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EPL 25: Man City moves up to second

Manchester City has quickly moved up to second place in the EPL with their fourth-straight league win.

Manchester City 2, Bournemouth 0

Second place is where Manchester City find themselves after a 2-0 win against Bournemouth on Monday. Raheem Sterling scored in the 28th minute, and an unfortunate own goal by Tyrone Mings in the 69th minute doomed Bournemouth.

It’s the third consecutive Premier League for Manchester City, as they now turn their attention to the Champions League. Bournemouth has yet to win a Premier League match in 2017 and is trending downwards in the table, as they sit in 14th place.

– Dan Garza

Arsenal 2, Hull City 0

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez moves atop the league’s leading scorers after netting two goals in his team’s 2-0 win against Hull City at Emirates stadium. The Chilean’s goals give him a personal EPL best 17 goals and secured all three points for the home side.

In a tightly contested game, the Gunner’s may feel fortunate to escape with a win as controversy surrounded a few of referee Mark Clattenburg’s decisions. The first questionable call was when Sanchez’ hand deflected a Kieran Gibbs rebound into the goal. The second was when Hull was issued a red card and Arsenal was given a penalty kick to secure the win in stoppage time.

Hull will be disappointed not to earn any points after holding their own against one of the league’s best, but their play under new manager Marco Silva should give supporters hope of remaining in the top flight. On the other side, Arsenal will take wins any way they can get them as they fight to stay in the top four in the table. They currently cling to the third spot but could drop to fourth if Manchester City earns a win on Sunday at Bournemouth.

– Ryan Callinan

Liverpool 2, Tottenham 0

A 2-0 win on Saturday was a massive result for Liverpool, as they recorded their first win in five matches. Sadio Mane was the hero for the Reds, the Senegalese midfielder netted two goals in the span of two minutes in the first half. His first goal came in the 16th minute and his second in the 18th.

Tottenham failed to produce much on the offensive side of things and never really troubled the keeper in the second half. In 23 matches played at Anfield, Tottenham has only taken ten points total.

Simon Mignolet recorded the clean sheet, his fourth of the Premier League season.

As a result of the match, Liverpool sits only one point behind both Arsenal and Tottenham in the table.

– Dan Garza

Manchester United 2, Watford 0

Manchester United held a strong Watford side goalless at Old Trafford Saturday and earned all three points with an impressive 2-0 victory. The win extends United’s unbeaten streak in league play to 16 and keeps them in sixth in the table, one point behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

Watford started the game with positive intentions, but as the half wore on, United began dominating play and looked poised to take the lead before halftime.

Excellent saves by Watford’s Heurelho Gomes on Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic efforts kept the contest scoreless, but United’s breakthrough came in the 32nd minute when Anthony Martial made a run to the touchline and played a ball back across the face of goal that found Juan Mata, who one-timed a shot into the corner for the game’s first goal.

Minutes after a sensational save by United’s David de Gea on a Mauro Zarate free kick, Martial was involved yet again when he provided his side a two-goal lead in the 60th minute. A great midfield run by Henrik Mkhitaryan led to a pass to Ibrahimovic, who then one-timed a beautiful through ball to a streaking Martial. The French winger cut back inside the box and slotted home a near post strike that sealed a deserved win for United.

– Ryan Callinan

Burnley 1, Chelsea 1

Burnley’s impressive home record continued on Sunday as they drew 1-1 with league leaders Chelsea. Pedro opened the scoring in the seventh minute with his sixth goal of the season, and Robbie Brady equalized for Burnley in the 24th minute with a fantastically placed free kick.

Despite the result, Chelsea still holds an eight-point lead on Manchester City on the table. Burnley is 12th and have a ten point gap on the relegation zone.

– Dan Garza

West Ham 2, West Brom 2

In a back-and-forth match between two teams with similar styles and identical 4-2-3-1 formations, it should have come as no surprise to spectators when West Ham and West Brom shared the points with a 2-2 draw at London Stadium on Saturday.

West Brom’s Nacer Chadli spectacularly gave the visitors the early 1-0 lead when he touched the ball through two West Ham players legs and then shot it past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. It was Chadli’s third goal against the Hammers this season.

With Andy Carroll missing in action for West Ham, they needed to find production from other players. Sofiane Feghouli stepped up in the 63rd minute by booting in a shot from Manuel Lanzini that rattled the crossbar.

Lanzini would put his team ahead late with another masterful effort from outside the box. West Brom keeper Ben Foster was left flat-footed as Lanzini’s shot swerved inside the left corner, giving the home side what looked to be the game-winner.

But, West Brom wouldn’t give up. They kept the pressure up into stoppage time and were rewarded in the 94th minute when a Johnny Evan’s header from a Gareth McAuley corner found the side netting to pull the visitors even and secure a well earned away point.

– Ryan Callinan

Middlesbrough 0, Everton 0

Middlesbrough’s defense came to the rescue yet again, holding a dangerous Everton attack scoreless and earning a much-needed point in their quest for relegation safety. Still, alarming signs on the offensive side left the Boro’s goalless for the 11th time this season and their fans fear the worst with 13 games remaining.

Everton, on the other hand, dropped crucial points in their hopes of sneaking inside the top four before season’s end. The tie leaves them in seventh place but now eight points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

The game was surprisingly evenly matched throughout with Middlesbrough owning 46-percent of possession and tallying nine shots, three of which were on target. Everton had the other 54-percent of possession and recorded seven shots, three of those also finding their way on goal.

Middlesbrough’s defense frustrated the league’s leading scorer, Romelu Lukaku, for most of the game, but the Belgian found himself in on goal in the 30th minute only to be denied by Victor Valdez. The Spanish goalkeeper made another big save 10 minutes later when young Everton winger Ademola Lookman took a Seamus Coleman cross off his chest and hit a driven shot off of Valdez’s outstretched foot.

– Ryan Callinan

Swansea City 2, Leicester City 0

The defending Champions’ season continues to spiral downwards as they fell to Swansea 2-0 on Sunday. It was the fifth consecutive loss suffered in the Premier League and as a result, the club is in real danger of being relegated. They have yet to record a goal in the league in 2017 and will now be reintroduced to Champions League play this week.

Swansea picked up a much-needed win as they move four points out of the drop zone. The club from Wales took the lead in the 36th minute when Alfie Mawson powered home a fantastic volley. It would be 2-0 right before the break with Martin Olsson recording his first goal for the club.

Leicester had opportunities in the second half to find a way back into the match, but Lukasz Fabianski made a couple of key saves to record his fourth clean sheet of the season.

– Dan Garza

Stoke City 1, Crystal Palace 0

In a game that held serious implications for Crystal Palace’s future in the Barclay’s Premier League, it was a second-half strike by Stoke’s Joe Allen that produced the game’s only goal and left Palace searching for answers.

Most of the game was played in the middle third of the pitch as both teams struggled to create quality chances. Stoke generated four shots on goal, while Palace only managed to produce one shot on target in 90+ minutes of play.

The home team controlled the majority of possession and territory throughout the match but were only able to record one shot on goal in the second half. Fortunate for them that one shot was a tremendous 17-yard strike from Allen, who received an excellent lay off from Ramadan after turning his defender inside the box.

– Ryan Callinan

Southampton 4, Sunderland 0

At a promising victory last weekend, Sunderland were met with defeat once more. Southampton exploded for a 4-0 rout of the Black Cats, as they were led by a brace from Manolo Gabbiadini. A Jason Denayar own goal and a Shane Long tap-in were the other two tallies for Southampton.

The win snaps Southampton’s two-match losing streak and puts them 11th in the table. Sunderland remains in last place but are only one win away from moving out of the drop zone.

– Dan Garza

Match Day 25 Honors

Liverpool: Livepool earned their first victory of 2017 when they beat a very talented Tottenham squad 2-0. The win was crucial for the slipping Reds, especially with Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City all winning. The won kept the Reds in fifth place in the EPL Table and just three points behind the second-place Man City. Had they lost that game they would have been jumped by the Red Devils on the table.

Player of the Week: Sadio Mane, Liverpool – Scored both goals against Tottenheim and the Reds 2-0 victory.

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