Fantasy Premier League: Differential Picks for Gameweek 35

We are officially in the final stretch of the marathon. FPL managers have a lot at stake and are desperate to pull ahead of their fellow runners. And this section of precious FPL tips aims to make the task easier. 

Premier League Gameweek 34 was feisty as ever, as all top teams turned up to make the Premier League Matchday 34 a grand occasion. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City dug deep to bury their past demons and registered a comfortable 3-1 win at Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool responded to Manchester City’s comprehensive win by nicking a solid 2-0 win over Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, who will now need a bit of favor from the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal to secure Champions League football for next season. Manchester United and Arsenal secured slender wins over West Ham United and Watford, respectively, while Tottenham cruised to a 4-0 win over Huddersfield. 

Premier League Gameweek 35 will aim to return the English top-flight to all its glory. All 20 sides are in action this week and will look to pick up right where they left off last week. 

Here are Fantasy Premier League differentials for Gameweek 35:

Kevin De Bruyne — Manchester City — £9.7m — 4.9%

Yes, the Manchester City maestro doesn’t come cheap, but the man is worth every single penny on his day. The Belgian has struggled with niggling injuries this season, which has hurt his numbers, but, now, he is once again ready to help his team in the final stretch of the season. 

Manchester City have a double Gameweek this time around. In their first encounter, they host Tottenham Hotspur, hoping to avenge their Champions League exit, earlier this week. For the second match, they take on derby rivals, Manchester United, at Old Trafford, which practically is their game in hand.

Alex Iwobi — Arsenal — £5.4m — 1.6%

Alex Iwobi probably is not the first name that pops to mind when we talk about influential Arsenal stars, but the player is certainly capable of doing something spectacular with the ball at his feet. Unai Emery hasn’t always been generous with game time, but after Thursday’s demanding Europa League clash with Napoli, he might want to rotate some of his players for the upcoming Premier League double Matchday. 

The Gunners had to dig surprisingly deep to secure last week’s 1-0 win at Watford, but that away win is bound to give them some confidence. At home, they have been almost spotless this season, and we expect the trend to continue against Crystal Palace. In their next match, they make the trip to Wolverhampton, which has all the makings of being an end-to-end contest. 

Danny Ings —Southampton — £5.4m — 2.9%

Over the last weeks, Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side has done superbly to return to winning ways. They still have a bit of work to do, but by the looks of it, they are on their way to featuring in the next edition of the Premier League. Shane Long has been the more in-form forward lately, but Ings’ reliability is quite exemplary. 

Like Arsenal and Manchester City, Southampton, too, have a double Gameweek. For the first one, they make the trip to Newcastle, while their next match pits them against Watford, away from home. Two consecutive away games are never good for a team fighting for survival, but Saints’ recent form gives them plenty of reasons to be optimistic. 

Fantasy Premier League: Differential Picks for Gameweek 32

Fantasy Premier League: Differential Picks for Gameweek 32

We are officially in the final stretch of the marathon. FPL managers have a lot at stake and are desperate to pull ahead of their fellow runners. And this section of precious FPL tips aims to make the task easier. 

Premier League Gameweek 31 was a bit different than the previous weeks. Only five English top-flight matches took place last weekend due to postponements caused by the FA Cup quarter-finals ties.

Manchester City’s FA Cup commitment allowed Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to open up a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 2-1 win at Fulham. 

None of Arsenal, Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur were in action, last week. The only top-four contender in action, Chelsea, however, failed to capitalize and succumbed to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Everton. 

Premier League Gameweek 32 will aim to return the English top-flight to all its glory. All 20 sides are in action this week and will look to pick up right where they left off before the international break. 

Here are Fantasy Premier League differentials for Gameweek 31:

Gonzalo Higuain – Cardiff City vs Chelsea,  – £9.6m

The Argentina international missed the chance to prove his quality in last weekend’s defeat at Everton. Olivier Giroud’s superb run of form during the international break has put the pressure back on Gonzalo Higuain — who announced his international retirement on Thursday — to perform.

He may very well be coach Maurizio Sarri’s favorite center-forward, but the Italian is never the one to pick favorites when crucial points are on the line. Ahead of Saturday’s deadline, he has been picked by only 4.3% of Fantasy Premier League managers but could turn out to be a gamechanger in this Gameweek.

David Silva – Fulham vs Man City, Man City vs Cardiff – £8.5m

Statistically, the Manchester City playmaker hasn’t been at his best this season, but it’s judging a player of Silva’s quality through sheer numbers is certainly a blasphemous act. Having registered only six assists in the Premier League this season, Fantasy Premier League managers haven’t been too fond of Silva, and understandably so. But this week, we believe something big could be in store.

In the reverse fixture, Manchester City registered a 3-0 win over the relegation-threatened side, with Silva returning his season-best haul of 11 points. Ahead of Saturday’s deadline, he is owned by only 5.0% of managers, making him an ambitious differential pick. 

Ryan Babel – Fulham vs Man City, Fulham vs Watford – £5.5m

Yes, Fulham have a challenging fixture on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean that each of their players will endure a difficult outing. Ryan Babel, for one, has always thrived in adverse conditions, and, chances are, he would pop up with something exciting against Manchester City as well.

The Fulham winger has registered two goals and three assists in nine appearances since arriving late in the January transfer window, including contributions against both Liverpool and Chelsea in last three Matchdays. Ahead of Saturday’s deadline, he is owned by only 0.4% of managers but could turn out to be a solid wild card. 

Dele Alli – Liverpool vs Tottenham – £8.8m

Tottenham Hotspur have not been at their best lately but going into the business end of the season, they simply can’t afford any more slip-ups. This week, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are against Liverpool, and they’ll need all their stars to be at their best to see this game through.

Ravaged by niggling injuries, Dele Alli hasn’t been a reliable option lately and is currently owned by 2.4% of Fantasy Premier League managers. In his last Gameweek appearance, he got on the scoresheet in a 2-1 win over Fulham in mid-January. 

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

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.

Also Read: Top 4 race in EPL

Champions League: The quarter-final matches and the favourites

The draw for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League football took place on Friday afternoon in Switzerland. 

Manchester United will play Barcelona and Liverpool will play Porto in two of the four quarterfinal match-ups determined at the Champions League draw Friday at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus battle Ajax while Premier League clubs Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur appear in the other two clashes.
The draw also determined the semifinal matchups. The winner of Tottenham and City takes on the winner of Juventus and Ajax. Manchester United or Barcelona will face Liverpool or Porto in the semifinals.

Quarter-final draw

Ajax vs Juventus
Liverpool vs FC Porto
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City
Manchester United vs Barcelona

Ajax vs Juventus

Italian giants Juventus have been drawn against high-flying Ajax in the quarter-finals of the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League. The Old Lady famously overcame the Dutch champions in the 1995-96 Champions League final, the last time they won the competition. Ajax have never beaten Juventus in the Champions League in five attempts- their last win against them in the European Cup was in 1973 final. Juventus are unbeaten in nine European matches against Ajax since losing 1-2 in a UEFA Cup match in December 1974. With previous stats, it seems their fairytale will be ended by a Juventus machine that is lead by Cristiano Ronaldo who hit a record hat-trick to eliminate Atletico Madrid in the round of 16.

Liverpool vs FC Porto

Liverpool were drawn against FC Porto in the 2018-19 Champions League quarter-finals. On paper, Liverpool is more favored. But the Reds are to be reminded, not to belittle the opponents. These two teams meet again, after last season they met in the round of 16. At that time, Liverpool got rid of Porto by aggregating five goals without any reply. In the previous round, Liverpool could powerfully get rid of Bayern Munich 3-1 on aggregate. The success was achieved thanks to a 3-1 victory at the Allianz Arena in the second leg. Meanwhile, Porto made a comeback against Roma. Porto lost 1-2 in Rome in the first leg. But Porto managed to escape after winning 3-1 through extra time at the Estadio do Dragao in the second leg.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

A 10-2 aggregate victory over Schalke have earned Manchester City the quarter tickets. But the Gelsenkirchen side are currently hovering just above the Bundesliga relegation zone and were far from the most challenging opponents they could have faced. Tottenham will provide a sterner challenge in the quarters but, with their strong recent record against Mauricio Pochettino’s side, City will be confident of progression to the semis. But Despite a surprisingly straightforward dismissal of Borussia Dortmund in the last 16, Tottenham face probably the hardest route to the final at first glance. Having lost their only game against Manchester City this season, a 1-0 defeat at Wembley thanks to an early goal from Riyad Mahrez, and won only one of their last five meetings, the omens do not look good for the quarter-finals.

Manchester United vs Barcelona

Manchester United has had mixed performances in the group stages, winning three games and losing two. But a Rashford-inspired United came back from a 2-0 first leg defeat to Pari Saint-Germain to progress. Barcelona is the only unbeaten team left in the competition this season, having won five games and drawn three. Lionel Messi, unsurprisingly, is its top scorer with 8 goals. Barcelona was held to a goalless draw by Lyon in the first leg but the Argentine’s brilliance shone through in the second leg winning the tie 5-1. In this tie, the Red Devils have to find a way to stop Lionel Messi, but that will be just one of many challenges facing caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But for United to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2011, they will have to pull off one of the biggest results in their European history.

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Bayern Munich vs Liverpool – What’s at Stake?

Bayern Munich vs Liverpool – What's at Stake?

Premier League giants Liverpool will make the trip to Bayern Munich for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday night. 

The two decorated European sides played out a goalless draw in the first leg at Anfield, last month, making tonight’s contest an unmissable encounter. 

The two sides have a certain swagger about their style of play. While Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are focused on taking the game to their opposition in any way conceivable, Niko Kovac’s Bayern are more measured and thorough in their approach. 

Back when the last-16 ties were announced, most of the footballing fraternity picked this fixture as the cream of the crop. In all honesty, the first leg was a bit of a letdown, but there’s a lot more at stake in the return leg at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday. 

Ahead of the second leg of Bayern vs Liverpool, let’s take a look at look how the teams are approaching the game. 

Bayern Munich

After a patchy start to the campaign, Niko Kovac’s Bayern Munich seem to have finally steadied their ship. They are once again back at the top of the Bundesliga table — ahead of Borussia Dortmund on goal difference — and are fancying themselves to get the better of Liverpool in their own backyard. 

In the first leg, Bayern Munich were uncharacteristically defensive. They sat back, soaked up the pressure, and frustrated the hosts all night long. At the Allianz Arena, they are expected to be a lot more aggressive. They recently registered an emphatic 6-0 win over Wolfsburg in Bundesliga, which is bound to give their confidence a hefty boost. 

Since beating Borussia Dortmund in the 2012 Champions League final, Bayern Munich haven’t managed to feature in another European Cup final. The stat itself isn’t too abnormal for most clubs, but for a club of Bayern’s pedigree, it’s certainly unacceptable. Beating Liverpool is far from straightforward, but they can’t afford to bow out so in the last-16 stage. 


When the fixture of Bayern vs Liverpool was announced, Liverpool were at their peak in the Premier League. But the last few weeks haven’t been that kind on the English side. A string of disappointing results saw them surrender their Premier League advantage to Manchester City, who now have a one-point lead at the top of the table. With only 8 games to play, it’s really not in Liverpool’s hands to win the title.

Having already been knocked out of the FA Cup, the Champions League is the only other trophy Liverpool are fighting for this season. Since the start of the season, many have asked the Reds to bow out early out of the tournament to help their Premier League title bid. Jurgen Klopp, however, has insisted time and again that his boys are well equipped to fight on multiple fronts. 

The Reds need a score draw or better to knock Bayern Munich out of the tournament. This time, Liverpool must strike a perfect balance between offense and defense, as they can’t afford to be blindsided by Bayern’s exuberance. Beating the Bavarians in their own backyard is truly a herculean task, but Liverpool’s knack for pulling off the spectacular keeps them firmly alive in the contest. 

Champions League: Juventus 3-0 Atletico Madrid | Match Report & Talking Points

Champions League: Juventus 3-0 Atletico Madrid | Match Report & Talking Points

Defeated 2-0 in the first leg, Juventus humbled Atletico Madrid 3-0 in the 2nd leg with a hat-trick of Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday night in the knockout stages of the Champions League. 

He came for that, to bring Juventus back to Europe with a bang after such a long wait (last CL won in 1996). It’s not done yet but the Old Lady can still dream of a third Champions League trophy. The flame that diminished after a disappointing first leg, a 2-0 victory for Atletico de Madrid in Wanda Metropolitano, which will host the final.

Juve, historically have failed qualify in the next round of Champions League, after a loss in the first leg, since 2005-2006. But this Tuesday night, in Juventus vs Atletico Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo once again confirmed the hold he have on a team. Winner of four of the last five Champions League with Real Madrid, CR7 knocked down the Madrid outfit with flying colors, and with a hattrick.

The five-time Golden Ball revived the suspense with a first goal in the 27th minute. A second, at the beginning of the second half 49th minute, indicated by the goal line technology put the two teams tied. The Spaniards, pale, tried to resist, at least go into extra time. But a penalty sealed the fate of this confrontation, by a fault (avoidable) of Correa on Bernardeschi. In strength, CR7 did not tremble from the spot to make it 3-0 in the 86th minute.

In the Real Madrid jersey, Ronaldo had already dominated Atletico. Two wins in the Champions League final in 2014 and 2016 and 22 goals in 31 matches in all competitions. Ronaldo even had a hattrick in the last derby at the Vincente Calderon stadium (0-3). And another on May 2, 2017 in the Champions League semi-final first leg (3-0). He added another triplet on Tuesday night, bringing his total to 124 goals (and 40 assists) in 160 games in the Champions League. A record, of course, that he will try to improve in the quarterfinals.

Two major talking points:

Sensational Cristiano

Image Credit: Twitter (Juventus)

The book of Cristiano Ronaldo’s career will be thick. And the Portuguese do not seem to want to write the end. At least not yet. At this hour, no one can even say that the last chapter will be that of the 2018-19 season. And if it needed a title to this ode to football, in Italy moreover, it would certainly be called “maestro”. Against Atletico, Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional. Juve bought him for that. And he did not miss the opportunity with three goals. Then, a warrior mentality, dribbling as we have not seen for a long time, always judicious movements and an understanding of the trajectories, the situation and the always appropriate context. Welcome to the world of football alien.

A shipwreck for Atletico

Image Credit: Twitter (Atletico Madrid)

They were erected with calculation, and rightly, as a model of grit and collective structure, of surpassing oneself in the organization, and of the sixth sense that is called winning. In Turin, however, they sank. Not getting the slightest chance in the match, except for a Alvaro Morata header in the first period (45 + 2). Muscled, locked, harmless, overwhelmed and sometimes even disillusioned and angry, Atletico’s players never seemed more like a pale copy of what had been their strength in recent years. Griezmann appearing as the symbol of the sinking. The opponent’s plan put the entire edifice under torture. And this Juve seemed insubmersible.

Zinedine Zidane 2.0: What to Expect this season

Zinedine Zidane 2.0: What to Expect this season

Zinedine Zidane has come back home. Real Madrid have brought back the three-time Champions League winning manager only ten months after leaving his post, hoping to salvage something out of the hapless 2018/19 campaign. 

After suffering three season-defining defeats in the span of seven days, even Santiago Solari probably didn’t have much hope for himself. The Argentine, to be honest, wasn’t all that bad. He just wasn’t meant to be in charge of the most demanding club on the planet. Real Madrid have always been about results and glory, and the former Castilla manager had failed on both fronts. So, swiftly and positively, he was shown the door, and he left without uttering a word. 

Zidane came in, took the center stage, and announced he was ready to take Real Madrid where they belonged — the pinnacle of the world’s sport.

I want to put this club back where it belongs,” said Zidane, as per BBC.

“It has been difficult from the outside looking in. I have been living here in Madrid, doing my things. But I have recharged my batteries. I’m ready to coach this great club again.

Zinedine Zidane, thanks to his legendary 2.5-year spell at the club, is one of the most elite coaches in the world. But even for someone so accomplished, turning Los Blancos’ fortunes will be quite a challenge. This season, Zidane doesn’t have anything to look forward to, no trophy to fight for, but it’s still an important step for the Frenchman. Over the next 11 games, he’ll determine the players who would retain their place in his squad. Others, sadly, probably won’t have the privilege of donning the royal white again, next season. 

Real Madrid currently sit 5 points behind third-placed Atletico Madrid. Barcelona, who have a 12-point advantage over the Whites are almost out of sight, but Real Madrid won’t let Atletico finish second without a proper tussle. This season, a big chunk of Real Madrid glitterati has underperformed. Most of them failed to lead from the front and ultimately allowed the opposition to walk all over them. Under Zidane, this system will change for the better. Every member of the Real Madrid dressing room knows how brilliant the Frenchman is, which makes Zizou’s job a lot straightforward. 

Isco and Marcelo, who were warming the bench under Solari now have a better chance of proving their worth. Keylor Navas, too, is expected to get more minutes, which will automatically force Thibaut Courtois to up his game. Zidane’s rotation policy worked wonders during his previous spell and is expected to have a telling effect this time around as well.

Since Cristiano Ronaldo‘s departure, Real Madrid have struggled to find the back of the net. Zidane, even with his renowned skill set, won’t be able to solve this problem straight away. But he, most certainly, will have the authority to fix it in the next transfer window. His introduction probably won’t sit well with the likes of Dani Ceballos and Gareth Bale, but for the club and its fans are undoubtedly ecstatic to see him back. The next couple of months won’t be straightforward, but Madridistas now once again have something and someone to look forward to. 

Also Read: How Real Madrid got knocked out of Champions League

Analysing Premier League Top-Four Contenders

Analysing Premier League Top-Four Contenders

Securing Champions League football is of paramount importance to Premier League clubs. And with only eight matches left to play this campaign, the top-four race couldn’t be any more fierce. 

While Liverpool and Manchester City battle it out at the top of the Premier League table, some less-fortunate clubs are fighting tooth and nails to feature in next season’s Champions League.

Even before matchday 30, the standings looked a bit straightforward. Tottenham, sitting four points clear at third, looked on course to feature in Europe’s elite tournament for the fourth successive campaign. However, a defeat to Southampton, combined with Arsenal’s win over Manchester United, has made things complicated. 

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have picked up just a solitary point from their last four Premier League matches, which has allowed their North London rivals, Arsenal, to move within a point of Spurs. Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the league under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also came to a screeching halt as the Gunners thumped them 2-0 at the Emirates.

The win helped Arsenal bounce back strongly from their 3-1 Europa League to Rennes. They played fearlessly, full of confidence, and, in the end, deservedly walked away with all three points. Unai Emery’s Arsenal haven’t always been the most consistent, but in the final stretch, they are really looking like a force to be reckoned with. 

Since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal, Manchester United have looked a lot sharper, more confident. Yes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finally tumbled in the Premier League, but that shouldn’t undermine their progress under the Norwegian in any way. They are only a couple of points behind Arsenal right now, and with eight games still to play, there is plenty of twists and turns still in store. 

Finally, in the sixth position, we have Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea. The Blues have been highly inconsistent this season, but they are still in the running to book a place in Europe. They currently have a four-point deficit to overturn and seem to have enough firepower to pull it off. This weekend, they fell to a 1-1 draw against the Wolves and were lucky not to walk away empty-handed. Sarri’s men are also in the Europa League, and considering their form in the competition, they look like one of the front-runners for the pole position.

The next eight fixtures will decide the teams’ fate, and some teams are more fortunate than others. 

Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool (A), Brighton (H), Huddersfield (H), Manchester City (A), West Ham (H), Bournemouth (A), Everton (H), Crystal Palace (H)


Newcastle (H), Everton (A), Watford (A), Crystal Palace (H), Leicester (A), Brighton (H), Burnley (A), Wolves (A)

Manchester United 

Watford (H), Wolves (A), West Ham (H), Everton (A), Manchester City (H), Chelsea (H), Huddersfield (A), Cardiff (H)


Everton (A), Cardiff (A), West Ham (H), Liverpool (A), Burnley (H), Manchester United (A), Watford (H), Leicester (A), Brighton (H)

After analysing the four sets of fixtures, it’s safe to say that Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have their work cut out for them. Manchester United, too, have a couple of relatively tough fixtures in there, but Arsenal — fourth in the Premier League table — seem to have the easiest run-in and are the favourites to book their place in Europe. 

Also Read: PL GameWeek 30 – As it happened

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

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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Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain 1-3 Manchester United – Talking Points

Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain 1-3 Manchester United – Talking Points

Manchester United were at their resolute best as they beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the second-leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie on Wednesday night. 

Having lost the first leg 2-0 at Old Trafford, Manchester United needed to produce something magnificent to get the better of the Ligue 1 giants. And what Paris witnessed on Wednesday night was indeed something extra special, something very common for PSG in champions league. 

Manchester United took the game to the hosts right from the gate and needed only two minutes to cut Paris Saint-Germain’s advantage in half. Romelu Lukaku pounced on a PSG defensive lapse and rounded off Gianluigi Buffon to put his side 1-0 up. 

The visitors were happy to let Paris Saint-Germain enjoy more of the ball but did their best to keep them out of threatening areas. However, despite their best efforts, PSG caught United off guard and restored parity handsomely through Juan Bernat’s comfortable tap-in. Despite scoring a confidence-boosting goal, PSG struggled to make their superiority count and once again allowed Manchester United to get back in the game. 

Lukaku, who helped his side to a 1-0 lead in the opening stretch once again found himself in the right place at the right time to restore his side’s one-goal cushion.

The second half was more of the same, as Manchester United continued to threaten through counters while PSG comfortably shuffled the ball around. However, the French side’s inability to make the most of their possession came to haunt them at the end, when the visitors were awarded a decisive spot-kick in the 94th minute. 

Manchester United graduate, Marcus Rashford, stepped up to take the penalty and dispatched it beautifully past a helpless Gianluigi Buffon. The goal levelled the scored — 3-3 on aggregate — and United made it to the quarterfinals on away goals. 

Talking Points

Manchester United Show Heart

After being thrashed 2-0 at home, Manchester United, came into the match looking for a miracle. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, too, had a point to prove in the backyard of the only team that had gotten the better of his side. So, he took the high road and unflinchingly took the game to the hosts. 

After getting the opening goal, United’s confidence grew, which was the only thing that kept them going despite conceding the equaliser. Without ten men, Solskjaer was tasked with doing almost an impossible job, but the Norwegian’s United DNA once again came through to hand the Red Devils an iconic win. 

A Shambolic Paris Saint-Germain Display

On paper, Paris Saint-Germain are one of the strongest teams in Europe. They have the privilege of deploying some of the most sought-after players in the world, who have plenty of top-flight experience. But somehow, they still manage to crumble under pressure, time and again. 

Last night was meant to be a comparatively comfortable night for PSG. Having already done the hard part at Old Trafford in the 1st leg of champions league, they only needed to be disciplined at home, and see the match through. Instead, they allowed United to have it their way and threaten United’s goal even when allowed to. 

Lukaku Saves the Day 

Romelu Lukaku hasn’t had the most straight-forward of campaigns. After enduring a patchy spell under Jose Mourinho, he took a lot of time to be accustomed to Solskjaer’s ways. However, considering his recent performances, it’s safe to say that the player has finally arrived. 

The big Belgian forward has now netted six goals in his last three games, becoming the only player since Cristiano Ronaldo to score two or more goals in three consecutive competitive matches. 

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