Premier League Review, Monday 1st March 2021
It’s been another week of Premier League excitement with teams up and down the league making big statements in their own right. As we move into the month of March the picture in several PL races is starting to become clearer and clear with the following results playing providing a helping hand.
Manchester City 2-1 West Ham
Manchester City made it 20 straight wins in all competitions with a hard-fought win over West Ham United on Saturday.
It’s no secret that bookies would’ve favoured City heading into this one, but we all know the Hammers aren’t the kind of team who will lie down and accept defeat these days. Michail Antonio levelled the game up after Ruben Dias’ opener, only for a smart John Stones finish to win the day for the league leaders.
Pep’s men will now face consecutive home games against Wolves and rivals Man United with West Ham lining up against Leeds on next week’s Monday Night Football.
We predict Manchester City will beat Manchester United next week and you can get them here at 1/2
West Brom 1-0 Brighton
West Bromwich Albion gave their slim survival hopes a boost with a dramatic win over Brighton at The Hawthorns.
Kyle Bartley handed the Baggies an 11th-minute lead but the real headline came from Brighton’s stunning inability to score. They hit the back of the net with a free-kick that shouldn’t have been disallowed, and they also missed penalties on an unbelievable afternoon in the West Midlands.
Two more home games now lie ahead of West Brom against Everton and Newcastle. On the flip side, the Seagulls prepare to play Leicester at the Amex this Saturday.
Leeds 0-1 Aston Villa
Aston Villa got back on the winning trail with a nice 1-0 win over Leeds United in Yorkshire this past weekend.
Anwar El Ghazi put the visitors ahead within a matter of minutes and from that point on, it was a stern defensive display that saw Villa through to the final whistle as their European aspirations received an injection of life. There may not have been an over 2.5 goals result to celebrate, but Villa fans won’t care about that.
Leeds won’t play again until an intriguing contest against West Ham on Monday Night Football whereas Dean Smith’s side face a winnable double-header against Sheffield United and Wolves.
Newcastle 1-1 Wolves
Newcastle and Wolves failed to inspire their respective fanbases in a somewhat dull 1-1 draw on Tyneside.
Both goals came in the second half with Jamaal Lascelles opening the scoring, only for Ruben Neves to mix up his goalscoring habits by netting a header to equalise. From there, excitement wasn’t exactly the name of the game with both teams continuing to limp towards the end of the season.
Newcastle have just under a week to gear up for a relegation six-pointer against West Brom, with Wolves facing the unenviable task of playing Manchester City and Aston Villa in a matter of days.
We predict Newcastle will beat West Brom next week and you can get them here at 7/4.
Crystal Palace 0-0 Fulham
Crystal Palace and Fulham did little to create any tension at Selhurst Park in a drab 0-0 draw between two members of the relegation scrap.
The Cottagers were the stand out team in pretty much every sense of the definition with more shots and more possession, but they just couldn’t find the goal that would’ve taken them a big step closer towards 17th place.
The Eagles have to try and regroup against Manchester United and Tottenham, with Fulham’s line-up perhaps being even harder in the form of Spurs and Liverpool.
Leicester 1-3 Arsenal
Mikel Arteta orchestrated a huge comeback to guide Arsenal in the direction of an impressive 3-1 victory over Leicester City.
Even the smartest of bookmakers wouldn’t have expected the Gunners to hand Youri Teielemans the chance to open the scoring in under six minutes, but at the same time, few could’ve pictured such a remarkable Arsenal turnaround. David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe all found the goal they needed to increase Arsenal’s odds of finishing in the top six – and perhaps even higher.
Burnley and Brighton lie ahead in winnable fixtures for Leicester, whereas Arsenal tackle Burnley in Saturday’s early kickoff.
Tottenham 4-0 Burnley
Tottenham Hotspur looked back to their best as they absolutely torched Burnley in a 4-0 demolition in North London.
Harry Kane and Lucas Moura may have been able to get on the scoresheet but this was really the Gareth Bale show. Two goals and one assist for the Welshman proved why he’s still viewed as one of the best players in the game today.
Spurs will now go into games against Fulham and Crystal Palace, rightly, with very little fear. Burnley, on the other hand, could easily struggle against Leicester and Arsenal.
Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United
Chelsea and Manchester United continued their theme of disappointing encounters thanks to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Thomas Tuchel set his side up in a pretty negative stance when compared to Frank Lampard’s free-flowing football, and yet at the same time, Manchester United couldn’t break them down to save their lives – and didn’t even look too eager to do so.
Things won’t get easier for the Blues against Liverpool and Everton, with United facing two very different games against Crystal Palace and Manchester City.
We predict Liverpool will beat Chelsea this week and you can back them here at 6/5
Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool
An injury-ravaged Liverpool fought through adversity to beat bottom of the table Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
The Blades looked up for the fight but that wasn’t enough to save them with Liverpool turning it up a notch in the second half. Still, few would’ve won money back on guessing the goalscorers as Curtis Jones and a Kean Bryan own goal gifted the Reds all three points.
Sheffield United will now continue their unlikely survival push against Aston Villa and Southampton in the next few days. Liverpool, though, still have to keep their guard up against Chelsea and Fulham as their attempted resurgence goes on.
Everton vs. Southampton
Everton and Southampton will hope to put on a real showcase when they meet on Monday Night Football this evening.
Everton are bound to be the slight favourites with the oddsmakers and putting down a tenner on them to win doesn’t seem like an outrageous prospect right now. A return to European football looks to be in sight for the Toffees, but for Southampton, they’re slipping into a situation whereby a relegation fight doesn’t appear to be all that unlikely.
We predict Everton will beat Southampton and you can get them here at 1/1