Premier League : GameWeek 30 | Man City one point clear at top

The 30th 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 30 of Premier League witnessed plenty of excitement and emotions. Manchester United lost two valuable points against Arsenal at the Emirates, while it was a comfortable week for teams like Liverpool and Man City, who secured all three points. Here are some results from the week gone by, and some of the key talking points.

Manchester City 3-1 Watford

Raheem Sterling stole the show as he grabs a hat-trick against Watford to help Manchester City register a 3-1 win and pull four points clear in the title race and pile the pressure on 2nd placed Liverpool. The England winger bagged three goals inside 13 minutes in the second half, the first of which should have been disallowed, to make it five straight wins in the league for Pep Guardiola’s side. Gerard Deulofeu grabbed a late consolation just 20 seconds after coming off the bench for Watford but the damage was already done. City have won 10 of their last 11 Premier League games, and are on the longest current winning run in the competition with six games.

Leicester City 3-1 Fulham

Jamie Vardy scored two late goals as Leicester City beat Fulham 3-1 in Brendan Rodgers’ first home game in charge of the Foxes. Leicester took the lead in the 21st minute when Vardy beat the offside trap and laid the ball on to Belgian midfielder Tielemans, who is on loan from Monaco, and he netted his first Premier League goal with a simple tap-in. Substitute Floyd Ayite equalized shortly after the break when he surged into the penalty area and beat goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel with a shot which took a deflection off two Leicester defenders. Vardy restored Leicester’s lead with a trademark finish in the 78th minute, drilling in a low shot past Sergio Rico from inside the penalty box. Vardy sealed the home side’s win with a scrambled close-range finish in the 86th minute.

Newcastle United 3-2 Everton

Ayoze Perez scored twice and set up Salomon Rondon in a stunning performance At St James’ Park, Newcastle stormed back from two goals down at half-time to secure a vital 3-2 victory over Everton in a captivating match. The Newcastle striker had leveled three minutes earlier after Pickford spilled Miguel Almiron’s stinging drive into his path, while Perez also set up Salomon Rondon’s fine volley to get the hosts back into the game. Until then, Rafael Benitez’s side had felt aggrieved at referee Lee Mason’s decision not to send Pickford off for a foul on Rondon, with the England goalkeeper saving a poor subsequent penalty from Matt Ritchie. The Magpies’ mood darkened when, moments after that save, Richarlison tapped in his side’s second after Martin Dubravka parried Andres Gomes’ low cross straight to the Everton winger.

Southampton 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse scripted a spectacular comeback win for Southampton who stunned Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at St Mary’s on Saturday after being completely outplayed in the first half. Tottenham held the lead at half-time through Harry Kane’s opener and fully deserved their advantage following the dominant first 45 minutes. However, the Saints came roaring back with two goals from Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse in a much improved second-half display. The Spurs now have lost three consecutive away games in the Premier League for just the second time under Mauricio Pochettino, previously doing so in November 2017.

Liverpool 4-2 Burnley

Liverpool on Sunday had to survive Burnley’s scare on both ends of the game to secure a 4-2 win on the strength of two braces by Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, keeping the pace with the Premier League’s standing leader Manchester City. The home side went 1-0 behind when Ashley Westwood’s corner looped over Alisson straight into the back of the net. 13 minutes after going behind, Jurgen Klopp’s men equalized through Roberto Firmino. In the 29th minute, Liverpool took a 2-1 lead. In the 67th minute, Heaton miscued his goal-kick and Liverpool countered to set up Firmino for his second of the game. Salah was tackled in the box after taking too long to shoot and the ball fell straight to Firmino for another open goal. Johann Berg Gudmundsson later made it 3-2 in stoppage time to set up a nervy finish before Mane rounded Heaton and bagged his second to seal the victory.

Chelsea 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

An injury-time goal from Eden Hazard salvaged a point for Chelsea against a dogged Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday. The Blues looked like they were going to suffer their second defeat of the season against the West Midlands outfit with Raul Jimenez putting the visitors in front at Stamford Bridge. Wolves broke from inside their own half with some attractive interplay before Jimenez clipped the ball over Kepa Arrizabalaga to give the visitors the lead in the 56th minute. With time running out it looked like it was going to be a memorable win for Wolves against the Blues but it was Belgian international Hazard to the rescue in the 92nd minute.

Cardiff City 2-0 West Ham United

West Ham United fell to a frustrating 2-0 defeat at Cardiff City on Saturday, when a goal at the start of each half kept the points in South Wales. Junior Hoilett and Victor Camarasa punished some sloppy defending from the visitors to get the goals, which Cardiff proceeded to defend relatively comfortably. Declan Rice struck the post in the second period, but the Hammers were unable to break down a stubborn home rearguard with regularity and they could have few complaints about the final score.

Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United

Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 in a crucial Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Granit Xhaka put Arsenal ahead with a good striker in the 12th minute, while Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang converted a penalty in the second half to win the match for Arsenal. The Gunners put in an impressive display, while United were below par and most of their players looked a bit jaded. It was only United’s 2nd defeat in 18 matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as Arsenal continued their impressive home form. They have now defeated United, Chelsea, and Tottenham in their home ground in the Premier League.

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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.