EPL 2020-21, Matchday 25 review: Manchester City gives Arsenal reality check, Liverpool's misery continues
First Published Feb 22, 2021, 3:01 PM IST
The English Premier League 2020-21 is past its Matchday 25, as it produced some commendable performances and some upsets. While table-topper Manchester City remains in the driver's seat for the title, defending champion Liverpool's misery at Anfield continued.
Things continue to get intense as the 2020-21 English Premier League ventures deeper. The weekend saw Matchday 25 being conducted, as some top matches were scheduled. While there were some commendable performances, some upsets too headlined the matchday, as we review the top sides' performances.
Chelsea manages to survive the Southampton test
The Blues continues to remain unbeaten in the tournament under new coach Thomas Tuchel. However, it would have expected a better result on Saturday, as it visited Southampton. It was Mason Mount, who scored the lone goal for Chelsea through a penalty, while Tammy Abraham was criticised for his poor gameplay. Meanwhile, Chelsea has dropped to fifth place as a result of this 1-1 draw.
Tottenham Hotspur gets Hammered
While it might sound like a pun, it certainly wasn't, as Tottenham Hostpur is not having the best time for the past few games, while the same continued on Sunday against West Ham United. Playing away from home, Jose Mourinho and his men suffered a narrow 1-2 loss. Although the loss has allowed the Spurs to stay at ninth, having played a game less, it needs to win the next few games to stand a chance for a European spot. Meanwhile, The Hammers has risen to fourth.
Leicester City survives Aston Villa test
Leicester City has been having a prolific season so far. It continued on its three-game unbeaten streak and extended it to four with a slender 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday. Goals from James Maddison and Harvey Barnes did the job for The Foxes, as it continues to remain in the third spot, locked on similar points with Manchester United, but behind on goal difference.
United dominates Newcastle United at home
United extended its unbeaten run in the tournament to six games, as it comfortably secured a 3-1 win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Sunday. It was goals from Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes that did the job whilst staying put on second. United has to ensure at continuing this form in the upcoming two major away games, against Chelsea and Manchester City.
Everton scripts first in 22 years against Liverpool
Usually, the Merseyside derby at Anfield is a one-sided affair, with results mostly favouring the host. While on Saturday, too, it was a one-sided one, it happened to be from the visitor. With a 2-0 win, Everton managed to break the 22-year-old curse. It won at the venue in the competition for the first time since 1999. Furthermore, it piled more misery on the defending champion, as Liverpool has lost four games in a row at home, besides staying at the sixth spot, while The Toffees has risen to seventh.
City gives Arsenal a reality check
There seemed to be no stopping City, as it extended its unbeaten run to 25 games across competitions, with a narrow 1-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday. While City just tightens the crew at the top for the title, Arsenal's worry continues, as it's bid for a European spot next season still looks uncertain. Currently ranked 10th, Mikel Arteta has some serious task ta hand.
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