Premier League Results: EPL scores, table & match reports for Week 29
Arsenal’s miserable situation only got worse on their return to
Premier League action, with the Gunners falling to a 3-1 defeat
at West Brom.
Alexis Sanchez’s answer to Craig Dawson’s opening
goal proved to be only brief respite for Arsene Wenger,
with Hal Robson-Kanu restoring the Baggies’ lead before Dawson
sealed it with a second.
With their top-four rivals Manchester United and Liverpool in
action on Sunday, Arsenal will have to wait to find out how
much of a setback the loss will really be. Here’s how the
PREMIER LEAGUE SCORES
|West Ham||2-3||Leicester City|
After West Brom had put paid to Arsenal in the lunchtime
kick-off, Chelsea took another step towards the Premier League
title by beating Stoke City thanks to Gary Cahill’s late
Jonathan Walters’ penalty looked like it would be enough to
earn a point for the Potters until Cahill converted from a
corner with three minutes to play. Having taken the lead
through a Willian free-kick, the Blues’ latest win was once
again founded on resilience and opportunism – qualities they
are displaying week after week as they edge closer to
reclaiming the championship.
At the other end of the table, Sunderland’s situation looks
fatal. Their 0-0 draw against Burnley, who are winless
away from home, was the fourth game in a row in which they
have failed to score and the Black Cats are now seven points
adrift of safety.
It was also a bad day for Hull City, who have shown signs of
life under Marco Silva but continue to run into extremely
difficult fixtures that halt their momentum. They have lost
four league games since Silva took over; away at Chelsea,
Arsenal, Leicester City (after Craig Shakespeare had taken the
reins) and now Everton.
Their 4-0 defeat was compounded by a narrow 1-0 win for Crystal
Palace over Watford thanks to Troy Deeney’s own goal, while
Leicester City continue to look a team reborn and saw off West
Ham away from home.
PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE
Tottenham and Manchester City play on Sunday, so Chelsea
can enjoy their Saturday evening 13 points clear at the top of
the Premier League. Arsenal, though they will have two games in
hand on Liverpool by the end of the weekend, could be in big
trouble if the Reds beat Pep Guardiola’s team.
At the bottom, the picture is looking increasingly bleak for
Sunderland and Middlesbrough. The latter will hope a new
manager can inspire an unlikely escape in the final weeks
of the season after Aitor Karanka departed.
CONTE NO ONE-TRICK PONY
Nineteen wins, two draws and one defeat. That is Chelsea’s
astonishing Premier League record since they switched to a
3-4-3 formation and Antonio Conte, understandably, has rarely
strayed from the winning formula.
At Stoke City on Saturday, though, he was forced to. The Blues’
performance was tailing off into a 1-1 draw at the bet365
Stadium until the Italian rolled the dice, ditching the back
three for a 4-2-3-1 and bringing on Cesc Fabregas for Victor
It worked. Chelsea finished the match on the front foot and
capitalised when Erik Pieters inexplicably blocked a header
from a corner harmlessly making its way to Lee Grant, allowing
Gary Cahill to smash home the loose ball.
No manager has used fewer players than Conte this season but he
has coaxed absolutely everything out of a core of 13. He was
without one his best ones, Eden Hazard, for this match but has
deployed Cesc Fabregas masterfully, benefiting from the
production of one of the most efficient playmakers in the
league while masking his tactical limitations.
ALSO OF NOTE…
Leicester’s decision to put their Premier League survival in
Craig Shakespeare’s hands is looking increasingly like a
masterstroke, with the interim manager recording a perfect four
wins out of four in all competitions so far.
After the Foxes’ latest win, a 3-2 triumph over West Ham, his
start to life in the dugout is going into the history books.
Shakespeare is the first manager in Premier League history to
see his team score three goals or more in each of his first
three games in charge.
Key to their fine form has been the revival of wingers Riyad
Mahrez and Marc Albrighton; Mahrez has scored as many goals
under Shakespeare as he did in his final 22 games under Claudio
Ranieri, while Albrighton has had a hand in three goals in
his last four appearances – as many as in his previous 27
Leicester’s win means Burnley are now the only team in the
Premier League yet to win away from home, but the 0-0
stalemate at Sunderland was a better result for them than
David Moyes’ side.
Sunderland have now failed to score in a league-worst 13
matches this season and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford played more
passes and had more touches than any other Black Cats player on