With a reduced fixture list due to the weekends FA Cup in EPL Match Week 28,we discuss all the weeks matches, including Liverpool’s claims for top 4, Hull City’s vital victory, Joshua Kings Hat trick, Lukaku and so much more in the week’s TALKING POINTS.
Liverpool show fight to beat Burnley
Jurgen Klopp’s side came from a goal behind to defeat an unfortunate Burnley team.
Sean Dyches men, who are still to win a game away from Turf Moor This season, gave a good account of themselves and took an early lead through Ashley Barnes.
They held on till first half injury time, when Gio Wijnaldum fired an equliaser.
Emre Can then struck with his fourth goal of the season just beyond the hour mark, sealing the win, which now puts Liverpool five points clear of fifth placed Arsenal, as they occupy the final Champions League place.
Jurgen Klopp admitted at the end of the game, that the match wasn’t Liverpool’s prettiest stating:
“It’s the first ugly game we’ve won,” he said.
“In the end I liked it – this is the kind of game we haven’t won and we did.”
Sign of a top (4) team?
Talking Points: Will Liverpool finish above Arsenal? When will Coutinho rediscover his form? Will Burnley go all season without winning away?
Niasse at the double to down Swans
Oumar Niasse struck twice to give Hull City a vital three points, against their relegation rivals.
Swansea have been in good form of late, breaking away from the bottom three in the process.
However Hulls victory has now enabled them to leapfrog Middlesbrough in 18th place, just three points from both 15th placed Leicester City and the 16th placed Swansea City. This important win also puts them just one point behind 17th placed Crystal Palace, though they do now have a game in hand, as do Middlesbrough.
It all makes for an interesting fight for Premier League survival this season, with any of the teams from Bournemouth in 14th and below, in danger of getting embroiled in the scrap.
Alfie Mawson got Swansea’s consolation. May be a surprise call up in Gareth Southgate’s upcoming England squad?
Talking Points: Do both teams have the quality to survive in The Premier League? Who’s made the bigger impact between managers Silva & Clement? Mawson for England?
King Hat Trick Hammers Irons
Joshua King struck a hat trick in a thrillingly eventful match at The Vitality, that saw the home side miss two penalties while also coming back from a goal behind, as Michail Antonio gave West Ham an early lead.
Andre Ayew scored an initial equaliser with just seven minutes remaining before King claimed the win (and subsequently the match ball) in the final minute!
Talking Points: Can King fire Bournemouth to EPL safety? Is a top 10 finish enough to appease the board and keep faith with Slaven Bilic?
Barkley & Lukaku inspire Everton Win
Goals from Kevin Mirallas, Morgan Schneiderlin & Romelu Lukaku, saw Everton beat West Brom 3-0.
West Brom battled valiantly but offered very little attacking threat, hitting just 5 shots at Everton’s goal compared to the home sides 16.
Lukaku continued his rich goal scoring form, hitting his 19th goal of the campaign – his best ever tally in a single season.
Ross Barkley also continued to impress, showing glimpses of quality throughout the game while he assisted Lukaku’s third goal and was also influential in his sides opening goal, as Ben Foster initially spilled the Englishmen’s shot, which fell to Mirallas to fire home.