The Premier League had yet another dramatic Matchweek with some results going the usual way while some major upsets have somewhat shaken up the balance of the table.
This Matchweek had it all, a few close results, one particularly big upset, The biggest rivalry in English Football and some quality Football all round on Gameweek 17. There will be a major emphasis on what happened in the Top 6.
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 17, 2018
Manchester City 3-1 Everton
FULL TIME | Today, we made our chances count and got rewarded for it!
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 15, 2018
Manchester City bounced back in style after a 2-0 loss to Chelsea last week with an impressive 3-1 victory over Everton at the Etihad Stadium. The positive news for Pep Guardiola’s side didn’t end there with injured stars Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero returning to full fitness with the former going on to play 25 minutes from the bench. Brazilian “Out of form” Striker, Gabriel Jesus was particularly impressive scoring a brace, opening the scoring in the 22nd minute and scored his Second just 30 minutes from time. Dominic Calvert-Lewin did pull one back for Everton in the 65th Minute.
Premier League November Player of the Month, Raheem Sterling was shockingly dropped to the bench with Guardiola most likely trying to keep the offensive focus on Gabriel Jesus. The Englishman proved to his Manager that he can’t be dropped as he found the back of the net just three minutes after coming on as a substitute in the 66th Minute. The Victory momentarily moved City to the Top of the table for barely 24 hours.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Burnley
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 15, 2018
Tottenham Hotspur has been in the news for unveiling their beautiful new stadium for the fans and intend to move to their new home by mid-February. The North London side took their game against Burnley as late as they possibly could but managed a close win to maintain their 3rd spot in the Premier League Table. Erik Lamela came close to finding the back of the net on a couple of occasions but was denied by Burnley keeper Joe Hart. Dele Alli was also denied by his compatriot in Goal while Ashley Barnes also came awfully close to scoring for Burnley.
In the end, it was Harry Kane who found Danish International Christian Eriksen who fired home for his team one minute into stoppage time. It was a good all-round day for Spurs with 18-year-old Youth Midfielder Oliver Skipp making his debut and Manager Mauricio Pochettinho registering his 100th Premier League win at Spurs.
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Chelsea
Full-time: Brighton 1-2 Chelsea!
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 16, 2018
Chelsea’s game was a story of two contrasting halves. After an extremely impressive performance against Manchester City last week The blues hit the ground running in the first half with Eden hazard expectedly running the show. The Belgian set Pedro up in the 17th Minute and found the back of the net himself in the 33rd minute. At half-time, it seemed like Chelsea would walk all over their opponents but the Home side came out stronger while the Blues seemed sloppy in defence and in Midfield.
Solly March pulled one back for the home side but in the end, Chelsea fought it out, in the end, to keep the score at 2-1 and get the much-needed result to boost their confidence.
Southampton 3-2 Arsenal
Southampton end our 22-game unbeaten run
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 16, 2018
Unai Emery had really brought the life back in Arsenal and the Gunners went on an impressive 22 Game Unbeaten Streak under their new Manager. Arsenal played some entertaining Football and looked all set to challenge for a Top 4 spot once again but a sock loss against Southampton has really shaken the balance of the table. Braces from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Ings kept the game at 2-2 before Charlie Austin emerged with the winner in the 85th Minute.
This blow really hampers Arsenal’s top 4 chances especially with the busy Christmas period coming around.
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United
Good morning, Reds… 🔴🙌 pic.twitter.com/042xVAICHz
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 17, 2018
The biggest game of the weekend didn’t disappoint as English Football’s oldest rivalry took center-stage. Liverpool and Manchester United are England’s most successful sides in terms of silverware. Liverpool have been quite unlucky against their rivals but this time around they prevailed. Barring a blunder from Alisson that eventually led to Lingard scoring Manchester United’s Goal, Liverpool were absolutely solid and put in a fine display. Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri were particularly impressive for the reds, The Brazilian CDM put in an amazing shift setting up Mane to open the scoring and Shaqiri played the role of an impact substitute to perfection, scoring a brace to seal a famous win.