As the Premier League continues, the race for the Champions League and the teams battling to avoid relegation are slowly approaching their final positions in the table. With the number of matches this week, I have picked the five games that have had the most impact on the table.
Tottenham 1-0 Everton
An otherwise uneventful game was put in the spotlight when Son Heung-Min and Hugo Lloris needed to be separated after the halftime whistle.
Replay showed Heung-Min failing to track back in the closing moments of the half, leading to an Everton shot that glided wide of the post. Despite the ensuing argument, Spurs saw the result out after scoring from a Michael Keane own goal in the 24th minute. The Liverpool side never recovered.
Tottenham sits four points clear of Everton in the updated table.
Chelsea 3-2 Crystal Palace
Christian Pulisic continued his impressive form since the restart with a 27th-minute goal that he powered past Vicente Guaita at the near post.
The footwork was just as impressive as the shot. Pulisic kept his balance and was always looking for a goal once he had the ball at his feet.
Wilfred Zaha and Christian Benteke scored for Palace to keep the Blues on their toes, but the equalizer never came. Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham got on the score sheet to secure the Chelsea victory.
Chelsea needed the points. By the end of the week, Chelsea lost to Sheffield United and could fall as low as fifth with other results.
Sheffield United 1-0 Wolves
A tough start to the week—see below—for Wolves was only compounded with a heartbreaking loss to Sheffield United.
João Moutinho had the best chance for Wolves, but missed a set piece from a few feet outside the box. The ball arched over the wall and hit the bar before bouncing out of play. Wolves looked to be defensive in much of the key moments, relying on defending to see the 0-0 draw to its conclusion.
It didn’t pay off.
Sheffield United Center back John Egan soared over everyone to power a header past Rui Patrício in stoppage time. The goal makes Wolves’ journey toward a Champions League position much tougher as it has dropped six points behind Manchester United.
Watford 2-1 Norwich City
Getting three points was a must for Watford in this match, but four minutes in the victory looked challenging to accomplish.
Emiliano Buendia looked to be the most creative player on the field and had forced Ben Foster into a good save in the opening moments. His creativity continued with a wonderful turn and finish into the top right corner of the goal.
Watford quickly responded to the adversity. Craig Dawson powered his way to the goal for the header from a yard away to equalize in the 10th minute. The goal set the tone, as the Watford and Norwich defenses locked in. It took a Danny Welbeck overhead kick to beat Norwich keeper Tim Krul.
Watford is now six points clear of relegation.
Arsenal 2-0 Wolves
Wolves’ organization in its defense fell apart to Arsenal’s benefit in a match with European competition places on the line.
Bukayo Saka volleyed the opening goal past Rui Patrício in the 43rd minute. The cross found a teammate before it was laid off to Saka. The goal was his first in the Premier League, even though he had scored in the FA Cup and in the Europa League for the Gunners.
Wolves winger Adama Traoré had a couple of chances to equalize, but sailed a chance over the bar and had another fly up the stands when he got his boot on it.
Wolves ran out of energy in time for Arsenal substitute Alexandre Lacazette to take a quality touch in the box—to take the defender out of the opportunity—before steering the shot around Patrício.
Arsenal are two points behind Wolves in seventh. The win makes the tight race to the European spots more dramatic in the final weeks of the Premier League.