Premier League Round 36 review
This weekend, Premier League matches took place across the whole weekend, from Friday to Sunday. We looked at the games which Nigerian players and those of Nigerian descent were involved in.
Friday night, Liverpool thrashed Huddersfield, who were without Philip Billing, 5:0 to go top of the Premiership again.
On Saturday afternoon, without much to play for, Crystal Palace and Everton played out a goalless draw at Selhurst Park. Ademola Lookman made a brief appearance for the Toffees close to the end of the game.
Southampton played hosts to their neighbours Bournemouth at St Mary’s. It was an exciting game with lots of goals to please the crowd. Both Jordon Ibe and Dominic Solanke started the match from the bench for the Cherries.
Shane Long scored the opener for the Saints in the 12th minute but it didn’t take long for the Cherries to reply. Come the 20th minute, they were level through a goal from Dan Gosling. Twelve minutes later, Callum Wilson scored his first of the two goals to give his team the lead before the break.
The Saints made a change before the second half with Matt Target coming on for Oriol Romeu. And in the 55th minute, the score was level again. James Ward-Prowse put the ball in the net for Southampton. The score turned around again when the sub Targett put the hosts ahead for the second time in the match.
Solanke came off the bench in the 72nd minute. The Saints were holding on, but they couldn’t stop Wilson from getting his second goal of the afternoon in the 86th minute. The final score was 3:3 with both sides happy to share the points.
The team on fire, Wolverhampton Wanderers, travelled to London to meet Watford at Vicarage Road. And they were up in the first half courtesy of a Raul Jimenez strike in the 41st minute. The hosts replied early in the second half through a goal from Andre Gray.
However, the visitors were confident and pressed on only to get their reward in the 77th minute when Diogo Jota put them in the lead again. This time Watford couldn’t respond. Isaac Success Ajayi made a brief cameo on the pitch but it was enough time for him to get booked.
Desperate for points, Brighton, welcomed Newcastle United at the Amex Stadium. To add to the pressure, it was the visitors who scored first. In-form Ayoze Perez netted the opener in the 18th minute. Still, the Seagulls found their game in the second half and managed to save a point. They need one more to be safe from relegation. Recovered Leon Balogun wasn’t in the team for this match.
With only one defeat in five matches, Leicester City played Arsenal at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Arsenal have lost the previous two games and needed a good showing here. But it wasn’t to be.
Alex Iwobi was in the starting line-up again for the Gunners. This time though, Coach Emery changed his usual tactics and played a 4-4-2 formation with Iwobi on the left flank and Aubemayang and Lacazette both up front. Wilfred Ndidi was again in the middle for Leicester.
The first half was goalless, but Arsenal did lose Ainsley Maitland-Niles to a red card in the 36th minute. Ndidi was substituted at halftime by Harvey Barnes.
The Foxes took advantage and pounced in the second half. Youri Tielemans scored the first goal in the 59th minute before Jamie Vardy added two in quick succession, one in the 86th minute and one five minutes into stoppage time. Out of favour, Kelechi Iheanacho spent the game on the bench.
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