Premier League: Five talking points from over the weekend
Brighton add to Liverpool’s woes
The Seagulls continue to soar in the Premier League this term and are now up to seventh following their 3-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday. It was a deserved victory for Roberto De Zerbi’s men as they dominated the ball (61%), had more shots (16 to 6) and had almost double the xG of their visitors (1.94 to 1.05).
Klopp’s men are sat in 9th position, a full 10 points off 4th place.
Manchester is Red
It was a controversial Manchester derby as United came from behind to dent City’s title hopes.
The away side took the lead on the hour mark as Jack Grealish nodded home a Kevin de Bruyne cross. Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the ball but United continued to look dangerous on the break.
Bruno Fernandes scored a hotly debated goal after Marcus Rashford, clearly in an offside position, raced onto a through ball. However, officials deemed the No.10 didn’t interfere with play as he didn’t touch the ball. With Ederson all at sea, Fernandes calmly passed the ball into the net.
Rashford then got on the scoresheet himself to continue his remarkable goalscoring run.
Newcastle United continues push for Champions League spot
They may have been fortunate but Eddie Howe’s side kept an 11th clean sheet of the season in the 1-0 win over Fulham. Nick Pope did have to pick the ball out of his net but Aleksandar Mitrović’s penalty was ruled out for a double touch. The Serbian powerhouse slipped when striking the ball and the ball struck his standing leg before looping into the goal.
You need that bit of luck though when you are battling for a top-four place. Newcastle deserved all three points too after peppering the Fulham goal for the entire match.
Newcastle are now just a point behind Manchester City and will fancy their chances of playing Champions League football next season.
Flappy Lloris sets tone for North London Derby
If you are to get anything against Arsenal this season you have to frustrate them. You can’t gift them a goal – which is exactly what Hugo Lloris did in the North London derby. With just 14 minutes on the clock, the Frenchman inexplicably parried Buyako Saka’s cross into his own net to give Arsenal the lead. From there, it was complete dominance from the Premier League leaders.
Bend it like Ward-Prowse?
James Ward-Prowse has developed a reputation as a free-kick specialist. The Southampton midfielder curled home yet another free-kick in the 2-1 win over Everton. He also netted the other goal for the Saints as they claimed all three points to put them level with the Toffees and West Ham United in the table.
Ward-Prowse has scored 16 freekicks, just 2 short of the legendary David Beckham