Premier League

Premier League Game Week 30 Review – 2016/17

A wake up call for Chelsea and their championship aspirations – beaten 2-1 at Stamford Bridge by Crystal Palace.

Palace fighting for Premier League survival.

The home side’s superstars perhaps a touch jaded following the international break, but Chelsea battered Palace in the second half and could have scored two or three.

Just wouldn’t go in the net. Sometimes you have those days.

Their top six rivals will be encouraged that perhaps it is not all over yet. Maybe the leaders might still be pegged back. Unlikely, but possible.

The lead is now down to seven points.

The Blues struck first when Cesc Fabregas converted Eden Hazard’s low cross after five minutes, but they were quickly behind.

Wilfried Zaha turned to fire home from the edge of the box with a fine solo finish and, seconds later, set up Christian Benteke to put Palace ahead with a delicate clip.

Chelsea piled on the pressure but could find no way past Eagles keeper Wayne Hennessey, who made 11 saves in total to ensure his side won a fourth successive game. Some were scruffy, some were lucky, some were brilliant, but they were all vital.

Liverpool put ambitious Everton back in their box, winning the derby 3-1.

An important victory in terms of the Reds’ hopes of Champions League qualification.

Sadio Mane gave the hosts an early lead finishing off an angled run with a shot into the corner.

However Everton soon equalised, Matthew Pennington pouncing for his first Everton goal on his first appearance of the season.

Coutinho, back to his best, beat two players and curled a sublime shot into the top corner, and he then set up substitute Divock Origi – on for the injured Mane – to power in Liverpool’s third.

Liverpool hired a private jet to bring Coutinho and fellow Brazil international Firmino back after their country’s win over Paraguay in midweek – good business.

Ross Barkley should have been sent off for two horrendous, potential leg-breaking, challenges, but escaped with a single yellow.

Everton have not won at Anfield since 1999.

Arsenal and Manchester City fought out a 2-2 draw at the Emirates, frustrating for both.

The Gunners got off to the worst possible start when Leroy Sane put City ahead after only five minutes, running on to Kevin de Bruyne’s pass to round David Ospina and score.

Theo Walcott scrambled home an equaliser before Sergio Aguero’s powerful finish put City back in front.

Shkodran Mustafi rose high from a corner to restore parity after 53 minutes.

Aguero missed two good opportunities. City hit the post twice. But neither team could secure victory.

Both defensively poor in what one pundit described as “an insanely open game”.

A good response from Arsenal after their terrible run of form; more evidence that Pep Guardiola’s side is failing to live up to the high expectations demanded of them.

Manchester United’s stuttering season continued as they failed to break down West Brom’s stubborn defence, the visitors leaving with a point following a 0-0 deadlock at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho’s side have now drawn 11 games in the top flight, more than any other side and including eight at home.

United dominated possession. West Brom got 11 men behind the ball.

Baggies keeper Ben Foster made two stunning, full-stretch saves from Marcus Rashford but for all United’s attacking talent it wasn’t to be.

With injuries and suspensions denying them Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata, United struggled to break West Brom down.

Yes, they are much improved from the David Moyes and Louis van Gaal eras, but it is still not quite there.

Tottenham were too classy for Burnley at Turf Moor.

It ended 0-2 as the visitors ground out a performance against a stuffy home side.

Eric Dier fired in after the hosts failed to properly clear Christian Eriksen’s corner. Son Heung-min made sure of victory as he tapped in Dele Alli’s squared pass on 77 minutes.

Not one of Spurs’ prettier performances, but effective enough.

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