The 17th round of the 2018/19 Premier League season saw some big matches and rivalries come to the fore. While the top six kept their hold on the top of the log, there was much movement below them.
Manchester City held their one-point deficit behind Liverpool with a convincing performance against Everton on Saturday. The Blue team of Manchester were in control from the start, with Gabriel Jesus opening the scoring in the 22nd minute. He was also the player to turn in the next goal, doubling the Citizens lead five minutes into the second half. Raheem Sterling headed in only his second ever headed goal in the 69th minute which restored City’s two goal lead, after Dominic Calvert Lewin gave the Evertonians hope in the 65th minute. Full time score 3-1 to Manchester City.
Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Spurs all recorded narrow 1-0 wins against Leicester, Huddersfield and Burnley respectively. Huddersfield will feel hard done by after dominating their match yet were brilliantly caught out on the counter by Salomon Rondon just ten minutes into the second half to seal the win. Luka Milivojovic scored arguably one of the goals of the weekend after converting Andros Townsends’ pass from the right side of the pitch to cries of “Shoooooot” from the crowd. Tottenham on the other hand seemed to struggle to take their chances against 18th placed Burnley. It was only thanks to Christian Eriksens strike at the near post in the 91st minute that Spurs managed to retain their spot in 3rd place.
Watford managed to hold on to a 3-2 win over Cardiff City after a nervy last 10 minutes which saw the away team score two goals in two minutes to create an exciting end to that match. Watford sprang out to a three-goal lead thanks to some fancy footwork from Gerard Deulofeu, a wonderful strike from Holebas and an equally exquisite goal from debutant Domingos Quina. Junior Hoilett and Bobby Reid gave the Cardiff fans hope in the 80 & 82nd minute, yet it was not enough for the visitors who slip further towards the relegation zone.
Meanwhile Southampton were able to undo Arsenals 14 game unbeaten record, after the side climbed clear of the relegation zone thanks to goal difference in new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl’s first game. Danny Ings scored twice for the Saints in the first half, while Henrik Mikhitaryan replied with two of his own in the 28th and 53rd minutes. It was Charlie Austin’s 85th minute goal that not only sealed the win for the Saints, but also tied Austin for the best scoring record against a single team, having scored five goals against Arsenal in their last five meetings.
Wolves and Westham both continued to enjoy the fruits of their new-found form, with both teams winning their matches 2-0. Raul Jimenez and Ivan Cavaleiro ensured the win versus Bournemouth, while Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio made sure the Hammers stayed in the top 10.
Fourth placed Chelsea kicked things off in the Sunday fixtures by beating Brighton 2-1. The London club found a win at the Amex Stadium thanks to Eden Hazard and Pedro, while Solly March scored for the home team.
In the pick of the games this weekend Liverpool overcame a struggling Manchester United 3-1 in a thrilling affair. Jurgen Klopp’s side continue their unbeaten run thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and two from Xherdan Shaqiri. United were able to capitalise on a goalkeeping error from Alisson, which saw Jesse Lingard score the only goal for the Reds. This sees Liverpool stay one point ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table.
Top scorers at the end of Gameweek 17:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 10
Mohamed Salah: 10
Harry Kane: 9
Raheem Sterling: 9
Sergio Aguero: 8
Will Liverpool continue their unbeaten run? Who will take the crown for top scorer after the next Gameweek? Tune into next weekends recap for all the details, and let us know your predictions in the meantime on our Social Media pages: