We’re back! The English Premier League has returned from the FA Cup break which had some magical moments (like Manchester City falling to Wigan), but now Manchester City will probably also resume playing the way they did before the break. Without further ado, this Saturday’s rundown.
Leicester City 1-1 Stoke City
Stoke escape with a draw, and it was really all on Leicester. Shaqiri stays being class, putting the Potters up one goal early on and extending his scoring streak. The second half was just all Leicester scoring chances, it was a miracle they didn’t score on a couple occasions. However, the only goal for the Foxes was on the mistake of the goalkeeper, Jack Butland, but he later made some great saves to keep them in the game.
AFC Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle United
Missed opportunity, that’s the best way to describe this game for Newcastle. When you are only a point above the relegation zone and your team is up by two goals, you just can’t give it up in the last 10 minutes. The Magpies got seriously outplayed those last 10 minutes, but before then they were in cruise control with nothing looking to change. They won’t survive the season in the EPL like that, but fair play to a resilient Bournemouth side that kept pushing.
Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 Swansea City
A second half of the table smack down. Swansea was starting to look much more improved under Carvalhal, and this might just be a hiccup, but they were thoroughly dismantled by this Brighton team. And they are now underwater once again, they’re next match is against West Ham, that should be a tight game.
Burnley 1-1 Southampton
Burnley are continuing their sputtering form, but it was a still a solid game from both teams. Good goal from Gabbiadini to equalize, but they’re still locked in a three way tie with Crystal Palace and Swansea for the top relegation spot. Burnley have Everton next, an even match up where nothing is sure for either side.
Liverpool 4-1 West Ham United
Not even Chicharito could save West Ham from Liverpool’s flourishing offense. They netted four goals, and made sure to distribute them evenly among the offense. While West Ham’s defense was holding on for awhile, they did not have enough to keep up. Liverpool were up by three goals before West Ham even could get anything on the score sheet.
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Huddersfield Town
West Brom woes continue, a tale that hasn’t changed all season, and won’t change today. Huddersfield have a decent team and are putting up better performances again, they weren’t gonna drop this one.
Watford 1-0 Everton
While this match seemed well on its way to being a simple 0-0 draw. Deeney, the Watford legend, banged a goal in the top corner putting them ahead. Leading up to this goal Watford was bombarding Everton with chance after chance on goal. Everton looked content to defend the draw, but after that goal they were quick to make some attacking substitutions that ultimately fell short. Watford still managed to keep the ball for most of the remaining minutes and could’ve easily made it 2-0 had Pickford not denied Deeney’s late shot on goal. Pickford wasn’t done quite yet, on the last corner he actually got his head on the ball and putting it in a very dangerous position, Everton almost steal the draw at the end.
That’s our Saturday summary, but tomorrow some much more interesting matches, especially Manchester United vs. Chelsea, our deep dive of the weekend, stay tuned!