A round of six Premier League fixtures took place on Saturday 14th December, with the league leaders, Liverpool, in action against bottom club Watford perhaps the highlight of the day.
Official Premier League 19/20 Highlights
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For Premier League, in 2019/20, that means Sky Sports, from whom I post embedded YouTube videos from the official channel, all into one, ad-free, fast loading, page, for football fans to quickly enjoy all the day’s play in one place… see below!
Liverpool v Watford (2-0)
Mo Salah scored twice – the second was ridiculous – and, for Liverpool fans, all was once again right with the world, as the Reds consolidated their position ahead of the chasing pack at the top of the table.
Watford will play worse than this, and win. This was not a 2-0 loss performance. They were a little unlucky not to get something from this match. More like this from them, and they’ll start to lift off the bottom of the table. They are better than their 20th place suggests.
Burnley v Newcastle (1-0)
Burnley halted some recent bad results – admittedly against the best around – with a solid 1-0 home win against Newcastle, who had themselves been enjoying opposite fortunes.
Bruce is sticking to his solid, if a little boring, style of play, which doesn’t lend itself to falling one behind against a side like Burnley, who are organised in all areas.
Chelsea v Bournemouth (0-1)
Chelsea lost another match they would have expected to win, to an impressive and cheeky strike. If you have to lose, this is surely at least an entertaining way to do it.
Leicester City v Norwich City (1-1)
Leicester were on a winning streak and Jamie Vardy was on a scoring streak, so when his “goal” turned out to be an OG from Norwich keeper Tim Krul, perhaps it was written in the stars that both would come to an end.
Another man who has been bagging for fun this term, Timo Pukki, scored at the other end, and could have got more, in a match which could have gone either way. This was a perfect little example of what the Prem is all about.
Sheffield United v Aston Villa (2-0)
Sheffield United maintained their hunt for a European place (!) with a brace of goals from Fleck in a home win over Aston Villa.
Villa fans are grumbling a little, as they’d hope to win matches like this, but they can’t argue with this result. Grealish was as ever their standout player, but they can’t expect to win much with zero shots on target.
Southampton v West Ham (0-1)
Make no mistake, this was a relegation battle, which both sides needed to win. West Ham looked the better side throughout, and deserved all three points.
Southampton just weren’t able to fashion enough chances, despite being a goal down after a 37th minute Haller goal, and therefore knowing they needed to score, they could only muster a couple of efforts on target.
Saints stay in the bottom three, on goal difference, with Villa above them. They’ll struggle to right that GD having shipped 9 goals a few weeks ago.
Premier League Table at the Time