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2019-20 English Premier League recap: Week 16 of 38

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Manchester United shocked Manchester City at Old Trafford 1-2 to push the reigning champions a clear 14 points behind League leaders Liverpool and out of contention for this season’s title race. Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils showed real intent to overpower City on the back of goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. City’s consolation goal came late from Nicolas Otamendi with 5 minutes of the game to go. United after three back-to-back wins have now propelled themselves to the 5th spot on the EPL table accruing 24 points from their 16 outings so far. Pep Guardiola’s men after the weekend defeat are now on 32 points and 6 behind Leicester City who find themselves cosy in the 2nd place after pummelling a struggling Watford 1-4 away at Vicarage Road. Jamie Vardy’s double strike in the match took his tally of goals in the Premier League to 16, making the 32-year old Sheffield-born striker the highest scorer in the tournament so far.

Liverpool made short work of Bournemouth 0-3 at Dean Court to maintain their overwhelming dominance at the top with 46 points to their credit. Meanwhile Everton got themselves out of relegation zone in dramatic fashion, stunning Chelsea 3-1 at Goodison Park and jockeying quickly up to a much more respectable 14th spot on the table. Frank Lampard’s Blues succumbed to their 3rd consecutive defeat in all competitions but are lucky to be in the Top Four even after the Everton defeat. The South West London club are on 29 points after their 16 outings and are still 5 points ahead of Manchester United.

Arsenal under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg broke their nine-game winless streak to beat West Ham 1-3 at the London Stadium on Monday night. The Gunners seemed to be headed for one more defeat when they went into half-time 0-1 courtesy a deflected first-half opener from Hammers centre-back Angelo Ogbonna. But the visitors came back strongly in the second half with goals from teen sensation Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre Aubameyang in a 9-minute burst. Thanks to their pathetic last couple of months, Arsenal are still not inside the Top 8, having managed just 22 points from 16 EPL fixtures and placed 9th on the table. Hammers coach Manuel Pellegrini’s could be on his way out soon with his club descending quickly towards relegation territory after Monday’s loss. 

Wolverhampton remain in the sixth spot despite an unexpected 2-2 draw to Brighton & Hove while Sheffield United registered their first win in 4 outings when they beat relegation candidate Norwich City 1-2 and managing to cling on to their 8th place. 

Tottenham’s good run under new boss Jose Mourinho continued when they blanked a hapless Burnley 5-0 in a home fixture last weekend. The Lilywhites maintain their place on the 7th spot with 23 points after 16 outings.

Newcastle edged closer to the top half after they overcame Southampton 2-1 at St. James Park last Sunday. Steve Bruce’s Magpies are in the 11th spot now and share equal points (22) with Sheffield, Arsenal and 10th placed Crystal Palace. Southampton slipped into relegation territory post their weekend defeat to Newcastle and join Norwich City and Watford in the unwanted zone.

Teams with standings and respective points after 16 games

1Liverpool46
2Leicester City38
3Man City32
4Chelsea29
5Manchester United24
6Wolves24
7Tottenham23
8Sheff Utd22
9Arsenal22
10Crystal Palace22
11Newcastle22
12Brighton19
13Burnley FC18
14Everton17
15Bournemouth16
16West Ham16
17Aston Villa15
18Southampton15
19Norwich City11
20Watford9

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