By Niall Clarke

  • Five lessons learned from Premier League match-week 19
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Records were broken and there was plenty of entertainment to be had in match-week 19 of the Premier League season. Here is our round up as the festive period kicks off.

 

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Manchester City Make History Again

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Manchester City have once again made history as they became the first English top-flight team to score 100 goals in a calendar year since the inception of the Premier League in 1992.

The Citizens battered Bournemouth 4-0 in another convincing performance to become the first team to accomplish this feat since Liverpool way back in 1982. The Reds hit 106 that year and it would not be shocking if City pass that tally the way they are playing.

It is now 17 straight wins for Pep Guardiola’s side who continue to put in awe inspiring performances every match-week. The game saw a return to peak form for Sergio Aguero wo contributed with two goals in the match. Raheem Sterling continued his fine goal-scoring form too by netting his 12th strike of the season.

What record will be broken next?

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Arsenal vs Liverpool Was The Best & Worst Of The Premier League

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We were treated to a Friday night thriller when Arsenal and Liverpool played out a very entertaining 3-3 draw at the Emirates to kick off the festive period of fixtures.

In truth, Liverpool could have been 5-0 at one stage. Jurgen Klopp’s men were in control of the first half and took the leads thanks to Philippe Coutinho’s header. The Reds wasted chances to extend their lead before the break, and therefore they had to wait until the 52nd to double their lead through top scorer Mohamed Salah.

This goal kicked off one of the most incredible six minute periods you will every see in a football match. At the time of Salah’s goal, the Gunners had not registered a shot on goal and were starring at a potential hammering. Up steps Alexis Sanchez just a minute later to grab one back with a header and all of a sudden it is game on.

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Things got even better for Arsenal as they would find themselves level just a few minutes later. Granit Xhaka’s long range effort was poorly dealt with by Simon Mignolet.

Just when you thought things might settle down, Mesut Ozil put Arsenal ahead on 58 minutes. It was an incredible turnaround and one of the most thrilling spells of football you will ever see. Roberto Firmino would get the last laugh though, bringing Liverpool back level with an effort that went in off the hand of Petr Cech.

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It was a match that summed up the Premier League. The quality of football may be lacking at times, especially defensively, but it was great entertainment and showed why the Premier League is the most watched football league in the world. We saw the best and the worst of the English top flight here, but it was a great way to spend a Friday evening.

 

Newcastle And Brighton Are Back To Winning Ways

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In terms of form, West Ham were favourites to beat Newcastle on Saturday. The Hammers had picked up form since the appointment of David Moyes whilst the Magpies were falling down the table quickly.

So it was a surprise when Rafa Benitez’s side ran out 3-2 winners in an entertaining affair at the London stadium. It makes it even more surprising when you see that they went behind after six minutes too.

The victory moves the Magpies out of the relegation zone and into 15th in the table above West Ham who slip to 17th. This was their first league win in nine and could be a huge confidence booster as we start the second half of the season.

Brighton ended their own winless run with a 1-0 win over Watford at the AMEX stadium. The Seaguls had not won in eight games prior to this clash, but Pascal Gross’ second half goal sealed a much needed win for Chris Hughton’s side. Brighton move into 12th towards the top half of the table and are now five points clear of the dropzone.

 

There Was History Made By Harry Kane too

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We have marvelled over Manchester City and the records they have broken over the past few weeks, but they were not the only ones making history.

Harry Kane’s hat-trick not only led Tottenham to an impressive 3-0 win against Burnley at Turf Moor, it took him to 36 league goals in 2017, equalling Alan Shearer’s record of the most Premier League goals In a calendar year. He still has time to break that record too with games still yet to be played this year.

The English striker has also move level as the top scorer in the league this campaign with 15 goals now for the season, but even more remarkable is this.

In all competitions, Kane has netted 53 goals in 49 games, including seven hat tricks. He needs one more goal this year to match Lionel Messi’s record of 54 goals in 2017. Remarkable statistics.

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What else happened?

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Manchester United lost ground on their rivals as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Leicester. The Foxes took the lead through Jamie Vardy, but a Juan Mata double turned things around. Leicester were later reduced to ten men and it looked like another three points were heading the way of the Red Devils,. However Harry Maguire scored with the last touch of the game to rescue a point for Leicester.

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Chelsea were also held to draw away from home as they failed to break through a resolute Everton defence. The Blues missed striker Alvaro Morata in a match they dominated but failed to find the target in.

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Stoke got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win at home to West Brom. The Baggies have now not won in their last 18 matches and remain 19th, just one point ahead of Swansea. The Swans began life without Paul Clement with a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace as they attempt to rescue their season.

Huddersfield earned a credible 1-1 draw at Southampton to move one step closer towards the top half of the table and the magic 40 point mark.

 

Predictions round-up

Neil extended his lead once again ahead of Christmas, with his correct score of Southampton vs Huddersfield being the difference. Niall is now 16 points behind. Can he close the gap as we head into 2018?

Niall (115)
Actual Score Neil (131)
Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool (1) Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool Arsenal 2-3 Liverpool
Everton 1-2 Chelsea Everton 0-0 Chelsea Everton 1-3 Chelsea
Brighton 1-1 Watford Brighton 1-0 Watford Brighton 2-1 Watford (1)
Man City  3-0 Bournemouth (1) Man City 4-0 Bournemouth Man City 4-2 Bournemouth (1)
Southampton 0-0 Huddersfield (1) Southampton 1-1 Huddersfield (1) Southampton 1-1 Huddersfield (3)
Stoke 0-1 West Brom Stoke 3-1 West Brom Stoke 0-1 West Brom
Swansea 0-2 Crystal Palace Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace
West Ham 3-1 Newcastle West Ham 2-3 Newcastle West Ham 2-1 Newcastle
Burnley 2-1 Tottenham Burnley 0-3 Tottenham Burnley 1-2 Tottenham (1)
Leicester 1-1 Man United (1) Leicester 2-2 Man United Leicester 1-2 Man United
The Premier League returns on December 26th. Merry Christmas to all our readers!

 

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