English Premier League (EPL) teams have intensified their hunt for European football as Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Wolves all won their games during the weekend.
On Saturday, Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge as coach for Tottenham Hotspurs to face his former club Chelsea in the north London derby which saw the home side winning the match 2-1. Olivia Giroud opened the scoring for the home side in the first half before Marcos Alonso doubled the advantage in the early minutes of the second half. Tottenham Hotspur without the injured strikers Harry Kane and Son lacked attacking options when going forward on a fateful day that saw Rudiger score in his own net to give the visitors a consolation goal. This was a match the Ivory coast international Sergio Aurier was an unused substitute while Kenyan Victor Wanyama was not part of Spurs that traveled to Stamford Bridge.For the win, Frank Lampard has claimed a double over Tottenham Hotspur under his former coach José Mourinho having also won the first leg match at Tottenham Hotspur stadium 2-0.
Newcastle United is struggling to return to winning ways as they suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Crystal Palace at the Selhurst Park on Saturday. Palace with three African sons, Ghanaian Jordan Ayew, Ivory coast international Wilfred Zaha and Senegalese Kouyate all in the starting team impressed in a game Van Aanholt scored the only goal of the match for the Eagles to pocket the all important three points in a match Ghanaian Christian Atsu was not given game time.
In another match on Saturday, Gabriel Jesus scored a late winner for Manchester City to cement their 2nd position finish this season. The citizens trial league led Liverpool with 23 points and saw the better of Leicester City at the King Power stadium when Gabriel Jesus made no mistake to fire home from close range. Africans for both teams, Nigerian Nkelechi Iheanacho for Leicester city and Algerian Riyad Mahrez for Manchester City started for their teams and showed signs of brilliance as they represent the continent in Europe.
Southampton were 2-0 winners against Aston Villa at the St Mary’s stadium in a match Tanzanian International Mbwana Samatta failed to rescue points for the relegation threatened Villa. The home side took an early lead in the 8th minute through a goal from S.Long before S.Armstrong scored the second goal in the additional minutes of the second half.
M.Vydra, J.Rodriguez and D.Mcneil inspired Burnely to a 3-0 win over Bournemouth at the Turf Moor stadium with Sheffield United and Brighton the only teams to share the spoils over the weekend as it ended 1-1. E.Stevens scored for Sheffield United in the 26th minute before N.Maupay equalised four minutes later.
On Sunday, action on day 27 of the English Premier League continued when Manchester United welcomed Watford United at the Old Trafford on an evening Nigerian striker Odion Ighaloh faced his former club when he was introduced in the second half. United manager Ole Gunner Solskajer did not trust Ivory coast defender Erick Bailly to start in defence despite his outstanding performance on his return from injury when United played Chelsea on Monday last week. United saw the better of Watford when Bruno Fernandes opened his goals account since joining the club in January from the spot kick to give the home side a lead before the break. In the second half, United doubled the lead through a Martial strike before Greenwood registered his name on the score sheet for United to move up to fifth place in the standings with 41 points, three less of Chelsea.
Arsenal has moved up to 9th position in the standings after a hard fought 3-2 win over Everton at the Emitares stadium on Sunday. Gabonese striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scored a goal in each half to inspire the gunners to a vital win and take his goals tally to 17 level with Jamie Vardy as he chase the golden boot he also won last season. Ivory coast midfielder Nickolas Pepe failed to impress as he always do on a night Nketiah scored the other goal for Arsenal. Nigerian Alex Iwobi was a starter for Everton which managed to score two goals through Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.
Wolves transformed their goal scoring form from the European showpiece, the EUFA Europa league to English football when the defeated Norwich 3-0 to move to 8th position in the standings with 39 points. Diogo Jota scored a first half brace before Raul Jemenez cemented the win with his goal in the 50th minute of the match.