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What happened? Premier League Matchday 21, 2019-20

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Roar Guru
3rd January, 2020
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Incredibly, for the third match day in a row, there were two draws from the ten games that were played, and both games were 1-all draws.

For the second match day in a row there was a total of 25 goals. There is a total of 13 points between Liverpool and Leicester City, who are first and second on the Premier League table. On top of that, Liverpool have a game in hand so it’s effectively a 16-point difference, which is more than five games, with Leicester City only having 17 games left.

There were three games that stood out from a viewer’s perspective and they were the games involving the more well renowned teams. It was difficult to leave out the game involving Leicester City as they won 3-nil against Newcastle United without Jamie Vardy, who didn’t play due to concerns over his calf.

The story of the round was Liverpool, who remain unbeaten.

Southampton 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0

Oh no, Jose Mourinho sees yellow

Magic moment
Danny Ings opened the scoring with a clinical finish in the 17th minute.

Who stood out from the pack?
Danny Ings of Southampton scored the winning goal for his team, which proved to be the only goal of the game. He broke the dead lock in the 17th minute.

What went right?
There was an upset. It’s great to see from a neutral perspective.

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What went wrong?
Jose Mourinho received a yellow card for arguing with the Southampton bench, but it may well have been worse. Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur had to be substituted in the 75th for what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Facts and figures
From a statistical perspective, Tottenham Hotspur controlled the game with 59.1 per cent of possession and five shots on target to Southampton’s three.

Jose Mourinho

(Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Arsenal 2, Manchester United 0

Arsenal secure unlikely win against Red Devils

Magic moment
Sokratis was in the right spot to score Arsenal’s second goal of the game from a corner that rebounded off Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. It was a pivotal part of the game that gave Arsenal the ascendancy through an unlikely source as Sokratis is a defender.

Who stood out from the pack?
Nicolas Pepe scored the all important first goal of the game in the eighth minute to break the deadlock.

What went right?
The game couldn’t have been much more even statistically, with both teams having ten shots each.

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What went wrong?
Manchester United lost a game they probably would have expected to get something out of.

Facts and figures
The game was extremely even from a statistical perspective. Both teams had four shots on target and Manchester United had slightly more possession with 51.2 per cent.

Liverpool 2, Sheffield United 0

The Reds deservedly keep up unbeaten run

Magic moment
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah combined to make the score 2-nil in Liverpool’s favour, combining for a one-two and then Sadio Mane finished off his good work.

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Who stood out from the pack?
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were difficult to separate in terms of who was the man of the match. Both contributed a goal and played at a good level.

What went right?
The team that deserved to win was victorious. Liverpool controlled the balance of play and the tempo of the game.

What went wrong?
Sheffield United were too tentative with their tactics as they had just over a quarter of possession.

Facts and figures
Liverpool had almost three quarters of possession and they finished the game with 19 shots to Sheffield United’s three, but two of the three shots that Sheffield United had were on target.