There were changes at both ends of the Premier League table last weekend with Arsenal dropping out of the top four and Middlesbrough falling into the dreaded relegation zone.
With just 1 goal in their last 5 matches and 2 in their last 8, Middlesbrough are looking increasingly likely to drop out of the Premier League this season. After a decent start, many thought they would be comfortable, however, that has not proved to be the case as they were quickly found out. They have scored just 19 goals in a miserable season and have won just 4 matches, both totals which are the lowest in the Premier League. With Crystal Palace, Swansea and Leicester City all winning, it’s looking rather bleak for Boro.
Since Claudio Ranieri’s sacking Leicester City have won twice, scoring 6 and conceding 2. Jamie Vardy and Riyadh Mahrez are looking more like the players who won the Premier League last season and they now have a 5 point cushion above the relegation zone. Crystal Palace also claimed their second league win in a row and climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time since Sam Allardyce took over.
Manchester United failed to capitalise on the fact that two of their top four rivals were playing each other later in the day as they were held to a 1-1 draw with a Bournemouth side who hadn’t recorded a win in their last 8. In a match, which certainly never lacked controversy, both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have been charged by the FA for their on-field antics. This was Manchester United’s 10th draw of the season and they will really need to be more clinical as the race for the top 4 continues.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham all recorded wins. Harry Kane’s double against Everton moved him into top spot in the Premier League scoring charts with 19 for the season so far. He leads the way by one over Romelu Lukaku, who also got on the scoresheet.
Liverpool went into the Saturday evening kick-off with Arsenal knowing that a win would see them leapfrog the Gunners and move them into the top 4. The result was never really in doubt as Firminho opened the scoring on 9 minutes and Sadio Mane making it 2-0 just before half-time. A goal from Welbeck in the second half gave Arsenal hope, however, it wasn’t to be as Wijnaldum scored Liverpool’s third and sealed the three points.
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