Last Updated on April 4, 2023 4:16 pm by Erwin Noguera
With the matchday 29 of the Premier League wrapped up, there are 9 left before we know the Champions and Relegated teams. At the moment things are pretty close, at the top of the table and the bottom. Yes, Arsenal and Manchester City are a step above, but the fight for the 2 other Champions League places is beautiful. And talking about beautiful things, just 3 points are separating the 12th place from the 18th.
Arsenal continues their winning streak and has an 8-point lead. They are on track to simply take over and win the title after tearing through Leeds United, who are still in danger of being relegated.
Manchester City hosted Liverpool, and on paper, it was going to be the best match of the week. However, we just got to see Liverpool getting steamrolled.
Newcastle and Manchester United also gave us an exciting match to watch, and with the results of that game, the Magpies, Tottenham, and United are now in a triple tie for the 3rd spot, which they have to break as the UEFA Champions League spots are on the line.
Finally, Tottenham and Everton gave us a show, which was unexpected, as the Toffes were not expected to be able to hang in there as they did.
Premier League Matchday 29: Arsenal 4-1 Leeds United
Sunday, March 19 at 10:00 am ET at the Emirates
Leeds United +830
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Only Jesus can explain whether he felt truly liberated by that first goal, converted after 35 minutes of action, but it certainly looked like it.
The Brazilian had been a little loose before that opener, heading over the bar when he should have done better, but a different player — a different animal — emerged as soon as his name was on the scoresheet.
By the time he left the field, after 60 minutes of play, Jesus had two goals to his name and Arsenal had another three points on the table.
His second goal, Arsenal’s third, effectively ended this match as a competitive meeting and ensured that Mikel Arteta’s side restored their eight-point lead over Manchester City, who had closed the gap at the top of the table to five points after they had beaten Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool 4-1 at the Etihad earlier on Saturday.
A brace from the Brazilian and goals from Ben White and Granit Xhaka was enough for Arsenal to beat Leeds United 4-1 at the Emirates.
The win re-establishes their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Premier League Matchday 29: Manchester City 4-1 Liverpool
Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 am ET at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City -168
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Haaland, who has 42 goals in all competitions this season, was out of the game at Etihad Stadium after failing to recover from a groin injury.
But even after falling behind to a 20th-minute strike from Mohamed Salah, City powered back with goals from Julian Alvarez, Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, and Jack Grealish to keep the pressure on Arsenal and deliver another blow to Liverpool’s Champions League qualification hopes.
We were on point with some of our predictions, as we said that Haaland’s absence wont be a problem. Julian Alvarez played one of his best games in England, also, we said that if Liverpool had defensive errors, they will pay them. However, where we were wrong was in saying that City’s flanks could be a problem in the absence of Foden. Far from true, Grealish and Mahrez were excellent, especially the first.
Jack gave us one of the best games we have seen him play in the Premier League. He was effective, lethal, and precise in every ball and was a total nightmare for TAA. The right-back, on the other hand, has been awful since the final games of last season and things look dire for the Reds in defense, as even Van Djik was pretty poor.
City’s dominance was so complete that by the end Jurgen Klopp said the result could have been even worse.
Even without the Premier League’s leading scorer, Pep Guardiola’s team came from behind to rout Liverpool 4-1 on Saturday and stay in pursuit of first-place Arsenal.
They now need to prepare for a hard run of games that include Arsenal and Bayern München after Sotom.
Premier League Matchday 29: Newcastle 2-0 Manchester United
Sunday, April 2 at 11:30 am ET at St James’ Park
Manchester United +190
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After this weekend’s results, Newcastle go third in the Premier League!
It was a thoroughly deserved win for Eddie Howe’s side on Sunday afternoon. Undoubtedly, they were the better side in every department.
It looked for a while as though they might be made to regret squandering chances in a dominant first half. However, Willock put them in front after the break before Wilson added another in the closing moments.
United lost the battle in midfield and had very little going forward throughout the match. They can’t complain about leaving the North East pointless and now sit just one point ahead of fifth-place Tottenham, albeit with a game in hand.
This was not just a victory over the Red Devils, it was a statement that confirms their reputation as the rising power of English football.
Newcastle destroyed Manchester United, mentally and physically. They were quicker, stronger, and far better on the ball. It was a classy performance, the sort that should make everyone sit up and take notice.
The three points moved them up into third place, above Manchester United on goal difference, one point above Tottenham Hotspur having played two games less than the London club.
Premier League Matchday 29: Everton 1-1 Tottenham
Monday, April 3 at 3:00 pm ET at Goodison Park
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Michael Keane scored a late long-range goal to salvage a Premier League point for Everton against a desperately poor Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs started well and took the lead through a Harry Kane penalty in the second half after Abdoulaye Doucoure was given a deserved straight red card for punching the England captain in the face.
But Spurs then sat back and invited pressure and received a red card of their own when substitute Lucas Moura was sent off for an ugly tackle on Keane.
Everton then went on the attack and a goal felt somewhat inevitable, but few would have anticipated Keane would be the one to grab a deserved point for the home team.
The defender then proved an unlikely hero when he beat Hugo Lloris with a stunning 25-yard drive into the top corner of the goal.
The draw lifts Everton three places up to 15th at the moment. Meanwhile, Tottenham’s hopes of securing Champions League football for next season look farther than the table suggests.