After defeating Manchester United 7-0 in their last game, you would have thought a fixture against Bournemouth should be a straightforward victory. However, as is often the case in football, the unexpected happened. The goal in a 1-0 win for the Cherries came in the first half when Philip Billing tapped in from a Dango Ouattara cross in the first half. Liverpool had a great chance to equalise after the break but Mohamed Salah blazed his penalty wide.
It is a blow to Jurgen Klopp‘s Champions League hopes as Tottenham Hotspur are now six points clear of them in 4th place. The Reds face Real Madrid in the competition next week but they are currently 5-2 down on aggregate. Gary O’Neil‘s side claimed a very important win in their relegation fight. They also avenged their 9-0 defeat to Liverpool earlier in the season when Scott Parker was still in charge.
Arsenal remains five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, with Mikel Arteta‘s side defeating Fulham 3-0 and now having won their last five league games. First-half goals from Gabriel, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard which were all assisted by Leandro Trossard were enough to see off the Cottagers.
It was a great day if your name is Gabriel, with even Gabriel Jesus coming on as a substitute. It was Jesus’s first appearance this year after a lengthy spell out due to a knee injury. There are still 11 games left in the Premier League season, no doubt there will be a few more twists and turns but you have to fancy the Gunners for the title at this point.
Given Manchester United’s last Premier League game before this ended in a 7-0 loss to Liverpool, this 0-0 draw with Southampton was certainly an improvement.
Eric ten Hag‘s side still made things hard for themselves with Casemiro being sent off in the first half. Before joining United the Brazilian had never had a red card in his career. Now he has two in his last three games. Casimero will now miss United’s next four games, which is a massive blow for them.
The Red Devils remain third so are still in a good position to finish in the Champions League this season. However, they cannot afford to keep on dropping points against teams they should beat.
For Southampton, this could be a precious point for them. Ruben Selles‘ remain at the foot of the table but it is very tight down there. They are just two points off 17th place, so if they can string a few results together then they could make a great escape.
Predictions vs actual results:
Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool
Bournemouth 1-0 Liverpool
Fulham 1-2 Arsenal
Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
Manchester United 1-2 Southampton
Manchester United 0-0 Southampton
The Premier League returns next weekend for the final round of fixtures before the international break.
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