastic free-kick delivery. 

The visitors went ahead just before the breakthrough a Lacazette penalty which was awarded following a handball from Wilfred Ndidi. 

Mikel Arteta’s team added the third and sealed all three points on 52 minutes when Willian made a brilliant cutback into the box where Nicholas Pepe was waiting to tap into an empty net from close range. 

Tottenham earn comfortable victory in the capital

A brace from Gareth Bale helped Spurs claim a comfortable 4-0 win over Burnley at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

The Welsh international got his first of the game after just 68 seconds when he converted the cross from Son Heung-Min. 

Harry Kane added the second for the hosts on 14 minutes when he collected the pass from Bale to fire his strike home at the near post. 

Lucas Moura made it three just past the half-hour mark with a low shot from Reguilon’s cross inside the area. 

Bale sealed all three points for Jose Mourinho’s men on 55 minutes when he superbly curled in his effort into the bottom left hand corner. 

Stalemate at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have extended their unbeaten run under manager Thomas Tuchel as they earned a goalless draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. 

The Red Devils’ best chance of the game came on 68 minutes when Fred saw his long-range effort curled just wide of the right-hand post. 

Mason Mount made a glorious individual run for the hosts and unleashed his shot inside the area but Scott McTominay was there to make a brilliant last-ditch block. 

The Scotsman threatened to find a late winner for the visitors during a stoppage-time counter-attack but failed to find a team-mate in the final third. 

The Blues now find themselves in 5th place on 44 points whilst United remain in 2nd on 50. 

Liverpool claim victory over the Blades

Liverpool have officially ended their winless run as they recorded a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side opened the scoring on 48 minutes when a poor clearance by Phil Jagielka fell invitingly into the path of youngster Curtis Jones who was there fire in from close range. 

The visitors added a second soon after when Roberto Firmino’s strike was deflected into the back of the net by Kean Bryan for an unfortunate own goal. 

Oliver McBurnie had a glorious chance to pull one back for the Blades but he could only put his header wide of the post. 

This result means that Sheffield remain in bottom place on 11 points whilst Liverpool are in 6th on 43. 

Everton earn home win against the Saints

Richarlison scored the only goal of the game on Monday night as Everton claimed a 1-0 victory over Southampton at Goodison Park. 

The Brazilian international, who has also scored in his previous two matches, gave the Toffees the lead on 9 minutes when he collected the through-ball from Gylfi Sigurdsson to slot the ball home past goalkeeper Fraser Forster. 

Michael Keane later thought he added a second for the hosts with his header but this was ruled out for offside following a VAR review. 

The Saints almost found the equaliser in the 90th-minute with an effort from Jannik Vestergaard but the England number one Jordan Pickford pulled out a superb save to protect those three points for his team. 

Manchester City’s extraordinary run continues

Manchester City recorded their 15th consecutive win on Tuesday night with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad. 

City took the lead on 15 minutes when a low cross into the box by Riyad Mahrez was turned into his own net by Leander Dendoncker in a failed attempt to clear the ball. 

Conor Coady got the leveller for the visitors shortly after the break when he headed in from Joao Moutinho’s free-kick to score with his first-ever shot on target in the Premier League. 

Raheem Sterling later hit the post before Gabriel Jesus restored the hosts’ lead on 80 minutes when he fired in from close range. 

Mahrez added the third for Guardiola’s men with a sweeping finish from inside the area before Jesus got his second of the night and the fourth for City with an easy tap in after Gundogan’s shot was parried into his path by Patricio. 

City now move 15 points clear at the top of the table having played a game more than second-placed United whilst Wolves stay in 12th on 34. 

Points are shared at Turf Moor

A superb first half volley from Kelechi Iheanacho was enough for Leicester to rescue a point on Wednesday night as they earned a 1-1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor. 

The Clarets took the lead after just four minutes when Choudhury made a defensive error which Matej Vydra pounced on to tap in from close range. 

The Foxes found the equaliser on 34 minutes when Iheanacho collected the ball from Wilfred Ndidi’s pass over the top to finish with a wonderful volley beyond the reach of Nick Pope. 

The hosts almost got the winner late with a header from Chris Wood but his effort was brilliantly kept out by Kasper Schmeichel. 

This result keeps Sean Dyche’s men in 15th place on 29 points whilst Leicester remain in 3rd on 50. 

10-man Sheffield claim victory over Villa

David McGoldrick scored the only goal of the game as 10-man Sheffield United recorded a magnificent 1-0 win over Aston Villa at Bramall Lane. 

It was the visitors who had the better chances in the opening stages with both Ollie Watkins and John McGinn coming close before going behind in the first half. 

The Blades took the lead on the half-hour mark when McGoldrick met the initial shot from George Baldock to stretch and divert the ball in off the underside of the crossbar. 

Villa pushed for an equaliser which almost came in the second half but Watkins’ header could only hit the post meaning that Sheffield took all three points in what was their fourth win of the season so far. 

Stalemate at Selhurst Park

Manchester United have extended their unbeaten away run to 21 games as they earned a goalless draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. 

Nemanja Matic came close to scoring early on but his strike was brilliantly tipped around the post by the goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. 

Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford also had chances to put United in front but they both fired their efforts wide. 

The Eagles responded positively after the break when Andros Townsend attempted a long-range volley but his shot was eventually off target. 

Patrick van Aanholt almost won it for Palace in the 90th-minute but his close-range effort was kept out by Dean Henderson who started the game in the absence of David De Gea. 

This result keeps Solskjaer’s men in 2nd place on 51 points whilst Roy Hodgson’s side are in 13th on 34. 

Spurs win London derby at Craven Cottage

Tottenham Hotspur kept their hopes for a top four spot alive after they earned a 1-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Thursday night. 

The visitors opened the scoring on 19 minutes when Dele Alli met Son Heung-min’s low cross where his effort was deflected into the back of the net by Tosin Adarabioyo. 

Josh Maja thought he had got the equaliser for Scott Parker’s side when his strike ended up in the bottom-left corner but following a VAR review, the goal was overturned due to a handball in the build-up. 

Spurs eventually held out for the win which now takes them up to 8th place on 42 points whilst the Cottagers remain in 18th on 23. 

Richarlison seals Toffees victory

Richarlison scored in his fourth match running as Everton claimed a 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. 

The Baggies started the game the brighter of the two teams with Mbaye Diagne’s early header forcing a superb save out of Jordan Pickford. 

The Toffees took the lead in the 65th-minute when Gylfi Sigurdsson crossed into the box for Richarlison to head home from close range. 

Diagne got the ball in the back of the net for the hosts late on but following yet another controversial VAR review, the goal was ruled out for offside meaning that Everton were taking all three points back to Merseyside. 

Liverpool suffer fifth consecutive home defeat

Chelsea recorded their first league win at Anfield since 2014 after they earned a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in what was their fifth straight home defeat. 

The Blues dominated possession during the first half with Timo Werner netting early on, only for his goal to be overturned for offside after a VAR review. 

Mason Mount gave the visitors the lead on 42 minutes when he cut inside from the edge of the area to fire his strike into the bottom-right corner just before the break. 

Diogo Jota made his return from injury for Jurgen Klopp’s men in what was the only positive of the night for the Reds as they managed to record one shot on target all match. 

Chelsea, who are now unbeaten in all 10 games under manager Thomas Tuchel, have climbed up to 4th in the Premier League table and are now on 47 points whilst Liverpool are in 7th on 43. 

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