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Matchday Twenty-Two’s Premier League Review: Business As Usual For Citizens As Hammers Down Baggies

It’s now time to take a look back at all the action from yet another enthralling New Year Game Week of the English Top-Flight, as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City got back to winning ways and David Moyes’ Hammers claimed some pivotal points.

New Years Day saw the first slice of PL action of 2018 and it would be a South Coast Derby to remember as Chris Hughton’s Seagulls and Eddie Howe’s Cherries met up the Amex Stadium.

In the Sky Sports early kick-off, Anthony Knockaert put Brighton & Hove Albion ahead early on before Steve Cook popped up to level for AFC Bournemouth, leaving Glenn Murray to put the host back ahead, Callum Wilson rescuing a point in scrappy fashion.

It would be swiftly onto four Monday afternoon kick-offs in the wake of that, the first involved Sean Dyche’s Burnley and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who played out a dramatic affair.

Sadio Mane ended his goal-drought by putting the visitors ahead in the second period before Johann Berg-Gudmundsson levelled things up late on, leaving Ragnar Klavan to net his first PL goal and secure three points for the Reds.

Meanwhile, David Wagner’s Terriers made the tough trip to the King Power Stadium to do battle with Claude Puel’s Foxes, and very tricky it would prove for them indeed.

Goals from Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Marc Albrighton made sure of an emphatic win for the hosts, with the visitors snowing very little fight or resistance.

Elsewhere in the Midlands, an away team did manage to perform well, very well indeed in the form of Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United who managed to claim a crucial victory over Mark Hughes’ Stoke City at the Bet 365 Stadium thanks to a strike from Ayoze Perez.

To round off the Bank Holiday spoils and thrills, Jose Mourinho took his Manchester United team to Goodison Park for an interesting encounter, going toe-to-toe with Sam Allardyce’s Everton.

Luckily for them, midfield maestro Paul Pogba was on form to set up both Anthony Martial and a Jesse Lingard stunner to secure an important win on the road for the Red Devils.

Another four matches duly followed on Tuesday evening, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur travelled to Wales where they met Carlos Carvalhal’s Swansea City, they left with a comfortable win, helped by Fernando Llorente and Dele Alli strikes.

On the South Coast, Roy Hodgson’s Eagles managed to steal another huge triumph in the complexion of their campaign, James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic cancelling out Shane Long’s first goal in ten months for Mauricio Pellegrino’s strugglers.

At the London Stadium, West Ham United looked worried when Alan Pardew’s West Bromwich Albion took the lead via James McClean in their encounter, but an Andy Carroll double, including a last-minute winner, eased their troubles in East London.

The final matchup of three days ago would be a breeze for the League leaders, getting the better of Marco Silva’s Watford 3-1, Andre Gray’s finish proving only a consolation to efforts from Raheem Sterling, a Christian Kabasele own-goal and Sergio Aguero.

It was then onto the only match of Wednesday evening as Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea played out a London Derby thriller, locking together at 2-2 with the home side netting through Jack Wilshere and Hector Bellerin and the away, Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso.

And, the week’s final dosage of action came in the form of a tie that was re-arranged from New Year’s Eve another local Derby with Pochettino’s Tottenham playing host to the Irons.

It would be Moyes’ West Ham who took the unlikely lead with their first shot on 70 minutes, a Pedro Obiang stunner shortly before Son Heung-min struck from range himself to ensure that the two teams shared the points.

So, now that all the spills and thrills from yet one more pulsating Match Week of the League we all know, and love have been well and truly reviewed, the FA Cup will now take centre-stage over the next few days, however, never fear, the PL is back for Matchday 23 in eight days’ time.