By Niall Clarke

  • Five lessons learned from Premier League match-week 27
  • Full results
North London turned white as the Golden Boot race heated up in match-week 27. We cover that plus more in our review of the Premier League action.

 

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North London Is White

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The big game of the weekend came at Wembley were Tottenham edged out rivals Arsenal 1-0 to make further stake to the claim they are now the best team in North London.

 

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Harry Kane was the only scorer in the game, heading from neatly from a Ben Davies cross just a few minutes after half time. The Englishman had other chances but was denied by the defiant Petr Cech whose second half performance kept a rampant Spurs at bay. If it was not the for the Czech keeper, it could have easily been four or five.

Arsenal kept in touch though and almost earned an unlikely point but Alexandre Lacazette wasted two last-gasp opportunities to level the match. It was a nervy end to the game for Tottenham, but in the end they held on to the three points.

Seven points from their last three games has left Spurs as one of the favourites to finish as the best of the rest behind Man City. Their impressive performances against Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United in recent weeks has put Tottenham into a good place heading into the final 11 games of the season, and they have seemingly found their form from the majority of last campaign.

Arsenal’s new boys failed to deliver in this one as they were kept at bay by a solid Tottenham defence. The Gunners’ hopes of making it into the Champions League next year will surely lie on their Europa League campaign as the top four seems out of their reach.

 

The Golden Boot Race Is Heating Up

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With Sergio Aguero netting four goals against Leicester at the weekend, the race for the Premier League Golden Boot is now a three horse one.

For much of the season it looked like it would be between Kane and Mohamed Salah to be called the top scorer for the 2017/2018 season, but Aguero’s four goals have taken him to within two of Kane at the top of the charts.

The Argentine sits on 21 goals for the campaign, the Egyptian is on 22 for the season with the Englishman topping the charts on 23. It looks like the race for the Golden Boot will go down to the wire with Kane still the favourite, but with the goals Liverpool and Man City score, that could easily be overturned come May.

 

City To Win The Title Against Man United?

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Manchester City stretched out the gap to Manchester United to 16 points over the weekend which leaves a potentially interesting scenario in the Premier League title race.

Providing the 16 point gap holds, the Citizens could officially win the Premier League title if they beat their neighbours at the Etihad in early April. It would be quite the dramatic scenario should this play out with City winning the title by beating their biggest rivals.

However, the potential title implications do not stop there. If Man City were able to claim the title even earlier than that, it is possible that the Red Devils will gave their rivals the guard of honour when they arrive on the pitch. It would be a painful sight for Manchester United fans should this happen.

 

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Huddersfield Boost Survival Hopes

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After suffering five defeats on the bounce, Huddersfield Town were left in the relegation zone heading into match-week 27, making the home game against Bournemouth a must win for the Terriers. And boy did they respond well.

The form book was well and truly thrown out of the window as the Yorkshire side thrashed the Cherries 4-1 at the John Smiths Stadium on Sunday. Alex Pritchard netted his first goal for the club after 11 minutes to give the home side the lead. The visitors responded quickly through Junior Stanislas, but the Terriers soon took control of the game. Steve Mounié nodded his side back in front before and own goal by Steve Cook put Huddersfield two goals ahead. Rajiv van La Parra converted a stoppage time penalty to complete the rout and take Huddersfield out of the bottom three.

It was exactly the response David Wagner needed after his side fell into the relegation zone for the first time last week. And with six of their next seven games coming against bottom half sides, the Terriers should fancy getting more points on the board as they battle to stay in the Premier League.

 

Big Game Vardy

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Jamie Vardy
continued his great goal-scoring form against the top six sides in the league despite Leicester’s 5-1 defeat at Manchester City at the weekend.

The English striker became the first ever player to score against each of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham in the same Premier League season when he equalised 24 minutes into the game.

Vardy is also the highest scoring player against top six opposition since debuting in the Premier League In 2014. He has hit 23 goals in 43 games against the Premier League’s elite, which puts him ahead of Aguero and Kane in this statistic.

So you know whenever the Foxes go up against top six opposition, Vardy will likely be on the scoresheet. The man for the big occasion.

 

Predictions round-up

Not a brilliant week for either of our writers, but Niall’s correct score prediction of Chelsea’s win over West Brom meant he won the week and closed the gap by three points. There is still 19 points to go and 11 match-weeks to do it, can Niall turn it around?

Niall (168)
Actual Score Neil (187)
Tottenham 3-2 Arsenal (1) Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal
Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Stoke 1-0 Brighton Stoke 1-1 Brighton Stoke 2-1 Brighton
Swansea 1-1 Burnley Swansea 1-0 Burnley Swansea 2-0 Burnley
West Ham 2-2 Watford West Ham 2-0 Watford West Ham 1-2 Watford
Man City 3-1 Leicester (1) Man City 5-1 Leicester Man City 3-1 Leicester (1)
Huddersfield 1-1 Bournemouth Huddersfield 4-1 Bournemouth Huddersfield 1-1 Bournemouth
Newcastle 0-2 Man United Newcastle 1-0 Man United Newcastle 1-2 Man United
Southampton 1-3 Liverpool (1) Southampton 0-2 Liverpool Southampton 1-3 Liverpool (1)
Chelsea 3-0 West Brom (3) Chelsea 3-0 West Brom Chelsea 2-0 West Brom (1)
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