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2019-20 English Premier League round-up: Week 11 of 38

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Liverpool and Manchester City came out of jail, both rallying from behind to beat Aston Villa and Southampton respectively and avoiding major upsets in the process. A Villa win looked almost inevitable when they held on to a 1-0 lead till the 87th minute, but’s that’s when two late goals from Robertson and Sadio Mane gave Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool a stunning win plus help maintain the 5-point gap over Manchester City at the top of the table. A demoralized Southampton coming out a 0-9 drubbing to Leicester a week ago almost pulled off a miracle at the Etihad when they led for most of the game on the back of a 13th minute James Ward-Prowse goal but Sergie Aguero equalized for City in the 70th minute. Just when the match seemed to be heading for a 1-1 draw, an unexpected goal from defender Kyle Walker just four minutes before the whistle provided the hosts and Premier league champions with a face-saving win. Leicester City maintained their third spot on the EPL table with a 0-2 win over Crystal Palace in an enthralling contest away at Selhurst Park. This was the first win for the Foxes in over seven games with Palace. Central defender Caglar Soyuncu got his maiden goal since joining the club in 2017 when he opened the account for the visitors with a header in the 70th minute. Leicester extended the lead to 0-2 in the 88th with some excellent combination play between Demarai Gray, James Maddison and Jami Vardy. Vardy’s goal took his Premier League tally of goals to 10, making him the highest scorer of the competition for the ongoing 2019-20 season. Crystal Palace have now dropped three places down to the 9th after their home loss.  Chelsea remained in the Top four with an away win over Watford on the back of goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic. Frank Lampard’s Blues are now in the 4th spot and on same points as Leicester (23) but are behind to the latter owing a big goal difference. 

Arsenal are still in the 5th place after their drawn game with the Wolves at the Emirates on Saturday but by virtue of that, their gap with Leicester and Chelsea has widened to as much as 6 points and any hope of their breaking into the Top Four look pretty dim going into the future. The Gunners couldn’t hold on to an early lead provided by a Pierre Aubameyang goal in the 21st minute, as the Nuno Santo’s Wolves put immense pressure on Arsenal especially in the 2nd half and were rewarded with an equalizer in the 77th minute coming from the prolific Raul Jimenez. 

Sheffield United featuring in only their 4th Premier League entry and the first one after 2006-7 have punched far above their weight. Chris Wilder’s Blades are in the 6th place on the EPL table and just a point behind Arsenal’s 17. An impressive 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday and earlier wins over Arsenal, Everton and Crystal Palace have helped the South Yorkshire side to get where they are. 

Manchester United’s woes on the road continued when they lost to Bournemouth 0-1 away at Dean Court. A goal from Joshu King at the stroke of half-time settled the issue for the Cherries who moved to the 7th spot with 16 points after the win. United still cling on perilously to the 10th spot with 13 points and have as many as three sides with identical points below them – Tottenham, Wolves and West Ham. Top Four regular from previous seasons and European runners-up, Tottenham Hotspur, are still struggling to break into the Top Ten. Just when a 1-0 win and three easy points looked imminent against Everton at the Goodison Park on Sunday evening, Cenk Tosun headed in a dramatic equalizer in injury time, a minute before the final whistle and dashed hopes of a Spurs win. The evening though was hogged in the 79th by a serious knee injury to Andre Gomes Everton central midfielder which he sustained when Spurs forward Son Heung-Min tackled him from behind causing the Portuguese to fall awkwardly. Son was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson after being red-carded while Gomes received extensive treatment in a lengthy delay and was eventually taken off on a stretcher. 

Having managed to hold the Wolves to a draw and then beating West Ham 2-3 in succession, Newcastle have managed to extricate themselves out of the relegation zone and climb three places to the 15th and accrue 12 points in the process. Southampton, Norwich City and Watford still remain in relegation territory thanks to a succession of defeats and don’t look like getting out of that zone for some time at least. 

1Liverpool31
2Man City25
3Leicester City23
4Chelsea23
5Arsenal17
6Sheff Utd16
7Bournemouth16
8Brighton15
9Crystal Palace15
10Manchester United13
11Tottenham13
12Wolves13
13West Ham13
14Burnley FC12
15Newcastle12
16Aston Villa11
17Everton11
18Southampton8
19Norwich City7
20Watford5

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