Week 26: EPL Saturday Games’ Results, Scorers And Standings
Four matches were played in week 26 of English Premier League game on Saturday 27th of February and here is a review of all the games.
Leeds United 0 – 1 Aston Villa
Aston Villa’s winger, Anwar El Ghazi early goal gave his team a vital 1-0 win over Marcel Bielsa’s Leeds United.
The win made Aston Villa moved within six points of the top four with an impressive victory over United on a difficult pitch at Leeds’s stadium, Elland Road in England.
El Ghazi scored the only goal, brilliantly controlling Ollie Watkins’ cross and firing past Islan Meslier after just five minute.
Dean Smith’s side, despite a injured captain Jack Grealish, looked comfortable against Leeds United.
Unfortunately, Leeds lacked penetration throughout, despite winning their last two home games against Crystal Palace and Southampton.
Notwithstanding the defeat, Leeds are still secure in 10th position with 35 points from their 26 games, just four points behind a rejuvenated Villa, who have games against Sheffield United, Wolves and Newcastle coming up as they look to strengthen their bid for European qualification.
Manchester City 2- 1 West Ham
Manchester City extended their successive winning streak to 20, in a very difficult challenge against David Moyes‘ in-form West Ham side. City’s goals were supplied by manager Pep Guardiola’s two centre-halves.
The Premier League leaders took the lead after half an hour with their first shot of the game through Ruben Dias’ powerful header but the Hammers (West Ham) levelled as Michail Antonio tapped in before half time.
John Stones swept home a slick move to re-establish City’s lead, and they held on to secure all three points.
They are now on a path to end the league with a flourish worthy of the great adaptability of Pep Guardiola’s teams.
Newcastle 1-1 Wolves
Reuben Neves equalized for Wolverhampton Wanderers after Lascelles gave Newcastle United the lead in a 1-1 draw.
EPL Strugglers Newcastle United were held to a home draw by Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday after Jamaal Lascelles’ opener for the Magpies was cancelled out by a Ruben Neves header.
The result now leaves Wolves in 12th and Newcastle are in 17th position, just four points above the relegation zone.
Newcastle needed a big performance coming into Saturday’s game and were superb in the first half. Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin – who were both injured during the match, went close to opening the scoresheet.
The hosts (Newcastle United) finally found breakthrough in the 52nd minute as Jamaal Lascelles powered a header home.
However, with the last four league meetings between Newcastle and Wolves having ended in a 1-1 draw, it was no surprise when Ruben Neves also nodded into Newcastle’s net in the 71st minute to see the points shared once again.
West Brom 1-0 Brighton Hove and Albion
West Brom gained Premier League survival boost with win over Brighton after Video Assistant Referee (VAR) free-kick chaos.
Kyle Bartley’s early goal won it for West Brom, but Brighton missed two penalties and a fistful of clear opportunities. More remarkably still, in a moment new to the Premier League, Brighton had a goal disallowed, allowed and then disallowed once more.
The unprecedented incident started in straightforward fashion. West Brom were already ahead when their midfielder Conor Gallagher felled Alexis Mac Allister on the edge of the home side’s penalty area.
Referee Lee Mason blew his whistle and Lewis Dunk quickly stroked the free-kick into the net for what seemed to be Brighton’s equaliser. For Dunk, Mason had already blown a second time, thus stopping play, before the ball passed Sam Johnstone. To Brighton’s dismay, Mason disallowed Dunk’s strike. Then, to Albion’s greater surprise, Mason unaccountably changed his mind and gave it.
Finally, VAR intervened and pronounced the initial decision of no-goal correct as Brighton’s players unleashed torrid abuse.
See below of teams on English Premier League table;