The English Premier League (EPL) league table continues to get intense with each passing matchday. This past weekend produced some interesting results.
Man City 2-1 Leeds
Ilkay Gundogan’s first-half double condemned Sam Allardyce to defeat in his first game in charge of Leeds as Manchester City held on to a 2-1 win to move four points clear at the top of the Premier League. Gundogan struck twice inside 27 minutes at the Etihad Stadium to all-but extinguish any chance of Leeds enjoying a new-manager bounce under Allardyce, as the champions piled the pressure on title rivals Arsenal ahead of their Super Sunday trip to Newcastle. City would see out a 10th successive Premier League victory, but the late drama left Pep Guardiola incensed and conjured belief that Allardyce may just be able to steer Leeds – who remain outside the relegation zone on goal difference – to safety before the season is up.
Newcastle 0-2 Arsenal
Martin Odegaard continued his fine goalscoring form as he netted for the third time this week to help us to a vital win at Newcastle United. The Norwegian fired home from 25 yards to give us the lead on 14 minutes, and in the second half some good play from Gabriel Martinelli forced Fabian Schar into an own goal to give us breathing room. Both teams would rattle the woodwork during an end-to-end contest, which ended with us claiming three points from one of the division’s toughest places to get a result this season, and move back within touching distance of Manchester City at the top of the division.
West Ham 1-0 Man Utd
West Ham United beat Manchester United 1-0 to end a run of three consecutive defeats and take a huge step towards Premier League safety. The match started with an unrelenting pace as both teams tried to get forward. Marcus Rashford had Manchester United’s first big chance after 18 minutes when his effort struck the near post. West Ham took the lead thanks to an awful error from David De Gea. Said Benrahma was surrounded by three defenders so opted to fire on goal from distance and De Gea was unable to keep it out. Ten Hag brought on Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho in an effort to give United more attacking potency but West Ham stood firm to see out a win and three precious points towards their bid for survival.
Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea
Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace
Wolves 1-0 Aston Villa
Liverpool 1-0 Brentford
Fulham 5-3 Leicester City
Brighton 1-5 Everton
Nottingham Forest 4-3 Southampton