Matchday Twenty-Seven’s Premier League Review: Super City March On As Hammers Down Hornets

Premier League Review

In the wake of yet another highly-entertaining weekend of Premier League action Matchday Twenty-Seven to be more precise, it’s not time to take you back through all of the action from the last few days, as Pep Guardiola’s League leaders extended the gap at the top of the table and David Moyes’ West Ham United got back to winning ways.

Game Week 27 was kick-off in style at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime when the North London derby rolled into town, Tottenham Hotspur facing off with Arsenal.

And it would be a happy outing for Mauricio Pochettino’s men as a second-half header from Harry Kane separated the two sides, piling more pressure on Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.

It was then on to the more traditional 3 PM starts, a rare low of four afternoon fixtures, first up, Sean Dyche’s Burnley made the trip to South Wales to meet Carlos Carvalhal’s resurgent Swansea City.

The Swans would continue their march towards safety under their new boss by claiming yet another three points, though leaving it slightly late to secure, a Ki Sung-yueng strike making sure of it.

Next up was another meeting of a team in mid-table and one embroiled in the fight for survival and it came at Goodison Park, Everton entertaining Crystal Palace.

Here, Sam Allardyce’s men would reign supreme with goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Oumar Niasse and Tom Davies, rendering a late Luka Milivojevic penalty for Roy Hodgson’s team useless.

Also, at that time but back down South in the Capital, West Ham United welcomed Watford to the London Stadium in what was set to be an intriguing matchup.

However, much like on Merseyside, it would be one-way traffic instead, Javier Hernandez and the returning Marko Arnautovic bringing Javier Gracia back down to earth with his first PL defeat.

The final of the afternoon ties saw Paul Lambert’s Stoke City meet with Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion with both vying for key points to help towards maintaining their To-Flight statuses.

It looked like the visitors were going to be taking then when Jose Izquierdo struck early, but Xherdan Shaqiri levelled and Charlie Adam spurned a last-gasp penalty for the hosts, the points were shared in the end, 1-1.

Saturday’s last offering, Sky Sports’ live late kick-off involved the leaders of the pack Manchester City and former champions Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Claude Puel’s men put up a fight in the first-half, Jamie Vardy responding to a Raheem Sterling opener, though the second period belonged to one man and one man only, Sergio Aguero notching an incredible four times, the Sky Blues march on towards the title.

There would be a triple-header of tantalising Football in store on Sunday and much like Saturday, it began live on BT Sport as Huddersfield Town played host to Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Three points were what David Wagner’s Terriers needed and they got them in style, taking the lead through new man Alex Pritchard and replying to Junior Stanislas’ equaliser with Steve Mounie and Rajiv van La Parra strikes, while Steve Cook put through his own net, Huddersfield climb out of the bottom three.

The shock of the weekend could only belong to one team and that was Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United who faced Manchester United next in the first of the two Super Sunday clashes.

Things were about to go from bad to worse for Jose Mourinho’s men, they fought hard but succumbed to a Matt Ritchie effort, a much-needed victory for the Magpies.

Focus then quickly switched to the South Coast where Southampton were entertaining Liverpool, hoping to gain inspiration from Newcastle’s earlier antics at the St Mary’s Stadium.

Unfortunately for them, lightning did not strike twice, and it was plain-sailing for Jurgen Klopp’s men who dispatched Mauricio Pellegrino’s through goals from Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah.

However, the latest program of fixtures was not completed there, the matter of a Monday Night Football encounter involving Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge still had to be settled.

The League’s bottom-placed team under Alan Pardew did enjoy a bright start against Antonio Conte’s Blues, although eventually fell victim to them, Eden Hazard twice and Victor Moses ensuring that.

So now that all of the spills and thrills from yet another instalment of the League that we all know, and love have been well and truly reviewed, Champions League last 16 and FA Cup Fifth-Round Football will be taking centre-stage over the next 11 days, but never fear, the English Top-Flight is back next Saturday lunchtime at the King Power Stadium.

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Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.