Liverpool over power Arsenal to knock them out of the top 4, Kane fires himself to the top of the goal scoring charts and Leicester continue to play for their caretaker manager – we discuss this and so much more, in this week’s EPL TALKING POINTS MATCH WEEK 27.
Liverpool overtake Arsenal into Top 4
Liverpool continued their fine form against the top six sides this season, by deservedly beating Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield.
Arsene Wenger strangely took the decision to start top goal scorer Alexis Sanchez on the bench. Monday’s headlines, stating there has been clashes between the pair and PSG & Juventus are monitoring the situation.
The decision backfired for Arsenal as they offered little attacking impetus in the first half, whilst Liverpool took the game to the visitors, going into the break 2-0 up at half time, with goals from Roberto Firmino and man of the match Sadio Mane.
Arsenal improved in the second half, no surprise to the half time introduction of Alexis Sanchez – who’s intricate pass, fed in Danny Welbeck to finish well, to give the Gunners hope.
The result was sealed in the final minute however, as Gio Wijnaldum capped a great counter attacking move by firing low past Petr Cech, sending the lively Anfield crowd, into an eruptious frenzy.
This victory for Liverpool sees them complete the double over Arsenal and subsequently leapfrogging them, into the top four.
Talking Points: Will this victory set the precedent for the outcome of the Top 4? Will Sanchez leave Arsenal? Will this be both his and Wenger’s last season at The Emirates?
Kane at the Double in Spurs win
Harry Kane was on the score sheet again, grabbing a brace in Tottenham’s 3-2 home win against Everton.
His two goals put him at the top of the Premier League goal scoring charts and kept Spurs on the heels, of runaway leaders Chelsea.
Dele Alli scored the final goal late on. Romelu Lukaku and Enner Valencia also scored late, either side of Alli’s winning goal, to keep the respectable.
At the end of the game, Toffees boss Ronald Koeman admitted to reporters: “The better team won”.
Talking Points: Will Harry Kane win the Golden Boot and can Spurs finish second or higher? Will Poch or Koeman head to Barcelona? With a new contract “99.99999% signed” (according to his agent), will Lukaku be at Everton next season?
Leicester continue to ‘play for the manager’!
Caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare, continued his bid for the permanent Leicester City top job, by overseeing back to back victories, with this home win against fellow relegation strugglers, Hull City.
Sam Clucas gave the Tigers the lead but goals from Christian Fuchs, Riyad Mahrez (his first in 11 games!) and a Tom Huddlestone (OG), gave the Foxes an important win, to climb them up to 16th in the Premier League table.
Shakespeare has revitalised the team in his short time in charge. Another successful week – may just see him get the job, ahead of the likes of Roy Hodgson, Guus Hiddink & Michael O’Neill among others.
Talking point: Will Shakespeare get the Leicester job full time? How has he transformed their form? Is Hull City’s next game v Swansea – a must win?
Additional Talking Points Match Week 27
Chelsea beat West Ham 2-1 at Upton Park to stretch their lead at the top to 10 points. Hazard, Costa and Lanzini at the death, got the goals. How big a miss was Antonio for the Irons? How early can Chelsea win the league?
Wifried Zaha & Andros Townsend, fired Crystal Palace to their second consecutive winning, beating West Brom away 0-2. Is this a sign of… (a) West Brom’s form about to turn or (b) The Eagles great escape?
Bournemouth literally, fought out a creditable 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Marcos Rojo and Josh King (penalty), with the goals. Are the Red Devils losing touch with the top four? Will this inspire Bournemouth to break away from relegation battle?
Swansea beat Burnley 3-2 at the Liberty. Fernando Llorente scored a brace and this win moves the Swans five points clear of the relegation zone. Are Swansea as good as safe? Did the ‘Anthony Taylor’ Stag Doo controversy, have any effect on the outcome of Manchester United and Swansea games?
Sergio Aguero and the continually impressive Leroy Sane, scored the goals for Manchester City as they easily overcame Sunderland at The Stadium of Light. Is this Aguero’s last season with the Citizens? As they sit rooted to the bottom of the table, six points from safety – is there any hope now for Sunderland?
Saints came from behind to beat Watford away, 3-4! Troy Deeney scored a cracker and that man, Gabbiadini, scored again! Has Mazzari done enough to be Watford boss next season? How good can Gabbiadini be at Saints?
Marko Arnatovic rediscovered his scoring touch with a brace in Stoke City’s 2-0 win over Middlesbrough. Can Stoke finish top in their ‘mini league’ with WBA, Southampton and West Ham? Boro have now dropped into the relegation zone. Will Aitor Karanka see out the season?
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