premier League Matchday 25 roundup

Premier League Matchday 25: Chelsea Drop Points

Chelsea drew 1-1 at Turf Moor as Burnley’s resilience and Sean Dyche’s tactical masterclass prevented Conte’s side from securing a victory in typical fashion.

Victor Moses provided the assist as Pedro opened the scoring for Chelsea. From then on the game was expected to be a one sided affair, but surprisingly, Burnley held their ground and put up a fight.

Burnley’s breakthrough came via new signing, Robbie Brady’s free-kick as he whipped the ball into the top corner, thus bringing the scores level.

Cesc Fabregas was introduced to the fray in a bid to create a moment of magic and help Chelsea grab the three points, but the Spaniard didn’t have the desired effect although he was responsible for some key passes.

Following the results in other games during the weekend, Chelsea’s gap at the top of the table has been reduced to eight points, so a couple poor run of form could see the league’s chasing pack catch up with the league leaders.

Manchester City grabbed an important 2-0 win away at Bournemouth with Raheem Sterling putting up a sublime man of the match display for the Citizens.

Sterling scored City’s opening goal in the 29th-minute. City’s second goal looked to have been scored by Sergio Aguero, but it came off Tyrone Mings in the 69th-minute and it was branded an own goal.

Alexis Sanchez scored a controversial goal as he opened the scoring for Arsenal against Hull City in a game that ended 2-0.

Sanchez apparently handled the ball before scoring in the 34th-minute against Hull, the goal further enraged Hull City fans because Mark Clattenburg failed to spot it.

Sanchez doubled Arsenal’s lead in the 90th-minute with a well-struck penalty.

The win sees Arsenal level on points with North-London rivals Tottenham, Spurs, though, are above the Gunners on the league table by virtue of goal difference.

Liverpool got the better of Tottenham on Saturday night as Jurgen Klopp’s side picked up their first league win in 2017. Sadio Mane bagged a quick-fire brace in the 16th and 18th minutes respectively which helped Liverpool to the crucial win.

Jurgen Klopp will have his sights set on going on a run in a bid to climb the table and into the top four with just one point separating them and 4th-placed Arsenal.

Manchester United were able to enact their revenge on Watford after a 3-1 win for the Hornets in the reverse fixture. Juan Mata put up a fine display and capped his performance with the game’s opening goal, but it was Anthony Martial’s showing that really caught the eye.

The Frenchman bagged a sublime goal in the 60th-minute and also assisted Juan Mata’s opening strike.

Manchester United are now in touching distance of the top four. The Red Devils currently occupy 6th place, but a win in their next game could see them make their way into the Champions League places.

Middlesbrough and Everton played out a drab 0-0 draw as both sides failed to conjure good goalscoring opportunities.

Romelu Lukaku went into the game after scoring four goals against Bournemouth in the previous fixture, but he failed to make his presence felt at the Riverside Stadium.

Manolo Gabbiadini continued his fine start to life at Southampton with a superb brace in the first half against Sunderland. Sunderland’s defending was horrid as Southampton were able to breach the Black Cats’ backline with alarming regularity.

Jason Denayer scored an own goal which took Southampton 3-0 up, before Shane Long got his name on the scoresheet with Southampton’s 4th-goal of the game.

Leicester’s troubles continued as Swansea City grabbed a routine 2-0 over the reigning Premier League champions courtesy of goals from Alfie Mawson and Martin Olsson, whilst West Ham and West Brom played out a 2-2 draw.

Nacer Chadli bagged his first goal since October before Sofiane Feghouli equalised for West Ham. Manuel Lanzini doubled West Ham’s lead, but Gareth McAuley’s 90th-minute strike ensured both sides shared the spoil

Premier League Table after Matchday 25​

Premier League Matchday 25 Table

Highlights of Premier League Matchday 25 Games:

Burnley vs Chelsea

 

Liverpool vs Tottenham

 

Arsenal vs Hull City

 

Bournemouth vs Manchester City

 

Manchester United vs Watford

 

Swansea City vs Leicester City

 

Sunderland vs Southampton

 

West Ham vs West Brom

 

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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