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Weekend Roundup: No Let Up in the Race for the Title as Top 5 All Pick Up Wins

Brentford 2-2 Chelsea

In an entertaining match at the Brentford Community Stadium, it was the visitors that took the lead late in the first half thanks to Nicolas Jackson scoring his eighth goal of the season, but after the half time break Brentford struck back with two goals of their own. Mads Roerslev scored the equalizer before Yoane Wissa scored an acrobatic volley to put the home side in front. But defender Alex Disasi scored with a late header to rescue a point for the visitors. Brentford moved up to fifteenth whilst Chelsea remain in eleventh.

Everton 1-3 West Ham

Everton’s frustrating season continued as they lost at home for the seventh time this season. Beto, who missed Everton’s first penalty kick of the entire season in the first half, managed to score from a header ten minutes into the second half to open the scoring, only to see their advantage removed by another header, this time by Kurt Zouma for West Ham, from a James Ward Prowse corner kick. Tomas Soucek scored a minute into stoppage time for the Hammers before Edson Alvarez put the game beyond reach in the 95th minute. Everton sit five points clear of the relegation zone in 16th, whilst West Ham moved up to seventh with their second straight league win.

Fulham 3-0 Brighton

Harry Wilson and Rodrigo Muniz scored and assisted a goal each in the first half to propel Fulham to a 3-0 win at home to Brighton in what is only the second time this season that they have won back to back games. Brighton actually had 71% possession in the match, but in reality, didn’t threaten the Fulham goal all that much, with Evan Ferguson missing a few chances to rescue the points for the visitors. Fulham’s third goal came in second half stoppage time with most Brighton players high up the pitch chasing a goal with Adama Traore wrapping up the victory.

Newcastle 3-0 Wolves

Newcastle hadn’t tasted victory at home in the league for over two months, but a sterling performance from the Magpies thanks to goals from Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon in the first half put them onto their way to a victory that saw them climb up to eighth place as they continue to push for a European spot. Tino Livramento, who came on for the injured Kieran Trippier in the second half, scored his first goal of the season late into second half to secure the points for the home side. Wolves had more possession, but they struggled to create many chances in a game that ended their six match away run without defeat.

Nottingham Forest 0-1 Liverpool

Divock Origi and Nico Williams were unable to haunt their old club as Liverpool scored at the death to claim all three points at the City Ground. Playing their fourth game in the space of ten days, Liverpool looked understandably sluggish, but they managed to score the latest goal they’ve ever scored in the Premier League as Darwin Nunez nodded in an Alexis MacAllister cross in the 99th minute. It was a goal steeped in controversy, not only because the referee had signaled only 8 minutes of stoppage time, but also due to the fact that Liverpool were given possession after Konate suffered an injury; the resulting attack led to the goal. Liverpool moved four points clear of second spot temporarily as they awaited the result of the Manchester Derby.

Tottenham 3-1 Crystal Palace

Tottenham went back to winning days following a two week break by defeating local rivals Crystal Palace as they continue to chase for a Champions League spot under Ange Postecoglou. After an uneventful first half, it was the visitors who went ahead thanks to a wonderfully taken free kick by Eberechi Eze in what was his sixth league goal of the campaign, but Tottenham fought back, scoring three times in the final fifteen minutes of the match to ease their way to victory. Timo Werner, on loan from RB Leipzig, scored his first of the season with an easy tap in before Christian Romero headed in a second with ten minutes left. Heung-min Son netted the winning goal on 88 minutes to ensure Spurs did not have to endure a nervy finale to the match.

Luton 2-3 Aston Villa

Aston Villa consolidated their top four spot with a narrow win at Luton that should have been a lot easier. Ollie Watkins continued his fine form, scoring twice in the opening half with assists from Leon Bailey and Douglas Luiz setting Villa on their way. Watkins is the league’s second top scorer with sixteen goals, two behind Man City’s Erling Haaland but even he couldn’t stop or foresee what was to come in the second half. Tahith Chong and Carlton Morris combined within seven minutes of each other to equalize. Lucas Digne scored a dramatic late winner by heading in a cross from Moussa Diaby to leave Luton still four points from safety.

Burnley 0-2 Bournemouth

Burnley really needed a win here to save their season, but despite a valiant attempt, they lost 0-2 thanks a goal in each half. Justin Kluivert opened the scoring on thirteen minutes after some suspect defending, but from that point, Burnley huffed and puffed at Bournemouth’s goal, only to be denied by some stubborn defending and some poor finishing. Burnley also had a goal ruled out for an alleged foul in the build up in the second half, but by the time stoppage time approached, they pushed just a little too much, and Antoine Semenyo wrapped up the points. Bournemouth climbed into thirteenth spot whilst Burnley remain eleven points short of safety with eleven games to go.

Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United

We witnessed an enthralling match at the Emirates in the Manchester Derby, and you can read an enhanced report of what happened here.

Sheffield United 0-6 Arsenal

Arsenal needed to win to keep the pressure on at the top of the Premier League table, and they did so without mercy, netting 3 goals in the first 15 minutes thanks to Odegaard, Martinelli and a Bogle own goal, and were 5-0 up by half time. A Ben White goal in the second half added to Sheffield United’s woes as they remain at the foot of the table, 11 points short of safety with 11 games left to go. It was a match of new records – the 39 minutes it took for Arsenal to take a 5-0 lead in a match was the fastest in history, whilst they also became the first side to win three consecutive away games by at least five goals, and conversely, Sheffield United became the first side to lose 4 consecutive home games by conceding five or more goals. Arsenal sit two points off league leaders Liverpool with a superior goal difference.

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