Premier League ’18-19 – Highlights: Manchester City Back On Track With A Win

This is the last four matches of the Premier League, Match Day 20 of 38. The match highlights and the top 10 teams points table is included.

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

Points Table – Premier League ’18-19

Rank Name Won Draw Lost Points
1 Liverpool 17 3 0 54
2 Manchester City 15 2 3 47
3 Tottenham 15 0 5 45
4 Chelsea 13 4 3 43
5 Arsenal 11 5 4 38
6 Manchester United 10 5 5 35
7 Wolves 8 5 7 29
8 Leicester City 8 4 8 28
9 Watford 8 4 8 28
10 Everton 7 6 7 27

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

English Premier League 2018-19 – Full Schedule

Match 7 of 10: Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

Result: 0 – 1

Goal Scorers:

  • Chelsea: N’Golo Kante 51′

Match Statistics:

Crystal Palace Team Stats Chelsea
4 Shots 12
0 Shots On Target 4
34% Possession 66%
394 Passes 780
77% Pass Accuracy 88%
11 Fouls 8
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
3 Offsides 3
3 Corners 4


Premier League

  • The scoreline may give the impression Chelsea pressed out a second progressive success on their movements yet in actuality Maurizio Sarri’s group would not appreciate such a large number of away triumphs as agreeable as this. One glimmer of value was all it took to guarantee the crown jewels and, abruptly, the hole from fifth place feels progressively like a five-point gap.
  • Given Champions League capability had dependably been Sarri’s goal, he remains securely on track. Not that the Chelsea director ever truly emits the impression of being fulfilled.
  • He would leave Selhurst Park indicating stretching damage list, with Olivier Giroud on props as he left the field subsequent to harming his left lower leg late on, when he had wrapped up his players’ failure to kill off the challenge some time before a somewhat on edge most recent five minutes.

  • His nitpicking, as a matter of fact supported, stretched out to an absence of vitality in the group’s development of the jumble to the interim. Be that as it may, Crystal Palace had still been avoided as much as possible, and beaten more convincingly than Sarri’s protesting evaluation had suggested.
  • Maybe the somewhat downbeat nature of the event had influenced him. This had been urgently modest passage until N’Golo Kanté, the supervisor’s half-time guidelines probably as yet ringing in his ears, infused some impulse from the get-go in the second half.

  • Chelsea had been testing, David Luiz scrutinizing his choices under lock and key inside Palace’s half, when Kanté took it on himself to dash behind and far from Cheikh Kouyaté and between Patrick van Aanholt and Mamadou Sakho to the edge of the six-yard box.
  • David Luiz’s hurled pass was impeccably weighted, with Kanté gathering flawlessly on his chest and controlling his short proximity complete past Vicente Guaita’s outstretched left hand.
  • It was the first run through Palace had yielded an goal at home since mid-November and proof of the upgrades Kanté has made to date as the World Cup victor adjusts to a somewhat further developed brief in this current group’s midfield. A third group goal as of now speaks to an individual best for a whole season.

  • Chelsea had different chances, with Giroud twice providing eye-getting completes from hardly offside positions, and had left the woodwork shuddering in the midst of a sudden whirlwind of chances just before the interim.
  • Had both of those open doors flown in then Palace would have felt wronged. Eden Hazard, abandoning into an uncommon pocket of room, had cut his very own heel a little ways from half-time, with the arbitrator granting a liberal free-kick. Willian struck that on to the outside of a post as Guaita jumped, with the arbitrator intensifying his prior blunder by seeing a non-existent touch from the goalkeeper.

  • Willian would test the Spaniard again from separation at that set piece, driving a second corner from which Ross Barkley, having pushed James McArthur away, gymnastically flicked a shot on to a similar upstanding with his back to goal.
  • However that fervor was absolutely bizarre with everything assembled up to at that point, and bounty from there on. Chelsea, regardless of their sweeping belonging, thought that it was difficult to prise open adamant adversaries. Castle, as far as concerns them, were toothless and needed anything moving toward entry point of their own.

  • Roy Hodgson bristled at notice of his group’s five-goal count from 10 home recreations. They have made a lot of possibilities – but very few of them obvious – in those apparatuses, and had made 31 endeavors without remuneration at Selhurst Park against Cardiff on Boxing Day. Christian Benteke’s nonattendance through damage has hampered them extremely however they should in any case be able to do superior to this.
  • Connor Wickham was flung on simply past halfway during that time half and skied a half-volley over the bar in the last moment, their clearest sight of goal throughout the evening, however the striker is still horrendously ring-corroded after a long nonattendance through damage. He is not prepared to begin Wednesday’s match at Wolves.

  • In any event Dominic Solanke, the previous Chelsea youth who has discovered open doors past him at Liverpool, should finish an advance move not long from now to offer some genuinely necessary clout.
  • Until the point when they discover a method for agitating steadfast resistance, their battle will be a drawn out tease with transfer. This was a disillusioning path for their year to fail out.
  • For Chelsea, gazing upward again instead of at Arsenal behind them, the future feels promising once more.


Match 8 of 10: Southampton vs Manchester City

Result: 1 – 3

Goal Scorers:

  • Manchester City: David Silva 10′, James Ward-Prowse 45′ (OG), Sergio Aguero 45+3′
  • Southampton: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 85′

Match Statistics:

Southampton Team Stats Manchester City
5 Shots 14
4 Shots On Target 6
23% Possession 77%
235 Passes 783
66% Pass Accuracy 89%
11 Fouls 10
2 Yellow Cards 3
1 Red Cards 0
0 Offsides 2
3 Corners 8


Premier League

  • The alerts shrilled for Manchester City. Relatively out of the blue, they had lost three Premier League recreations out of four and, with Liverpool flicking on max engine thrust, it is no distortion to state that another turn around would have endangered their title defense.
  • Guardiola and his players could feel somewhat better after this. City forced their front-foot football and, in spite of the fact that they wobbled now and again amid the principal half, they had excessively for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s rebooted Southampton.
  • City’s self-conviction overflowed back amid an uneven second half, when it was a minor wonder that they didn’t add to their lead, yet the most critical thing was the outcome. The triumph cut Liverpool’s lead at the highest point of the table to seven going into Thursday night’s seismic match between the clubs at the Etihad. Win that and City are ready to take on the world.

  • They should take care of on the better subtleties to do as such. Protectively, there were imperfections and Oleksandr Zinchenko, who had blundered for Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s equalizer, was nearly gotten out by James Ward-Prowse towards the finish of the principal half when the score was still 1-1.
  • Ward-Prowse took a raking crossfield ball, he had the kept running on Zinchenko inside the region and, when he felt contact, he went down. A penalty may have made a huge difference yet, in truth, there was insufficient in it for a kick to be granted. Guardiola said that Ward-Prowse had jumped.
  • At the opposite end, it is suspicious whether Liverpool will bear the cost of City the same number of chances as Southampton did – the absence of finished result was astounding on such a large number of events. However the positives far exceeded the negatives, with City creating an unassailable pad on account of a Ward-Prowse own goal and Sergio Agüero’s header following the Southampton penalty claim.

  • Southampton’s dissatisfactions were summed up by Højbjerg’s horrendous test on Fernandinho in the 85th moment, which earned the home captain a straight red card. Højbjerg was high and crazy with his scissors-style handle and was censured by Hasenhüttl for his stupidity. Guardiola was angered and promptly pulled back Fernandinho, who had prior been gotten by a yellow-card test from Charlie Austin.
  • It was Fernandinho’s first diversion back after thigh damage and he brought consolation and beat from his situation before the back four. On occasion like these, he can feel basic. City had begun splendidly and David Silva’s initial goal pepped their certainty. Bernardo Silva swapped goes with Riyad Mahrez dreadfully effortlessly to cross and David Silva’s first-time complete was low and genuine.

  • City did not have everything their own particular manner and Southampton had an extraordinary opportunity to lead the pack on nine minutes just for Austin to squander it. Mohamed Elyounoussi’s cut first-time through-ball was delightfully executed be that as it may, defied by Ederson, Austin took a cumbersome touch and the minute was no more.
  • Guardiola’s side played some flawless one-contact stuff which even included Ederson. The goalkeeper’s self-control on the ball while being squeezed by red-and-white shirts was either below zero cool or unnervingly careless, contingent upon your perspective. He let go a conclusion to-end move in the nineteenth moment which included a ball out from Fernandinho and a flooding kept running by Mahrez whose complete was barely askew.

  • City may have been further in front before they were pegged back amid an engaging first half. Raheem Sterling had outmuscled Jack Stephens at the start just to be denied by Alex McCarthy, while the Southampton goalkeeper obstructed from Agüero at point-clear range following Sterling’s low cross.
  • Southampton were level soon after Ederson kept out Austin’s flicked header from a corner with a jumping one-gave spare. Zinchenko was the City scoundrel, transforming into inconvenience and Højbjerg, and the Dane completed well. He crashed into the region, moved the ball astutely on to his correct foot and sent his shot ascending inside the close corner.
  • Southampton had their tails up and they beseeched the official, Paul Tierney, to give them a penalty when Ward-Prowse tumbled under Zinchenko’s intercession. City salted the injury quickly and it was another hard-fortunes story for Ward-Prowse. Sterling shot into space inside the zone and when he checked the ball diverted devilishly off Ward-Prowse and flew inside the close corner of the net.

  • City deservedly expanded their lead when Zinchenko crossed and Jan Bednarek lost Agüero – what could be compared to hara-kiri. Agüero headed down and the ball squirmed underneath McCarthy. It was a snapshot of recovery for Zinchenko.
  • The one-two punch flattened Southampton and City facilitated to the success. The home group had looked tainted in the thrashing to West Ham here on Thursday night and they pursued shadows in the second half. The speed and smoothness of a portion of City’s play was excessively for them.
  • Chances went back and forth in the second half. Sterling was denied in a one-on-one by McCarthy; Agüero spun and twisted against the woodwork; Sterling was denied a penalty after a test from the substitute Yan Valery and Mahrez blew another on-one with McCarthy. Presently for Liverpool.


Match 9 of 10: Burnley FC vs West Ham

Result: 2 – 0

Goal Scorers:

  • Burnley FC: Chris Wood 15′, Dwight McNeil 34′

Match Statistics:

Burnley FC Team Stats West Ham
17 Shots 11
5 Shots On Target 4
42% Possession 58%
337 Passes 453
73% Pass Accuracy 75%
15 Fouls 11
1 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
4 Offsides 1
5 Corners 5


  • Burnley got a genuinely necessary three points with their first win of the Christmas time frame, not exactly figuring out how to move out of inconvenience but rather looking much increasingly like their old selves in holding out against West Ham.
  • Sean Dyche dropped Joe Hart and came back to a 4-4-2 development in the expectation of reestablishing a portion of the guarded robustness that has served the club well before.
  • It appeared to work, in that Burnley kept an uncommon clean sheet, however maybe judgment ought to be held until adversaries who can demonstrate somewhat more assaulting conviction are experienced.

  • Tom Heaton was not given a lot to do in his first alliance appearance of the season until the point when he made a fantastic one-gave stop to thwart Andy Carroll toward the end. This was one of those lukewarm West Ham away exhibitions that makes one think about how they rouse such an expansive and steadfast after, notwithstanding for an early commencement in the north.
  • Manuel Pellegrini recognized the help at the cricket club end as he strolled to the hole before commencement, however could scarcely bear to look as he walked off at the interim with his hands in his pockets and his eyes on the ground.

  • By then Burnley were two goals up and great incentive for it. What certainly worked for Dyche was acquiring the 19-year-old Dwight McNeil on the left wing, with the youngster associated with the principal goal and opening his senior scoring account with the second. However the genuine superstar was Ashley Westwood in an uncluttered midfield. West Ham could barely get close him, aside from when Mark Noble was fortunate to escape with only a yellow card for a terrible over-the-ball test.
  • Westwood was on the edge of his own punishment territory when Heaton left his region to begin the move for the main goal with a header to the midfielder. The ball was then exchanged up the left to McNeil, at that point back to Westwood, whose corner to corner ball towards the region was going into Chris Wood’s way by Ashley Barnes.
  • Wood took a touch and after that slipped the ball past Lukasz Fabianski, swinging to Barnes in festivity as though to inquire as to why such a basic routine had not worked out more frequently.

  • The lead was close to Burnley merited – they could have been in front following two or three minutes when Barnes foreseen a McNeil cross however put his shot the wrong side of a post. Soon after the half-hour they expanded it and again Westwood was included, swinging over a cross that McNeil met at the far post for his first Burnley goal.
  • Pellegrini’s anticipated reaction was to send on second-half fortifications in the state of Carroll and Grady Diangana, the last having a greater amount of a quick impact and the previous grabbing a reserving for banging Barnes. Burnley still got the opportunity to make the diversion safe right off the bat in the second half when Westwood played in Wood with just Fabianski to beat.
  • The striker figured out how to miss the goal from near the punishment spot, however credit for that ought to go to the goalkeeper who left his line early and constrained him into a rushed wrap up.

  • West Ham improved in the second half, however their first-half appearing set the bar low. Heaton made one routine spare from a theoretical Carroll shot and after that tipped his incredible short proximity header on to the bar in the end minutes, generally the extra elevated danger was competently managed by James Tarkowski and Ben Mee.


Match 10 of 10: Manchester United vs Bournemouth

Result: 4 – 1

Goal Scorers:

  • Manchester United: Paul Pogba 5′, 33′, Marcus Rashford 45′, Romelu Lukaku 72′
  • Bournemouth: Nathan Ake 45+2′

Match Statistics:

Manchester United Team Stats Bournemouth
11 Shots 7
8 Shots On Target 3
65% Possession 35%
683 Passes 358
90% Pass Accuracy 79%
10 Fouls 7
2 Yellow Cards 0
1 Red Cards 0
6 Offsides 0
4 Corners 5


Premier League

  • Towards the end Old Trafford was the most intense in late memory, Manchester United’s blissful fans singing the “20 times” tune about their record number of titles.
  • This perceived the way of this 4-1 pounding of Bournemouth and the Ole Gunnar Solskjær special first night that proceeds with a third insistent success of the guardian administrator’s three matches  in control.
  • There is presently an unmistakable swagger to United and not even Eric Bailly’s late straight red card gouged the state of mind of bliss in this arena on account of an execution designed by the sublime Paul Pogba and an amazing supporting cast driven by Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
  • For this last excursion of 2018 Solskjær rolled out four improvements. Ashley Young, Eric Bailly, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial were in, Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones, Fred and Juan Mata out.

  • Eddie Howe’s tinkering hurried to three: Diego Rico, Jordan Ibe and Joshua King supplanted Simon Francis, Jefferson Lerma and Ryan Fraser.
  • In holding Rashford and putting Romelu Lukaku on the seat the between time chief offered a sign of how Solskjær would favor United to assault: with the more noteworthy agility the No 10 can offer over the No 9.
  • Inside three minutes Rashford began to demonstrate the hypothesis. In the wake of floating to the correct he evacuated Nathan Aké with some Fred Astaire-footwork, punched the ball in, and there was Pogba ghosting to the far post to complete and make it three strikes in two amusements.
  • This was the ideal beginning from an ideal move straight from the Busby-Ferguson playbook: quick, direct and finishing with an amazing touch. Minutes after the fact Solskjær’s men created a close rehash.

  • This time ball possession was stick balled along the left as Martial, Herrera and Jesse Lingard swapped goes before the last hit a whirling cross in. There, once more, was Pogba, towards the finish of a conniver’s run-and-jump that made an inquiry of Asmir Begovic the meeting goalkeeper pretty much replied.
  • What was on view so far was a buccaneering soul that, in all honesty, has been absent since Ferguson resigned in May 2013. Required, however, from this were more goals. Bournemouth had barely assaulted yet remained the sole complete behind. Maybe to repeat the point Solskjær, Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna talked with Rashford and Pogba amid a break in the activity on 20 minutes What the Norwegian and his partners offered would not have included permitting Aké to empty a free header that ricocheted off Herrera and David De Gea in an alarm somewhat later.
  • Pogba, however, meandered all over and when Martial sand-wedged in the ball there was the No 6 again to test Begovic. This pursued a 25-yard Pogba shot minutes previously that the manager was thankful came directly at him.
  • On 33 minutes there was nothing Begovic could do to deny the widespread Frenchman. Here was another symphonic grouping as Ashley Young pulled the ball back to Herrera, he pinged in the cross, and Pogba was available to crush home a header that was trailed by his present festival: emulating spinning a rope.
  • By the break it was 3-1 and Solskjær, once more, had infused the stimulation factor once more into United.

  • Rashford’s second in three matches may have gotten from Martial’s chipped go from the privilege yet in included time the Cherries had aid: cautious messiness permitted a David Brooks cross and this time Aké beat De Gea.
  • This had a stern-colored Solskjær striding off for the half-time talk and Howe having a hint of something to look forward to work with for his.
  • The second 45 minutes started with Bailly expecting to clear and Luke Shaw heading pitifully as Bournemouth compromised. Presently, however, came somebody contact at the opposite end. Shaw guaranteed a handle, Pogba discovered Martial, he discovered Herrera, and the Spaniard constrained a corner.

  • Next on show was noteworthy squeezing as Lingard bothered Charlie Daniels and Rashford, following up, won a toss in. This went before a long entry of keep ball from the home side in which United transferred it from back to front effortlessly.
  • When they next chose to jump Bournemouth lived perilously. Pogba slipped Rashford in and his scaled down heave was repulsed by the ever-occupied Begovic.
  • After Howe swapped Lys Mousset and Ryan Fraser for Brooks and Wilson off came the fizzing Rashford for Lukaku. Solskjær’s substitution was roused: the Belgian seemed offside yet won’t mind in the wake of beating Begovic with a slick right-footed strike.
  • Pogba then approached the main cap trap of his United vocation: his shot was swung on to the post by Begovic.

  • United together, as Solskjær keeps up, are a work in advancement. Be that as it may, the travail is currently tinged with a recently discovered vitality and conviction.

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