Written By Onyeka Daniel
The first game of the week kicked off in an early kickoff game with Tottenham Hotspur playing host to Brentford at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. This will be the first of many games that England striker, Ivan Toney will be missing and it looked like he would be dearly missed.
Tottenham took an early through their captain, Harry Kane in the 8th minute with an assist from Dejan Kulusevski as the England forward blasted the ball towards goal from the edge of the penalty box and it flies straight into the top right corner of the net.
It looked like Spurs would be having a good game as they took the lead into the half time break but Brentford came out all blazing in the second half and they deservedly got their equalizer in the 50th minute through Bryan Mbeumo who picked up the ball on the edge of the penalty box and strikes a brilliant shot that goes into the left side of the goal.
Mbeumo would go on to score his brace 12 minutes later as he beat the goalkeeper in a 1 vs 1 situation to give his team the lead. As Spurs poured out in search of an equalizer, Brentford scored their third goal as Mbeumo turned provider for Yoane Wissa, who was set free in the area and he made no mistake with a lovely finish into the left side of the net.
At the Vitality stadium, Manchester United guaranteed their place in the UEFA Champions League for next season with a win over Bournemouth. The Red Devils took an early lead in the 9th through Brazilian midfielder, Casemiro, who controlled a pass into the box and scored with an acrobatic kick and that remained the only goal of the game as they held on for a win that guaranteed them a top four place this season.
At the Craven Cottage, Crystal Palace needed a late equalizer to grab a point against Fulham. An Alexander Mitrovic extra time penalty in the first half cancelled out a 34th minute goal from Odsonne Edouard to end the first half 1-1. Mitrovic got his brace in the 61st minute to give his team the lead before an 83rd minute equalizer from J. Ward ensured that the points were shared.
At the Anfield Stadium, Liverpool blew their chances of playing in the UCL next season as their 1-1 draw will see them finish outside the top four for the first time in a while. Aston Villa looked to be the better side and despite missing a penalty in the 22nd minute (Ollie Watkins), they took the lead 5 minutes later through Jacob Ramsey with assist from Douglas Luiz.
In the 55th minute, the Reds thought they had gotten the equalizer through Cody Gakpo but the goal was cancelled by VAR for offside. They finally got the equalizer in the 89th minute through second half substitute, Roberto Firmino, who is playing his last game at Anfield today to end the score at 1-1. At the Molineux stadium, Everton took a small step towards EPL survival as they drew 1-1 against Wolves.
The home side took the lead through Hwang Hee-Chan in the 34th minute. Just when it looked like it would be ending in a defeat for the Toffees, Colombian defender, Yerry Mina popped up with a 90th minute equalizer to rescue a point for Everton. In the last game for today, Nottingham Forest welcomed Arsenal to the their stadium as they tried to escape relegation while Arsenal are trying to play catch up with Manchester City at the top of the EPL table.
It was the home side who took the lead in the 19th minute through Nigerian striker, Taiwo Awoniyi. The goal came one minute after Gabriel Jesus had lost a golden opportunity to put Arsenal in the lead. Awoniyi received a pass and finds himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper and drills the ball into the bottom left corner to give his team the lead, a lead that they took into the half time through some resolute defending.
They held their nerves in the second half to hold on to their advantage and grab all three points as Awoniyi scored his fifth goal in three games to help the Tricky Trees escape relegation this season with this result. It also ensured that City have now won the EPL title even before kicking a ball this week.
With these results, the top four has now been confirmed with the positioning the only issue to be settled between Newcastle United and Manchester United. The Magpies will be playing on Monday when they play host to Leicester city at the St James park. In tomorrow’s games, West Ham will play host to Leeds United, Brighton will play against already relegated Southampton at the Amex Stadium while Manchester City will be up against Chelsea at the Etihad stadium, having already secured the EPL title after Arsenal’s loss to Forest.
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