Premier League : GameWeek 29 | Man City one point clear at top

The 29th match-week of English Premier League 2018-19 came to a conclusion on Sunday and brought with it some breathtaking action, wonderful goals and the usual dose of excitement and drama. 

Match-week 29 of Premier League witnessed plenty of excitement and emotions. Liverpool, again lost two valuable points against Everton in the Merseyside derby, while it was a comfortable week for teams like Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United, and Man City too, who secured all three points. Here are some results from the week gone by, and some of the key talking points.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Arsenal

Hugo Lloris saved a late penalty to secure a 1-1 draw for Tottenham against Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday after Harry Kane had equalized with a spot-kick of his own. Arsenal had a chance to win it in the final minutes when substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was adjudged to have been fouled in the area, but the striker’s weak effort from the spot was pushed away by Lloris. Aaron Ramsey had put Arsenal ahead in the 16th minute but Kane leveled in the 74th from a disputed penalty after he was pushed down in the box following a free kick. However, replays showed he was offside when the free kick was taken.

Burnley 1-3 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha shone as Crystal Palace secured victory again to pile misery on Sean Dyche’s relegation-threatened Burnley side. Crystal Palace took the lead after Jeffrey Schlupp’s cross was turned into the net by Burnley’s Phil Bardsley. The visitors doubled their advantage at Turf Moor thanks to a well-taken finish from forward Michy Batshuayi. Wilfried Zaha tricked his way into the box before unleashing a powerful low drive to score Palace’s third goal. Burnley scored a late consolation goal with Ashley Barnes netting in the last minute of Saturday’s match.

Bournemouth 0-1 Manchester City

Manchester City opened up a one-point gap at the top of the league table with a crucial victory against Bournemouth with substitute Riyad Mahrez scoring the only goal. It was a second 1-0 win in the space of four days for City, who once again dominated possession but were forced to be patient against dogged and defensive opponents. City continued to push forward in the second half and deservedly took the lead after 55 minutes. Charlie Daniels failed to properly clear Bernardo Silva’s pass, the ball falling to Silva who teed up Mahrez to fire home at Artur Boruc’s near post.

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Manchester United 3-2 Southampton

Romelu Lukaku’s 89th-minute strike at Old Trafford, his fourth goal in two games, fired United back into the top four at the expense of Arsenal, who were held by Tottenham. The visitors who took the lead in spectacular fashion through Yann Valery’s long-range strike. The Red Devils leveled with another lovely strike from Andreas Pereira early in the second half before Romelu Lukaku turned the game on its head with a second for the hosts within six minutes. However, the Saints looked to have salvaged a share of the spoils when James Ward-Prowse scored a brilliant free-kick on 75 minutes, only for Lukaku to snatch the win for the hosts with just two minutes left on the clock.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Cardiff City

Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez were on red-hot form as Wolves ended a three-match winless run in the league with victory over struggling Cardiff. Jota broke the deadlock in the 16th minute, finishing confidently past Neil Etheridge following a free-flowing move. Wolves doubled their lead just two minutes later when Jota teed up Jimenez, who fired low into the corner for his 11th league goal of the campaign. Leander Dendoncker nearly made it 3-0 in the first half but struck the post from point-blank range before being denied by Etheridge on the follow-up. The win lifts seventh-placed Wolves onto 43 points – while Cardiff remain 18th, two points off safety following a third consecutive defeat.

West Ham United 2-0 Newcastle United

West Ham United claimed a 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday evening, moving them up to ninth in the Premier League. Declan Rice opened the scoring for the hosts after just seven minutes when he met Robert Snodgrass’ pinpoint corner. Mark Noble doubled the Hammers’ lead shortly before half-time, exquisitely putting away a penalty after Javier Hernandez was fouled in the box. Chances were few and far between in the second half, with the visitors going close late on when Salomon Rondon struck the post. The win sees Manuel Pellegrini’s side stretch their unbeaten run at the London Stadium to six games in all competitions, with their last defeat at homecoming against Watford shortly before Christmas.

Fulham 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea beat west London neighbors Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage in Scott Parker’s first game in charge of the home side. With 20 minutes played, the Blues broke the deadlock as Willian found Cesar Azpilicueta, who crossed the ball into the area for Gonzalo Higuain to apply a superb first-time finish and leave Sergio Rico well beaten. But Fulham were level for just four minutes after that through Calum Chambers, however, before Jorginho found the back of the net with an accurate finish from 20 yards out, having been set up by Eden Hazard. Sixth-placed Chelsea have a game in hand and are now a point behind fifth-placed Arsenal and two adrift of Manchester United in fourth.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Liverpool missed the chance to go to the top of the Premier League after being held to a 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby at Everton. The Reds arrived at Goodison Park on the back of a 16-game unbeaten run against Everton in the Premier League, stretching back eight-and-a-half-years to October 2010, while both sides had picked up just two wins from their last six games. And, while Jurgen Klopp’s men carved out several good chances to score, Everton put in a determined display to secure a deserved share of the spoils to ensure their neighbors remain in second place, a point behind Manchester City, while the Toffees sit 10th on 37 points.

Jeet Ghosh
Jeet Ghosh
Jeet Ghosh is a Football Journalist, living and working in Kolkata with 8 years of experience. Jeet is a sports lover but has special liking for football. He follows the football leagues around the world and is somewhat partial towards Real Madrid.