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The Main Talking Points From This Weekend’s Premier League Roundup

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More often than not, England’s top flight provides a scintillating spectacle- and Matchweek 28 was no different. Ranging from controversial decisions to unprecedented upsets, the Premier League had it all on offer once again.

Here, I will be analysing the key takeaways from this weekend’s Premier League action.

Omnipotent Manchester City see 28-match unbeaten run pulverised in shocking fashion.

Heading into the Manchester Derby, many tipped Pep Guardiola’s side to reign victorious and extend their winning run to 22 matches with good reason.

United had failed to find the back of the net in each of their last three matches but against the odds, they simply had too much for their Mancunian adversaries to handle.

Despite characteristically soaking up the lions’ share of possession and carving out a host of chances throughout the affair, goals from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw ultimately proved decisive.

Whilst the Citizens still remain at the summit of the league table cushioning a sizable nine point gap, it proved to be a crucial result for the Red Devils who subsequently leapfrogged Leicester City to reclaim second place.

On Wednesday, the League leaders host an out-of-form Southampton in what poses a great opportunity to rekindle their triumphant mojo.

The fallen fortress of Anfield continues to dwindle in the Premier League

Over the years, Anfield has established a profile of formidable fortification but as of present, Liverpool’s home invites a convincing opportunity to secure three points.

The stronghold’s stark stagnation was exemplified to paramount extent as 18th-placed Fulham clinched a narrow 1-0 win on Sunday afternoon courtesy of a first half goal from Mario Lemina.

It now marks six consecutive home defeats for the ailing Reds, with their last victory on home turf coming against Spurs in a 2-1 win back in December.

So where do Jurgen Klopp’s side go from here?

On the red divide of Merseyside, it has been a thoroughly miserable campaign by all accounts as injuries, fatigue and- some would argue poor transfer business, have all been hallmarked as contributing factors in Liverpool’s dreary defence of the Premier League title.

Consequently, the Kopites now reside in 8th place, a far cry from last term’s reign of dominance and it seems that achieving European honours once more may prove to be their only entrance to Champions League football come next season.

Is Gareth Bale back to his devastating best?

Not long ago, Premier League audiences had, for the most part, succumbed to the notion that Gareth Bale’s days of enthralling expertise were a thing of the past.

However, the wizardly Welshman’s current displays are swiftly decelerating this view.

On Sunday evening, Bale’s prodigious prowess came to full fruition yet again as he bagged a brace in his side’s resounding 4-0 triumph over Crystal Palace, promptly recementing Spurs in the heated race for top four.

At the moment, Bale is showing glimpses- and I say glimpses- of the majestic operator that acclaimed global superstardom in his prime. 

In the 31-year old’s last six affairs, he has found the back of the net six times along with providing a further three assists to become a key component in Tottenham’s rekindled resurgence.

For Bale, it comes at the perfect time with EURO 2020 edging closer and closer. If the fearsome forward can maintain his sensational showings, Spurs and Wales undoubtedly behold a glorious talent. 

Injury-stricken Leicester City leave it late on the South Coast

As the saying goes, it is better late than never. And that is something that Leicester City are currently living by.

At the time of writing, the Foxes are enduring a plagued injury crisis, with influential figures such as Harvey Barnes, James Justin, Jonny Evans and James Maddison all occupying the treatment table.

Despite this, the East Midlanders’ resilience came to dramatic fulfilment as an 87th minute winner from Daniel Amartey against Brighton and Hove Albion made sure that the visitors clinched an all-important three points.

The narrow 2-1 victory came as a real boost for Leicester in their pursuit for Champions League qualification, delightfully elevating them up to third place and architecting a seven point gap between themselves and 5th placed Everton. 

With basement side Sheffield United next up in Leicester’s path, the rudiments for two straight victories are certainly there.

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