Premier League matchday 30 roundup

Premier League Matchday 30: Liverpool win the Merseyside Derby

The Premier League returned with a bang on the 1st of April following a two-week international break. Fans of the English top flight were overjoyed to see league action return as Liverpool, and Everton squared off in what was sure to be a thrilling Merseyside derby.

Everton were determined to secure a victory over Liverpool at Anfield for the first time in 18 years, but unfortunately, their game plan went south when Sadio Mane scored the game’s opening goal in the 8th-minute.

Matthew Pennington drew Everton level in the 28th-minute before Phillipe Coutinho pulled off a masterstroke of footballing genius to find the far right corner as he restored Liverpool’s lead in the 31st-minute.

Everton were happy to soak up pressure from Liverpool in the early stages of the game, but they had a sense of urgency about them following Coutinho’s goal.

Divock Origi closed the scoring in the 60th-minute as Liverpool strolled to a 3-1 victory over Everton at Anfield.

The international break appeared to have taken the fight out of Burnley as Sean Dyche’s men succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham.

Burnley gave Spurs a relatively tough afternoon as they set themselves up in their usual manner, but despite Harry Kane’s absence Spurs were able to grab all three points courtesy of goals from Eric Dier and Son Heung-Min.

Burnley sit just five points above the relegation zone; hence, they’ll be looking to get to the 40-point mark before the end of the season in a bid to affirm their survival.

League leaders Chelsea were stunned by Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge with the latter securing a shocking 2-1 victory over Antonio Conte’s side.

Victor Moses’ absence (through injury) saw Chelsea line-up with a 3-5-2 formation – a tactical surprise that failed to have the desired effect.

Eden Hazard found Cesc Fabregas after a beautiful piece of play from the Belgian which Fabregas subsequently slotted converted in the 5th-minute.

Wilfried Zaha scored the Eagles’ equaliser four minutes later, and Christian Benteke followed suit with a calmly struck lob which sent Palace fans into delirium.

Chelsea struggled to find their way back in the tie despite dominating possession and every other stat except the one that really mattered (goals). The Blues’ lead at the top of the table was cut short to seven points with Spurs sitting in 2nd-place following their win away at Burnley.

West Ham’s woes continued as relegation strugglers Hull City grabbed a crucial victory at home to Slaven Bilic’s side.

Andy Carroll chested the ball down and put it past Eldin Jakupovic in the 18th-minute of the tie. West Ham took a 1-0 lead into the half time break, but their advantage became non-existent as Andrew Robertson struck home to draw Hull level.

Inter Milan loanee Andrea Ranocchia headed home Hull’s winner in the 85th-minute thus taking the Tigers one point closer to Premier League safety.

Manchester United and West Brom played out a goalless draw with United failing to make the most of their chances despite having 75% ball possession. Southampton and Bournemouth’s South-Coast derby also ended in a goalless draw.

Goals from Wilfried Ndidi and Jamie Vardy saw Leicester secure a 2-0 victory at home to Stoke City whilst Watford beat rock-bottom Sunderland 1-0 with Miguel Britos scoring the game’s lone goal.

Swansea City welcomed Middlesbrough to the Liberty Stadium for a tie that was poised to have a major effect on the proceedings at the bottom of the table.

It was a must-win game for both sides, but they somehow ended up sharing the spoils with none of them being able to conjure up decent goalscoring opportunities.

Leroy Sane opened the scoring as Manchester City travelled to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal. Theo Walcott scored Arsenal’s equaliser in the 40th-minute, but the scores were not to be level at half time as Aguero found the back of the net two minutes after Walcott’s strike.

The second half saw Mustafi draw Arsenal level as the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Premier League Table after Matchday 30​

premier league matchday 30 table

Highlights of Premier League Matchday 30 Games:

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Liverpool vs Everton

Arsenal vs Manchester City

Burnley vs Tottenham

Leicester City vs Stoke City

Hull City vs West Ham United

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He's well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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