Weekend round-up – Featuring Man Utd, Everton, West Ham, West Brom, Huddersfield, Swansea, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs

Good morning and welcome to Monday. I have no coffee at the moment and have to contend with orange juice. They’ve been turning the water off in Dublin lately because there is a shortage in the reservoirs after the weather a couple of weeks ago broke some pipes here and there. They didn’t turn it off over the weekend so I thought it would be fine and I didn’t fill anything up. It leaves me with no water for coffee right now, and that hurts. It’s lucky I’m not hungover, because I’m not sure if I could deal with that without coffee. Hopefully the water comes back on soon and I can give my body the caffeine it’s craving.

We had a decent weekend of football, which started on Saturday afternoon with a game between Man Utd and Liverpool at Old Trafford. Man Utd ended up winning the game 2-1, as a first-half brace from Marcus Rashford was enough for United. Eric Bailly’s own-goal got Liverpool back into the game, but they couldn’t manage to find a second.

It was a decent match to be honest, and I was happy to see that. Jose Mourinho sent his side out to win the game, and that’s exactly what they did. They can play well when they’re given licence to attack, but you’d like to see it a bit more from them. The win leaves them in a great position to secure a place in the top four, as they remain nine points clear of Chelsea in fifth.

There was a blow for United before the game, as Paul Pogba was injured in training on Friday and missed it. Jose Mourinho says he’s not sure if Pogba will be fit enough to play in United Champions League last-16 second leg game against Sevilla tomorrow.

I also watched Everton vs Brighton on Saturday, where Everton ran out 2-0 winners. A Gaetan Bong own-goal – which I thought was a Theo Walcott goal at the time – and a Cenk Tosun strike was enough for Everton to take all three points. Anthony Knockaert was shown a straight red card for Brighton after a shocking challenge on Leighton Baines. The winger lunged in on the left-back, and it was definitely a deserved red card. Baines was fortunate to avoid serious injury.

The Toffees’ win leaves them in ninth, while Brighton are 11th. The Seagulls are still seven pints clear of the relegation zone.

There were some ugly scenes at the London Stadium, as Burnley’s 3-0 win against West Ham was marred by crowd trouble. The West Ham fans are extremely unhappy with their owners, and surrounded the directors’ box at one stage of the game. There was chanting from them about their owner getting out of their club, while there were also coins thrown. There were separate incidents of fans running onto the pitch, while one fan decided to take the corner flag and bring it into the centre circle.

They weren’t pretty sights to see, but I don’t want to get too far into this because I don’t know the full story of what’s going on. The West Ham fans are obviously extremely unhappy at how the club is being run though, and they want their owners out. They’re 16th in the table and three points clear of the relegation zone, and you just have to hope these scenes won’t have affected the players too much. They still have a great chance of staying in the Premier League, and their fans need to get behind them for the final eight games.

West Brom were beaten 4-1 by Leicester at the Hawthorns, and I think that’s it from them. They’re rooted to the bottom of the table, and I really can’t see them having enough about them to stay up at this stage. They’re eight points from safety with just eight games remaining. Of course, it’s not a completely lost cause, but they don’t look anything like a side that is capable of putting a run of results together. Alan Pardew doesn’t look like he is the right man for the job, but West Brom are suffering from the poor results under Tony Pulis at the start of the season. It will be a pity to see them go, and it could be very difficult for them to come back up as the Championship is such a competitive league.

Newcastle got a big 3-0 win against Southampton at St. James’ Park to move them five points clear of the relegation zone. It was a very important win for the Magpies, but Southampton are in real danger of going down now. They’re just one point clear of the bottom three, and will drop into it if Stoke manage to beat Man City tonight. They’re probably not too worried about that happening, but they certainly need to worry about staying up. They’ve been awful for most of the season, and need a big finish.

Huddersfield and Swansea played out a 0-0 draw at John Smith’s Stadium. It was unbelievable that it finished 0-0, as Huddersfield had 30 shots and Swansea had none. Jordan Ayew was sent off after just 11 minutes for the Swans, who camped in their own half for the game. They unbelievably touched the ball just once inside Huddersfield’s box! It was a huge point for Swansea, and you could see what it meant to Carlos Carvalhal after the game as he celebrated it. It will definitely feel like a missed opportunity for the Terriers though. Huddersfield are 15th, while Swansea are 14th, and both sides are four points clear of the drop zone.

Chelsea were left biting their nails towards the end of their game against Crystal Palace. They should have had the game well won in the first half, as they missed numerous opportunities. They also had plenty of chances in the second half, but couldn’t put the game to bed. They led 2-0 at half-time thanks to a Willian strike and a Martin Kelly own-goal. Patrick van Aanholt equalised for Palace in second-half injury time to set up a nervous finish for the Blues. Chelsea held on in the end and took the three points.

Palace should have been level before van Aanholt’s goal though. Alexander Sorloth had the ball in the net, but the referee blew up for a Chelsea free kick. There didn’t seem to be much wrong with the goal to be honest, and it seems like the referee blew for a high foot in the box. Gary Cahill was going in for a header, but the Palace player pulled out from the challenge. The goal looked fine to me, but it wasn’t to be for Palace.

The win leaves Chelsea four points behind Liverpool as they try to get back into the top four. Palace are 18th, but just a point away from safety.

Arsenal got a 3-0 win against Watford at the Emirates on Sunday. Goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave the Gunners the win. Troy Deeney, with his huge balls, had a penalty saved by Petr Cech. Those remarks he made about Arsenal lacking cajones have come back to haunt him, as Petr Cech ended his awful record against penalties while in an Arsenal shirt and saved from the spot-kick.

Mustafi opened the scoring with a header, which was really similar to the goal he scored against Spurs earlier in the season. Mesut Ozil recorded his 50th Premier League assist with the ball in for the goal. He’s the quickest player to ever reach 50 Premier League assists, and that shows just how valuable he is to Arsenal, even if he is the subject of a lot of criticism at times.

Aubameyang was slipped in behind by Mkhitaryan, and the striker rounded the goalkeeper before scoring. Aubameyang then returned the favour to Mkhitaryan, and set him up for a goal. They had a great partnership at Dortmund, and they’re looking to recreate that at Arsenal.

Spurs came from behind against Bournemouth to register a 4-1 win at the Vitality. Junior Stanislas opened the scoring, but goals from Dele Alli, Son Heung-min (2) and Serge Aurier gave Spurs the three points.

Harry Kane went off injured in the game, and Spurs and England are now left sweating on a scan to see how bad the damage is. There’s a big deal being made about it his morning, with some reports saying that he could miss the World Cup. They must be just speculating though, as Mauricio Pochettino didn’t have a clue how bad the injury was when he was asked about it.

The result leaves Spurs third, and they’re now five points clear of Chelsea, who are fifth. Bournemouth are 12th, and are six points clear of the relegation zone.

Stoke host Man City tonight at the Bet 365 Stadium. Sergio Aguero will miss the game with a knee injury. I’m not going into too much detail about that now, because you can read my preview here.

That’s it from me for now, but you can keep up with news on Twitter throughout the day. You’ll be delighted to know that the water came back on there a while ago, and I’ve had two cups of beautiful coffee since. I’ll be back in the morning with more, have a good Monday.

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