The Premier League’s post-COVID 19 return in full force
The Premier League returned in full force over the weekend and has just one remaining fixture from the matchday. The game will see Manchester City welcome Burnley to the Etihad on Monday, find where to watch the game here.
The weekend fixtures saw the fight for the top 4 places heighten as Frank Lampard’s Chelsea and Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves did themselves a lot of good with the victories they secured.
Chelsea came from behind to beat Aston Villa 2:1 at Villa Park to open up a 5 point lead against Manchester United and close in on third place Leicester who drew 1 all with a relegation-threatened Watford away from home. The Foxes now lead the Blues with just 3 points.
Wolves beat West Ham 2 nil away from home as the Hammers plunged deeper into relegation waters.
They’re now 17th on the log with 27 points, same with 18th place Bournemouth who lost 2 nil at home to Crystal Palace. Just one point separates the Hammers from 19th Aston Villa who currently have 26 points.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men appear to have taken off from where they left off last season and are in a good position to make the top 4 if the teams above them falter. They are now tied with Man United on 46 points and currently sit sixth while the Red Devils sit 5th.
The Red Devils also had to come from behind to draw 1 all against Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, all thanks to a penalty won by substitute Paul Pogba and coolly converted by new signing Bruno Fernandes. Their partnership seems to have gotten off to a good start.
However, it was no thanks to David Da Gea as he fumbled Bergwijn’s straight shot into the net to give Spurs the lead.
VAR was on hand to put things in order by disallowing a wrong penalty call by Jonathan Moss against the home side when the scores were still level. This was a good one for the technology that started off the post-COVID Premier League ear with a controversy.
Newcomers Sheffield United succumbed to a three-nil defeat against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
This was a shocking result due to how resolute they’ve been this season. Are Chris Wilder’s men tired of punching above their weight? Are they content with just Premier League survival? We’ll know in upcoming fixtures.
Arsenal lost 2:1 against Brighton after taking the lead through a well-taken curler by Nicolas Pepe. I guess it’s safe to say that the North London outfit is out of the top 4 race as they currently sit 10th and 11 points off 4th place, Chelsea, with 8 games to go. This was one game they had no business after losing the outstanding fixture to City.
Brighton are gradually establishing themselves as a thorn in Arsenal’s flesh in recent times. The last 5 games between the sides have seen Brighton lose none.
They’ve won 3 and drawn 2. They went a step further this season by beating Arsenal home and away. The star of the show for the Seagulls was Neal Maupay who scored a 95th-minute winner to push his side towards safety and 5 points away from the relegation zone.
Regardless, the fight for Premier League survival and the top 4 places should get fiercer as the season progresses. Leicester City have now been sucked into the top-four fight and are no longer safe in third position.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will wait to be confirmed as 2019/20 Premier League champions after Merseyside neighbors Everton prolonged their wait for the Premier League title. This is because the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park ended goallessly.
It was an eventful Premier League return as teams continue to get into shape after being out of action for long. More Premier League fun awaits.