Liverpool back to winning ways with 2-0 Sheffield United victory

The Reds now leapfrog rivals Everton in the race to clinch a Champions League spot as United’s return to the Championship takes another step closer.

Chris Wilder’s side showed some bright touches early on but it was keeper Aaron Ramsdale who kept them in it before the break with super stops from Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah.

But despite Ramsdale forming a one man barrier before the break he was helpless to stop Curtis Jones lashing Liverpool in front after the restart.

And that breakthrough took any life out of a United comeback as Kean Bryan deflected home Firmino’s strike.

The Blades did have a few chances to snatch a consolation late on but the writing looks on the wall for Wilder and his struggling team.

Full Time from Bramall Lane it’s Sheffield United 0 Liverpool 2

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Manchester United and Chelsea battle out another 0-0 in 2020/21

United now find themselves 12 points behind Man City as Chelsea stay stuck in fifth.

Both teams created chances in an energetic start in the capital as Marcus Rashford’s free kick tested Edouard Mendy and Callum Hudson-Odoi flashed one wide.

And in a first half short on chances, it was VAR that caused the biggest talking point as Hudson-Odoi looked to get away with a handball in the United box.

And with the that slice of luck going their way before the break, Chelsea looked to up the ante after the restart, as Hakim Ziyech forced a smart stop from David De Gea.

But United were in no mood for rolling over late on Scott McTominay’s snapshot was beaten out by Mendy and Rashford was once again denied by the Senegalese star.

Both bosses made changes in the closing stages to inject some life into it but there was to be no way through at either end.

Full Time from Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

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Gareth Bale inspires Tottenham to 4-0 Burnley win

Jose Mourinho’s side have struggled for Premier League consistency in recent weeks but a brace from Gareth Bale has put them right back on track.

The Welshman has cut an isolated figure following his return to English football, but he showed a poacher’s instinct to poke Spurs ahead after just eighty seconds.

That goal set the tone for a ruthless Tottenham performance before the break as Bale’s sweeping pass freed Harry Kane to smash home before Lucas Moura buried Sergio Reguilon’s cross.

And whilst those wrapped the game up, Bale was in no mood for slowly down after the restart as he bent home another superb strike.

But with Burnley offering zero in the opposite direction, Spurs almost made it five late on, but Nick Pope did brilliantly to claw out Kane’s drive.

Full Time from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium it’s Tottenham 4 Burnley 0

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Relegation battling Fulham draw 0-0 at Crystal Palace

Scott Parker’s side continued their habit of chipping away with draws inside the drop zone but it was the Cottagers who had the better chances to win it.

Neither side created anything in a dire first 45 with Palace happy to sit in and let Fulham break them down.

Fulham did look to turn the screw after the break as Tosin Adarabioyo tested Vicente Guaita.

But it was January signing Josh Maja who carved out the best chances to win if for Parker, as he curled one just wide and brought another key stop from Guaita.

Full Time from Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 0 Fulham 0

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Arsenal secure vital 3-1 Premier League win at Leicester City

Mikel Arteta’s side now move back into the top ten with the Foxes Champions League cushion cut.

Despite the final result it was the hosts that dominated early on as Belgian star Youri Tielemans calmed tucked home.

But the Foxes were unable to build on that in the first 45 as a quick fire double flipped the game on its head.

David Luiz powered home a header from Willian’s free kick before Alexandre Lacazette slotted home from the spot.

And with Leicester still reeling from that after the restart, a rampant Arsenal made three, as Nicolas Pepe lashed home a loose ball in the box.

That goal ended any chances of a Leicester comeback late as the Gunners picked up a crucial win.

Full Time from the King Power Stadium it’s Leicester City 1 Arsenal 3

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Wolves clinch 1-1 draw at Newcastle

Steve Bruce’s side have now won just once at home in 2021 and the Magpies are flying dangerously close to the relegation zone.

And it was the hosts that looked to dominate early on with Miguel Almiron curling against the post and Allan Saint-Maximin denied by an offside flag.

Wolves only real threat came from Adama Traore and the Spaniard slipped in Pedro Neto to fire wide before the break.

But Newcastle didn’t lose focus after restart as Ryan Fraser’s chipped cross was powered home by captain Jamal Lascelles.

However, despite being second best for chances created, Wolves benefitted from some slack Magpies defending with Ruben Neves squeezing home a header.

Both teams could and should have snatched it in the closing stages with Roman Saiss’ block denying Joelinton and Martin Dubravka superbly stopping Fabio Silva.

Full Time from St. James’ Park it’s Newcastle 1 Wolves 1

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Aston Villa edge out crucial 1-0 win at Leeds

Anwar El Ghazi’s early strike earned all three points for the Villa as they move to within touching distance of Everton, as Leeds slip back into the bottom half.

Both sides looked bright and breezy early on but a Leeds error gifted Villa the crucial breakthrough.

Ollie Watkins’ strike ricocheted off Liam Cooper and El Ghazi kept his head to calmly slot home.

The Dutch international continued to carry the key threat for Villa before the break as Illan Meslier produced two vital stops to keep him out.

And despite dominating possession after the break, Leeds were unable to really test Emiliano Martinez.

Brazilian star Raphinha looked the most likely to snatch an equaliser in the dying stages but Dean Smith’s battlers had enough to dig for the win.

Full Time from Elland Road it’s Leeds United 0 Aston Villa 1

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West Brom edge out a controversial 1-0 win over relegation rivals Brighton

Kyle Bartley’s goal clinched the three points for Big Sam, but it was referee Lee Mason that took centre stage in a bonkers day in the West Midlands.

Mason’s high profile afternoon started on a painful note as he collided with Conor Gallagher on halfway.

But neither of them showed too many ill effects as Gallagher’s whipped corner was confidently powered home by Bartley.

However, that very standard start didn’t last much longer as Mason and his VAR buddies awarded a penalty for handball against Okay Yokuslu.

Big Sam was incensed by the decision but Pascal Gross soon calmed him down as he thwacked his spot kick off the bar.

However, Brighton were not to be cowed by that as skipper Lewis Dunk blasted home a quick free kick just after.

But again our friends in Stockley Park were in Mason’s ear as he awarded and then bizarrely disallowed the goal.

However, all credit Brighton as they refused to buckle with Irish international Aaron Connolly testing Sam Johnstone either side of the break.

But no matter how hard Brighton pushed late on, Lady Luck had simply abandoned them against the Baggies.

A guilty Mason offered them another chance to get back into it with another VAR penalty but despite substitute Danny Welbeck wrestling duties away from Gross, the former Manchester United could only
clatter his effort off the post.

Full Time from a bonkers day at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 1 Brighton 0

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Premier League Preview: Everton v Southampton

Carlo Ancelotti’s side finally broke their 22-year Anfield hoodoo last time out and the Italian coach is set to stick with a largely unchanged team.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin both made a key impact off the bench against the Reds, and they could start in this one, with Andre Gomes and Mason Holgate dropping out.

As for the Saints, they did end a worrying losing streak against Chelsea last weekend, but they slipped back to defeat against Leeds in midweek.

Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl needs to find a solution to their worries, and quickly, if he wants to avoid falling into the relegation zone.

His situation is no helped by a growing injury list at the club but the returns of Danny Ings and Takumi Minamino should provide his attacking options with a real boost.

And it’s a late one to wrap up this weekend fixtures with 8pm kick off on Monday night at Goodison Park.

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Champions elect Manchester City march on with 2-1 West Ham win

Pep Guardiola’s side were forced to survive a few scares from their in-form visitors, but a goal each from John Stones and Ruben Dias have sealed another huge three points.

Neither side really created anything early on as the Hammers worked overtime to keep shut City out.

But with the sheer quality at Pep’s disposal it was only a matter of time before the squeezed out a breakthrough.

Key man Kevin De Bruyne made the all-important difference for City on the half hour as his pinpoint cross was nodded home by Dias.

However, David Moyes’ side have proved themselves resilient in 2021, and man of the moment Michail Antonio poked them level before the break.

That did ramp up the pressure on Pep stars after the restart as he threw on Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden.

But the despite the array of attacking stars on display it was another defender that eased the nerves as Stones ghosted into the box to tuck home Riyad Mahrez’s ball.

West Ham did carve out one late late chance to nick a point in added time but Issa Diop fluffed it and headed just wide of Ederson’s post.

Full Time from Etihad Stadium it’s Manchester City 2 West Ham 1

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Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Burnley

Spurs have won just once in their last five Premier League matches and only once at home since the start of January.

The Portuguese coach rested a few of his big-name stars for the midweek win over Wolfsberger and he’s expected to make sweeping changes against the Clarets.

Hugo Lloris, Sergio Reguilon and Harry Kane are all set to come back and impressive display from Gareth Bale against the Austrians, means he could also keep his place.

As for Burnley, Sean Dyche is never one to tinker too much with his team and he could stick with an unchanged team.

And Dyche has confirmed that Robbie Brady, Chris Wood and Dale Stephens have all returned to first team training this week, but the trio are expected to remain on the bench against Spurs.

And it’s set for a 2.15pm kick off tomorrow afternoon at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Premier League: Sheffield United v Liverpool

Sunday night sees Liverpool aim to end their miserable run of late, as they travel to basement boys Sheffield United.

If someone would have told you back in November that Jurgen Klopp’s side would be entering a game against the Blades in worse form than Chris Wilder’s team, you’d have laughed them out of the room. But in each team’s last four league games, the Reds haven’t taken a single point, whereas Wilder has picked up three points in his fight against the drop.

That win came against West Brom at the start of the month, but three defeats since then have rather stunted their momentum, and they’re still 14 points adrift of safety at the bottom.

Liverpool did pick up a confidence-boosting win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League recently, but need a win in the league to avoid slipping below Everton early next week. Three points will see them keep up the pressure on fifth-placed Chelsea, who play Man United earlier on Sunday.

In order to do that, the Reds have yet another defensive crisis on their hands. Jordan Henderson, who had been filling in at centre-back for the last couple of months has just had groin surgery and is out for 4-6 weeks, meaning new signing Ben Davies could get a debut.

Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and James Milner are all out as well, while Diogo Jota is back in training after a knee injury but not fit enough to make the squad.

After his father’s tragic death on Thursday, Alisson’s participation is in doubt, although he’s not allowed to travel back to Brazil under current COVID guidelines, so may be involved if he feels in the right frame of mind.

Sheffield United are without eight first-team players as their injury worries show no sign of slowing, with John Egan, Sander Berge, Jack O’Connell, Jack Robinson, Lys Mousset, Chris Basham, Jack Rodwell and Jayden Bogle all out.

Rhian Brewster left Anfield in the summer in a £20m deal and could start against his former club, having not scored a Premier League goal since leaving the Premier League champions for Sheffield in 727 minutes of action.

If the Blades can spring a shock and pick up the points, they’ll move above West Brom into 19th, providing the Baggies lose to Brighton on Saturday afternoon.

Sheffield United take on Liverpool on Sunday, February 28th. Kick-off is at 7.15pm.