Premier League Review, 12th April 2021
All twenty Premier League clubs are racing to the finish line and as we look ahead to the next few months, it’s clear to see that there are going to be plenty of twists and turns along the way. This past weekend, we saw another set of enticing games as the European and relegation battles continue to take shape.
Fulham 0-1 Wolves
Wolverhampton Wanderers scored a late winner to pile the pressure onto Fulham in the relegation scrap.
Those who bet on under 2.5 goals were right to do so in a game that, largely, failed to inspire the masses. It only burst into life in the 92nd minute when Adama Traore raced through on goal and smashed the ball home to earn his side a huge three points.
Things won’t get much easier for Fulham as they prepare to take on Arsenal this weekend whereas Wolves will fancy their chances when hosting Sheffield United.
Manchester City 1-2 Leeds
Leeds United caused one of the shocks of the season thus far with an impressive 2-1 win over champions-elect Manchester City.
A rotated City team went behind to Stuart Dallas and Leeds just before halftime, but a red card for Liam Cooper opened things up in the second half. They equalised through Ferran Torres but in injury time, Dallas popped up again with a surprising winner.
A huge week lies ahead for City as they gear up for the second leg of their Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund before an FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea. On the flip side, Leeds will attempt to claim another scalp in the form of Liverpool on Monday Night Football.
Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa
Liverpool’s last gasp winner against Aston Villa at Anfield gave their top four aspirations a huge injection of life.
It’s hard to bet on Liverpool Football Club given their consistency and the proof of that was clear when they went 1-0 down against the run of play thanks to Ollie Watkins. Alas, storms don’t last forever, and it took a goal apiece from Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold to shift the status quo back in their favour.
The Reds’ European hopes are on the line as they wage war with Real Madrid in a vital second leg on Wednesday. They’ll then go on to play Leeds at Elland Road with Villa not having a game scheduled until April 21st.
Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea
Chelsea answered their critics in emphatic fashion with a dominant 4-1 win at Selhurst Park over Crystal Palace.
Christian Benteke was pleased to get on the scoresheet but it really didn’t matter as goals from Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Kurt Zouma won the day for the Blues.
Palace now have two weeks without a game but the same can’t be said for Chelsea, who will play Porto in the Champions League prior to an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
Burnley 1-2 Newcastle
The battle to survive took another twist over the weekend as Newcastle United beat Burnley at Turf Moor.
Few would’ve expected over 2.5 goals in this one but that’s exactly what we got. Burnley went ahead through Matej Vydra but it was the Magpies who were left smiling with Jacob Murphy and Allan Saint-Maximin completing a five-minute turnaround.
A short trip to Old Trafford to play Manchester United awaits Burnley on Sunday. Elsewhere, Newcastle face the early kick-off against West Ham on Saturday.
West Ham 3-2 Leicester
A five-goal thriller in the capital saw West Ham United hold on to defeat Leicester City to improve their UCL hopes.
Jesse Lingard and Jarrod Bowen put West Ham 3-0 up and in a comfortable position, only for the Foxes to set up a grandstand finish courtesy of a Kelechi Iheanacho brace – but it wasn’t quite enough.
The Hammers will fancy their chances against Newcastle in their next game but Leicester have more important things to worry about – like an FA Cup semi-final against Southampton.
Tottenham 1-3 Manchester United
Manchester United overcame controversy to beat Tottenham Hotspur and strengthen their grip on second place.
After United had a goal controversially ruled out, Son Heung-min put Spurs into a lead that even the bookies wouldn’t have seen coming. Unfortunately for Jose Mourinho, this United team doesn’t know how to quit away from home as Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood made their mark in London.
Tottenham will kickstart the weekend on Friday night against Everton but Manchester United will be in action 24 hours prior against Granada. Then, they’ll host Lancashire neighbours Burnley on Sunday.
Sheffield United 0-3 Arsenal
Arsenal were all but back to their best at Bramall Lane courtesy of a dominant 3-0 win against Sheffield United.
While Gabriel Martinelli did put the ball in the back of the net, this was the Alexandre Lacazette show as his two goals set Arsenal on their way to success.
United head to Molineux at the weekend to play Wolves whereas Arsenal take on Slavia Prague and Fulham in a huge week for Mikel Arteta.