Arsenal win the derby and cruise to the Premier League title
Tottenham 0-2 Arsenal
Goals : Hugo Lloris (CSC – 14′) and Martin Ødegaard (36′)
In the North London derby, Arsenal again confirmed their big ambitions this season in the Premier League. After a very high level first half, the Gunners dominated their neighbors head and shoulders. Well helped by a clumsy Lloris and a great night Ødegaard, Arteta’s players only had to manage in the second half. Arsenal top the Premier League eight points clear of Manchester City.
Manchester is Red!
Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City
Goals : Bruno Fernandes (78′) and Marcus Rashford (82′) for Manchester United; Jack Grealish (60′) for Manchester City
The other big shock of the twentieth day of the Premier League was played in Manchester. In a match derby in which the Citizens had the ball 71% of the time, Guardiola’s players were caught late in the game. Thanks to two goals from Fernandes and Rashford in the last quarter of an hour, the Red Devils turned the situation around and won their twelfth game of the season in the Premier League (as much as the Citizens). Ten Haag’s side are tied for fourth on points with Newcastle.
Newcastle, a snatch victory in the Premier League
Newcastle 1-0 Fulham
Goals : Alexander Isak (89′)
Third place in the Premier League is still occupied by Newcastle. At the end of a complicated meeting against Fulham (who were denied a penalty for a double contact), the Magpies were able to demonstrate their strength of character thanks to a goal from Alexander Isak at the very end of the match. with eleven clean sheets and only eleven goals conceded in nineteen games, Newcastle is extremely solid and remains well placed in the Premier League.
Chelsea suffers, but is reassured
Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace
Goals : Kai Havertz (64′)
After their defeat in the week against Fulham, Graham Potter’s Chelsea needed to be reassured. Faced with a Crystal Palace team being one of their favorite victims (eleven straight wins for Chelsea against the Eagles before this meeting), the Blues had to wait for the second half and bareheaded Kai Havertz to win the meeting. Chelsea remain tenth in the Premier League, level on points with Liverpool.
Liverpool crushed by De Zerbi’s Brighton
Brighton 3-0 Liverpool
Goals : Solly March (47′ and 53′) and Danny Welbeck (81′)
Nothing is going well for Liverpool. On the lawn of Falmer Stadium, the Reds took on water against Brighton. Authors of six strikes (including only two on target), Jürgen Klopp’s players were dominated from the head and shoulders. Despite the first tenure of their new recruit Gakpo, the Reds continue their nightmare season. They are ninth in the Premier League, ten points behind fourth.
Premier League – The expected classification
Like every week, we analyze the ranking of the expected results. Calculated using offensive and defensive Expected Goals (xG), this analysis highlights the effectiveness of teams in both areas.
By scoring three goals for only 2.4 xG against Liverpool, Brighton has greatly increased its offensive efficiency and regains a place in line with its performance. Liverpool thus always pays as much for its lack of efficiency in both areas when Southampton still manages the feat of avoiding the relegation zone despite a largely negative xGD.