Premier League 2019-20 match recaps

Liverpool on brink after blasting Palace

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Liverpool can win the Premier League from its proverbial coach on Thursday after a 4-0 defeat of Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Fabinho, and Trent Alexander-Arnold all scored in the blowout, with Salah, Fabinho, and Andy Robertson collecting assists.

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The Reds’ 86 points are 23 points ahead of Man City, who can only gain 24 points more this season and visit Chelsea on Thursday.

LIVERPOOL – CRYSTAL PALACE FULL MATCH REPLAY

Palace fails in a bid to improve its top seven stock and remains ninth with 42 points.


Three things we learned

1. On TAArget: Trent Alexander-Arnold didn’t have much luck with a number of chances from dead balls in the Merseyside Derby but made amends in the 23rd minute with a sensational spinning free kick you’d put against most others. Wayne Hennessey had little chance on the effort for 1-0.

2. Salah getting golden: Both Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have 17 goals this season, two back of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy. And what a goal it was (and pass by our Man of the Match).

3. When will Liverpool win the title?: If Man City beats Chelsea on Thursday, the Reds will have to wait until at least July 2 to win the Premier League. That match is at City and a draw would do the trick. If City wins, Liverpool’s next chance is July 5 at Aston Villa. A win or City draw/loss at Southampton would do the trick then.

Man of the Match

Fabinho —The Brazilian midfielder was one of Liverpool’s standouts in the edgy Merseyside Derby draw, and he was again on the money in a win with a beautiful assist and a venomous goal.

His pass to set up Salah’s goal was marvelous, showcasing a part of his game we don’t always get to see in focus due to his role in Jurgen Klopp’s XI. The goal, well, wow.

Remember: Fabinho regularly chipped in for double-digit combined goals and assists during his time with Monaco in Ligue 1.


Liverpool – Crystal Palace recap

Palace man Andros Townsend nearly assisted an early Liverpool opener only for Georginio Wijnaldum to rocket a shot wide of the frame.

Alexander-Arnold took his free kick with pinpoint accuracy to produce a wondrous opener.

Jordan Henderson volleyed a chance off the post minutes later and Palace blocked and cleared the rebound. Liverpool was ready to explode.

Palace allowed us to prove the existence of Alisson Becker and the Liverpool half of the pitch when Max Meyer took advantage of a Joe Gomez flub and carried the ball toward the 18 before curling wide.

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Salah made it 2-0 with his 17th PL goal of the season. Fabinho’s inch-perfect pass over the leaping Patrick van Aanholt found the Egyptian who dribbled toward the far post before cutting his shot inside the near one. Beautiful football.

Fabinho made it 3-0 in the 55th with a strike with maximum power.

Roberto Firmino, Mane, and Salah have combined for a lot of goals, but rarely have two of the players been in so deep to make their contributions. Firmino spotted Salah at the half line, and the Egyptian found Mane’s run in style.

Liverpool’s four-goal lead could’ve become five a few times, with Salah seeing a chance blocked and Neco Williams one saved.

Traore, Jimenez link up again as Wolves beat Bournemouth

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Adama Traore set up Raul Jimenez for a goal as Wolves improved their top four stock with a 1-0 win over struggling Bournemouth at the Molineux Stadium.

That’s nothing new, by the way, as Traore’s eight assists to Jimenez lead the Premier League for the 2019-20 season. Jimenez has assisted Traore on two occasions as well.

WOLVES – BOURNEMOUTH FULL MATCH REPLAY

Sixth place Wolves are level on points with fifth place Manchester United, two points behind Chelsea and six back of Leicester City.

Bournemouth is 18th, sandwiched between two other teams on 27 points and one point back of Watford.


Three things we learned

1. The best Mexican season in ages: Raul Jimenez is the best North American player in the world right know, with apologies to Alphonso Davies and Christian Pulisic. The veteran striker has delivered 15 league goals this season in 30 outings plus another nine between the Europa League and FA Cup. He’s in demand around Europe but why would he leave when he can take Wolves into the Champions League?

2. Bournemouth is in a bad place: Wolves are good, but their visitors conjured just four shots and none were on target. Eddie Howe’s men had 46 percent of the ball and won many of their duels. The effort is there, but the danger is not. Newcastle is next at home, and if the Cherries can’t get points there they meet Man United, Spurs, Leicester City, and Man City after that.

3. Traore as easy Man of the Match: It’s not just the stat below, but another that Opta shared on Twitter. Traore is not just drawing fouls, he’s forcing obvious and desperate cards out of the opposition. His 21 cards drawn in the opposing half tops the league.


Wolves – Bournemouth recap

It’s no surprise that Adama Traore was a live wire and drove play in the first half, though chances were limited.

Traore missed another dangerous in stoppage but the game was more grimy than dangerous, with five yellow cards between the teams in the first 45 minutes.

Wolves got on the board via their two key attack pieces when Traore did fine work on the right to drive the end line and cross to the back post. Jimenez climbed high and hammered a header home for 1-0.

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Villa comes back for point at Newcastle United

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Ahmed Elmohamady’s late goal secured a crucial point for Aston Villa in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Wednesday.

The Magpies were better money for a win but Villa worked hard for its break, a set piece that Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka will want back.

NEWCASTLE – ASTON VILLA FULL MATCH REPLAY

Newcastle stays 13th with 39 points, 12 clear of the bottom three.

Villa’s point gives its 27 but keeps it in 19th place, level on points with 18th place Bournemouth and 17th place West Ham.


Three things we learned

1. Smith’s scrappers keep scrapping: Aston Villa is finding points when other teams at the bottom are failing to, and that might be enough given how bad the other relegation sides look. It was fitting that an old Steve Bruce favorite in Elmohamady provided the headed equalizer on Conor Hourihane’s corner kick and even if Martin Dubravka should’ve done better, the Villans shouldn’t feel like they robbed a point.

2. Tyrone Mings: Look, Jack Grealish is an unreal talent and Villa through and through, but it’s difficult to properly describe the impact Tyrone Mings has on their back end. He was caught on the fringes marking Carroll when the big man swept in the assist on Gayle’s goal, but he’s directly responsible for denying so many scoring chances.

3. Saint-Max is Magpies wild card: There are few players in the world as dangerous, quick, and smart as Allan Saint-Maximin, who went 90 minutes in the draw. The French winger is a clever and consistent passer, connecting on three of six long balls and a key pass in the draw. He converted an almost absurd 10-of-11 dribbles and won 13-of-20 duels while drawing three fouls.

Man of the Match

Saint-Maximin. Again look at those numbers: 10-of-11 dribbles and 13-of-20 duels as a wide man.


Newcastle – Aston Villa recap

The best early chance fell to Villa’s Trezeguet at the back post, but he chopped it over the goal.

Tyrone Mings saved Villa’s hide when Jonjo Shelvey stole a ball in the final third and fed Joelinton into the box.

An Allan Saint-Maximin dribble led to a Matt Ritchie rip that was blocked by Orjan Nyland but fumbled before being cleared.

Trezquet headed an Anwar El Ghazi cross wide inn the 49th minute as Villa started brightly.

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Danny Rose led a terrific charge down the right with Ritchie but Miguel Almiron took an extra touch from prime shooting range and Mings blocked the effort for a corner.

Gayle put Newcastle ahead in the 69th minute, taking an Andy Carroll cross and sweeping a shot beyond the reach of Nyland.

Ezri Konza nearly had the Villans level before Elmohamady’s headed was lost by Dubravka, who was partially screened by a slow-to-react Jonjo Shelvey.

Villa was better money to score the next goal, but Newcastle held on for the point.

Kane scores as Tottenham beats West Ham

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Tottenham Hotspur kept working until they found a deserved breakthrough in a 2-0 win over West Ham United on Tuesday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

A Tomas Soucek own goal was joined by Harry Kane’s 12th goal of the Premier League season to give Spurs a first win in five PL outings.

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Tottenham rises seventh, a point back of fifth-place Manchester United and six behind Chelsea.

West Ham’s 27 points is a point ahead of 18th place Bournemouth, who has a match-in-hand. The Irons goal difference is now just one better than the Cherries.

TOTTENHAM – WEST HAM FULL MATCH REPLAY


Three things we learned

1. Sputtering Spurs attack set right by subs Lamela, Bergwijn: Heung-min Son had the ball in the back of the net before VAR intervened and Harry Kane had a moment or two, but both underwhelmed and were joined by a rusty Dele Alli in producing very little real danger for an hour.

There will be those who rely on the storyline of Jose Mourinho not setting up the players to succeed, but this match feels like the wrong occasion to make that point. The finishers didn’t perform, and it was fitting that an own goal got the North London side on the board.

No sooner had Mourinho lifted Dele for Lamela that the game took steps in Spurs direction. Lamela broke up two West Ham plays, the second springing Kane for a much-needed breakaway goal (off a Son pass nonetheless). The finish was quality and a very-relieved Kane and Son will hope the play is a springboard to a hot streak.

2. Sissoko, Lo Celso deserve better: Jose Mourinho loves his defensive or holding midfielders to drive play and deliver the ball to the danger men. Giovani Lo Celso and Moussa Sissoko did that again and again on Tuesday, the former dealing out a couple of absolute dimes while Sissoko was credited with three key passes.

3. Bowen impresses but Irons in trouble: The NBC broadcast team said before the game that West Ham’s best chance to stay up is if three other teams manage to be worse than them. Straightforward but true, David Moyes men had little hope aside from Jarrod Bowen’s peskiness on and dangerous work on the right flank. Declan Rice was pretty good at defensive mid, but the Irons look rudderless at the moment.

Fun fact: Moyes is now 0W-5D-9L in his career against Mourinho.

Man of the Match

Lo Celso. He had two key passes and carried the ball fluidly through the midfield. The Argentine converted three of four dribbles and won 6-of-11 ground duels (SofaScore). He had two inteceptions and a tackle and certainly showed some naivete at times, but overall it was another step in a starring direction for the 24-year-old.


Tottenham – West Ham recap

Mark Noble wanted a penalty after he couldn’t quite keep hold of a clever Michail Antonio set-up in the second minute.

Serge Aurier darted down the right of the box to cross a Lucas Moura pass into the mix, but the Irons pawed it out for a corner.

Heung-min Son nearly snapped a ho-hum game to life with a terrific finish just before halftime, but VAR spied the South Korean forward as offside en route to the goal.

Spurs had six of the match’s seven shots. Would a change help them get on the board?

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Eric Dier led a 49th-minute charge up the heart of West Ham’s midfield before curling a shot just wide of a diving Fabianski.

West Ham had a nice mini-period culminating with Pablo Fornals flubbing Jarrod Bowen’s cross in the 54th minute.

Spurs broke down the field with vigor in the 59th, and Giovani Lo Celso sent an assist-worthy pass that Kane dragged wide of the goal.

Michail Antonio fired a chance over the Spurs goal at the hour mark with everything still very much in the balance.

Tottenham sub Erik Lamela cut into the 18 but was flummoxed by well-positioned Issa Diop and fired into the outside of the goal.

Of course it took an own goal to get a finish for Spurs, Soucek unable to see the ball before a corner kick clattered off his leg and behind Fabianski.

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Man City blasts undermanned Burnley

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Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden each scored twice as Manchester City clobbered Burnley 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

The match was tainted by a vile incident just post-kickoff, as a plane with a banner that read “White Lives Matter Burnley” flew over the stadium moments after players from both teams took a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Bernardo Silva had two assists and David Silva also scored for City, whose 63 points are 20 back of Liverpool. It wasn’t all good news for City, who lost Sergio Aguero to a first-half injury.

City maxes out at 87 points and plays Chelsea on Thursday before meeting Liverpool on July 2.

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Liverpool now cannot win the Premier League title with a win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday. Here are the other dates and how the Reds can claim their first PL era title.

Burnley’s 39 points remain 11th and the Clarets remains three points back of the Europa League places.

MAN CITY – BURNLEY FULL MATCH REPLAY


Three things we learned

1. Young Foden continues to show promise: Left-footed. Low. Lethal. Foden’s third Premier League goal was a terrific shot from beyond the arc that left a flying Nick Pope clawing through air.

Foden has 13 goals and 10 assists in 64 first team appearances for Man City and he just turned 20 late last month.

His fourth goal of the season was a terrific bit of Pep-inspired team play.

2. Shorthanded Burnley victim to board errors: The Clarets started with just 17 of the 20 available players available to a match day squad during Project Restart, and five of the players on the bench had no Premier League experience while midfielder Josh Brownhill had one minute and was making his first start since arriving from Bristol City in January. Manager Sean Dyche did not mince words before the game in explaining how short-sighted delays from directors are costing Burnley.

3. City rests up for Chelsea: The fixture list worked out well for Pep Guardiola, who used most of its top choice guys in the win over Arsenal and kept Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, and Aymeric Laporte rested for Chelsea on Thursday. Liverpool is going to win the league but the question will be whether they are the best team to every do the darn thing. If Liverpool isn’t, it’s likely because City’s 2017-18 team holds the distinction. If City beats Chelsea and then Liverpool, the debate is a lot more interesting even if the Reds go 34-2-2.

Man of the Match

Riyad Mahrez — The Algerian’s incredible goal in the first half was a beauty and his penalty combined with it to give Mahrez 11 goals and 15 assists in 2585 minutes across all competitions. Read more on his extraordinary season here. He left after 60 minutes for Kevin De Bruyne.


Man City – Burnley recap

Burnley adequately stymied City for the first 15 minutes but the hosts should’ve been ahead when David Silva’s pass to Riyad Mahrez was ripped wide by an unwitting and charging Bernardo Silva.

Foden put City ahead with a lethal, low, left-footed strike from beyond the arc that a diving Nick Pope could not reach.

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Mahrez got his goal in stunning fashion, barbecuing Charlie Taylor with a dribble before fizzing a shot past Pope.

Then there was an exit for Sergio Aguero, who was fouled by Ben Mee with a wayward foot in the box. VAR reviewed the non-call before righteously deemed it a penalty.

Aguero couldn’t take it — he was replaced by Gabriel Jesus — so Mahrez smacked the shot past Pope for 3-0.

It was 4-0 just after halftime when Bernardo Silva set up David Silva for another good-lookin goal.

Kevin De Bruyne led the drive for five when his outlet pass led to a tic-tac-toe, right-to-left, with Gabriel Jesus cueing up Foden for the finish.

Leroy Sane entered the match for Foden with 11 minutes to play, his first first team action since injuring his knee in a Community Shield defeat of Liverpool.

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