Premier League : GameWeek 31 | Liverpool two points clear at top

31st game-week of English Premier league 2018-19 action just concluded, slowly leading into the swing at end of the season. 

The recent set of fixtures, which also included Liverpool against Fulham and Chelsea against Everton, had some brilliant football on offer, added with some major surprises. Here are all the results and highlights from the week gone by:

West Ham United 4-3 Huddersfield Town

West Ham came from two goals down to secure a stunning win on Saturday. Javier Hernandez scored twice in the last six minutes as West Ham secured a dramatic 4-3 Premier League win over rock-bottom Huddersfield Town at the London Stadium. Goals from Mark Noble and Juninho Bacuna inside the first 20 minutes set the tone of the game until Karlan Grant put the visitors ahead. Angelo Ogbonna got his team back on the right track with set the scoreline of the game. Javier Hernandez was substituted on and he was the one that equalized, and ultimately won the game for the Hammers.

Burnley 1-2 Leicester City

Wes Morgan headed home a late winner as 10-man Leicester City claimed a 2-1 victory at out-of-form Burnley. Just four minutes in, City were reduced to 10 men after England defender Harry Maguire fouled Gudmundsson as he drove through on goal and was shown a straight red card. The expulsion encouraged Leicester who played very well. After half an hour played, they took the well-deserved lead at the free kick. James Maddison was fouled just outside the penalty area and got the goal with a delicate shot 0-1. The goal stood for five minutes when 19-year-old Dwight McNeil equalized 1-1. Leicester got the winning goal in the 90th minute when Youri Tielemans got away and helped Wes Morgan who nodded in 2-1.

Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle United

Matt Ritchie scored with almost the last kick of the game to earn Newcastle a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. Salomon Rondon opened the scoring with a superb free-kick on the stroke of half-time but Joshua King turned the game in Bournemouth’s favour in the second half, sending Martin Dubravka the wrong way from the penalty spot before finishing coolly into the far corner from Dominic Solanke’s pass. Benitez was unhappy with referee Mike Dean’s decision to award the hosts a spot-kick following Federico Fernandez’s foul on Nathan Ake. The draw lifts Bournemouth above Everton into 11th place, while Newcastle remain 13th.

Fulham 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League but needed James Milner’s late penalty to avoid dropping points at Fulham. Leading through Sadio Mane’s 11th goal in as many games in all competitions, the visitors failed to put a limited Fulham side away, allowing the hosts back into the game. A dire defensive mix-up between defender Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson gifted Ryan Babel an equalizer against his former club on 74 minutes. But Fulham keeper Sergio Rico then made an equally poor blunder, dropping Mohammed Salah’s curling shot and fouling Mane as the Senegal forward went for the ball. Substitute Milner calmly hit his penalty down the middle as Rico dived right, sending a relieved Liverpool back to the top for the first time since 1st March.

Everton 2-0 Chelsea

Everton eased the pressure on Marco Silva and dented Chelsea’s top-four hopes with a morale-boosting 2-0 win at Goodison Park on Sunday. Richarlison punished Chelsea’s profligacy just after half-time and Gylfi Sigurdsson converted the rebound from his own saved penalty to secure only the Toffees’ second victory in nine Premier League games at home. Marco Silva’s men, who dramatically lost 3-2 at Newcastle United last time out, were thoroughly outplayed in the first half, but an improved performance from Jordan Pickford helped keep the visitors at bay. Defeat for Chelsea, their first since the EFL Cup final, leaves them three points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal with eight games remaining.

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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.