Match day 31 of the English Premier League (EPL) brought few teams onto the field play to battle for maximum points as some teams had FA Cup assignments a thing that made a total of 4 games to be postponed involving Watford vs Southampton, Wolves vs Arsenal, Brighton vs Cardiff City and Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace.
West Ham United v Huddersfield Town
Saturday match 16 brought West Ham United and Huddersfield Town to battle for 3 points. As usual the Senegalese Issa Diop who seems to be a reliable pillar in West ham’s defence, started, partnering Ogbonna in central defence. Diop had a bad at the office as he was a casualty for letting Huddersfield score the first and third goals in a game he totally lost Juninho Bacuna to score the equalizer in the 17th minute after West Ham took the lead through a M. Noble converted penalty in the 15th minute.
Diop was also at fault as he mistimed his marking on Ahearne -Grant to let him score in the 65th minute, completion his brace on the day after he had netted a goal in the 30th minute in a match West Ham United won by 4 goals to 3
Bournemouth v Newcastle United
The same Saturday, Bournemouth was at home playing against Newcastle United in a game the Senegalese Mohammed Diame was in the starting line up while the Ghanaian Christian Atsu started on the bench for their team Newcastle United. Diame was a key figure in the middle of the pack for Newcastle using his height and physic as he was able to make important and timely tackles that disturbed Bournemouth game plan in midfield. His fellow African, Christian Atsu was introduced in the 72nd minute replacing Ayoz Perez and his few minutes on the pitch had a positive influence as he edged Newcastle United attack more on the right side with his pace in a match that ended in a 2 all draw, J. king scoring a brace for Bournemouth with Newcastle United scoring in extra time of each half through J. Rondon in the 45+5 minutes and M. Ritchie in the 90+4 minute.
Burnley v Leicester City
Burnley vs Leicester City’s match ended action for Saturday in a match Leicester City won by 2 goals to 1 despite them playing with 10 men for the better part of the game after their defender H. Maguire was shown a red card in the 4th minute. The Nigerian Wilfred Ndidi who is Leicester city’s midfield maestro was at it again controlling affairs in the middle of the pack and provided good cover to his back four and was marvel to watch as he made timely tackles and decisions in the game while his country men Kelechi Iheanacho who seems to be struggling to find himself in the starting line up for Leicester City was unused substitute in a match his team took it late to pocket the all important 3 points through a W. Morgan goal in the 90th minute.
Action in the EPL continued on Sunday 17 March as 2 games were to be played.
Fulham v Liverpool
Fulham played against Liverpool in a game which saw two African stars, the Egyptian Mohammad Salah and the Senegalese Sadio Mane being part of the starting front three for Liverpool with Mane on the left and Sarah on the right. The Egyptian Salah did not have a good game as expected as Fulham left back J. Bryan kept a good eye on him which made life difficult for Salah who tried hard to send dangerous balls in attacking positions for Liverpool and was often greedy when in good position. On the other hand the Senegalese Mane with his rubs and dribbles on the left pressurised Fulham defence and his efforts were handsomely rewarded with a goal he scored in the 26th minute to give Liverpool the lead and his attacking edge kept on troubling Fulham defenders who fouled him in the penalty box for J. Milner to score Liverpool ‘s 2nd and winning goal on a day the defeated Fulham by 2 goals to 1 to go top of the EPL with 76 points from 31 games, 2 points more than Manchester City who has played 30 games and has 74 points. The Senegalese Naby Keita did not make it into the final squad for the day as he is struggling to fit into the game plan for Liverpool ‘s coach J. Kloop at Anfield.
Everton v Chelsea
Everton invited Chelsea at Goodson park for the last game on Sunday and of match day 31, in a game Chelsea was humiliated as Everton won by 2 goals to 0.
Everton which lost to Newcastle United in their last Weekend’s EPL match were a changed side as they attacked Chelsea wave after wave from the start in a game the Senegalese Idrissa Gueye started for Everton. Gueye playing in midfield , was a thorn for Chelsea who struggled to break through the middle pass him and Gueye used his energy excellently well to stop opponents in a game Richarlison and Sigurdsson scored for Everton to collect 3 points.
What is the Premier League?
The Premier League, normally referred to as the English Premier League [EPL] or sometimes the Barclays Premiership after the title sponsor. The EPL is the top level of the English football system. Contested by 20 clubs. The 2018 / 2019 season includes these clubs; AFC Bournemouth, Arsenal, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, Cardiff City, Chelsea FC, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham FC, Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Southampton FC, Tottenham, Hotspur, Watford FC, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Premier League Points Table -Updated 18 March
|9||West Ham United||31||12||6||13||41||46||-5||42|
|15||Brighton and Hove Albion||29||9||6||14||32||42||-10||33|
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My name is Blessings Mpando from Lilongwe district born in December 1994. I am a Christian and a member of CCAP. I grew up in Lilongwe and completed my secondary education in 2010 before going on to complete my diploma in journalism at the Polytechnic Continuing Centre.