Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Clarets Dent Chelsea Gap While Reds Defeat Spurs

Ahead of the return of European action and the next round of the FA Cup, the Premier League action reached gameweek 25.

The weekend began with Arsenal hosting struggling Hull City at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners opened the scoring through Alexis Sanchez after 34 minutes before the striker wrapped up the points with a penalty late on.

Manchester United moved into fifth with a 2-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford.

The hosts went ahead on 32 minutes with an opener from Juan Mata before Anthony Martial doubled the lead on the hour mark.

Middlesbrough remain on the fringes of the bottom three after securing a 0-0 draw at home to in-form Everton.

Crystal Palace remain in the bottom two with a two point gap to safety after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat to Stoke City.

The crucial strike came on 67 minutes as Joe Allen struck to seal the win.

Sunderland sit rock bottom after being hammered 4-0 by Southampton.

The Saints went ahead as Manolo Gabbiadini made it two goals in as many games on the half-hour. He added a second just before half-time for a 2-0 lead at the interval. The hosts' afternoon got worse late on as Jason Denayer hit into his own net before Shane Long completed the rout.

West Ham United stayed tenth after drawing 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies continued their run of scoring early in games as Nacer Chadli struck inside six minutes, the lead lasted until just after the hour mark when Sofiane Feghouli levelled for the Hammers. Manuel Lanzini completed the comeback for the hosts and looked to have sealed the win with a strike on 86 minutes. However, the visitors were not to be denied a point as Gareth McAuley sealed a point in added time.

The late-kick off saw a battle between two title challengers at Anfield as Liverpool hosted Tottenham Hotspur.

The Reds continued their run of positive results against their title rivals as they sealed a 2-0 win with both goals coming inside the first 20 minutes. Sadio Mané struck the opener on 16 minutes before doubling the lead in stunning style two minutes later.

Sunday's action began at Turf Moor as Burnley hosted league leaders Chelsea.

The Blues opened the scoring inside seven minutes through Pedro before the Clarets levelled with an excellent effort from Robbie Brady on 24 minutes and held on to secure a 1-1 draw.

Leicester City's turbulent season got worse as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Swansea City.

The Swans went ahead with a strike from Andy Mawson in the 37th minute with Martin Olsson doubling the lead just before half-time.

The final action of the weekend came on Monday night as Bournemouth hosted Manchester City.

City moved to second spot with a 2-0 win over the Cherries with Raheem Sterling striking an opener in the 20th minute ahead of an own goal from Tyrone Mings in the 69th minute.