The table looks funny, doesn’t it? Forget for a moment that Liverpool is running away with the Premier League, and that both Chelsea and Man City are double-digit points off the title pace. Focus instead on Spurs, Arsenal, Manchester United, and the legion of teams living within a couple of results of either fifth of 18th. [ MORE: Premier League schedule ] Consider that Southampton climbed out of the Bottom Three on Wednesday after beating Norwich City, and is now a Sunday win over Newcastle from rising as high as 12th. That Newcastle side sits 14th but beating Sheffield United on Thursday and Saints on Sunday could have them in the Top Seven (It won’t happen, but I digress). If it seems odd to you, it’s because it is, indeed, extremely strange. First of all, take a look at the table before we give you a stark contrast of years past. Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS Liverpool 15 14 1 0 37 14 23 8-0-0 6-1-0 43 Leicester City 15 11 2 2 35 9 26 … [Read more...] about Has the Premier League’s lower tier shrunk?
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Mesut Ozil (R) reacts after Arsenal's humiliating loss to Crystal Palace in the Premier League. © AFP Arsene Wenger's wretched season hit a new low as Arsenal crashed to a humiliating 0-3 defeat at lowly Crystal Palace that leaves their Premier League top four bid in tatters. Wenger has been under siege in recent weeks as angry Arsenal fans demanded his resignation and the calls for the Gunners boss to quit will grow even louder after one of the most chastening defeats of his 21-year reign. Needing a victory to keep pace with their rivals in the race for Champions League qualification, spineless Arsenal showed none of the required poise and passion as they crumbled on a woebegone Monday night in south London.Andros Townsend put Palace ahead in the first half and Yohan Cabaye doubled the hosts' lead after the break.Luka Milivojevic's penalty rubbed salt into Wenger's wounds as he digested Arsenal's fifth defeat in their last eight league games.Arsenal, beaten at Palace for the … [Read more...] about Premier League: Arsenal Hit New Low As Crystal Palace Run Riot
Harry Kane scored his 20th league goal this season with a predatory 48th-minute effort. © AFP Title-chasing Tottenham thrashed Bournemouth 4-0 to move within four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea, while Everton climbed to fifth place with a 3-1 win over Burnley on Saturday. Mauricio Pochettino's side are hot on Chelsea's heels as the title race enters the final furlong and their dominant display at White Hart Lane keeps them in with a chance of being crowned champions for the first time since 1961. Mousa Dembele opened the scoring with a close-range strike in the 16th minute and Son Heung-Min's cool finish doubled Tottenham's lead three minutes later.Harry Kane, making his first start since suffering an ankle injury five weeks ago, scored his 20th league goal this season with a predatory 48th-minute effort. Vincent Janssen bagged a rare goal in second-half stoppage time as Tottenham chalked up seven successive league wins for the first time since 1967.Kane is the … [Read more...] about Premier League: Tottenham Hot On Chelsea’s Heels, Everton Up To Fifth
Vincent Kompany scored the first goal for Manchester City © AFP Vincent Kompany marked his return to the Manchester City line-up with a rare goal as his side climbed to third in the Premier League with a 3-0 win at Southampton on Saturday. Pep Guardiola's team were in control for long periods at St Mary's, but it wasn't until the 55th minute that City captain Kompany put them ahead with his first goal since August 2015. Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero made sure of the three points with further goals in the 77th and 80th minutes respectively.With Manchester United beginning to breathe down their necks in the pursuit of a top-four place and with games in hand, City needed this result, only their second league win in six matches, to move one point above Liverpool.It was an especially cathartic moment for Kompany, who was making only his fourth league start in yet another injury-plagued campaign for the Belgium defender.Aguero might have scored twice in the first four minutes.First he … [Read more...] about Premier League: Vincent Kompany Leads By Example For Ruthless City
Premier League table | Fixtures | ResultsHow to watch Premier League highlightsShaqiri return is timely for KloppXherdan Shaqiri had not started a single game all season. He had not started a Premier League game since January. At times last season, it seemed he had fallen out of favour with Jurgen Klopp. After his starring role in Liverpool's 5-2 win over Everton, however, his prospects look far brighter.His goal, clinically taken from a Sadio Mane through-ball in the early stages at Anfield, was his first in almost a year and it set the tone for a fine individual performance.Liverpool 5-2 Everton: Match report and highlightsAnalysis: Jurgen Klopp's gamble pays offShaqiri had only recently returned from injury but there was no evidence of rustiness in the way he tore into Everton at one end and helped his side defensively at the other.His return to fitness and form should help ease the burden on Liverpool's front three. And given their jam-packed schedule in the weeks ahead, it comes … [Read more...] about Premier League hits and misses: Xherdan Shaqiri return timely for Liverpool, Jose Mourinho’s night to forget at Old Trafford