Premier League ’18-19 – Highlights: Shaqiri’s Brace Destroys Manchester United

These are the last matches of the Premier League, Match Day 17 of 38. The highlights are appended below the points table.

Premier League ’18-19 – Highlights: Manchester City Continue To Dominate

Points Table – Premier League ’18-19

Rank Name Won Draw Lost Points
1 Liverpool 14 3 0 45
2 Manchester City 14 2 1 44
3 Tottenham 13 0 4 39
4 Chelsea 11 4 2 37
5 Arsenal 10 4 3 34
6 Manchester United 7 5 5 26
7 Wolves 7 4 6 25
8 Everton 6 6 5 24
9 West Ham 7 3 7 24
10 Watford 7 3 7 24

For Complete Premier League 2018-19 team rankings, click here

English Premier League 2018-19 – Full Schedule

Match 8 of 10: Southampton vs Arsenal

Result: 3 – 2

Goal Scorers:

  • Southampton: Danny Ings 20′, 44′, Charlie Austin 85′
  • Arsenal: Henrikh Mkhitaryan 28′, 53′

Match Statistics:

Southampton Team Stats Arsenal
12 Shots 13
7 Shots On Target 4
33% Possession 67%
317 Passes 628
74% Pass Accuracy 86%
12 Fouls 10
3 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
2 Offsides 2
4 Corners 5


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  • There is trust at St Mary’s. Southampton’s home has been a down and out place since the last time they won three points here, back in April, yet at the last shriek of this throbbing triumph over Arsenal they could be upbeat once more.
  • All the more unmistakably this was their first Premier League win since 1 September and pulls them out of the transfer zone with the new chief Ralph Hasenhüttl’s impact plainly obvious in a lively presentation topped by Charlie Austin’s champ a short ways from time.

  • For Arsenal, while they probably would not weep well into the night at a first annihilation of any portrayal since August, intensifying guarded damage emergency might be all the more concerning. In any case, the odd certainty that they are yet to lead a Premier League amusement at half-time at long last piece them here, in an execution that was inquisitively slack, without a significant part of the dynamism and assurance their rivals showed.
  • From an impartial point of view two goals from Danny Ings was the most cheering perspective: two terrible knee wounds continued at Liverpool abridged his profession there yet at Southampton he looks renewed.

  • His goals here mean he has six from 11 recreations in a side who have been extensively pitiable all season: against Arsenal he indicated what he could do with some better than average administration, heading home from a few ideal crosses subsequent to exploiting Arsenal’s bodged-together backline, at the core of which was Laurent Koscielny.
  • It feels cruel to scrutinize Koscielny excessively, given the Frenchman began with just 72 minutes of first-group football to his name since the achilles damage endured against Atlético Madrid last season. It feels much harsher after the short film Arsenal set up together about his recuperation, showing a definitive blended feelings as he watched France win the World Cup without him.

  • Were it not for wounds and suspensions somewhere else, Koscielny most likely would not have begun but rather his corrosion was uncovered in the wake of forgetting about Ings twice in the principal half. For the principal he and Granit Xhaka – playing at focus back and demonstrating that regardless of how disappointing he might be in midfield, it is superior to having him in guard – permitted Ings to have a free header and for the second it was the third man in this alternative back three, Stephan Lichtsteiner, who neglected to cover the Liverpool loanee. The multiple times Ings rebuffed the breaches with wonderful headers, one amazing and one high and circling.

  • Arsenal leveled twice through Henrikh Mkhitaryan, one dynamite, one crude. The first came after a fine trade between Alex Iwobi and Nacho Monreal enabled the Armenian to manage a header superbly into the base corner; the second was to a great degree blessed after his shot took an overwhelming avoidance past a miserable Alex McCarthy.
  • From that point forward, with Alexandre Lacazette acquainted with join Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in advance, it felt relatively unavoidable that Arsenal would proceed to win. Be that as it may, they attempted to make shots and Mesut Özil’s entry off the seat did not actually give them the required start: the German can be an obvious goal however he played here as though his feet were overloaded by sacks of sand.

  • Özil was not the man most to fault for Arsenal’s thrashing, however. That temporary safeguard, a half-fit Koscielny flanked by the full-back Lichtsteiner and midfielder Xhaka, performed generally as one may have anticipated. The backline could turn into a critical worry for Unai Emery: Héctor Bellerín was constrained off at half-time with a calf issue and Lichtsteiner was pulled back after a kick to his shins.
  • The quick issue is who will play at the back against Tottenham in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-last however past that there may must be some development in the January exchange window, in spite of the fact that Emery did not appear to be especially hopeful.

  • Austin’s champ came a little ways from the end, as Bernd Leno misconceived a Shane Long cross and enabled it to float to the back post. Austin was there to head into an unguarded net, and those inside St Mary’s felt something abnormal: delight, help, invigoration, unquestionably one of the lesser-spotted positive feelings.
  • At the last shriek Hasenhüttl charged on to the contribute festivity, quickly overlooking administrative convention, however he can be excused for that.


Match 9 of 10: Brighton vs Chelsea

Result: 1 – 2

Goal Scorers:

  • Brighton: Solomon March 66′
  • Chelsea: Pedro 17′, Eden Hazard 33′

Match Statistics:

Brighton Team Stats Chelsea
6 Shots 10
2 Shots On Target 3
41% Possession 59%
456 Passes 650
80% Pass Accuracy 87%
14 Fouls 6
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
5 Offsides 4
4 Corners 1



  • Eden Hazard left this challenge with a scowl a short ways from time, his correct lower leg as yet stinging from the harm dispensed minutes sooner by Dale Stephens’ unpunished test.
  • The Belgian has become used to taping on the ice packs in the hole, and would tear the joint free once the last shriek had blown, yet in any event he could be warmed by the information he had delivered injuries of his own on the restriction.

  • This had been Hazard getting it done, one of those showcases where protectors appear to be spellbound by his ability and psychologist at his each inclusion, the ball apparently stuck to his instep as he abandons at pace through massed positions of markers.
  • The main handle will in general abandon him stumbling nowadays however, similar to a footballing Gordon Greenidge, he is at his most risky when the limp is set up and the adrenaline is streaming. For a hour Brighton and Hove Albion had no answer. It was surprisingly that they revitalized late-on to make the end organizes so awkward for Chelsea after what had at first compromised to be a walk.

  • Albion’s remiss animosity verged on conveying equality, yet they could not exactly recover the two-goal shortage that Hazard had viably settled. There had just been an early help to compel Chelsea ahead, however the Belgium chief will have taken specific fulfillment from a first goal since early October, for every one of that his first reward for 12 matches came cordiality of Brighton’s liberality.
  • Leon Balogun, in for the suspended Shane Duffy, scraped a go from the midway line directly to Willian soon after the half-hour, the Brazilian simply facilitating the ball forward for Hazard to charge unchecked into empty region.

  • His finish was dispatched freshly inside Mat Ryan’s close post, with the goalkeeper’s weight naturally tipping the other route fully expecting a shot towards the far corner. On the off chance that Hazard is despondent as a focal striker, a job he was hesitant to play for Antonio Conte, at that point he is doing himself no favors with his ongoing profitability.
  • Eden Hazard’s charge through the protective line inside Albion’s punishment zone had just pushed Chelsea ahead, a weighted askew pass in the long run giving Pedro a tap-in at the far post after a time of delayed ownership to leave Brighton totally terrified.
  • Sarri had stumbled over a rack of caffeinated drinks lingering in his specialized territory in the development to that goal, his look settled upon Hazard wriggling into space. When he had recouped his respect, his group were ahead.

  • Not that the Italian would leave this apparatus completely fulfilled. Marcos Alonso would belt a shot against the woodwork, yet Chelsea hold the capacity to shrink from a place of obviously total expert. It had cost them at Wolves this month.
  • Such was the fierceness of Brighton’s late restoration, the home side reinforced by Solly March’s short proximity complete from Bernardo’s gesture down, this may have been a rehash had Hazard not built up marginally more breathing space than at Molineux.
  • Alonso may have been expelled in the wake of pulling back March after Yves Bissouma’s through-ball, though the pass gave off an impression of being fleeing from the winger. David Luiz was additionally blameworthy of a testy flick of a boot which got Florin Andone.

  • That should be tended to. Brighton could stick to that late restoration, in spite of their disappointment that the principal hour had been strangely conditional and messy. Maybe the home side were as yet scarred from the 4‑0 drubbing they had persevered here to these adversaries last term, for ever propped to be cut open by a liquid front three.
  • A physically forcing group who had lost just once in 10 top-flight home diversions appeared to recoil in this organization, reduced by the speed and entry point of their rivals’ passing. But then the last half-hour, when Andone infused pace and hostility into their showcase, offered a trace of what may have been.


Match 3 of 10: Liverpool vs Manchester United

Result: 3 – 1

Goal Scorers:

  • Liverpool: Sadio Mane 24′, Xherdan Shaqiri 73′, 80′
  • Manchester United: Jesse Lingard 33′

Match Statistics:

Liverpool Team Stats Manchester United
36 Shots 6
11 Shots On Target 2
65% Possession 35%
562 Passes 323
81% Pass Accuracy 65%
6 Fouls 14
0 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
2 Offsides 3
13 Corners 2


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  • Perhaps it was fitting that José Mourinho and his players remained at a lodging named after the Titanic. Fill in your very own jokes here. Or on the other hand consider, maybe, the bragging cries of “Don’t sack Mourinho,” overwhelming on incongruity, from Liverpool’s supporters on the day Jürgen Klopp’s group seized back control of a title race where their most outstanding opponents are scarcely even a bit of hindsight.
  • For all the notable contention of this apparatus, it is the other group from along the East Lancs Road that ought to be highest in Liverpool’s considerations now. Liverpool versus Manchester City is what makes a difference.

  • What’s more, United? They are only a memory. Mourinho’s group have surrendered a bigger number of goals in mid-December than they did all through the entire of last season. They are 19 points off the best and one measurement specifically emerged: 36 shots for Liverpool, their most in any association apparatus for a long time.
  • It could be a long time before United are title challengers again and, for a club with their desire, who could be astonished if the administrator pays the cost with his activity? At any of his past clubs, it would presumably have happened as of now.
  • One sureness: Liverpool will appreciate rubbernecking toward United. The association pioneers were blessed in one regard, that Xherdan Shaqiri’s second-half goals both took redirections before beating David de Gea in United’s goal.

  • Generally speaking, be that as it may, who could state they were fortunate given the parity of play, the long spells when they stuck their rivals back and the unmistakable doubt that in the event that it was not for a shocking oversight from Alisson, Liverpool’s goalkeeper, it would have been a much increasingly clear triumph?
  • Liverpool were winning 1-0, politeness of Sadio Mané, before Alisson’s socially awkward act permitted Jesse Lingard to take in for an equalizer that changed the appearance of the diversion. At 1-1 there was an impressive period when Liverpool looked curiously shy of thoughts. Be that as it may, it was a bold move from Klopp to supplant Naby Keïta with Shaqiri in the 70th moment.

  • The substitute scored twice inside 10 minutes and Mourinho needed to spend the rest of the amusement tuning in to the group’s fun at others’ expense, with Ed Woodward, Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson viewing on from the stands. It is the most exceedingly awful focuses add up to for United at this phase of a season for a long time – more regrettable than anything that occurred under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
  • In the event that we will be liberal, the issue was not whether Mourinho’s players were attempting their hardest. The issue came down to something unique: an awkwardness of ability.
  • Guardiola made this moment that City visited Anfield before in the season: Liverpool can overwhelm rivals when the amusement is this frantic. What’s more, for United, it was a bewildering obscure on occasion, especially in those rushed early trades when there was scarcely time to break down a portion of the episodes. The recoveries from De Gea, the punishment box pinball, the goal line freedom from Ashley Young, the shots that flew left, right and high of the United goal.

  • Following 19 minutes there had been 10 scoring endeavors, nine for Liverpool. De Gea could be seen begging his colleagues to quiet down. In any case, the meeting players were hurrying their passes, falling into the device, making it the amusement Liverpool needed it to be and, after five minutes, the pass Fabinho cut into the penalty zone was weighted flawlessly to discover Mané.
  • Young had released him and Mané took his goal with such skill, controlling the ball on his chest and volleying a left-footed shot past De Gea, it felt scarcely possible to recall every one of those odds he left behind in Liverpool’s past match against Napoli.
  • In the event that Liverpool had kept a perfect sheet, they would have set up another record for the 17-amusement sign of the Premier League time. Rather, Alisson thought up to give Lingard an equalizer enveloped by red strip.

  • Alisson had the two hands on the ball when he went down to gather Romelu Lukaku’s abdomen high cross. What he could not do was get a firm grasp of it and all of a sudden the ball had squirted free. Lingard was sliding in. The ball was scraped into the net and the closest protector, Virgil van Dijk, was multiplied over in stun, the two hands covering his face.
  • It took a while for Liverpool to shake their heads clear and for a 20-minute spell in the second half there was even a trace of franticness to their play, with Nathaniel Clyne, at that point Dejan Lovren and Van Dijk, all focusing from long separation.
  • Once more, Klopp’s group were driving their adversaries back however their basic leadership was unpredictable and it was hard to overcome all the clog in United’s penalty region. At a certain point, Salah could even be seen miscuing a corner and a colossal murmur resonated off the Kop.

  • Shaqiri’s landing added another penetrative player to Liverpool’s assault and that was conclusive. His first goal skimmed in off Young, by means of the underside of the crossbar, after Mané had beaten Ander Herrera to make the peril.
  • Shaqiri’s next one flicked off Eric Bailly to fly past De Gea from simply outside the punishment region and, in the midst of all the show, a penny for Paul Pogba’s considerations? By and by there was no place for Pogba in Mourinho’s line-up and when United required some motivation their World Cup champ stayed on the seat.
  • It completed with Klopp siphoning his clench hands on the pitch, United 11 off the best four and Mourinho sounding progressively edgy.

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