The Premier League is the most watched league in the world and the first half of Matchday 24 showed us why. It was a 20-goal fest through the six games with upsets across the table. In the words of Ian Wright, “the Premier League is the best league in the world to embarrass a pundit”.
The game of the night, the Newcastle United comeback after Manchester City scored the fastest goal in the league after just 24 seconds when Sergio Aguero scored his 15th goal against Newcastle. All hope seemed lost for a team that had not beaten the Citizens in 23 games. An emphatic goal by Salomon Rondon on 66 minutes caused a momentum shift.
The Manchester outfit were uncharacteristically complacent until they conceded their first goal in six games after which they became flustered on the ball. Following a cynical challenge from Kevin De Bruyne that deserved a second yellow card the Magpies pushed up the pitch and caught Fernandinho in possession where City are normally comfortable passing out from the back. Sean Longstaff drew a penalty from the flustered Brazilian which was converted by Matt Ritchie.
There seemed to be no reply following this from the champions and Newcastle pulled out arguably the biggest upset of the season.
Struggling Fulham kept their Premier League hopes alive scoring fout second half goals to come back from two goals down at half time against a Brighton side who have troubled the likes of free-scoring Liverpool with their rigid defence. The Cottagers have conceded 56 goals in the Premier League this season which became 58 at half time. Aleksandar Mitrovic was at the centre of the comeback with a pair of goals sandwiched by a volley from Callum Chambers and a Luciano Vietto header sealing victory and nullifying the couple of goals scored by Glenn Murray.
Manchester United came from 2 goals down following strikes from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. It took 87 minutes for United to get on the scoreboard through a Paul Pogba penalty drawn by Jesse Lingard. Although United did not manage to continue their winning run, they showed resolve and belief in the comeback when Victor Lindelöf drew United level two minutes into stoppage time. The eight-game winning run followed by this passion filled comeback shows the potential awakening of a sleeping Giant reminiscent of the Ferguson era.
Other results saw Arsenal beat an emotional Cardiff City after the disappearance of Emiliano Sala, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took his season tally to 15 and Alexandre Lacazette followed this up with a wonderful solo goal. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing managed to draw a goal back for Cardiff, but it was too little too late with the score ending 2-1.
Everton took on struggling Huddersfield and scored in 3 minutes through Richarlison, they held onto this lead even after going down to 10 men after Lucas Digne received a straight red card with the score ending 1-0 to Everton. Wolves coasted past West Ham who have struggled with inconsistency in recent weeks. Romain Saïss broke the deadlock on 66 minutes and Raul Jiménez took the game away from the Hammers with a late pair sealing a 3-0 win for the Wolves.
Matchweek 24 has brought both ends of the table alight with the pressure now on top 6 teams Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham. Liverpool can draw seven points clear at the top whilst the blues and spurs both have opportunities to move away from top four chasers Manchester United and Arsenal. Crystal Palace take on Southampton in a clash that will dictate who moves away from the bottom three.