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EPL Update [Round 29]

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WEST BROM 3-1 ARSENAL

 Arsenal slipped further in the EPL log, giving Manchester United a real chance to finally break away from a long held 6th position, as West Brom took all three points at The Hawthorns.

Craig Dawson put Tony Pulis’s side ahead after 12 minutes, taking advantage of the Baggies’ first corner of the match. However it took Alexis Sanchez only exactly 165 seconds to draw the Gunners level. Unmarked in the area, he had time to pick his spot and rifle past Ben Foster from a Granit Xhaka fine assist.

 Arsene Wenger’s men went behind again in the early stages of the second half when Hal Robson-Kanu scored just 75 seconds after replacing Salomon Rondon, capitalising on a clanger from substitute goalkeeper David Ospina to poke home Nacer Chadli’s chipped through ball.

Dawson, again capitalized on another corner, 20 minutes later, to put the game beyond Arsenal.

This result will do nothing but put more pressure on Wenger to leave.

Goals: Dawson 12′, 75′, Robson-Kanu 55′; Sanchez 15′

 

Watford captain, Troy Deeney, holds off a challenge.

CRYSTAL PALACE 1-0 WATFORD

Troy Deeney’s own goal settled matters in favor of Crystal Palace at  Selhurst Park.

The Watford captain glanced the ball in off the post beyond Heurelho Gomes while trying to clear a Yohan Cabaye free-kick.

Palace, though needed the win badly to take them four points clear off the relegation zone.

Goals: Deeney (og) 68’

 

EVERTON 4-0 HULL

 Everton continued their resurgence for a top-four spot finish, with a comfortable win over relegation-threatened Hull City.

Tom Davies crossed for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to tap home for Everton’s first.

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Everton made the advantage count, after Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone was shown a controversial straight red card, scoring their second as substitute Enner Valencia finished just 69 seconds after coming off the bench.

Romelu Lukaku scored a double to become the first player since Gary Lineker in 1985/86 to score over 20 league goals in a season for Everton.

This win puts them level on points with Arsenal, having played a game more.

Goals: Calvert-Lewin 9’, Valencia 78’, Lukaku 91’, 94′.

 

STOKE 1-2 CHELSEA

Chelsea were made to work hard at the Bet365 Stadium,  in order to keep their momentum on top of the EPL log.

Willian put the Blues ahead with a cheeky free-kick, which Lee Grant handled mediocrely.

Stoke’s equaliser came from a spot kick after Jonathan Walters, was adjudged to have been fouled by Gary Cahill. He stepped up to slam the penalty high to Thibaut Courtois’s right.

Cahill from villain turned hero, popping up with the winner in the 87th minute to send Chelsea 13 points clear at the top of the table.

Goals: Walters (p) 38’; Willian 13’, Cahill 87′.

 

SUNDERLAND 0-0 BURNLEY

 It was an uneventful afternoon at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland and Burnley played out a stalemate.

Both sides had – and missed – huge chances to win the game in the closing stages, but Burnley will leave the north-east the happier of the two sides having ensured they won’t be claiming the Premier League’s joint-worst away record in a season. The point is only their third on the road all campaign, but beats Derby’s pitiful haul of two in their infamous 2007/08 season.

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Crystal Palace beating Watford means Sunderland are now seven points adrift of safety.

 

WEST HAM 2-3 LEICESTER

 A frantic game at the London Stadium began with champions Leicester racing into a 2-0 lead inside seven minutes; first, Riyad Mahrez’s dangerous cross evaded everybody before nestling in the net, and then Robert Huth finished off a lovely set-piece move.

Manuel Lanzini got the home side back in it with a beautiful, curling free-kick to make it 2-1 after 20 minutes.

But just as West Ham thought they were getting back into the game, Marc Albrighton’s corner caused all sorts of trouble in the box – which Jamie Vardy made the most of. The England striker pounced from close range to strike high past Darren Randolph.

Andre Ayew’s goal just after the hour mark might well have inspired a comeback, but it wasn’t to be for the Hammers, who were denied by a string of brilliant Kasper Schmeichel stops. Three league wins in three for Craig Shakespeare – and a first on the road all season for Leicester.

Goals: Lanzini 20’, Ayew 63’; Mahrez 5’, Huth 7’, Vardy 39′

 

BOURNEMOUTH 2-0 SWANSEA

A classic six-pointer at the bottom of the table went the way of the hosts at the Vitality.

Benik Afobe’s scuffed shot, heavily deflected by Alfie Mawson’s shin, left Lukasz Fabianski helpless to stop the first goal.

Swansea struggled to develop any kind of rhythm and fluency to their play in the first half. They rallied early in the second, but just as they started to threaten Artur Boruc’s goal, Bournemouth cut them open at the other end. Josh King slipped in Afobe who calmly finished in off the post.

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The win lifts Bournemouth to 11th and leaves Swansea precariously close to the relegation zone in 17th – three points ahead of Hull in 18th, but five points clear of Middlesbrough who have two games in hand.

Goals: Mawson (og) 31′, Afobe 72′.

 

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