🦁 Title race drama; Chelsea are back; Spurs lose; Saints no longer last | OneFootball

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OneFootball·4 March 2023

🦁 Title race drama; Chelsea are back; Spurs lose; Saints no longer last

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We had an intriguing round of Premier League fixtures on Saturday, and it was drama all around.

Here is what went down

Southampton no longer last with Leicester win

Scorers: Alcaraz 36′

To wrap up an incredibly entertaining day of football, bottom-of-the-table Southampton picked up three vital points against Leicester to move up the table.

It was a very cagey affair during the first half, and the hosts had a glorious chance to open the scoring, only for James Ward Prowse to be denied from the penalty spot.

Yet minutes later, Leicester then conceded when 20-year-old Carlos Alcaraz found the net on his second league start and VAR confirmed it was, in fact, onside.

The Foxes had their own chances to put the ball in the net, with Kelechi Iheanacho especially keen, but struggled in front of goal putting zero out of 10 attempts on target.

Harry Souttar almost saw things end all square in the dying seconds, but his header hit the bar.

Saints are now lifted off the bottom and up to 19th, while Leicester are 15th. All three relegation-zone clubs are level on points and things are tight.

Arsenal beat Bournemouth at the death

Scorers: Partey 63′, White 70′, Nelson 90+7′; Billing 1′, Senesi 57′

The pressure was on leaders Arsenal after Manchester City’s win but impressive Bournemouth made it difficult.

The visitors took a lightning-quick lead after 9.11 seconds when Philip Billing tapped home for the Premier League’s 2nd fastest goal ever, silencing the crowd.

Things then went from bad to worse for the Gunners as Leandro Trossard was forced off through injury.

Over time, Bournemouth made it clear they were up for the challenge as Arsenal’s attack struggled to connect. So minutes into the second half, Marcos Senesi’s header turned things 2-0.

But the Gunners eventually showed why they are the league leaders and managed to pull level with two quick goals.

Thomas Partey’s header made things 2-1 before Ben White’s stunning volley was too much for Neto.

Then dramatically, Reiss Nelson scored with second remaining to win it 3-2 and ensured Arsenal didn’t crack.

Chelsea back to winning ways

Scorers: Fofana 53′

All eyes were on Stamford Bridge as Graham Potter faced a ‘make or break’ game against relegation-threatened Leeds.

Chelsea controlled the first half but continued to have bad luck in the final third, going around 400 minutes without a goal.

João Félix came closest to scoring but hit the woodwork. Leeds, meanwhile, did not put any efforts on target in the first half.

Coming out into the second 45 minutes, the hosts ramped up the pressure, and the visitors were forced to sit back and soak it up.

This led to Chelsea finally finding the back of the net as Wesley Fofana scored his first Premier League goal to see the hosts win 1-0.

It is a huge result for Potter, who was facing the sack, while frustrated Leeds still hover above relegation.

Wolves stun Tottenham late

Scorers: Traore 82′

Over at Molineux, Tottenham controlled the pitch but a late goal ensured Wolves came out on top.

The match was tense throughout the first half, but the hosts suffered a huge blow when Diego Costa was stretchered off with a serious knee injury.

Tottenham’s attack kept Jose Sá fairly busy, as Ivan Perisic’s header came close to breaking the deadlock and Pedro Porro’s free-kick hit off the post.

Throughout the second half, Spurs continued to pile on the pressure (20 shots to seven) and Heung-min Son hit the woodwork while Wolves’ attack struggled, and all four attackers were replaced.

Then in stunning fashion, Adama Traore scored his second of the season off the bench.

It is a huge missed opportunity for Spurs and their top four hopes while Wolves held on to three vital points and sit 13th.

Brighton thrash West Ham

Scorers: Mac Allister 18′ (P), Veltman 51′, Mitom 69′, Welbeck 89′

There was no Roberto de Zerbi for hosts Brighton as they faced West Ham, but that didn’t matter in a comfortable win this weekend.

The opening strike went the way of the Seagulls as World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister scored from the penalty spot for his sixth of the season.

Brighton then piled misery on West Ham minutes into the second half through Joël Veltman, courtesy of Mac Allister’s creativity.

The visitors continued to struggle in the attacking third while their defence eventually crumbled again when Kaoru Mitoma and Danny Welbeck also found the net.

Big questions now linger for David Moyes with the Hammers one point above the drop. Brighton, meanwhile, sit 8th.

Aston Villa edge 10-man Crystal Palace

Scorers: Andersen 27′ (OG)

Red: Doucoure 62′

Side by side in the table, only four points separated Aston Villa and Crystal Palace as both sides looked to make a late push for the top 10.

Wilfried Zaha had the ball in the net for Unai Emery’s men in the first half, only for VAR to rule it offside.

Then just before the half-hour mark, Villa would make their next opportunity count as Matty Cash forced a Joachim Andersen own-goal for the opener.

Things then went from bad to worse for the visitors when Cheick Doucoure was shown a second yellow and Palace were reduced to 10 for the final 30 minutes.

In the end,the lone goal was enough and Villa held on to win and are level with 10th place Chelsea.

Man City beat Newcastle to keep the pressure on

Scorers: Foden 15′, Bernardo Silva 67′

Manchester City were able to keep the pressure on Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table with a victory over Newcastle in the day’s early kick-off.

City had a chance to open the scoring inside the first minute when Jack Grealish picked out İlkay Gündoğan with a cross, but the German could only guide his header just over the crossbar.

The opener did come in the 15th minute, when Phil Foden drove at the heart of the Newcastle defence and found the net with the aid of a deflection off Sven Botman.

Newcastle had a chance to equalise moments later, but Nathan Aké made a heroic block to deny Sean Longstaff inside the box.

Into the second half and the visitors continued pressing for an equaliser, with Joelinton and substitute Alexander Isak both threatening the City goal in quick succession just after the hour mark.

But it was a City substitute who soon found the net, with Bernardo Silva firing his side 2-0 in front just moments after coming on to replace Kevin De Bruyne.

Foden had a chance to put the result beyond doubt in the 86th minute, but Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope got down well to keep out the winger’s low shot.

Sunday’s fixtures

  • Nottingham Forest v Everton
  • Liverpool v Manchester United

Monday’s fixture

  1. Brentford v Fulham