Premier League: Liverpool boots Leicester out of top four, Spurs in trouble
|Joe Willock scores for the sixth game in a row, becoming the youngest player to do so in Newcastle's win over Sheffield on Wednesday. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
It felt a lot like it was out of their grasps, many even feared they won’t make Europa but Liverpool now sit in fourth and 90minutes away from an improbable champions league return and elsewhere, if you’re good with mathematics, you can expect Arsenal to make the top 7.
Wednesday night didn’t go as planned for Leicester City, Spurs and Everton, the Foxes lost to Chelsea on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge to open the top four doors to Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp’s side didn’t let the opportunity slip with a resounding win at Burnley that sent them fourth.
Tottenham had sixth spot in their hands, all they had to do was beat a Villa side that had nothing really to fight for outside pride, Steven Bergwijn scored the opener but Sergio Reguilon scored a bizarre own goal to draw Villa level and it went from bad to worse for Ryan Mason’s side later.
Everton beat Wolves 1-0, thanks to a Richarlison goal earlier in the second half and despite how hard the visitors tried, with five shots on target and 12 corners, the Everton defense stood firm but with Westham winning at home to Westbrom, there is little to be thankful for.
All season long Arsenal have been outsiders but as it stands, they could finish as high as 7th, which would send them to the newly created Conference League, does Arsenal want that? Considering winners of the competition will qualify for Europa League directly, it is left to be seen.
Arsenal launched their new away strip at Selhurst Park, the stadium was saying goodbye to Roy Hodgson who announced earlier that he would be stepping down from his position at Crystal Palace, his job has been highly underrated, keeping the Eagles in the league and never really threatened for the drop.
Nicolas Pepe fired Arsenal in front after a brilliant interchange between Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney but Christian Benteke headed in from a Townsend freekick just after the break, it was all Palace in the second half but Mikel Arteta’s late changes won the game in spectacular fashion;
First, Gabriel Martinelli met a fine Martin Odegaard cross in the area, his first touch was superb and he only had the empty net to tap into, Palace raced out in search of a late equalizer but it was another goal for Arsenal to celebrate that happened with Pepe dancing through the Palace defense to slide past Guita.
Liverpool didn’t have it easy at Burnley but the score line says otherwise, Roberto Firminho scored the opener just before the break and right after it, Nathan Phillips was on hand to score his first ever goal for Liverpool with a smart header off Sadio Mane’s pin point cross.
As the game winds to an end, forgotten man, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain came off the bench to fire one in, his first of the season as well as he’s been hampered by injuries and poor form.
Ollie Watkins found himself unmarked and with a free gift, again from Reguilon as the game wore on and he blasted through the ground to beat Hugo Lloris, the result meant Spurs must now beat Leicester on the final day and considering how important that fixture is to the Foxes, it’s all to play for.