MATCHWEEK 35: PREMIER LEAGUE ROUNDUP
By Nilavro Ghosh
- The race for the top four heats up as Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester United drop points
- Tottenham triumph over Arsenal in the north London derby
Matchweek 35 saw a string of shock results especially involving the clubs fighting for a spot in the remaining two Champions League places.
Manchester United were held by Southampton at Old Trafford after Michael Obafemi equalized from a corner in the 96th minute to give the saints a much deserved point. The match ended 2-2 and saw both United’s left-backs, Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams go off with injuries.
Leicester City were thrashed 4-1 by 18th place Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium thanks to goals from Junior Stanislas, Dominic Solanke, and an own goal by Johnny Evans. The foxes saw defender Caglar Soyuncu sent off in the 67th minute as well.
Chelsea were battered 3-0 by Sheffield United at Bramall Lane thanks to a brace from David McGoldrick, and Oli McBurnie. The blues sit perilously at third, only a point clear of both Leicester and United with their final two games of the season against champions Liverpool and high flying Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Tottemham Hotspurs shocked Arsenal in the first north London derby held at the former’s new home ground with a hard-fought 2-1 win. Alexander Lacazette’s bullet was cancelled out after a horrific mistake by Sead Kolisinac presented Heung Min Son with a simple finish in the first half. The gunners threatened Hugo Lloris’ goal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hitting the crossbar but it was not meant to be. Spurs’ defender Toby Alderweireld scored the winner in the 81st minute from a corner.
Tottenham currently are at 8th place with 52 points and Arsenal at 9th with 50.
In the battle for survival, West ham United beat Norwich City 4-0, confirming the canaries’ next season to be in the EFL Championship. David Moyes’ side are three points from the drop zone and looks set for another season in the Premier League.
Aston Villa picked up a massive three points in their bid for survival after they beat Crystal Palace 2-0. The match was marred, however, after Palace winger Wilfred Zaha was subject to racism online before the game. The culprit is a boy of twelve.
Liverpool’s 100 per cent record at Anfield this season in the league was brought to an end by Burnley who held to champions to a 1-1 draw thanks to a outstanding equalizer from Jay Rodriguez.
Watford beat Newcastle 2-1 thanks to a brace from Troy Deeney that took them three points clear of the drop zone. Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City won their games comfortably against Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion respectively. City won 5-0 while Wolves won 3-0.