Saturday, 18 November 2017

EPL Saturday Round-up: Pogba Return Stuns Newcastle, While Man City, Liverpool & Arsenal Win

Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the PEnglish remier League table after beating Leicester.
It was like Paul Pogba hadn’t been away for even one day of the last 10 weeks, as the French superstar returned from a hamstring injury and inspire Man United to a big win over Newcastle.

 Liverpool and Arsenal also won their matches today.

Manchester United 4 - 1 Newcastle United

Paul Pogba scored on his return from injury as Manchester United came from behind to beat Newcastle United and set a club record of 38 games unbeaten at Old Trafford.

Dwight Gayle gave the visitors a surprise lead when a slip by Victor Lindelof let in the striker to score in off the post.

Pogba, back after nine weeks out with a hamstring injury, crossed for Anthony Martial to head the equaliser before Chris Smalling met Ashley Young's centre on the stroke of half-time.

Pogba finished off a fine team move before Romelu Lukaku's first league goal since 30 September sealed a fine win.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic also returned from the a cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered in April, making his first appearance in seven months — two months ahead of schedule — as a 77th-minute substitute.

The win was only enough to keep United on pace — eight points back — with English Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Newcastle stay 11th with 14 points.

Leicester City 0 - 2 Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus led Manchester City to an easy 2-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

The English Premier League leaders have 34 points through 12 matches and lead second place Man United by eight points. Meanwhile, Leicester sits 12th with 13 points.

West Bromwich Albion 0 - 4 Chelsea

Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard assisted each other on a pair of first half goals as Chelsea battered hapless West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at the Hawthorns.

Hazard added a second, and Marcos Alonso also scored as Chelsea moved third on 25 points.

West Brom sinks 17th with 10 points, and will hit the drop zone if West Ham beats Watford on Sunday.

Liverpool 3 - 0 Southampton

Liverpool breezed past hapless Southampton to win 3-0 at Anfield.

Two first half goals from Mohamed Salah set Liverpool on their way and Philippe Coutinho finished off the Saints in the second half.

The victory marked Jurgen Klopp‘s first win against Southampton in the EPL in his fifth attempt, while Southampton’s boss Mauricio Pellegrino is facing the reality of a relegation battle with Saints four points off the drop zone.

Liverpool sit in fifth place with 22 points after 12 games but are still 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.

Crystal Palace 2 - 2 Everton

Crystal Palace and Everton played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles twice took the lead in a wild first half with James McArthur giving Palace the lead less than a minute in but Leighton Baines soon equalised from the penalty spot.

Wilfried Zaha made it 2-1 but Oumar Niasse equalized right on half time and it finished 2-2 after a tense second half.

With the point Palace stay bottom of the table on five points, while Everton are in 16th place on 12 points.

AFC Bournemouth 4 - 0 Huddersfield Town

10-man Bournemouth hammered Huddersfield Town 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium as the Cherries played the entire second half without their captain Simon Francis.

Injury-plagued Callum Wilson scored a hat trick and Harry Arter added another as Eddie Howe‘s continue their rise up the table, while Huddersfield’s poor away form continues with no wins or goals away from home since their opening day win at Crystal Palace.

David Wagner‘s men had 70 percent of the possession and 20 shots but couldn’t find a way past Asmir Begovic on the South Coast.

With the win Bournemouth rise to 13th place in the table on 13 points, while Huddersfield stay in 10th place on 15 points.

Burnley 2 - 0 Swansea City

Ashley Barnes and Jack Cork scored to lead Burnley to a 2-0 win over visiting Swansea City at Turf Moor.

Barnes also had an assist as the Clarets kept pace with the Top Four chasers.

With 22 points, Burnley stay seventh in the table. Swansea remains in the drop zone, with eight points.

Earlier on Saturday, Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-0 in the north London derby at the Emirates Stadium..[Click HERE to read more ]

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