Weekend recap: Tottenham go 3rd, Arsenal eye 4th after Chelsea lose at Anfield
Our weekly recap is here. We look at how Chelsea and Tottenham did over the weekend, while there’s also a quick look at Arsenal’s game against Watford.
Our weekly Premier league recap is here, with this article looking at how Chelsea and Tottenham did over the weekend, while there’s also a quick look at Arsenal’s game against Watford tonight.
Arsenal again face a Monday night fixture when they travel to Vicarage Road to play Watford. They can be happy and upset with the way the Premier League has scheduled this one, as they had an extra day to prepare for it after playing Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday, but now face a day less before travelling to Italy to play them on Thursday.
Tonight’s game will certainly be a tricky one for the Gunners. Watford are a very good side who are organised and dangerous. Add that to Arsenal’s extremely poor away record and you get an almost daunting prospect. Can the Gunners turn their poor form away from the Emirates around? Getting a win would certainly give them a big boost ahead of Thursday’s tricky away game, but a loss will see them be a bag of nerves as they travel to Naples. It really is a massive game, as a win would move them back ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United and into fourth in the Premier League table.
Chelsea were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. Sadio Mane opened the scoring after 51 minutes before Mo Salah scored an absolute screamer just two minutes later. Liverpool deserved the win as Chelsea weren’t quite at the races, but the fact that they were playing Liverpool, who are doing everything they can to win the Premier League title, at Anfield has to be taken into consideration. It would have been difficult for any side to go there and win the game.
Chelsea did have their chances, though. Two big chances fell to Eden Hazard in quick succession just after Salah doubled Liverpool’s lead. He hit the post with the first, while Alisson saved the second. In truth, it was quite poor from the Belgian, who would have expected to score both. Antonio Rudiger had to go off with a knee injury which didn’t look too good. His season could now be over, which would be a huge blow to them as he’s been brilliant this season.
The Blues are fourth in the Premier League table but have a game in hand on fifth-placed Manchester United and are just two points ahead of them. They’ll drop out of the top four if Arsenal beat Watford tonight. The Europa League seems extremely important to them – they host Slavia Praha on Thursday with a 1-0 lead from the first leg.
Tottenham continued their 100 per cent record at their new stadium when they beat Huddersfield 4-0 on Saturday. Victor Wanyama opened the scoring after 24 minutes. Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick, with goals in the 27th and 87th minute, while he got his third in second-half stoppage-time. The Brazilian then brought his son onto the pitch to kick the ball around at full-time, which was really lovely.
How special is this! Lucas Moura scores a hat-trick against Huddersfield and wants to celebrate with those closest to him ❤️ pic.twitter.com/yVpSGzjyGv
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) April 13, 2019
Spurs remain third in the table, where they’ll stay for the time being. They still have a bit of a battle on their hands to finish in the top four but the task looks a little bit less daunting now as they’ve gone on a good run of form again. They’re away to Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday before they go to the Etihad again on Saturday in the league. They’ll be two very difficult games but they can’t be written off in either.
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