Saturday's Premier League Round 18 Matchday Results

Saturday's Premier League Round 18 Matchday Results
This weekend's seven-match round-up brought rather interesting results to look at. As Man City go farther at the top by beating Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea keep up their efforts to catch up with them with respective 1-0 home wins.

Leicester 0-3 Crystal Palace

The Eagles moved three points clear of danger when they dismantled Leicester at King Power. First-half goals from the attacking outfit of Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha made it 0-2, before the substitute Bakary Sako completed the rout with a stoppage-time third as Crystal Palace had not lost in the last seven matches.

Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel - Danny Simpson, Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell - Wilfred Ndidi, Vicente Iborra - Riyad Mahrez, Demarai Gray, Marc Albrighton - Jamie Vardy (4-2-3-1 formation)

Crystal Palace: Julian Speroni - Martin Kelly, James Tomkins, Scott Dann, Jeffrey Schlupp - Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye, James McArthur, Ruben Loftus-Cheek - Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha (4-4-2 formation)

Goals: Christian Benteke 19', Wilfried Zaha 40', Bakary Sako 90+4'.

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle

The Gunners narrowly beat Newcastle at Emirates only through a Mesut Ozil goal in the 23rd minute despite dominating most parts of the game, winning 71% of possession with 22 shots towards Magpies keeper Robert Elliot's goal.

This win takes Arsenal's tally to 33 points from 18 games as Newcastle once again failed to put an end to their winless run stretching to nine league matches, of which eight were defeats. As a result, it puts them into the relegation zone.

Arsenal: Petr Cech - Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Ainsley Maitland-Niles - Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka - Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez - Alexandre Lacazette (4-2-3-1 formation)

Newcastle: Robert Elliot - DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune, Javier Manquillo - Jacob Murphy, Mikel Merino, Isaac Hayden, Christian Atsu - Joselu, Ayoze Perez (4-4-2 formation)

Goals: Mesut Ozil 23'.

Brighton 0-0 Burnley

A relatively uneventful game was held in Brighton, where the home side had been awarded a 36th-minute penalty which Glenn Murray effectively squandered only for the match to finish goalless. One point will have helped Burnley stay in the Europa League zone with 32 points overall, while Brighton, without a victory on the last seven occasions, sit mid-table with 18 points.

Brighton: Mat Ryan - Bruno, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Gaetan Bong - Davy Propper, Dale Stephens - Anthony Knockaert, Pascal Gro?, Solly March - Glenn Murray (4-2-3-1 formation)

Burnley: Nick Pope - Phil Bardsley, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor - Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Jack Cork, Steven Defour, Scott Arfield - Jeff Hendrick, Chris Wood (4-4-1-1 formation)

Chelsea 1-0 Southampton

24 short and only one goal from a late first-half Marcos Alonso strike is what Chelsea managed to do against Southampton, who replied with only six shots. The Blues were not as dominant in terms of ball possession but a win keeps them up in the top-3, moving level on points - 38 - with Man United, as Red Devils have a game to play this Sunday.

Saints are without a win from five matches but up until this one, they had scored in each of their last five. Yet they remain in mid-table - 12th - and in the next clash they face a Huddersfield side whose bad run of form has seen them concede 11 goals across the last five-game run.

Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois - Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Gary Cahill - Victor Moses, N'Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Marcos Alonso - Willian,
Pedro - Eden Hazard (3-4-2-1 formation)

Southampton: Fraser Forster - Jack Stephens, Maya Yoshida, Wesley Hoedt - Cedric Soares, Oriol Romeu, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Ryan Bertrand - James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond - Manolo Gabbiadini (3-4-2-1 formation)

Goals: Marcos Alonso 45 +3'.

Watford 1-4 Huddersfield

Huddersfield ran riot at Watford when they scored four to The Hornets' one to begin recovering from the awful form they had been on just until this game. This win makes them move within a point of Watford in the standings, collecting 21 points. Watford, on the other hand, after a magnificent run being among the top seven, dropped to 9th having gone five games without victory so far.

It was a rather lively match-up where two players - Watford and Huddersfield skippers Troy Deeney and Jonathan Hogg - were dismissed and goals by Abdoulaye Doucoure for Hornets, Elias Kachunga, Laurent Depoitre and a brace from Aaron Mooy for Terriers contributed to the scoreline of 1-4.

Watford: Heurelho Gomes - Adrian Mariappa, Sebastian Prodl, Christian Kabasele - Daryl Janmaat, Etienne Capoue, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Jose Holebas -
Andre Carrillo, Richarlison - Troy Deeney (3-4-2-1 formation)

Huddersfield: Jonas Lossl - Florent Hadergjonaj, Zanka, Christopher Schindler, Chris Lowe - Collin Quaner, Aaron Mooy, Jonathan Hogg, Rajiv van La Parra - Elias Kachunga, Laurent Depoitre (4-4-2 formation)

Goals: Elias Kachunga 6', Aaron Mooy 23', 89' (pen), Laurent Depoitre 50', Abdoulaye Doucoure 68'.

Stoke City 0-3 West Ham

With no shot on target out of all 17, Stoke went down to West Ham, who scored three clean goals to clinch a second win in the last three fixtures under Davis Moyes as they moved clear of danger on 17 points. Stoke have thus far fallen behind the Hammers, and have edged closer to the bottom three with only 16 points.

Mark Noble had opened the scoring before the match was suspended for almost an hour, only then Marko Arnautovic, making his return, and Diafra Sakho were also on target to cause more disappointment to unstable Stoke.

Stoke City: Jack Butland - Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross, Kevin Wimmer, Erik Pieters - Xherdan Shaqiri, Darren Fletcher, Joe Allen, Ramadan Sobhi -
Peter Crouch, Mame Biram Diouf (4-4-2 formation)

West Ham: Adrian - James Collins, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell - Pablo Zabaleta, Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang, Arthur Masuaku - Manuel Lanzini - Michail Antonio, Marko Arnautovic (3-4-1-2 formation)

Goals: Mark Noble 19' (pen), Marko Arnautovic 75', Diafra Sakho 86'.

Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham

Citizens routed Tottenham at Etihad with confidence as they have won their 15th consecutive league game this season, and before Man United have played their respective game on Sunday, they will be on top of the Premier League with an impressive 14 points lead.

Manchester City: Ederson - Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Eliaquim Mangala, Fabian Delph - Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan - Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane (4-3-3 formation)

Tottenham: Hugo Lloris - Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose - Mousa Dembele - Christian Eriksen, Harry Winks - Dele Alli - Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min (4-1-2-1-2 formation)

Goals: Ilkay Gundogan 14', Kevin De Bruyne 70', Raheem Sterling 80', 90', Christian Eriksen 90 +3'.

Coming Fixtures on Sunday 17 December:

West Brom v Manchester United at 2.15pm
Bournemouth v Liverpool at 4.30pm
Article Added: 16 Dec 2017, 20:06 GMT+0

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