The Premier League is back after the last international break before the FIFA World Cup 2018 and all the matches produced some great results.
Leaders Manchester City moved one step closer to the Premier League title and a draw in their next week’s derby against cross town rivals Manchester United will assure them of their first title since 2013-14 season. Manchester United made short work of Swansea as they regained the 2nd place from rivals Liverpool FC who came from behind to defeat bogey team Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park.
Burnley FC kept their hopes of Europa League alive after beating bottom placed West Bromwich Albion who are almost confirmed of relegation being 10 points behind safety. Arsenal maintained their lead over Burnley after some Aubameyang heroics late on. In the big match of the week, Tottenham Hotspurs beat city rivals Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge for the first time in the new millennium to almost ensure that The Blues don’t qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. Here are the best goals of the Premier League gameweek:
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC) vs Crystal Palace:
Mo Salah is on a role this season and with 6 more Premier League games to go he is just 5 goals shy of the all time record of 34 goals in a season (42 games) and 2 away from the 31 goals record of 38 games season. He scored another gem at Selhurst Park on Saturday. With the teams tied at 1-1, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain put a cross from the right to find Andrew Robertson on the left. Robertson hit a first time volley cross into the box, rather than going for a shot. The ball was brilliantly received by Salah with his left to get the better of Mamadou Sakho and then calmly put into the net past Wayne Hennessey.
3) Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspurs) vs Chelsea FC:
“The Great Dane” once again proved in the London Derby why he is one of, if not the best Danish player of the past 20 years. With a minute to go before half time, Ben Davies won the ball back at the right corner flag and played a one two with Dele Alli while the visitors trailed by an Alvaro Morata goal. The Premier League’s (arguably) best left back found then found the Danish midfield maestro in acres of space. When you allow one of the top 5 midfielders in the league too much time and space, you ought to be punished and that’s what happened to Chelsea. The Danish captain produced a delightful long range equaliser that dipped at the last minute to leave Argentine keeper Willy Cabellero (who otherwise had a decent game) look helpless.
2) Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspurs) vs Chelsea FC:
Dele Alli scored a brace to help Spurs win at the Bridge for the first time in the millennium. His first goal was a touch of brilliance from the young Englishman. With the match nicely poised at 1-1, Eric Dier sent a long ball into the Chelsea penalty area from inside the Tottenham half. The English forward outran Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen to receive the long ball with his right, let it drop and then finish with his right. Even though it doesn’t seem too exciting to read, the sheer elegance and ease with which Alli executed the goal left everyone watching in awe.
1) Ashley Barnes (Burnley FC) vs West Bromwich Albion:
While Burnley maintained their stronghold on the 7th position in the Premier League, their star forward Ashley Barnes not only scored our Goal of the Week, but also a sure shot contender for the Premier League Goal of the Season. In 22nd minute ex Everton and Tottenham man put a cross into the West Brom penalty area with Barnes and Chris Wood the two targets. Barnes fell back brilliantly to reach the ball with his back towards the goal. The Austrian forward then did the unthinkable. Taking advantage of a static defence, the 28-year old produced a moment of magic after he impeccably turned the ball in with a scissors kick passed a hapless Ben Foster.