The Premier League is breathtaking. Fans are treated to drama and intensity every weekend, and this season’s top four race is as unpredictable as ever.
The weekend’s action saw struggling Arsenal get ripped apart by a resurgent Manchester City side at the Emirates, while cross-town rivals Tottenham needed an injury-time header by Jan Vertonghen to beat Wolves at the Molineux.
Leicester City, Chelsea, and Manchester United all suffered disappointing results to the delight of Liverpool supporters. The league leaders comfortably beat Watford 2-0, and now sit 10 points clear at the top.
Some Premier League fans could use a laugh to get through their club’s barren weekend. Since laughter is the best remedy, here are the best comedic bits from Premier League Matchday 17.
Sarr and Doucoure fluff their chances
Being a Watford fan is not easy at the moment. The Hornets sit dead last in the Premier League standings, having scored a mere NINE goals all season. Nigel Pearson’s side fought bravely against Liverpool at Anfield, but both Abdoulaye Doucure and Ismalia Sarr fluffed their lines woefully in the first half. Watford left Merseyside with no goals and more misery. To make matters worse, Mohammed Salah’s second goal of the match resulted from a mishit, this time from Divock Origi. A cruel twist of fate.
Godfrey and Pukki cannon into the same post
Norwich City held Leicester City to a 1-1 draw away from home. Talisman Teemu Pukki opened the scoring for Norwich City in the first half with his ninth of the season. Norwich knew they must get a result in this game, as both Pukki and Ben Godfrey crashed into the post during either half, to try and preserve the points. The Canaries also had the pleasure of ending red-hot Jamie Vardy’s scoring streak, but it was done unintentionally. Vardy’s header looked just wide of goal, but Norwich keeper Tim Krul (cruelly) parried the ball into the back of the net. The goal was ruled as an own-goal, to the dismay of many FPL and Leicester City fans.
McGoldrick and Gayle Miss Sitters
John Fleck’s double gave Sheffield United another priceless win against Aston Villa. The Blades came out firing from the start, as Bramall Lane kept rocking all game. Irish forward David McGoldrick played considerably well, but he wasted his best chance to grab a first-ever goal in the Premier League. Villa were also wasteful, with captain Jack Grealish ruining his side’s comeback hopes by smashing his penalty into the crossbar.
Over at Turf Moor, Burnley defeated Newcastle through a contentious first-half goal by Chris Wood. The Magpies chased the game for an equalizer that should’ve been found by Dwight Gayle. Instead, the Englishman produced a contender for miss of the season.
Lindelof Gifts Everton
Manchester United and Everton played out to a 1-1 draw on Sunday. The Red Devils couldn’t buy a goal in the first half, and things got worse when Everton scored ten minutes before half-time. A Leighton Baines corner wasn’t dealt with properly by David De Gea, and the ball deflected off the poorly positioned Victor Lindelof’s knee and into the net. Some felt De Gea was upended by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but VAR allowed the goal to stand. United found an equalizer late in the match through Mason Greenwood, but the Swede’s blunder was a true #SCNotTop10 play.
Weird own-goals, rattled crossbars, and wasted sitters were the story of the Premier League this weekend. No matter what happens, you can’t keep your eyes away from the most entertaining league of the world.
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