PL Saturday roundup: Tighter at top, bottom
Things got a little tighter at the top of the table on Saturday, and extremely tight in the race for 17th place.
Hull City joined Swansea City on 27 points, while Spurs closed the gap on defeated Chelsea to 7 points.
All that and more in the roundup:
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace -- RECAP
Cesc Fabregas scored after just four minutes, and life looked good for the Blues for a few minutes. That’s until Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha nabbed a pair of quick goals, and Palace led 2-1 at the break.
Palace were fortunate to hold back Chelsea’s ensuing barrage, and also to see Andros Townsend’s handball in the box uncalled, but the Eagles may’ve saved their Premier League status with the win.
Liverpool 3-1 Everton -- RECAP
- KOEMAN: Klopp’s behavior “crazy”
Everton’s defensive depth was always going to be tested by the Reds, and the Toffees simply couldn’t pass that exam as Merseyside went red. Philippe Coutinho scored a wonderful goal to highlight the Reds’ offensive output, which included goals from Sadio Mane and Divock Origi. Mane was injured in the game to cast a bit of shadow on the win.
Southampton 0-0 Bournemouth -- RECAP
The hosts were ascendant for most of this one, but had trouble finding the back of the net. Bournemouth’s bid to win at St. Mary’s for the first time ever looked to be in good shape after the introduction of Jack Wilshere helped yield a penalty, but Harry Arter’s plant foot gave way and the attempt sailed over the frame.
Manchester United 0-0 West Bromwich Albion -- RECAP
- MOURINHO: Finishing absent, quality abundant
There’s little doubt the Red Devils were the better team, even without Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Juan Mata. Yet Ben Foster thrived between the sticks against his old club, and West Brom held United without a goal to hurt the Red Devils’ Top Four hopes.
Burnley 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur -- RECAP
The Clarets held firm against Spurs’ pressure for some time, but Eric Dier took advantage of a mishit Jeff Hendrick clearance for his first goal since 2015. Then Son Heung-min finished a Dele Alli cross to bring Spurs to within seven points of Chelsea.
Hull City 2-1 West Ham United -- RECAP
Andrea Ranocchia nabbed a late winner for Hull, adding offense to his stellar defensive record since arriving on loan from Inter Milan. West Ham took a lead on Andy Carroll’s 50th Premier League goal, but Andrew Robertson scored to set the stage for Ranocchia.
Watford 1-0 Sunderland -- RECAP
Miguel Britos scored his first goal since joining from Napoli in 2015, boosting Watford while keeping the Black Cats rooted to the bottom of the table.
Leicester City 2-0 Stoke City -- RECAP
Wilfried Ndidi scored an absolutely righteous goal, and Jamie Vardy added second half insurance as manager Craig Shakespeare became the first British manager to win his first four PL matches in charge of a side.