Manchester City celebrate their 7-0 win against Leeds

PL WRAP UP: WEEK 17 & 18- Manchester City extend their lead and Chelsea lose crucial points

The Premier League was heavily affected by the COVID-19 virus this week, with only a few games still being allowed to play over the course of two match weeks. The games that were on though, did not disappoint.

Manchester City flew through a 7-0 win against Leeds at the Etihad stadium, extending their lead at the top and claiming their seventh successive League win.

Foden opened up the scoreboard in just eight minutes, with Manchester City’s 500th league goal under Pep. Grealish followed in suit shortly after, and goals from De Bruyne and Dias saw City go 4-0 up into halftime.

They weren’t done yet as Mahrez found the net just four minutes into the second half. Goals from Stones and Ake later in the half sealed the deal as the game ended with a thumping 7-0 defeat to Leeds, their heaviest loss yet.

Manchester City continued their winning streak with a trip to St James’ Park, beating Newcastle 4-0. Goals from Dias and Cancelo in the first half saw City enter half time 2-0 up, and despite Newcastle’s efforts to make a comeback, it wasn’t enough as Mahrez and Sterling secured the win for Pep’s side, and Man City go four points clear at the top.

Arsenal beat West Ham in an exciting 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium to push them into the top four. Despite a goalless first half, Arsenal dominated the game, and it showed as Martinelli put Arsenal ahead early into the second half. Coufal was then showed a red card and a 10-men West Ham couldn’t stop Smith Rowe from doubling Arsenal’s lead later. The Gunners overtake their opponents as West Ham drop one point behind the top four.

Arsenal also continued their winning streak with a trip to Elland Road where they cruised through a 4-1 win against Leeds. Martinelli scored his first brace for Arsenal as he put his team 2-0 up in the first half, before Saka made it 3.

Raphina gave Leeds’ fans a glimmer of hope after scoring a penalty, but substitute Smith Rowe pulled through again as he scored another one for Arsenal and secured their third successive league win. Arteta’s side stay in the top four, four points ahead of West Ham.  

Chelsea lose crucial points in both their games last week as they first drew with Everton at Stamford Bridge in a tough game. Tuchel’s side was dominant in the first half and their efforts paid off as Mount found the net in the 70th minute, but it didn’t take long for Everton’s Branthwaite to equalise with his first league goal, ending the game 1-1, with Chelsea now four points behind leaders Manchester City.

Their one-point streak continued as Chelsea left the Molineux stadium goalless. Wolves dominated in the first half but couldn’t seem to find the back of the net. Tuchel’s side stepped up in the second half, but it was too late as the game ended 0-0, Chelsea now falling six points behind Manchester City.

Liverpool started off their week with a 3-1 win against Newcastle at Anfield. Shelvey opened the scoreboard in just seven minutes with a beautiful strike to put his team ahead at Anfield, but Jota soon equalised for the Reds, and it didn’t take long for Salah to follow suit, as he equaled Vardy’s record of scoring or assisting in 15 consecutive league games. A late goal in the second half for Alexander-Arnold saw Liverpool secure a record 2,000th topflight win, one point behind top spot on the table.

The Reds then travelled to Tottenham Hotspur stadium and left with one point after a thrilling 2-2 draw against Spurs. Kane put his team ahead in 13 minutes with his first home goal of the season, but Liverpool levelled quickly with a goal from Jota.

Robertson put the Reds in the lead later in the second half, but Spurs’ Son levelled soon after. Robertson was shown a red card minutes later after a challenge on Royal, but the Reds held on and ended the game with a point. They remain second but are now three points behind Manchester City, while Spurs extend their five-match unbeaten run and stay seventh.

Other results:

Norwich v Aston Villa - 0-2 

Brighton v Wolves - 0-1

Crystal Palace v Southampton - 2-2

To be confirmed:

Aston Villa v Burnley

Brentford v Manchester United

Brighton v Chelsea

Brighton v Spurs 

Burnley v Spurs

Burnley v Watford

Chelsea v Arsenal

Everton v Leicester

Leicester v Spurs

Manchester United v Brighton

Southampton v Brentford

Watford v Crystal Palace

West Ham v Norwich

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