Six Premier League fixtures took place on Tuesday 21 January 2020, with a few relegation scraps, and a big London derby game the pick of them.
As I’ve recently been posting Premier League Highlights for most match-weeks, this midweek batch is no different: below, all the day’s highlights, from official UK distributor, Sky Sports. Any ads you see are Sky / YouTube additions – not mine – I don’t put ads in, I’m just a big fan of football.
Chelsea v Arsenal (2-2)
Chelsea can’t buy a win at present… after losing last kick of the game at Newcastle on the weekend, they hosted Arsenal, won a penalty, and saw the visitors reduced to 10 men in one move, as David Luiz was sent off… and still managed to let Arsenal back into the match to share a point. Arsenal had 2 shots on target in this match. That’s some conversion rate. Chelsea need better luck… and also, better and cooler heads in front of goal, if the they are to maintain their push for third spot.
Aston Villa v Watford (2-1)
More Roy of the Rovers stuff, this time at Villa Park, where two teams flip flopped into and out of the relegation zone. Watford looked to be easing away from the bottom three when Troy Deeney put them in front, but Villa came back strong in the second half, before adding a winner 5 minutes into stoppage time. Wow.
Bournemouth v Brighton (3-1)
Brighton just can’t get away from the bottom three, either, and keep following up good performances with lacklustre ones. Bournemouth got to within goal difference of safety with this deserved win. There are now two points between the five teams who make up positions 15 to 19 in the table. Tight.
Crystal Palace v Southampton (0-2)
Maybe you’re starting to notice the theme of the evening is: the team who began lower in the table, got the result against recent form. Southampton got their resurgence back under way here away at Crystal Palace, who had, until this evening, been pressing for European places. Southampton move above them into the top half of the table with this 2-0 win.
Everton v Newcastle (2-2)
The Magpies said to Aston Villa, anything you can do, we can do better. They weren’t satisfied with bagging a last minute goal on the weekend, and got two here, both deep in injury time, and both from Lejeune. Remarkable.
Sheffield United v Manchester City (0-1)
The only match of the night which went basically as we might have expected beforehand was this one between Sheffield United and Manchester City… but not before the visitors missed a penalty. United were tight at the back as ever, but City’s wealth of attacking riches proved just too much. They will be most pleased that they kept a clean sheet, something they have lacked all to often this term. They quietly need to stack up a win every match from here on in, at City, and, that’s likely just for second place, too. The horse, we feel, has bolted. Still, they nailed the stable door shut on Tuesday night.
Premier League Table on Tuesday 21 January 2020
Below is how the league table looked after the conclusion of these matches: