Premier League Review, Tuesday 16th March 2021
It was another weekend of drama and unpredictability in the English Premier League as we continue to storm through the month of March. Some teams are pulling away and others are stuck in the mud as the countdown to the next international break begins.
Everton 1-2 Burnley
The resilience of Burnley and Sean Dyche goes on after they shocked Everton with a narrow victory at Goodison Park.
Chris Wood and Dwight McNeil stunned the Toffees by putting the visitors 2-0 up before Dominic Calvert-Lewin dragged Everton kicking and screaming back into the game. Alas, it wasn’t enough, with Burnley fans and those who took a punt on over 2.5 goals being left to feel pretty smug.
Everton’s pursuit of a spot at Wembley sees them play Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend. Burnley, though, now have a few weeks to bask in the glory of this win thanks to the international break.
Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa
Newcastle United stunned Aston Villa and gave their survival hopes a boost by snatching a late draw on Tyneside.
A late Ciaran Clark own goal seemed to save Villa’s blushes, only for all of those who bet on a draw to be left smiling through Jamaal Lascelles’ dramatic 94th minute equaliser.
Another massive relegation scrap greets Newcastle this Saturday when they take on Brighton. On the other hand, Aston Villa have a Sunday meeting against Tottenham Hotspur to contend with.
Leeds 0-0 Chelsea
Despite some thrilling passages of play, Leeds United and Chelsea were unable to avoid a stalemate on a frustrating afternoon at Elland Road.
Both sides had a handful of opportunities to take control of the fixture but couldn’t quite do so, ending in a result that probably suited Leeds a bit better than the Blues.
The attention for Leeds now turns to a Friday night affair versus Fulham whereas Chelsea have a huge week ahead that could define their season. They’ll first play Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their UCL tie before resuming their FA Cup campaign in a quarter-final against Sheffield United.
Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom
Crystal Palace will consider themselves to be on the verge of safety after beating strugglers West Bromwich Albion 1-0.
Luka Milivojevic scored from the penalty spot in an encounter that did little to draw positive attention to either side at Selhurst Park.
The extended international break has arrived for Palace and the Baggies with neither side playing until early April.
Fulham 0-3 Manchester City
The runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City continued their ascent to the title courtesy of a 3-0 success against Fulham.
A goalless first half was injected with some life by three quick goals courtesy of John Stones, Gabriel Jesus and the returning king Sergio Aguero who dispatched a penalty.
The Cottagers have a lot on the line heading into Friday night when they play Leeds, with City playing Borussia Monchengladbach in the second leg of their UCL tie prior to battling Everton in the FA Cup.
Southampton 1-2 Brighton
Brighton & Hove Albion dug deep to edge out a 2-1 win over Southampton in this intense six-pointer on the south coast.
Lewis Dunk fired Brighton into the lead but it only lasted 11 minutes before in-form Che Adams drew Southampton level. From there the bookies could’ve been forgiven for thinking a draw was imminent, right up until Leandro Trossard won the day for the Seagulls who held onto the lead and claimed all three points.
The Saints will try and salvage their season in the FA Cup as their quarter-final against Bournemouth rapidly approaches. Brighton, however, have one thing on their mind – beating Newcastle in a key relegation clash.
Leicester 5-0 Sheffield United
Leicester City’s pursuit of Champions League football goes on after a 5-0 demolition of managerless Sheffield United.
Ayoze Perez and an Ethan Ampadu own goal sealed the result for Leicester but the real man of the moment was Kelechi Iheanacho who continues to step up when called upon with a fantastic hat-trick.
Leicester’s Wembley dreams could become reality if they beat Manchester United in their FA Cup game on Sunday. Sheffield United are also in the same position but their task should be a bit tougher against Chelsea.
Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham
North London is red thanks to a gritty Arsenal performance that saw them beat bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates.
Erik Lamela went from hero to villain as he scored a stunning rabona goal before being sent off for two needless yellow cards. In the midst of all that, Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette both scored to turn the game on its head and win the day for the Gunners.
It’s a double gameweek for both of these clubs thanks to the Europa League with Arsenal playing Olympiacos & West Ham and Spurs facing Dinamo Zagreb & Aston Villa.
Manchester United 1-0 West Ham
In a vital clash for the top four race it was Manchester United who held their nerve to beat high-flyers West Ham United.
A dull affair was brought to life courtesy of a Craig Dawson own goal, and given how their cup meeting went a few weeks back, those betting on under 2.5 goals should’ve been taken seriously all along.
United’s Europa League hopes rest on the second leg against AC Milan on Thursday with their FA Cup ambitions taking them to the King Power for a game against Leicester. Meanwhile, the Hammers host Arsenal at the weekend before going off the clock due to the impending internationals.