Danny Ings inflicts second loss on Champions
As the 29th Premiership reaches the half-way mark, the title has race opened up furthermore. A masterful second minute Danny Ings chip for Southampton, his 50th Premiere League goal, inflicted a second loss on Champions Liverpool, as four points now separated the top seven teams, at the conclusion of Matchday 17.
Liverpool still continue to lead, but only on goal-difference over second placed Manchester United, who are equal on points.
There were no major surprises in the week, if you could call the in-form hard-working performance of an emotional at the end of the game Ralph Hasenhüttl’s squad that and Manchester City’s thrashing of Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge maybe.
For his match-winning seventh League goal and for his overall supreme contributions in getting The Saints to where they belong currently, the top six, England striker Ings easily walks away with the Star of the Week honours for this week.
Soucek first to score in the New Year
It all began with Tomas Soucek’s fifth league goal, also its first of the New Year, getting West Ham a seventh league win. Everton were the suffering side but both are in the top 10, The Toffees higher than the Hammers, and will look forward to the second-half with hope.
Manchester United were the other New Year’s day winners, pulling-off a professional, character-laiden 2-1 result over Aston Vila. Bruno Fernandez got an 11th league goal and Anthony Martial a second. Bertrand Traore had equalized for Vila, in a game in which after a long while, Paul Pogba delivered a memorable performance.
Arsenal, Leicester, Man City, continue to roll
The Gunners pulled of an impressive third successive victory, hammering West Brom 4-0, to now get to within sniffing distance of top 10. Lacazette continued his new found form with a double with Kieran Tierney also scoring. The star of the game however was the teenager Saka, who continued to impress one and all, this time with a goal for his efforts as well.
Brendon Rogers’ Leicester City side have also been pretty relentless this season without drawing much attention, a classy 2-1 win over Newcastle at St. James’ park enhancing their title-contender claims even more.
Chelsea were completely overwhelmed by a complete Manchester City attacking blitz, conceding three and the game in the first half hour or so.
Kane & Son still on for Spurs, no way back for Sheffield
For the umpteenth time this season Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane scored for Tottenham Hotspurs and they won, laying their title claims firmly yet again with an eighth win in 16 games. They now lie fourth, just four off the pace and the way the duo are going, Jose Mourniho will surely be aiming high.
There seems to be no way back for Sheffield United though, now going 17 games with out a win and 15 losses. Crystal Palace this time outlasting them 2-0 with a goal of the highest quality from another talented English youngster Ebereche Eze.
Brighton and Wolves were the only side to be involved in a draw this game week, that too an exciting 3-3 encounter at the Amex stadium.
A Welcome Break before Matchday 18
Matchday 18 commences after a break of a week and with the English Prime Minister calling for a nationwide full lockdown, we will have to wait for any announcements made in this regard by the English FA. On schedule also we have a shortened week of seven games beginning on January 12, 2021 with one game concluding a previously postponed fixture featuring United v Burnley.