Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool
One of the most eagerly-anticipated Premier Leagues games in recent memory did not disappoint on Sunday, as Man City and Liverpool battled it out.
Both Manchester City and Liverpool knew of the importance of Sunday’s fixture, with three points possibly guiding either side to the title. Despite an end-to-end game that exuded quality from start to finish, their thrilling draw meant that the title race will go to the wire.
Man City started the better of the sides and applied pressure from the get-go. Raheem Sterling had a golden opportunity to open the scoring, but a great save by Allison denied the former Liverpool winger.
City refused to let the missed opportunity dishearten them as their attacking players dominated possession in Liverpool’s half and were rewarded a minute after Sterling’s miss when De Bruyne’s deflected effort gave Allison no chance.
Liverpool finally started to settle into the game following the opener and were able to string a few passes together.
The flying full backs were looking dangerous and played a vital part in the equaliser, with Andy Robertson’s floated cross being met at the back post by Alexander-Arnold. A deft touch by the right back gave Diogo Jota the chance to fire it past Ederson and pull his side level less than ten minutes after De Bruyne’s opener.
The home side found their rhythm and dominated most of the first half, with their second goal coming in the 36th minute.
The Liverpool backline failed to match Gabriel Jesus’s well-timed run, and the Brazilian was on hand to expertly beat Allison and score his first Premier League goal since September.
Liverpool looked to be struggling to get the better of City’s robust midfield but came firing out of the blocks in the second half and brought themselves level within a minute.
Mo Salah found himself with space and time and was able to pick out Sadio Mane who was galloping into the box. Mane kept composed and finished with confidence.
Both sides had opportunities to take all thee points, but none better than the one taken by Mahrez in the 90th minute. Mahrez latched onto a brilliant ball from De Bruyne and sized Alison up one-on-one, but messed up his attempted chip and sent it over the bar.
The final stretch of the season looks set to be an all-time classic, with Liverpool just one point behind City. Both teams have seven games remaining.
Everton 1-0 Manchester United
Everton’s sorrowful season had a huge boost this weekend as they picked up three huge points against Manchester United.
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— Everton (@Everton) April 10, 2022
Their survival hopes were hit hard when they suffered a midweek defeat to Burnley, but the Toffees now look much more likely of surviving after their close encounter with United.
The home side started slowly and allowed United to get themselves into the game, with Marcus Rashford going close twice.
Everton finally settled and scored their goal in the 27th minute thanks to local lad Anthony Gordon. The teenager picked the ball up on the edge of United’s area and unleashed a shot with his right foot. Gordon’s shot took a major deflection off Harry Maguire and sent David de Gea in the wrong direction, giving the home side a deserved advantage.
Once again, United lacked any intent and found themselves not creating any opportunities to equalise.
Everton now have a great opportunity to build momentum and secure safety. Manchester United will be hoping they don’t slip any further, in what has been a terrible season.
Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur
Antonio Conte’s hopes of a Champions League spot now look incredibly realistic as his side came out 4-0 winners away at Villa Park.
Heung Min Son opened the scoring for the visitors within three minutes, but Tottenham had to endure consistent pressure applied by Villa for the remainder of the half. Hugo Lloris was on hand to keep his side ahead with a number of world class saves, leaving Villa frustrated.
Tottenham started to come into the game in the second 45 and doubled their advantage through Dejan Kulesevski.
They continued to push for goals as they looked to see out the game, with Son completing his hat-trick by the 71st minute.
With other results going Spurs’ way, Conte and co. will now feel that the final Champions League spot is well within their reach as we head into the final few weeks of the season.
Best of the Rest
Chelsea bounced back from their 4-1 defeat to Brentford with a 6-0 slaughtering of Southampton. Timo Werner was in scintillating form, grabbing two of the goals as Mason Mount played an instrumental part in the victory.
Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton following their 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace last week. The Gunners now face a difficult end to the season as they try to push for fourth place.
Leeds United all but confirmed their survival in the Premier League with their 3-0 win away at Watford.
Norwich halted Burnley’s decent run of form with a 2-0 win at Carrow Road.
Brentford overcame West Ham with a 2-0 victory. Goals from Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbuemo secured the victory for the Bees.
Leicester City came out as 2-1 winners against Crystal Palace as Wolves suffered a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on Friday evening.
Player of the Week – Heung Min Son
Son’s excellent form in recent weeks has been a real indicator of Tottenham’s progress since the appointment of Antonio Conte. Another fine week for Spurs puts them ahead in the race for four place, and a superb hat-trick from Son rightfully earns him our Player of the Week.