2020-21 Premier League: Week 13 Roundup

Liverpool climbed to the top of the table in a dramatic first midweek round of the 2020-21 Premier League season, featuring 26 goals and two goalless draws plus red cards. 

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring via a 26th minute deflection from Eric Dier, only for Son Heung-min to pull Spurs level just seven minutes later from Giovani Lo Celso’s through ball in a tense top of table encounter at Anfield, which was broken by Roberto Firmino’s 90th minute headed winner to send Liverpool top on 28 points.

Southampton climbed to third and a point behind Spurs after Theo Walcott’s strike against his former club was cancelled out by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Arsenal saw Gabriel sent off, meaning that the Gunners had two players red carded in two consecutive home matches in three days after Granit Xhaka was dismissed on Sunday against Burnley.

Mason Holgate scored his first-ever Everton goal on the rebound on top of Richarlison’s curled 21st minute opener as the Toffees defeated fourth-placed Leicester to climb to fifth and a point behind behind the Foxes.

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Down in the relegation zone, Burnley stayed out of the relegation zone after finding themselves held to a goalless draw at Aston Villa, marking the first time that this fixture finished without either team scoring since April 1959 in the Old Division One of which also came at Villa Park.

Fulham consequently remain in the bottom three after contesting a goalless encounter against Brighton at Craven Cottage, in which both teams fired nine shots with four shots each finding the target but not the net.

West Brom dismissed Slaven Bilic and appointed Sam Allardyce as the Croatian’s replacement on Wednesday, barely 24 hours after Ruben Dias’ own goal gave the Baggies an unexpected point away at Manchester City who had led for just 13 minutes through Ilkay Gundogan’s smasher from Raheem Sterling’s cutback.

Sheffield United remain rock-bottom on just one point as Marcus Rashford’s brace plus a strike from Anthony Martial saw Manchester United come from behind to win, having fallen behind to David McGoldrick’s fifth minute tap-in from a Dean Henderson error only for the Irishman to get a consolatory second in the 87th minute.

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Elsewhere, Pedro Neto fired in a 95th minute counter-attack winner as Wolves came from behind to stun Chelsea at Molineux, after Daniel Podence had cancelled out Oliver Giroud’s early second-half opener for the Blues.

Leeds came from behind to lead Newcastle in a topsy-turvy encounter at Elland Road only for Ciaran Clark to equalise in the 65 minute, before late goals from Stuart Dallas, Ezgjan Alioski and Jack Harrison in the final 13 minutes saw the Whites claim a dominant 5-2 home victory and end a run of two consecutive defeats.

Finally, Crystal Palace saw Christian Benteke sent off in a tightly fought London Derby at West Ham but not before the Belgian had headed them in front in 34th minute, although Sebastien Haller earned the Hammers a draw when he fired in from Vladimir Coufal’s cross.

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