Newcastle, Leeds & Chelsea pull it off in the Premier League weekend round-up: Matchday 21 of 38
Premier League weekend round-up: Matchday 21 of 38.
Arsenal 0, Manchester United 0 – Old Trafford – Saturday, January 30th, 2021
Arsenal and United play out goalless draw as both sides squander chances
A below-strength Arsenal side playing without stars, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka were able to hold Manchester United to a 0-0 at the Emirates on Saturday evening. United, who lost Scott McTominay early in the game due to an injury, seemed to take control of the proceedings and created some meaningful chances before the interval.
Fred forced Bernd Leno into a smart save while a completely unmarked Marcus Rashford at the back post was unable to put his shot away as both teams went into half-time scoreless.
Mikel Arteta introduced new signing from Real Madrid, Martin Odegaard, after the break as Arsenal came out better of the two sides.
A superb free-kick from Alexandre Lacazette bounced into play off the crossbar even as David de Gea pulled off a miraculous save from a Emile Smith Rowe strike that seemed to be going in.
Nicolas Pepe, who impressed with his ball-control skills and dashing runs forward, curled a shot inches wide before Edinson Cavani possibly squandered the best chance of the match by steering his shot wide in the dying stages with an open goal beckoning him.
The match ended in a stalemate with both sides content with a point each. Arsenal extended their run of unbeaten games to seven and climbed to the tenth place, while Ole Solksjaer's Red Devils having scored just once from five outings against Premier League's big-six this season, remained 3 points behind table-toppers Manchester City, who scraped past bottom-placed Sheffield United 1-0 at the Etihad the same evening to keep their apex position intact.
Everton 0, Newcastle 2 – Goodison Park – Saturday, January 30th, 2021
Newcastle stun Everton; Callum Wilson dazzles
Steve Bruce's Magpies broke a spell of nine winless outings when they stunned Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon. Bruce, experimenting with a 4-4-2 diamond formation, found success as talisman Callum Wilson scored two second-half goals to round off an impressive win for the visitors.
Wilson could have added more to his tally of two goals in either halves, the best chance coming a little after the interval when he had just Everton goalie Jordan Pickford to beat from 12 yards out but fluffed his shot wide.
But the Magpie top-scorer was rewarded when he met Jonjo Shelvey's corner to power in a fantastically well-directed header into the far corner for the game's opener in the 73rd minute. Everton struggled for a leveller, but the Magpies Newcastle almost scored again, as an attempt from Wilson hit the post.
The Toffees eventually conceded a second three minutes into injury time when Newcastle substitute Allan Saint-Maximin set up a flying Jamal Lewis on the left as the latter squared a ball for Wilson who duly slotted in past Pickford for his 10th goal of the season and his 51st for his side.
Carlo Ancelotti's men who spent a good period in the Top Four after the start of the season, have now lost their second game from their last four outings and find themselves in the 8th spot with 33 points while Newcastle remain on the 15th despite the Goodison Park win.
Leicester City 1, Leeds United 3 – King Power stadium – Sunday, January 31st, 2021
Leeds outrun Foxes 3-1; Bamford shines
Leicester City's seven-run unbeaten streak ended at home when they were humbled 1-3 by an inspired Leeds side at the King Power stadium on Saturday. Harvey Barnes opened the scoring for the hosts after a wonderful exchange with James Maddison as he ran to finish at the far post with 13 minutes of play gone.
But Leicester's lead lasted only 2 minutes 7 seconds when a well-directed pass from Patrick Bamford found Stuart Dallas who beat Kasper Schmeichel with a low right-footed drive to the far corner. Ayoze Perez thought he had put Leicester ahead in a frenzied 20-minute spell but was flagged offside.
Bamford's header was tipped on to the crossbar a little later by Schmeichel before Mateusz Klich bundled one in only to be declared offside. Bamford found his first goal after five outings and his 11th of the season as he ran clear from a Raphinha pass to finish to the top corner with a smashing left-footer to make 1-2 in the 70th minute.
With the Foxes in the hunt for anequaliser, it was Bamford again as he broke clear on the break, drew keeper Schmeichel out and squared for Jack Harrison to tap into an empty goal for Leeds' third of the evening in the 84th minute.
This was Brendan Rodgers' 5th defeat of the season at King Power as the Foxes slipped to the fourth spot and a point behind Liverpool's 40 from 21 games. Leeds meanwhile remained on the 12th spot with 29 points from their 20 outings so far.
Chelsea 2, Burnley 0 – Stamford Bridge – Sunday, January 31st, 2021
Chelsea notch first win under new boss Tuchel
Chelsea eased through a second successive clean sheet under new manager Thomas Tuchel as they overpowered Burnley 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Coming out of a goalless draw against the Wolves, the Blues dominated proceedings to an extent that they did not allow the Clarets a single shot on target.
The hosts opened their score through Cesar Azpilicueta when the veteran Spanish defender drilled a Callum Hudson-Odoi ball high past Burnley keeper Nick Pope just before the interval in the 40th minute.
Another Spaniard Marco Alonso added a second in the 84th minute, skilfully controlling a cross from Christian Pulisic before smashing a volley past Pope at the near post. Hudson-Odoi sparkled but was unfortunate not to find the back of the net as a shot from him deflected off Burnley defender Erik Pieterson on to the post.
The only cause for concern for Tuchel was Timo Werner's failure to score for a 12th league game straight. Chelsea moved three places up to the 7th after the weekend win, while Burnley languished at the 16th.
West Ham 1, Liverpool 3 – London stadium – Sunday, January 31st, 2021
Mohammed Salah double sinks West Ham
A brace by Mohammed Salah helped Liverpool beat David Moyes' Hammers and move to the third place of the Premier League points table. With the injured Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane not around, it fell squarely on Salah to deliver for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool – which he did with some flair.
After an uninspiring first-half display in which a direct shot by Salah to keeper Lukascz Fabianski was the only effort to show, the Reds came alive after the break. Klopp introduced Curtis Jones at the interval and that set the tone for things to come as the young midfielder set up Salah for the opener.
Jones' surging run into the West Ham half after exchanges with Trent Alexander-Arnold found Salah who weaved past Aaron Cresswell before curling his shot past Fabianski for Liverpool's first in the 57th minute.
The visitors' second came 11 minutes later when Xherdan Shaqiri picked out Salah after taking a cross-field diagonal pass from Alexander-Arnold. The Egyptian got the second of the evening as he controlled Shaqiri's looping pass over the top before jabbing it past Fabianski. The third came in the 84th minute when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back-heeled a ball for Georginio Wijnaldum to coolly fire home.
Liverpool finished with 40 points from 21 games and just one behind Manchester United's 41 and three adrift of table-toppers Manchester City while West Ham had to be content holding on to their fifth place with 35 points from a same number of outings.
Other results from Saturday, January 30th, 2021
- Crystal Palace 1, Wolverhampton 0
- Manchester City 1, Sheffield United 0
- Southampton 0, Aston Villa 1
- West Brom 2, Fulham 2
Other results from Sunday, January 31st, 2021
- Brighton & Hove 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0
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