English Premier League Review: Weekend round-up 19/06 – 21/06/2020
- English Premier League: Weekend round-up
- Premier League Results 19th – 21st June 2020.
The first weekend after the resumption of the Premier League produced mixed results with a handful of bottom-half sides having something to cheer about.
English Premier League Review & Results
Here's how the return games of Saturday (June 20) and Sunday (June 21) went.
Watford 1, Leicester City 1
Watford may have staved off relegation for the moment after drawing with third-placed Leicester City on Saturday at Vicarage Road.
Nigel Pearson's Hornets responded in spectacular fashion after going down to a late Ben Chilwell goal in the 91st minute.
Just when it looked like another defeat was on the cards for the hosts, Jose Holebas sent over a corner that Christian Kabasele failed to control, only for Craig Dawson to produce a superbly volleyed finish seconds before the final whistle.
The 1-1 draw saw Watford inch up two places away from relegation territory to the 16th spot.
West Ham 0, Wolverhampton 2
West Ham hurtled towards relegation zone when they were outplayed 0-2 by a resolute Wolves at the London stadium last weekend.
The Hammers lost a golden chance to move ahead early in the game but Jeremy Ngakia botched it when his left-footed effort went straight to keeper Rui Patricio instead of an open goal.
That was the only noteworthy attempt the hosts enjoyed as their rivals took possession of the game.
It took quite a while for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to come on the score sheet as the West Ham defense hung on doggedly till well past the interval.
But eventually the Wolves ground down their stubborn hosts when substitute Adama Traore crossed for Raul Jimenez to head home in the 77th minute.
Pedro Neto who bagged Wolves’ final goal before the pandemic break after being introduced alongside Adama Traore, continued where he left off with a goal that sealed the game, meeting Matt Doherty’s cross with a delightfully-struck volley just six minutes from time.
The Wolves find themselves on the sixth spot with 46 points, same as Manchester United who are a notch above in the fifth by virtue of a better goal difference.
Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 2
Chelsea moved to within three points of Leicester City and cemented their position in the Top four when they beat Aston Villa 1-2 at Villa Park on Sunday.
The hosts, who are a place away from the bottom went into half-time on the back of Kortney Hause's 43rd minute strike.
But Frank Lampard's Blues looked like the side most likely to score in the second half.
Christian Pulisic introduced in the 55th minute took only 5 minutes to make his presence felt when he guided a cross from the right by Cesar Azpilicueta into the net from close range.
Azpilicueta was again in action when his run and cross from the right found Olivier Giroud who converted from ten yards.
Newcastle 3, Sheffield United 0
Steve Bruce's Newcastle may have moved to relative safety to the 13th spot after an unexpected 3-0 win over top-half side Sheffield United on Sunday.
The proceedings were on even keel at St.James Park till the 50th minute when Blades defender John Egan got caught up in an unnecessary altercation with Joelinton and was sent off.
With the visitors reduced to 10 men, the floodgates for goals simply opened up – Allan Saint-Maximin in the 55th, Matt Richie in the 69th and Joelinton eight minutes later.
Sheffield have slipped a place below to the 7th spot as a result of the weekend defeat.
Everton 0, Liverpool 0
Liverpool going into the Goodison Park weekend game needing 6 more points to clinch their first Premier League title, played out a listless 0-0 draw against Everton.
Jurgen Klopp's Reds were blunted by absentees Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson and were far from their attacking best, managing just three shots on target.
In fact,it was Everton who had the best chances of the game late in the day with Tom Davies Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison all coming close to scoring.
Liverpool remain 23 points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table and will hope that Pep Guardiola's side drop points against Burnley on Monday night.
The solitary point earned against Liverpool takes Everton to the 12th spot on the table with 38 points.
Brighton & Hove 2, Arsenal 1
But the biggest upset of the weekend took place at the Amex Community stadium where a 15th placed Brighton & Hove beat Arsenal 2-1 in a game where the Gunners actually seemed to have taken the upper hand when they went ahead through a brilliant Nicolas Pepe strike in the 68th minute.
But their joy was cut short when Lewis Dunk slid in to bundle home an equalizer from close range following a corner in the 75th.
Brighton forward Neal Maupay settled the issue for the hosts by slotting in his ninth and most important goal of the season to give Albion their first Premier League win of 2020.
For Mikel Arteta's men, this was the second consecutive defeat after the season restart, pushing them down to the 11th place with hopes of even a Europa League entry fading fast.
The game had its unpleasant moments when Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno had to be taken off on a stretcher in the first half after landing awkwardly on his ankle following an aerial duel with Maupay.
Leno's Gunner team-mates didn't take the incident too well and were seen haranguing the Brighton striker after the final whistle.
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