On Sunday another three crucial games in the Premier League took place. Huddersfield, Newcastle and Liverpool all pulled off big victories, which could have implications at both ends of the table. If you missed what happened in Saturday’s action there is a recap here.
If you wish to find out what happened in Sunday’s action then read on.
Huddersfield pulled off a massive victory at the John Smith’s Stadium against Bournemouth to move out of the relegation zone and a point above the drop zone.
It did not take the Terriers long to establish a lead, seven minutes in fact. Striker Steve Mounie pulled the ball back to midfielder Alex Pritchard and the former Norwich star fired past Asmir Begovic. The visitors were level on 13 minutes, though, as Junior Stanislas controlled a cross from Ryan Fraser before firing home.
Huddersfield regained the lead on 27 minutes, as Mounie headed home from an Aaron Mooy free-kick. The home side extended their lead on 66 minutes, as Mooy found Mounie once again, but this time the striker’s effort hit Steve Cook before deflecting past Begovic in the Cherries goal.
David Wagner’s side sealed the victory in stoppage-time, as Rajiv van La Parra scored from the penalty spot after Dan Gosling fouled Pritchard in the Terriers penalty area. The win was much needed for the Yorkshire. The Cherries remain 10th place in the table, just five clear of the relegation zone.
Another struggling team Newcastle improved their chances of Premier League survival, as the Magpies recorded a hard-fought victory over Manchester United at St James Park.
The only goal of the game arrived on 65 minutes. Magpies striker Dwight Gayle did well to lay the ball off to winger Matt Ritchie and the Scotland international fired past David De Gea in the visiting goal.
United’s French forward Anthony Martial saw an effort kept out by Newcastle’s new goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, while the forward also saw two efforts blocked in quick-time in the second half. Alexis Sanchez also rounded Dubravka in the second half only to see his effort blocked.
The victory moved the north east side up to 13th place in the Premier League table. However, Rafa Benitez’s side are still just two points clear of the relegation zone, with seemingly half the teams in the league fighting it out for survival.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are now 16 points behind table-toppers Manchester City. Jose Mourinho’s side will also be looking nervously over their shoulders, as fifth-place Chelsea could cut the gap on United to just three points with a home win against West Brom on Monday night.
Liverpool improved their chances of finishing in the Premier League top-four this season by recording a comfortable victory at St Marys. The Reds remain one of the favourites to finish in the Champions League spots.
The Merseysiders took just six minutes to open the scoring. Mohamed Salah raced in behind the Saints defence before squaring the ball to Roberto Firmino who slotted it past Alex McCarthy in the home goal.
The same two players combined again for the second goal on 42 minutes. A good team move resulted in a sublime back-heel pass from Firmino put Salah in on goal and the Egyptian international keep his cool to double the Reds lead.
Jurgen Klopp’s side always looked comfortable and are now four points clear of fifth-place Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish. However, as previously mentioned the Blues host West Brom on Monday night. Southampton meanwhile remains in the relegation zone, a point away from safety.
Who pulled off the biggest result in Sunday’s Premier League games?