Another heavily disrupted Premier League season has reached Gameweek 23 and there’s plenty to be excited about as we look away from the transfer window.
Chelsea’s London derby with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge is the highlight of the weekend, but don’t take your eyes off West Ham’s trip to Manchester United and Crystal Palace’s clash with Liverpool – the latter proved in the past that he could be a real barnstormer.
Norwich started Friday night with a decisive victory in their six-point relegation move, while Lucas Digne had the last laugh against former club Everton.
WATFORD 0-3 NORWICH
Norwich cruised to a huge 3-0 win over relegation rivals Watford on Friday night, with coy striker Josh Sargent twice.
Sargent started the party with a superb scorpion kick just before the break and he rose at the far post to make it 2-0 with 16 minutes of regulation time remaining.
Things quickly got worse for Watford as Emmanuel Dennis saw red for a second booking, and the Canaries’ impressive win was capped off with a second-half Juraj Kucka own goal.
EVERTON 0-1 ASTON VILLA
Emiliano Buendia scored the game’s only goal as Aston Villa picked up all three points against managerless Everton, who parted company with Rafa Benitez last week.
Ex-Toffess star Lucas Digne provided the assist for the decisive goal, which came in first-half stoppage time. But he and team-mate Matty Cash were struck by a projectile launched from the Goodison Park crowd during the celebrations – an arrest was made by police.
BRENTFORD 1-1 WOLVES – LIVE
The first half was heavily extended due to long breaks to deal with a header clash between Brentford’s Ric Henry and Mathias Jensen, as well as a drone flying over the pitch.
But Wolves took the lead shortly after Joao Moutinho’s delayed restart, before Ivan Toney equalized for Brentford midway through the second half.
LEEDS 0-1 NEWCASTLE – FT
Jonjo Shelfy opened the deadlock for Newcastle in the 75th minute.
MAN UTD 1-0 WEST HAM – FT
Manchester United were frustrated by West Ham for 92 minutes but finally made the breakthrough in stoppage time when Marcus Rashford scored from close range.
SOUTHAMPTON VS MAN CITY
Manchester City tend to dominate against any team they come up against, but Pep Guardiola’s side didn’t always have it their way against Southampton.
Their Saturday afternoon clash at St Mary’s should be another close affair, but can you really come back against a team that has won 12 games in a row?
ARSENAL AGAINST BURNLEY
Arsenal’s disappointment at losing to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-final must be quickly put aside when Burnley swing to north London.
Sean Dyche’s side haven’t played since *checks notes* about 834 months old so you imagine they are going to be a little rusty. They don’t have Chris Wood anymore either, which is a bit of a blow despite his indifferent goal return this season.
CRYSTAL PALACE AGAINST LIVERPOOL
Crystal Palace are playing good stuff under Patrick Vieira, with consistency the only real thing missing from their Premier League repertoire.
History tells us that their games against Liverpool at Selhurst Park are quite special, and despite the Reds dominating victory over Arsenal in the cup, Jurgen Klopp’s side got the job done here without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
It won’t be easy…
LEICESTER VS BRIGHTON
Brendan Rodgers’ shock at seeing Leicester capitulate to Tottenham on Wednesday was quick to die down, with it struggling to beat next visitors King Power Brighton.
The Seagulls have lost just four times in 21 Premier League appearances, drawing 11 of those games. You will never guess why we left here…
CHELSEA AGAINST TOTTENHAM
The final game of the weekend sees Chelsea renew their rivalry with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have been in a bit of a rut of late, winning just one of their last five Premier League games en route to picking up six points from a possible 15. Spurs are on the rise under Antonio Conte and should be brimming with confidence against their nemesis.
Ride on the inevitable home win, so…
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