English Premier League mid-week review: Matchday 32 of 38
Win in the First 5 Minutes
After the end of Match day 32, Manchester City maintained their stranglehold on the Premier League title by moving to the top of the table, getting the better of relegation candidates Cardiff City 2-0 at the Etihad yesterday.
Pep Guardiola's men are now a point ahead of Liverpool who enhanced their tally to 79 with a fortuitous 2-1 over Tottenham Hotspur for which they have Gunners defender Toby Alderweireld ‘s own goal to thank.
Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs registered their first win after 5 League games when they outplayed Crystal Palace 2-0 in their debut game at their brand new stadium in North London.
Son Heung-Min became the first player to open the score sheet at the Tottenham stadium in the 55th minute of play with Christian Eriksen chipping in with the 2nd in the 80th. Spurs have accumulated 64 points from their 32 games while Arsenal leapt into the Top 4 with 63 points on the back of a convincing win of 2-0 over Newcastle, the goals coming from Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette.
The advantage Unai Emery's Gunners have is that they have one more extra fixture in hand (having played 31) and with a game against Everton coming over the weekend they would fancy their chances of moving into the third spot.
Chelsea have moved to within knocking distance of the Top 4 with a 3-0 thrashing of Brighton at Stamford Bridge taking their points tally to 63 in the process.
Chelsea are lucky to find themselves in the fifth spot thanks to Manchester United's 1-2 loss at the Molineux stadium on Monday night against the Wolves.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils botched up an opportunity to break into the Top 4 now that they are left stranded on the sixth place with 61 points and with just six fixtures to go for the 2018-19 season to go, getting into that space could become a problem with Chelsea and Arsenal gunning for the same.
The race for the 7th and 8th spots of the Premier League and a qualification for the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League has tightened with just 3 points separating 7th-placed Wolverhampton and Leicester City on the 9th.
The Wolves have stayed put on the 7th spot with 47 points from their 32 games with an inspiring win over Manchester United but Watford are close on their heels with 46 after their 4-1 bruising of Fulham on Wednesday.
Leicester City have managed to stay in the hunt for a place in the Europa League under their new coach Brendan Rodgers, registering a 2-0 over a insipid Bournemouth last weekend. Everton could find it difficult to stay inside the Top 10 what with a fixture against Arsenal lined up at the Goodison park this coming weekend.
Same applies to West Ham United who have a very tough away fixture coming up against Chelsea on Saturday. Manuel Pellegrini's men are in the 11th place with 42 games and chances of finding a place in the Top 8 looks a remote possibility given the paucity of matches in hand.
Cardiff City, Fulham and Huddersfield look destined for relegation while Brighton, Southampton and Burnley in the 15th, 16th and 17th with 33 points each look safe being 5 points away from the danger zone.