Premier League Round 27 review
In round 27, Premiership matches were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We looked at the encounters where Nigerian players and those of Nigerian descent were in action.
Bournemouth hosted Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Vitality Stadium. Jordan Ibe and Dominic Solanke were in the starting line-up for the Cherries. The game ended a 1:1 draw with the referee awarding three penalties, one of which was missed.
Josh King converted the first penalty in the 14th minute after he was brought down by Joao Moutinho. The score at halftime was 1:0 to the hosts.
Late in the second half, the referee awarded a penalty to Wolves after Adam Smith fouled Matt Doherty in the box. Raul Jiménez successfully converted the spot-kick to level the game.
A couple of minutes later, the referee gave Bournemouth another chance to score from the penalty spot after Ivan Cavaleiro seemingly brought Ryan Fraser down on the edge of the box. This time Josh King hit the post missing the chance to earn his team all three points.
The crowd at St James’s Park watched Newcastle play against the bottom of the table Huddersfield. Looking to continue their mini-run of two-games unbeaten, the Magpies were given a break in the 20th minute when the referee sent Terriers captain Tommy Smith off.
Yet, the first goal came early in the second half. Salomón Rondón scored the opener in the 46th minute. Six minutes later, Ayoze Pérez put the ball in the net to make the final score 2:0 to Newcastle. Philip Billing came off the bench for Huddersfield in the 69th minute.
The evening kick-off on Saturday was reserved for the match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes were hoping to end their bad run of four games without a win but instead suffered one of the biggest defeats this season.
Wilfred Ndidi was in the starting eleven for Leicester but couldn’t do much to help his team in this game. The encounter was quiet for 40 minutes before Michy Batshuayi scored the first goal for Palace.
In the second half, the Foxes fought back and managed to equalize in the 64th minute through Jonny Evans. The visitors responded and were back on top in the 70th minute after Wilfried Zaha scored.
Kelechi Iheanacho made his appearance For Leicester in the 74th minute. But then, in the 81st minute, Luka Milivojevic scored from the penalty spot after Evans fouled Jeffrey Schlupp in the box.
There was still time for Zaha to get his second and Palace’s fourth and final goal in the third minute of stoppage time. With this win, Crystal Palace are now four games unbeaten while Leicester stretch their winless run to five games.
Early afternoon on Sunday, Arsenal welcomed Southampton at the Emirates. Alex Iwobi started the game for the Gunners once again. This time the home side secured the win with two goals in the first half.
Alexandre Lacazette scored in the 6th minute and Henry Mkhitaryan added the second in the 17th minute. Iwobi was substituted in the 75th minute after he was injured. Arsenal go fourth in the table.