premier league matchday 26 roundup

Premier League Matchday 26 Roundup: Chelsea Maintain 10 Point Gap

Chelsea maintained their ten-point gap at the top of the table during the weekend following their 3-1 win over Swansea City. Chelsea were expected to secure a relatively easy home win over the Swans seeing as the game took place at Stamford Bridge.

Despite winning 3-1, it’s fair to say that Swansea gave the Blues a hard time as they had to make extra efforts in a bid to break down Swansea’s backline.

Cesc Fabregas put in a man of the match display as he scored the opening goal, and assisted another as Pedro doubled Chelsea’s lead in the 72nd-minute following Fernando Llorente’s half time equaliser.

Eden Hazard found Diego Costa with a pass, and the Spain international duly converted it, thus helping Chelsea to a 3-1 win.

Everton were silky smooth at Goodison park against Sunderland as they secured a superb 2-0 home win courtesy of goals from Idrissa Gueye and in-form Romelu Lukaku.

Sunderland currently languish in the bottom of the Premier League table whilst Everton seem to be on course to secure Europa League qualification judging by their recent scintillating displays.

Marco Silva’s Hull City and Burnley played out a 1-1 draw in what was a significant game for the home side due to its potential effect on the relegation battle.

Hull City posed an attacking threat against Burnley as the attempted to knock a few goals past them and put some distance between them and the relegation zone.

Tom Huddlestone scored a penalty in the 72nd-minute thus throwing Hull fans into delirium as that looked to be the match-winner. Burnley, though, had other ideas, as Michael Keane scored an equaliser just four minutes later.

Both sides had to settle for a measly point, but the result suited Burnley more than Hull who still sit in the relegation zone.

Crystal Palace secured a much-needed win over Middlesbrough in Saturday’s relegation six-pointer.

Patrick Van Aanholt scored against his former side in the 34th-minute and his goal proved to be the game’s lone goal. Crystal Palace are now just two points from Premier League safety.

Bournemouth suffered a defeat at the Hawthorns thanks to goals from Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley who fired West Brom to a 2-1 win after conceding a Josh King penalty earlier.

Bournemouth remain in 14th-place and are in danger of getting relegated due to the small points gap that exists between the league’s bottom seven sides.

Watford and West Ham played out a thrilling 1-1 draw at Vicarage road.

After dominating the first half following an early Troy Deeney goal, Watford were left chasing the game in the second 45 as West Ham seemed to be a different side in the second half.

They scored an equaliser in the 73rd-minute through Andre Ayew after he latched onto Michail Antonio’s ball which initially struck the crossbar and hit the inner side of the post before falling to Ayew and the Ghanaian subsequently slotting the ball in.

Sunday’s game saw Tottenham thump Stoke City in an emphatic fashion as Spurs grabbed a super 4-0 win over Mark Hughe’s men who never seemed to be up for the tie.

Harry Kane completed his hat-trick on the 37th-minute with his final goal of the game and the one before that being assisted by Christian Eriksen. Dele Alli closed the scoring in the 45th-minute with a decent goal.

Monday Night’s fixture saw Leicester City make an epic resurgence following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri. The win enraged the club’s fans, though, with supporters making claims that Leicester players have been abysmal on purpose.

Jamie Vardy opened the scoring after latching on to a pass from Marc Albrighton. Danny Drinkwater doubled Leicester’s lead six minutes before the end of the first half.

Leicester went in at half time with a 2-0 lead – somewhat shocking considering the fact that they had been one of the league’s worst sides since the start of the season.

Vardy scored again in the 60th-minute thanks to Christian Fuchs’ assist. Liverpool clawed one back through Philippe Coutinho, but the game ended 3-1 and Leicester grabbed the three points.

Premier League Matchday 26 Table​

premier league matchday 26 rtable

Highlights of Premier League Matchday 26 Games

Chelsea vs Swansea City

 

Tottenham vs Stoke City

 

Leicester City vs Liverpool

 

Everton vs Sunderland

 

Crystal Palace vs Middlesbrough

 

Watford 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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