Liverpool stumble at Vicarage road, no wins for Chelsea and Manchester United

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Action in this weeks English Premier League started on Friday, 28 February with a match between relegating bound Norwich United and Leicester city which is fighting for the top four finish.

Playing at the Carrow Road, Norwich didn’t want to drop points and were resilient against Leicester City which had Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho in the starting team.
J.Lewis 70th minute lone goal proved decisive for Norwich as it gave them maximum points when they tried to fight for relegation in a match Nigerian Wilfred Ndidi was introduced in the second half for Leicester city.

Watford football club has gone into the books of English Premier League (EPL) football after they managed to end Liverpool’s unbeaten run in the 2019/20 season with an emphatic 3-0 at the Vicarage road stadium on Saturday.
Going into the much, the in form Liverpool had played 44 games without tasting defeat. The star sided Liverpool with Senegalese Sadio Mane and Egyptian Muhammad Salah failed to stand the heat at the Vicarage road as a brace from Senegalese Ismaila Saar and a goal by Troy Deeney secured a win for the relegation threatened Watford. This ended the Reds chances of breaking the unbeaten run record achieved by the invincible Arsenal of 49 games undefeated in 2004.Despite the loss, Liverpool still leads the EPL with 79 points and have all the chances of winning the league this year having last won it 30 years ago.

In another match on Saturday, 29 March Chelsea were visitors at the Dean Court stadium where they faced a resilient Bournemouth side which denied the blues maximum points. Marcos Alonso who has not been a regular starter under coach Frank Lampard for Chelsea scored the first goal of the match just after the half hour mark for the blues to lead at half time.

In the second half, the home side scored two quick goals through J.Lerma and Josh King which put the visitors on an edge of suffering defeat before Alonso strike again to complete his brace in the 85th minute and rescue a point for Chelsea.

West Ham united utilized the advantage of playing at the London stadium when they defeated Southampton Wanderers 3-1 on Saturday, 29 February to keep alive their chances of avoiding relegation. J Bowen scored in the 15th minute to put the home side in the lead before M Obafemi equalised just after the half hour mark. S Haller restored the home side lead just before the break.

In the second half, Michael Antonio scored the third goal for the hammers in the afternoon to make a comeback difficult for the visiting saints that ended at 3-1 in favour of West Ham United.
Newcastle United is still in the hunt for a win after playing three consecutive games without a win as they also drew 0-0 against Burnley on Saturday, 29 February in a match day Ghanaian midfielder Christian Atsu was not part of the Maggipies team in the afternoon.
Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew scored the loan goal of the match Crystal Palace defeated Brighton 1-0. Ayew scored from close range after receiving a good ball from Christian Benteke which proved vital for the Eagles to fly. In the match Ivory Coast international Wilfred Zaha failed to double the scoreline for Palace when he saw his shot hitting the post despite Brighton goalkeeper already beaten.
On Sunday, 1 March Wolves traveled to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium where they registered the biggest and vital win of the afternoon when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-2. Bergwijin scored first for the home side in the 13th minute before M.Doherty equalised for Wolves just before the half hour mark. Ivory coast international Sergio Aurier restored the lead for Spurs before the break.

In the second half, Wolves scored two goals through Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez to help the side correct maximum points and move to 6th position in the standings with 42 points and increase their chances of playing European football next season.

In another game played at the Goodson Park, Manchester united was frustrated by the home side Everton as it ended 1-1 in a match both sides missed a lot of scoring chances with goalkeepers for each team making mistakes. Calvert-Lewin scored as early as the 3rd minute of the match before Bruno Fernandez who has been instrumental for united since joining the side in January equalised in the 31st minute.

Africans playing for the two sides, Everton and Manchester United didn’t have much to smile at on the day as Ivorian Eric Bailly playing for Manchester United was not given game time as well as Nigerian Alex Iwobi for Everton. Only Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo was introduced in the second half of the match and showed signs of brilliance on the pitch.

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