2020-21 Premier League: Week 18b Roundup

Manchester United continue to lead the Premier League following the second part of a split matchweek 18 across two midweeks. 

Ademola Lookman fired Fulham ahead at Craven Cottage after just five minutes only for Edinson Cavani to rifle in Utd’s equaliser 16 minutes later from Alphonse Areola’s deflection of Bruno Fernandes’ cross.

Paul Pogba however smashed in a 65th minute winner to ensure that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils stayed top for a third consecutive round, whilst Fulham sit third bottom and five points from safety.

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Manchester City remain second after defeating Aston Villa at the Etihad in a controversial encounter, which saw Rodri intercept Tyrone Mings from an offside position and teed up Bernardo Silva to smash in the opener as Villa boss – Dean Smith was red carded for his protests.

Ilkay Gundogan soon afterwards rounded out the Citizens’ win after smashing in from the penalty spot, following Matty Cash’s handball of Gabriel Jesus’ header.

Leicester sit third on goal difference behind the Citizens after first-half strikes from Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison stunned Chelsea, condemning Frank Lampard’s Blues to just seven points from their last eight league matches.

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Liverpool stay fourth but now six points adrift of Man Utd after Ashley Barnes converted a spot-kick to snatch victory for Burnley at Anfield for the first time since September 1974, having initially been fouled by Alisson to earn the winning penalty.

Michail Antonio netted his second goal in two matches to clinch victory for West Ham over West Brom at the London Stadium, after Matheus Pereira had cancelled out Jarrod Bowen’s opener for the hosts.

Finally, Leeds’ clash against Southampton was postponed due to the latter’s FA Cup involvement in a rearranged Third Round clash, as goals from Daniel N’Lundulu and James Ward-Prowse defeated Shrewsbury Town to set up a Fourth Round clash against Arsenal.

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