English Premier League: Weekly Round-up – Matchday 27 of 38
Sunday night's Manchester United-Liverpool clash at Old Trafford didn't produce the kind of fireworks expected from two very in-form Premier League sides. The visiting Reds couldn't capitalize on the chances they got and had to settle for a draw against a Red Devils outfit plagued by injuries.[fcrp_feat_sc sc_id=”15416″]
Key mid-fielders Nemanja Matic and Anders Herrera had to pull out owing to injuries and forward Jesse Lingard spent just 17 minutes on the field before limping out with a pulled hamstring. It was Lingard who missed a golden opportunity to put his side ahead when his attempt to get around goalkeeper Alisson from a Romelu Lukaku pass was brilliantly foiled by the onrushing Brazilian custodian.
Liverpool sneaked upward to the top spot of the Premier League table as a result of the goalless draw at Old Trafford.
Jurgen Klopp's Reds are now just a point ahead of Manchester City's 65. United slipped out of the Top Four while Arsenal moved into the space with a 2-0 win over Southampton at the Emirates. Chelsea who are in the 6th place currently with 50 points face a tough outing with Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
The only thing going for the Blues is that is that they have played a match less than other sides.
Spurs meanwhile stumbled to a shock 1-2 defeat to an unfancied Burnley at Turf Moor, where Mauricio Pochettino's side were expecting three easy points and moving within 2 points of 2nd placed City. But the Lilywhites will have to be content with 60 points they have for now and a 3rd spot on the EPL table.
Watford whipped a hapless Cardiff City 1-5 away in Wales, pipping Wolverhampton to the 7th place. The Wolves are now tied at 40 points on the table with Watford after managing just a point from a frustrating 1-1 away draw with Bournemouth. Cardiff as a result of the crushing home defeat are just a point away from relegation and currently find themselves on the 17th spot.
One of the more stunning defeats of the weekend transpired at the King Power when Leicester City were stunned out of their wits by a 1-4 defeat to Crystal Palace in their own backyard.
Three late second half goals from Wilfred Zaha and Luka Milivojevic put the match well beyond the reach of the hosts who have now rapidly slipped down three places from the 9th to the 12th place and are now just 2 points ahead of 13th placed Palace.
West Ham propelled themselves into the Top 10 with an impressive 3-1 win over Fulham and are now in the 9th spot with 36 points, 2 ahead of 10th placed Bournemouth’s 34.
Newcastle remained in the 15th spot on the Premier League table despite a succession of good games ending with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Southampton, Fulham and Huddersfield form the bottom three in the 18th, 19th and 20th places respectively, all of them having lost their weekend fixtures.