Sunday 19 November 2017

Goals, stats, relegation complication and all the rest from another day of Premier League intrigue

The tables have turned at the bottom.

By Max McLean

With the Premier League finishing this month, every game seems to carry added significance, and this weekend’s fixtures are no different.

Top four places and the relegation battle were all on the menu – here’s how it all played out.

Results

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Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace
Bournemouth 2-2 Stoke City
Burnley 2-2 West Brom
Hull City 0-2 Sunderland
Leicester City 3-0 Watford
Swansea City 1-0 Everton

The best attacking team in the league?

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“We are the best team in the Premier League to create clear, clear chances,” said Pep Guardiola after his team beat Crystal Palace 5-0. “Nobody can beat us. We are the best one.

“But we are not able to score goals,” he continued. “In basketball you see Michael Jordan, last minute… puts it in the net.

“The most difficult thing in football, basketball, tennis, in all the sports is to do it in the last moment. That’s why we are in the situation we are in.”

Relegation twists and turns

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With Hull City hosting relegated Sunderland and Swansea City at home against a good Everton side, there was a chance the Swans could find themselves a long way from safety at the end of the day.

But with Sunderland inflicting a rare home defeat on Hull’s Marco Silva, and Fernando Llorente scoring the only goal of the game against Everton, the Welsh side have actually managed to lift themselves out of the relegation zone entirely.

Who saw that coming?

Mid-table mirth

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Mid-table sides West Brom, Burnley, Bournemouth and Stoke City all looked relaxed enough with their Premier League status as they played out a pair of entertaining 2-2 draws.

The Cherries came from behind twice at home to Stoke, who themselves scored an away goal for the first time in over 10 hours of football.

Meanwhile fantasy football managers would have been disappointed to see Tom Heaton concede two goals in Burnley’s 2-2 draw against West Brom.

Stat of the day

And finally, a word on Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne – the 25-year-old’s goal and two assists did not go unnoticed today.

Is the Belgian equipped to replace the 31-year-old David Silva as City’s most creative outlet? If both men find form, Guardiola might find himself with the Premier League trophy in his hands at the end of next season.

Press Association

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