premier league matchday 34 roundup

Premier League Matchday 34 Roundup: Manchester United Edge Closer to top Four

Manchester United’s chances of securing a top-four finish were boosted following a 2-0 win over Burnley on Sunday.

The Red Devils only just recently progressed to the Semi-Finals of the Europa League, a competition which guarantees automatic entry into next season’s Champions League.

Manchester United no longer have to put all their eggs in one basket having won away at Turf Moor.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence wasn’t felt as Anthony Martial opened the scoring in the 21st-minute.

Wayne Rooney’s surprise inclusion in the side saw him bag the second goal of the game in the 39th-minute to seal a half time and subsequently a full time win for Manchester United.

United now sit one point behind 4th-placed Manchester City, who succumbed to a defeat at Wembley in their FA Cup tie against Arsenal.

Middlesbrough’s dismal form continued at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday as they lost 4-0 to Bournemouth.

Eddie Howe’s side began the game on the front foot and scored their first goal in the 2nd-minute courtesy of the in-form Joshua King.

Benik Afobe struck next, in the 16th-minute to double his side’s lead.

The second half saw Marc Pugh score in the 65th-minute before Charlie Daniels sent Middlesbrough’s fans into a state of disbelief with a 70th-minute strike.

It’s worth noting that Boro were a man down for 70 minutes of the game given Gaston Ramirez was the recipient of a red card in the 20th-minute.

Mark Hughe’s Stoke City lost yet another away game as Swansea City put two goals past them to aid their survival bid.

Gylfi Sigurdsson assisted the first goal as Fernando Llorente found the back of the net in the 10th-minute.

The first 45 ended goalless, but the second half saw Stoke City fail to conjure decent goalscoring opportunities.

Stoke were granted the chance to draw the scores level from the spot, but Marko Arnautovic sent the ball sailing over the bar thus squandering Stoke’s best chance of the game.

Thomas Carroll scored a minute after Arnautovic’s failed spot-kick which sealed the win for the Swans.

Everton and West Ham played out a goalless draw in a tie that produced great pieces of play, but a poor display of finishing.

Manuel Lanzini constantly asked questions of Everton’s backline with his mesmerising dribbling skills, but he failed to create and convert chances.

Toffee’s star man Romelu Lukaku was unable to produce a moment of brilliance for Ronald Koeman’s side as they drew 0-0.

Hull’s place in the lower echelons of the Premier League improved a fair bit after beating Watford 2-0.

Their chances of retaining their Premier League status now looks quite likely judging by how Marco Silva has transformed the side since he made his way to England.

Oumar Niasse received a red card in the 25th-minute, but that didn’t stop Hull from going in front courtesy of Liverpool loanee Lazar Markovic in the 62nd-minute before Sam Clucas doubled their lead 11 minutes later.

Liverpool were, perhaps unsurprisingly, beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace at Anfield.

The Red’s remain in the top four, but their position is currently under threat given United are gearing up to make it into the top four.

Phillippe Coutinho had opened the scoring before Liverpool were undone by their former striker, Christian Benteke who now appears to be in superb form.

Liverpool sit 3rd on the league table and lead Man City with just two points. Seeing as City have two games in hand, as well as Manchester United, Liverpool’s top four hopes are in real danger.

Premier League Table after Matchday 34​

premier league matchday 34 table

Highlights of Premier League Matchday 34 Games

Burnley vs Manchester United

 

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

 

Hull City vs Watford

 

Swansea City vs Stoke City

 

Bournemouth vs Middlesbrough

 

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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