Premier League gameweek 18 review part one

December 17, 2017 by David Nugent

The first seven games of the gameweek 18 in the Premier League produced goals galore, as well as some surprising results. Here are the highlights of gameweek 18:

Leicester 0-3 Crystal Palace

In a major turn up for the books, struggling Crystal Palace recorded their first away win of the season at in-form Leicester. Goals from Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and an injury-time strike from Bakary Sako gave the Eagles an unlikely win.

The victory ended a ten-game run without an away goal for Palace and moved the Eagles up to 14th in the Premier League table. Leicester remains eighth.

Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham

Manchester City continue to break records, as the Citizens recorded their 16th straight Premier League win. The Citizens opened the scoring through a first-half header from Ilkay Gundogan before Kevin De Bruyne doubled their lead in the second period.

Raheem Sterling added a brace, with the goals sandwiched in-between a penalty miss by City’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus. Christian Eriksen scored a late consolation, but in reality, the strike meant very little.

The win stretched City’s lead at the top of the table to 14 points, although Manchester United can cut the gap again to 11 points with a win at West Brom later today. Pep Guardiola’s side are now sure-fire favourites to win the title. 

Watford 1-4 Huddersfield

Huddersfield produced a superb display to record their first away of the Premier League season since the opening weekend. The Terriers were two goals up in the first 23 minutes through goals from Elias Kachunga and Aaron Mooy.

Watford striker Troy Deeney was then dismissed for a poor tackle on Collin Quaner on 33 minutes. The visitors then added to their lead in the second half through Laurent Depoitre, before Jonathan Hogg saw red for the visitors.

There was still time for Watford to get a goal back through Abdoulaye Doucoure, only for Mooy to add a fourth goal for the visitors from the penalty spot.

The victory saw Town jump up the table to 11th place, while Watford remain ninth in the table, although Everton could leapfrog them with a home win against Swansea on Monday night.

Stoke City 0-3 West Ham

West Ham’s recent revival continued in the Potteries with a victory that moved the Irons out of the relegation zone and up to 15th place, above the home side.

Mark Noble opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 19 minutes. Mark Arnautovic struck the second in the last 15 minutes before Diafra Sakho added a third with just four minutes left on the clock. The result saw Stoke fall to 17th place in the top-flight table, just a point above the relegation zone.

Chelsea 1-0 Southampton

Reigning champions Chelsea moved on to level points with second place Manchester United. A Marcos Alonso goal in first-half stoppage-time was enough to seal maximum points for the Blues.

Despite the win, Antonio Conte’s side are still 14 points behind league leaders Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title. Southampton dropped to 12th position in the table, just three points clear of the relegation zone.

Other Premier League results:

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle

Brighton 0-0 Burnley

Who has produced the performance of gameweek 18 so far?

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