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  • Total no.of goals scored Round 17 = 21

Tuesday (12/12/2017)

Barnes’ late strike provided a home victory for Burnley

Burnley 1 (Ashley Barnes 89’) – Stoke City 0

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Substitute Ashley Barnes’ late strike provided a home victory for Burnley against Stoke City.

Despite playing more positive football, Stoke City failed to open their scoreline who had managed total 7 shots on target. In the meantime, Burnley had only two shots on target including the late goal.

On 89 minutes, Barnes broke the deadlock that guided Burnley to the victory. Jack Cork delivered a long ball that was received by Barnes and then Barnes exchanged short passes with Scott Arfield before his final shot found the net.

 

Late drama observed a stunning victory for Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace 2 (Bakary Sako 89′; James McArthur 90’+2′) – Watford 1 (Daryl Janmaat 3′)

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Hosts Crystal Palace snatched a 2-1 victory against the 10-man Watford after some late dramas occurred on the field.

Watford earned an early 0-1 lead after Daryl Janmaat’s header found the net from Richarlison’s cross. Since then, everything was going right for the visitors until 87 minutes when they went down to 10-man. Tom Cleverley was booked twice (78’ and 87’) in the match as he was sent off on 87 minutes.

Just 2 minutes later, Bakary Sako equalised the scoreline for the hosts from the rebound chances.

In the second injury minute, James McArthur scored the winning goal for the hosts after Wilfried Zaha’s brilliant pass found him. Adding this victory, Crystal Palace is now undefeated (2 wins and 4 draws) in their last six Premier League games.

 

Chelsea clinched an easy away victory

Huddersfield Town 1 (Laurent Depoitre 90’+2′) – Chelsea 3 (Tiemoue Bakayoko 23′; Willian 43′; Pedro 50′)

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Chelsea clinched an easy away victory after beating the hosts Huddersfield Town by the 1-3 margin.

A poor clearance by the hosts’ goalie (Jonas Lossl) caused the first goal for Chelsea which was netted by Tiemoue Bakayoko on 23 minutes.

On 43 minutes, Willian made the scoreline 0-2 with a header from Marcos Alonso’s cross.

Inside the five minutes of the second half, Pedro stretched Chelsea’s lead from Willian’s pass.

In the injury time, Florent Hadergjonaj’s cross found Laurent Depoitre whose header scored the only consolation goal for the hosts.

(Watch Key Stats of this match at the end of this article)

 

Wednesday (13/12/2017)

Rooney secured first away victory for Everton in this PL season

Newcastle United 0 – Everton 1 (Wayne Rooney 27’)

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Everton clinched their first away victory in this Premier League season after they beat the hosts Newcastle United by the 0-1 margin.

On 27 minutes, Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the match after the hosts’ goalkeeper Karl Darlow failed to save properly the earlier header.

Newcastle had several good chances to level the scoreline while their two shots, unfortunately, hit the posts.

Just before the end of the match, hosts’ central midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was sent off after he received two yellow cards (42’ and 90’+4’) in the match.

 

Leicester clinched their largest victory in this season

Southampton 1 (Maya Yoshida 61′) – Leicester City 4 (Riyad Mahrez 11′; Shinji Okazaki 32′ & 69′; Andy King 38′)

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Leicester clinched their largest victory in this season after they beat the hosts Southampton by the 1-4 margin.

On 11 minutes, Riyad Mahrez put the visitors 0-1 ahead with a great low effort from the outside the box.

Leicester City got the 0-2 lead on 32 minutes after Shinji Okazaki netted from the very close range which was the immediate effect of a corner.

Just six minutes later, Andy King successfully netted from Harry Maguire’s grounded cross.

Just after the hour mark, Maya Yoshida (61’) opened the hosts’ scoreline through a header from the following corner. However, that was not enough for them to secure at least a point.

Okazaki scored his second goal on 69 minutes from Jamie Vardy’s cross.

(Watch Key Stats of this match at the end of this article)

 

Manchester City thrashed Swansea

Swansea City 0 – Manchester City 4 (David Silva 27′ & 52′; Kevin De Bruyne 34′; Sergio Aguero 85′)

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Manchester City’s unstoppable run continues while this time they defeated the hosts Swansea City by the 0-4 margin.

On 27 minutes, Manchester City earned their first goal which was scored by David Silva from Bernardo Silva’s cross.

The visitors doubled their lead on 34 minutes which was scored by Kevin De Bruyne from a brilliant set-piece.

David Silva scored his second goal on 52 minutes from very close range.

On 85 minutes, Sergio Aguero scored the final goal for the visitors with a superb effort.

(Watch Key Stats of this match at the end of this article)

 

Liverpool frustrated with a goalless draw

Liverpool 0 – West Bromwich Albion 0

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Despite playing dominating football, hosts Liverpool only managed to earn one point against West Bromwich Albion.

Lack of proper finishing was one of the key points for Liverpool in this match. At the late moment, Dominic Solanke (82’) was able to net successfully but that was correctly denied due to his earlier handball.

 

Hosts Manchester United clinched a narrow victory

Manchester United 1 (Romelu Lukaku 25’) – AFC Bournemouth 0

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Hosts Manchester United clinched a narrow 1-0 victory against AFC Bournemouth.

Romelu Lukaku scored the solitary goal on 25 minutes through a header from Juan Mata’s excellent cross.

Despite created many chances, the visitors failed to beat the hosts’ goalie David de Gea.

On the other hand, Manchester United tried hard to add more goals but failed to achieve that. On 72 minutes, Marcus Rashford took a brilliant shot from 25-yard distance but that, unfortunately, hit the post.

 

Spurs defeated Brighton

Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Serge Aurier 40′; Son Heung-Min 87′) – Brighton & Hove Albion 0

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Hosts Tottenham Hotspur beat Brighton & Hove Albion by the 2-0 margin.

On 40 minutes, Serge Aurier put the hosts 1-0 ahead with an unlikely fashion.

On 87 minutes, the hosts secured their victory after Son Heung-Min scored through a brilliant header from the following free-kick.

 

West Ham held to a goalless draw against Arsenal

West Ham United 0 – Arsenal 0  

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Hosts West Ham United were held to a goalless draw against Arsenal.

Arsenal’s dominating football was not enough for their victory as they had lack of finishing quality.

On the other hand, the hosts had an early disallowed goal (14’) due to offside. At the end moment, Arsenal’s defensive errors almost cost a goal when Javier Hernandez just failed to break the deadlock as his delivery hit the post.

 

  • Points Table at the end of round 17
Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost GD Points
1 Manchester City 17 16 1 0 +41 49
2 Manchester United 17 12 2 3 +26 38
3 Chelsea 17 11 2 4 +17 35
4 Tottenham Hotspur 17 9 4 4 +16 31
5 Liverpool 17 8 7 2 +14 31
6 Burnley 17 9 4 4 +4 31
7 Arsenal 17 9 3 5 +10 30
8 Leicester City 17 7 5 5 +4 26
9 Watford 17 6 4 7 −3 22
10 Everton 17 6 4 7 −8 22
11 Southampton 17 4 6 7 −6 18
12 Huddersfield Town 17 5 3 9 −17 18
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 17 4 5 8 −9 17
14 Bournemouth 17 4 4 9 −5 16
15 Stoke City 17 4 4 9 −17 16
16 Newcastle United 17 4 3 10 −10 15
17 West Bromwich Albion 17 2 8 7 −10 14
18 Crystal Palace 17 3 5 9 −16 14
19 West Ham United 17 3 5 9 −18 14
20 Swansea City 17 3 3 11 −13 12

(Note: GD = goals differences)

 

  • Key Round 17 Stats

Huddersfield Town vs Chelsea – At the age of 17 years and 89 days, Ethan Ampadu made debut for Chelsea. He became the second youngest Chelsea player to make Premier League debut. Jody Morris is the record holder who had made his Premier League debut for Chelsea at the age of 17 years and 43 days.

 

Southampton vs Leicester City – Since 20th April 1968, it was the first time when Leicester City beat Southampton by more than two-goal margin.

 

Swansea City vs Manchester City – It was Manchester City’s 15th consecutive Premier League victory in this season. It is the record of most consecutive victory in the English top-flight history.

 

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