EPL 2020-21, Matchday 31 review: United tames Tottenham, City suffers shock defeat to Leeds
First Published Apr 13, 2021, 12:05 PM IST
The English Premier League 2020-21 has entered its business-end phase, with seven more matchdays to go. Manchester City remains the favourite to lift the title while defending champion Liverpool is out of the title race and vies for a spot in the top four.
Things continue to get intense in the 2020-21 English Premier League, as it has entered its business-end phase. Matchday 31 saw a few exciting matches, including a heart-break, as we review the same.
Liverpool fights through Aston Villa at Anfield
After a six-game losing streak at Anfield, Liverpool finally managed to get things under control, as it tamed 11th-placed Aston Villa 2-1. However, things don't look good for The Reds as it was indeed a hard-fought win, while it needs consistency to stand a chance to be in the top-four, as it is currently placed sixth.
Chelsea rips apart Crystal Palace
In a London derby, fifth-placed Chelsea managed to get past 13th-placed Crystal Palace as The Blues stormed past the Eagles 4-1 away from home. The win puts Chelsea in good contention for a top-four spot, as consistency would once again be the key here.
Leicester City pipped by West Ham United
Well, not precisely hammered, but still Hammered, as third-placed Leicester was pipped by fourth-placed West Ham United 3-2 away from home. The loss handed the Foxes a severe setback in its bid for a top-four finish, as a loss hereon could push them down below four.
Arsenal slays Sheffield United
While Sheffield is ideally the one that holds the blade, it was the other way this time. Ninth-placed Arsenal kept its slender hopes alive for a European spot by slaying the Blades away from home 3-0. The Gunners will have some strict tests hereon, as Mikel Arteta's men simply need to be at their best.
Everton fails to get past Brighton and Hove Albion
Everton's highly inconsistent season continued as it was held to a goalless draw against 15th-placed Brighton. With Everton too fighting for a top-four spot, it might have to fight for top-seven if Carlo Ancelotti's men don't pick up the pace hereon.
City suffers shocker against Leeds United
City suffered yet another shocking 1-2 defeat at home to tenth-placed Leeds. Although it just delayed City's inevitable title win, it became somewhat a concern for Pep Guardiola and his men ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarters clash to Borussia Dortmund away from home that it leads 2-1.
Manchester United storms past Tottenham Hotspur
In the game of the matchday, it was second-placed United who produced the most beautiful display of gameplay by taming seventh-placed Tottenham 3-1 away from home. While the Red Devils is in a solid position to finish second, the Spurs will now have to fight for a top-four finish.