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2019-20 English Premier League recap: Week 29 of 38

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Manchester United beat Pep Guardiola’s City and edge closer to fourth-placed Chelsea by four points. In an engrossing Derby between the current 2nd and 5th placed sides, goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay settled the issue for the hosts 2-0 at the Old Trafford thus completing a Premier League double over Manchester City for the first time in a decade. United’s previous Premier League encounter over their city rivals at the Etihad stadium had resulted in a 0-2 win. As for Sunday’s derby game, City’s Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson somewhat gifted Solskjaer’s side the first goal when he allowed Anthony Martial’s volley from a quick Bruno Fernandes free kick to squirm under his body. The Red Devils sealed the proceedings with Scott McTominay sending in a long-range finish just seconds before the final whistle in the 96th minute of play. Manchester City stay on 57 points from their 28 games and second place despite the loss while United are on the 5th and move to 43 points after the weekend win. 

Liverpool remained steady at the top and moved to 82 points after their 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday. Chelsea managed to stay in the Top Four after an emphatic 4-0 home win over Everton at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea forwards were in full cry as Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian and Oliver Giroud shared the spoils. Frank Lampard’s men are now 5 points behind Leicester City who trounced  Aston Villa 4-0 on Monday night to progress to 53 points. Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton moved out of the Top half post the loss and edged downwards to the 12th spot.

Jamie Vardy ended his goal drought when he scored twice in Leicester’s big win over Aston Villa at the King Power stadium. The 33-year old English striker took his season’s tally to 19 goals and is the highest in the 2019-20 Premier League so far.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton’s hopes of an easy three points at the Molineux stadium were dealt a blow on Saturday when they were held by lower bottom half side Brighton & Hove to a goalless draw. This has been the fourth time in their previous five Premier League outings at the Molineux that the Wolves have gone without a win. As a consequence of the draw with Brighton, they now find themselves still 2 points behind Manchester United’s 43. 

On 43 points also and in the 7th place are Sheffield United after their 1-0 home win over relegation candidates Norwich City. Chris Wilder’s Blades have played a game less and have a chance to steal ahead of the Wolves when they meet Newcastle for their 29th Premier league fixture next Saturday.

Arsenal have moved to the 9th place after their 1-0 midweek win over West Ham with Alexander Lacazette coming off the bench and scoring the lone goal late in the 78th minute. With 40 points from 28 games, Mikel Arteta’s Gunners will be looking to break into the Top 8, but with the 29th fixture entailing a trip to the Etihad to play Manchester City, the chances of that happening look remote.

Watford had come out sensationally out of relegation zone after their shock 3-0 win over Liverpool a week ago and moved to the 17th and are still there despite their 0-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday. 

Newcastle have moved up a notch to the 13th after their 0-1 away to Southampton while Burnley maintain their position in the Top half on the 10th spot after a fighting 1-1 draw against Tottenham. Jose Mourinho’s Spurs, after reaching an impressive 5th spot a month ago are now in danger of dropping out of the Top 8 after two straight losses to Chelsea     and the Wolves and the draw to Brighton. The North London club are on 41 points from their 29 PL outings and just one ahead of Arsenal and two ahead of Burnley.

Team standings with points after 29 games

1Liverpool82
2Man City57
3Leicester City53
4Chelsea48
5Manchester United45
6Wolves43
7Sheff Utd43
8Tottenham41
9Arsenal40
10Burnley FC39
11Crystal Palace39
12Everton37
13Newcastle35
14Southampton34
15Brighton29
16West Ham27
17Watford27
18Bournemouth27
19Aston Villa25
20Norwich City21

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