Cherries shock champions, while Spurs beat United

February 1, 2018 by David Nugent

Wednesday night saw a fantastic spectacle of Premier League football, with seven games taking place and goals galore. If you missed Tuesday’s action here is a recap.

If you wish to know what happened on Wednesday night, read on.

Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth

Bournemouth celebrate win-against Chelsea: January 31st 2018In one of the biggest surprises of the Premier League campaign so far, struggling Bournemouth recorded a shock victory over reigning Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The first-half failed to produce any goals. However, the visitors burst into life in the second period. Eddie Howe’s side took the lead on 51 minutes. Jordon Ibe played a superb ball through the centre of the Chelsea defence and striker Callum Wilson kept his cool to fire past Thibaut Courtois.

Wilson was again influential in the second goal on 64 minutes, finding winger Junior Stanislas down the left. Stanislas then advanced on goal before prodding the ball past Courtois. The Cherries were in dreamland three minutes later, as former Chelsea centre-back Nathan Ake tapped home at the far post.

The victory moved the team from the south coast up into the top-half of the Premier League table. Chelsea meanwhile remain fourth-place but are now looking over their shoulders nervously at fifth-place Tottenham.

Tottenham 2-0 Manchester United

Tottenham closed the gap on London rivals Chelsea by recording a 2-0 home win over second-place Manchester United at Wembley.

The home side took the lead before the minute mark. Heung Min-Son saw an effort on goal blocked, but Christian Eriksen reacted the quickest to score from the rebound.

Both teams had chances on goal before Tottenham doubled their lead on 28 minutes. Kieran Trippier fired in a cross looking for Kane, only for Phil Jones to divert the ball past his own ‘keeper David De Gea. Again, both teams had chances to get on the scoresheet in the second half. However, the north London side held on for what could prove a vital win in the race for the Champions League spots.

As mentioned earlier, Mauricio Pochettino’s team are just two points behind fourth-place Chelsea in the table and six points clear of arch-rivals Arsenal, who are sixth-place in the table. Second-place United are now a massive 15 points behind league leaders Manchester City and just three points ahead of third-place Liverpool.

Manchester City 3-0 West Brom

Manchester City recorded a routine victory over bottom of the table West Brom at the Etihad Stadium.

The Citizens took just 19 minutes to take the lead against the struggling Baggies. Kevin De Bruyne played a superb ball to Fernandinho, who slid the ball through Ben Foster’s legs.

The home side did not add their second until the second period. De Bruyne was once again involved in the move. The Belgian evaded James McClean’s attempt at stopping him to get on the end of Raheem Sterling pass and fire beyond Foster.

City striker Sergio Aguero completed the scoring with just a minute left on the clock. The Argentinian international picked up a pass from Sterling dinking the ball over Foster to give the scoreline a better reflection of the game. The goal was the strikers 17th of the season in the Premier League.

The victory means that City are 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. Pep Guardiola’s side remain heavy favourites for the title, while some bookmakers have stopped taking bets on City winning the league. Meanwhile, the visitors remain bottom of the table and are now four points away from safety. The Baggies face a relegation six-pointer with Southampton this weekend.

Wednesday’s other Premier League results

Everton 2-1 Leicester City

Newcastle 1-1 Burnley

Southampton 1-1 Brighton

Stoke 0-0 Watford

Have Manchester City now got the Premier League wrapped up?

David Nugent

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David is a football fan and writer who has spent the last decade sharing his opinion and spreading news about the beautiful game across the internet. The lifelong Everton fan has written for numerous sports websites, plus an international soccer magazine where he covered the Premier League, the Bundesliga and various youth international tournaments.

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