Everton 2-0 West Ham: Lukaku shreds Hammers again

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  • Romelu Lukaku scored against the Hammers again
  • Lukaku set one up for Ross Barkley
  • Everton keeps its third clean sheet of the season

Every team has its boogey opponent, and for West Ham, it’s Everton and Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku scored against the Hammers for the seventh straight match, and he set one up for Ross Barkley as well, as Everton got back to winning ways at Goodison Park.

West Ham owned the first dangerous moments of the match, with Pedro Obiang rifling over from near the penalty spot under pressure in the 11th minute, while Dimitri Payet had an attempt pushed wide by Joel Robles moments later.

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The Hammers carved up Everton in midfield early on, causing Ronald Koeman to pace nervously on the sidelines while offering some agitated thoughts to his players. Everton had a moment of danger down the other end as Romelu Lukaku led a break down the left. His pull-back fell to no one, but the ball wasn’t cleared before Gareth Barry nearly curled in a stunner, just firing over the crossbar from distance. Replays showed a shot from Yannick Bolasie struck the arm of a sliding Mark Noble, but no penalty was given.

As Everton collected themselves at the back and built forward, Lukaku had a big chance on 21 minutes, in on goal on a ball threaded through the box, but he couldn’t collect with his right foot and the chance was lost. An even better chance was spurned on 25 minutes as Ross Barkley collected on the spot from Bryan Oviedo, and a touch right opened things up, but Adrian produced a stunner of a save to keep Barkley out on the deflection.

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The rest of the first half was uneventful, but Everton struck first after the break through the main man Lukaku. A poor clearance saw the ball fall to Seamus Coleman in the box. His shot was blocked and sent off to the right, but Yannick Bolasie crashed the rebound and poked it to Lukaku standing all alone directly in front of net who nodded home with his head for his 50th league goal for Everton.

Andre Ayew came on past the hour mark in place of the booked Obiang for his first appearance since the season opener when he injured his hamstring. West Ham nearly had an equalizer with 20 minutes left on a beautiful curler from Noble, but Robles kept it out with an acrobatic leaping save.

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Everton doubled the lead with 15 minutes to go and effectively ended the game. Lukaku was again involved, holding the ball on the end line to the right, and as Barkley snuck in at the far post, Lukaku effortlessly flicked the ball over the defensive line at the feet of Barkley, and the 22-year-old blasted the ball into the back of the net on the volley.

The win for Everton is its first since September 17th and moves the Toffees up to 18 points, one point back of Chelsea in fifth with the Blues set to play later Sunday. For West Ham, Slaven Bilic and company remain on 10 points, stuck in 16th position.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Our latest Premier League player Power Rankings are here and there are new faces pushing their way into the upper echelons.

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Stars from Premier League giants Liverpool, Man United, Arsenal, Man City and Wolves dominate our power rankings after some impressive performances and there are plenty of new entries and plenty of players from the same teams.

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Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


1. Anthony Martial (Man United) – New entry
2. Diogo Jota (Wolves) – New entry
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – Up 16
4. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) – New entry
5. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Up 6
6. Richarlison (Everton) – Up 1
7. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – New entry
8. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Up 2
9. Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) – New entry
10. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) – Down 5
11. Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – New entry
12. Bruno Fernandes (Man United) – Up 4
13. Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) – Down 9
14. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Even
15. Martin Dubravka (Newcastle) – New entry
16. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Down 4
17. Harry Maguire (Man United) – Down 9
18. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Man United) – Down 12
19. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) – New entry
20. Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal) – Down 7

Key battles: Chelsea v. Bayern; Real Madrid v. Man City

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Two Premier League teams play in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 this week as Chelsea host Bayern Munich and Man City head to Real Madrid in the first legs.

Which battles will determine the outcome of these games?

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Below we take a look at three crucial head-to-head clashes which will be pivotal in deciding which teams will reach the quarterfinals.


Chelsea v. Bayern Munich

Antonio Rudiger v. Robert Lewandowski: The former has become a real threat from set pieces for Chelsea but his main role will be to stop the most lethal striker in Europe this season in Lewandowski’s. Bayern’s target man is ageing like a fine French win and has 40 goals to his name in all competitions for club and country. Chelsea’s defense has struggled at times this season and Lewa must be licking his chops in anticipation as he tries to win his first-ever Champions League title.

Jorginho v. Thiago Alcantara: Two pass-masters in central midfield will be a joy to watch. Jorginho has a more defensive role to play with N’Golo Kante out and the Italian will look to deliver perfectly weighted passes to get Chelsea’s attack going. As for Thiago, his vision works really well alongside some of Bayern’s more defensive midfielders and he is so assured in possession. The Spanish international has class on the ball and he and Jorginho are very similar. What a battle this should be.

Reece James v. Alphonso Davies: This is a battle we should all look forward to. Canadian star Davies has been a revelation at left back for Bayern and is encouraged to steam ahead and join in attacks whenever he can. James does exactly the same for Chelsea and has made the position his own in his debut season in the Premier League. These two players will be around at the top level and playing in the Champions League for a very long time and you can expect incisive runs up and down as they go head-to-head.

Real Madrid v. Man City

Casemiro v. Kevin De Bruyne: This will be one heck of a job for Real’s Brazilian destroyer. Of course, Casemiro can play too but his main role will be to shut down Kevin de Bruyne who has been in imperious form for Man City in recent weeks. When KDB is fit and firing on all cylinders he is almost unstoppable and he is a player who continues to be linked with a move to Real this summer amid the uncertainty over Man City’s two-season European ban.

Sergio Ramos v. Sergio Aguero: The master of the dark arts against the master of finishing will be fascinating viewing. The Sergio’s will put on a show and Aguero will fancy his chances of wriggling past Ramos and being the hero. That said, how many times have we written off Ramos in the past? The Real Madrid and Spain skipper seems to always find a way of coming out on top but he will be stretched to his limits as his Real defense try to put out fires all over the place with Aguero, KDB and Raheem Sterling or Gabriel Jesus popping up.

Karim Benzema v. Aymeric Laporte: The latter has been influential since his return from injury and his absence is the main reason Man City are so far behind Liverpool in the Premier League title race. Benzema’s physicality could cause Laporte some issues and like Ramos, he is underrated for a player who has been pivotal in winning four Champions League titles with Real Madrid. Laporte is good on the ball and Benzema’s clever turns and flicks means this battle will be more about brains than brawn.

Lyon-Juventus gets green light despite virus concerns

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LYON, France (AP) French club Lyon says its sold-out Champions League home game against Juventus will go ahead as planned on Wednesday despite the coronavirus outbreak in nearby Italy.

Lyon said in a statement on Tuesday it received the go-ahead from French authorities for the match to take place “in its initial configuration.”

Up to 3,000 Juventus fans coming from different regions of Italy are expected to attend Groupama Stadium for the last-16, first-leg match.

The fast-spreading virus from China has led to the postponement of Serie A games in northern Italy, where a cluster of the COVID-19 disease has caused seven deaths and towns to be locked down.

Health Minister Olivier Veran told RTL radio on Tuesday that France is not considering closing its border with Italy, nor banning big gatherings of people because it would not make sense.

Asked specifically about the Lyon-Juventus match, Veran said: “Should we ban gatherings? Should we stop the (Paris) Fashion Week? Should we stop matches? Should we close universities? The answer is no.”

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The 2 Robbies podcast: Liverpool’s grit, Chelsea’s swagger and thrilling Arsenal

Liverpool v. West Ham recap and video highlights
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Robbie Earle & Robbie Mustoe review Matchweek 27 in the Premier League which saw Liverpool come from behind to beat West Ham 3-2 (0:50), Chelsea’s impressive 2-1 win over Tottenham (13:35) and Arsenal’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Everton (24:00). Plus, discussion on Leicester City 0-1 Manchester City (31:45), Manchester United 3-0 Watford (35:05) and our Underappreciated Performances of the weekend (40:00).

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