By Niall Clarke

  • Five lessons learned from Premier League match-week 17
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PREMIER LEAGUE, UK- Manchester City made it 15 wins in a row with a dominant display at Swansea. Are we looking at one of the Premier League’s greatest sides? That and more in our match-week 17 recap.

 

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Man City could go down as one of the all time great Premier League teams

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Another match-day resulted in another win for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The Citizens battered Swansea 4-0 to make it 15 wins in a row, and at this rate they may go down as one of the best title winning sides in Premier League history.

15 straight wins is a Premier League record, and at the moment it is hard seeing anyone stopping that run anytime soon. City are quickly reaching the level of other great Premier League champions like Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea and the invincible Arsenal side.

Whilst it is too early to say they are on the level of those two teams, if they keep up their current form until the end of the season, they may even surpass these great teams.. The 04/05 Chelsea earned the highest ever points total and conceded the last amount of goals in a season with 15.

Arsenal’s ‘Invincible’ side from the season before were also incredible in their own way. The Gunners did not lose a single game in that title winning season, and set a record for the most games unbeaten in the league. City have not lost yet at this stage either. Are we looking at the new invincibles?

 

Crystal Palace are saving themselves in a very dramatic way

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Crystal Palace were 1-0 down at home to Watford as we approached the 90th minute. It looked set to be a disappointing day for the Eagles, who were seeing an opportunity to lift themselves  from the foot of the table disappear.

The tide turned with the sending off of Tom Cleverley, and then one of the greater turnarounds this season took place. Roy Hodgson’s side scored twice in added time to gain a valuable three points and send Selhurst Park into a frenzy.

It was not the first time Palace have put on a late show for their fans this season, and it may not be the last either. All of a sudden, they looked like they will save themselves in a very dramatic way.

 

At present, Burnley are well in the top four battle.

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Ashley Barnes’ late winner saw Burnley temporarily go into fourth place after their narrow 1-0 win over Stoke City in mid-week.

The Clarets would finish the match-week in sixth, but they are level on 31 points with Liverpool and Spurs, plus one ahead of Arsenal who drew 0-0 with West Ham.

Despite there being a long way to go before the season ends, Burnley are very much part of the top four race at the moment, and it is one of the most feel good stories of the season. The Clarets do not possess the finances of most Premier League clubs, but due to hard work and tactics, they find themselves in a very good position.

 

Leicester are now pushing for Europe

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Leicester made it four wins on the trot with an impressive 4-1 win at Southamptonn on Wednesday. The Foxes were  3-0 up by half time before the Saints threatened an unlikely comeback by getting a goal back. Shinji Okazaki put those fears to rest by adding a fourth and securing the win for Leicester.

Their fourth win in a row moves Leicester within four points of Arsenal in seventh, making a European challenge very possible. The Foxes have gotten their mojo back since the appointment of Claude Puel and look like a threat once again.

 

What else happened?

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Chelsea bounced back from their weekend defeat at West Ham by soundly defeating Huddersfield 3-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium. Manchester United also responded from their derby defeat by beating Bournemouth 1-0.

Tottenham made it back to back wins with a comfortable 2-0 victory against Brighton at Wembley with Son Heung-Min getting on the score-sheet once again. Meanwhile, Liverpool were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw against West Brom.

Finally, Everton continued their resurgence under Sam Allardyce by condemning Newcastle to another defeat.

 

Predictions round-up

Match-week 17 finished 7-7 with nothing to separate Niall and Neil this round. Both got a correct score along with four correct results. Therefore the gap between them remains eight points, can Niall catch Neil?

Niall (107)
Actual Score Neil (115)
Burnley 2-0 Stoke (1) Burnley 1-0 Stoke Burnley 2-0 Stoke (1)
Crystal Palace 1-3 Watford Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford
Huddersfield 0-2 Chelsea (1) Huddersfield 1-3 Chelsea Huddersfield 1-3 Chelsea (3)
Swansea 0-3 Man City (1) Swansea 0-4 Man City Swansea 1-4 Man City (1)
Newcastle 0-1 Everton (3) Newcastle 0-1 Everton Newcastle 1-1 Everton
Southampton 1-1 Leicester Southampton 1-4 Leicester Southampton 2-2 Leicester
Man United 3-1 Bournemouth (1) Man United 1-0 Bournemouth Man United 2-1 Bournemouth (1)
Liverpool 3-1 West Brom Liverpool 0-0 West Brom Liverpool 4-0 West Brom
Tottenham 1-1 Brighton Tottenham 2-0 Brighton Tottenham 3-2 Brighton
West ham 1-2 Arsenal West Ham 0-0 Arsenal West Ham 1-1 Arsenal (1)
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