English Premier League: Mid-week review – Matchday 28 of 38
Save for Tottenham Hotspur, it was a productive mid-week for teams of the Top six of the English Premier League (EPL), beginning with table toppers Liverpool who maintained their pole position, dismissing of a hapless Watford 5-0 at Anfield last night. Braces from Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane sank the visiting Hornets who had arrived at Anfield riding on a high morale after last weekend’s 1-5 thrashing of Cardiff City.[fcrp_feat_sc sc_id=”16843″]
Javi Gracia's Watford are still inside the Top ten despite Wednesday night's battering and are lucky to still find themselves on the 8th spot of the EPL table.
Manchester City earned three fortuitous points in a tough home outing at the Etihad against Manuel Pellegrini's West Hammer. It took a Sergie Aguero penalty in the 59th minute to break down the well-organized Hammers, but then that was enough to take the hosts within one point of League leaders Liverpool's 69.
Tottenham Hotspur remain in the 3rd spot with 60 points despite their second loss on the trot inside a week. Mauricio Pochettino's title hopes now seems beyond reach, particularly so, after yesterday's 0-2 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Pedro opened the account for the hosts in the 57th, but any hopes of a Spurs rebound were dashed by a Kieran Trippier own-goal in the 84th minute.
Chelsea moved to 53 points, just 2 away from 5th-placed Manchester United with the advantage of having an extra game in hand and could look to aim at breaking into the Top Four what with a couple of easy fixtures to follow within a fortnight's period.
Arsenal maintained their position in the 4th spot with an emphatic 5-1 win over Bournemouth and setting up an exciting weekend London derby with Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
Manchester United edged to within a point of Arsenal's 56 on the back of a 1-3 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Romelu Lukaku looked back in form with 2 spectacular goals and Ashley Young playing in a winger-cum-forward's role finding the third.
Palace slipped to the 14th spot, one below Newcastle who continued their decent run in recent fixtures when got they got the better of Burnley 2-0 at St James Park on Wednesday. Rafael Benitez's Magpies have thus moved steadily up two places to 13th on the back of the mid-week win.
Leicester City by beating Brighton 2-1 moved up a place up to the 11th with 35 points accrued from their 28 games and are just a point behind Everton and West Ham's 36 who are on 9th and 10th respectively.
Cardiff City have moved into relegation territory post their 0-3 defeat to Everton on Wednesday. The Welsh side are now on the 18th spot followed by relegation regulars Fulham and Huddersfield Town in the 19th and 20th.[fcrp_feat_sc sc_id=”16797″]