The Matchweek 27 of the 2016/2017 Premier League saw Manchester United sharing the spoils with AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford as Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield.
The matchweek started with an early kickoff at Old Trafford with Manchester United hosting Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth in a match tipped to move Manchester United from the 6th position of the PL for the first time since October.
Manchester United were on the front foot creating enough chances in the early stages but nothing to show off. Benik Afobe of Bournemouth had the chance to put the Cherries ahead against the run of play but missed it.
Marcos Rojo put the Red devils infront after a strike from Antonio Valencia was deflected onto the Argentine path for his first PL goal. Bournemouth pushed for the equaliser but it was the Cherries who were reduced to 10 men as captain, David Surman was given the marching orders as he was shown a second yellow card for two fouls committed. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Ming’s were involved in the talking point of the game as both were to see red but referee Kevin Friend whose officiating was nothing less than poor refused to send the two players off. Ibrahimovic first threw Mings to the floor which saw the intervention of the referee. The next incident saw Mings stamping on Ibrahimovic’s head but fortunately did not have the head so Ibrahimovic wasn’t injured and lastly Ibrahimovic elbowing Mings from a corner. It was uncalled for but as the first half was ending, Bournemouth grabbed the equaliser through Josh King from the spot as he dispatched expertly with aplomb beating goalkeeper, David De Gea in post for Man United. A foul on Adam Smith by Phip Jones in the box resulted in the penalty of which Josh King scored.
The second half continued with Man United piling all the pressure but was unable to break the defence line of Bournemouth. A penalty chance for Man United after Adam Smith was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box as Paul Pogba was about crossing led to Ibrahimovic missing from twelve yards as man of the match, Artur Boruc saved with his left fist. The game ended 1-1 with Manchester United knowing two points missed and a chance to have moved out of the 6th position for the first time in so many months.
Swansea City beat Burnley 3-2 thanks to a brace from Fernando Llorente and a splendid goal from Wayne Routledge. The Swans took the lead as Llorente headed home Leroy Fer’s cross before controversy led to Burnley awarded a penalty which Gray converted to level the scores 1-1. Gray added a second before a turnaround from Swansea saw them beat Burnley 3-2 at the Liberty Stadium. The win moves Swansea to 27 points as they seek for survival. Burnley are yet to win away from home and have the worst away record in England five divisions.
Watford lost 4-3 to Southampton as a brace from Nathan Redmond ensured Southampton’s EFL cup heartache was not to affect them. Troy Deeney put Watford ahead before Dusan Tadic levelled the scores. The Saints took the lead through Nathan Redmond as he scored with aplomb but Stefan Okaka levelled to 2-2.
Manolo Gabbiadini put the Saints ahead 3-2 to become the first Saint player to score in his first three PL games before Nathan Redmond added a 4th. Doucore pulled a goal back but it wasn’t enough to prevent Southampton from taking maximum points.
Stoke City beat Middlesbrough 2-0 thanks to two goal hero, Marco Arnautovic. The Austrian scored both goals in the first half and was enough for the Potters to bounce back from their 4-0 drubbing at White Hart Lane with a win at the Bet365 stadium. The loss means Middlesbrough have failed to win in 10 PL games pushing them to the relegation zone with 22 points from 27 games.
Champions, Leicester City won 3-1 at the King Power stadium as they beat relegation battlers, Hull City. Leicester City was coming back from a 3-1 success against Liverpool on Monday and was in a high spirit going into the game. Mark Clucas put the Tigers ahead in the 14th minute before Christian Fuchs who started the build up with Jamie Vardy scored to level the scores. Riyad Mahrez put the Foxes ahead before a late own goal from captain, Tom Huddlestone ensured Leicester take two wins from two after the exit of manager, Claudio Ranieri.
Crystal Palace trip to the Hawthorns saw Palace beat their former manager, Tony Pulis club, WestBromich Albion 2-0 thanks to goals from Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend. The win moves Palace out of the relegation zone for the first time in so many months.
The final match of Saturday saw Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 thanks to a blistering first half from the Reds. Arsenal manager started the game without Mesut Ozil who was ruled out due to illness as Alexis Sanchez was also left on the substitute bench. Liverpool made one change from their loss to Leicester with Radnan Klavan coming in for Lucas Leiva.
Liverpool dictated pace in the first minutes of the first half and took the lead as a cross from Saido Mane was turned in by Roberto Firmino who replicated that gesture to Saido Mane to score the 2nd.
Liverpool pushed for the third but ended the half 2-0. Arsenal manager brought on Alexis Sanchez and the Chilean almost made an instant impact as his cross saw Olivier Giroud head goalwards only for Simon Mignolet in post for the Reds to make a smart save to deny the French. Alexis wasn’t to be denied an assist as his deft pass was turned in by Danny Welbeck to half the deficit.
Arsenal pushed for the equaliser but was pegged back as a pass from Adam Lallana to Divock Origi saw the Belgium sending a low cross at the byline which was expertly turned in by Georgino Wijnaldum to give Liverpool a 3-1 lead in stoppage time. Liverpool won 3-1 and moved to the top 3 for the first time since December.
The matchweek continues on Sunday as Spurs host Everton at 13:30GMT before Sunderland welcome Manchester City at the Stadium of Light at 16:00GMT.
WestHam United versus Chelsea at 20:00GMT on Monday completes the match week.