Matchday 21 of the 2020/21 Premier League season came and went with some very interesting results, albeit the highest, and therefore the bottom of the table remained constant from the previous matchday.
With games coming thick and fast, teams were within the search for wins and while some did get exactly that, it had been an equivalent for a few others.
FCNaija brings you a review of this round of matches as they unfolded in England’s elite division.
Battle for the title
It was contrasting results for the Manchester clubs, who occupy first and second positions on the log. While leaders City got the work through with a slim 1-0 convert Sheffield United to take care of their grip at the highest even with an impressive game, it wasn’t an equivalent for United, who were held to a goalless draw by Arsenal at the Emirates. These results mean City stay top with 44 points, while the Red Devils maintain the second position with 41.
Liverpool, meanwhile, returned to winning ways as they beat West Ham 3-1 at the London Stadium to remain third on 40 points.
Leicester City’s title hopes were however dealt a blow by Leeds after they suffered a 1-3 home defeat to Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Mid-table & Europa League chasers
It might seem unfair to classify them as mid-table or Europa League chasers seeing as they’re fifth on the table, but whatever hopes West Ham may have had of creeping into the highest four was dealt a blow by the 1-3 defeat at the hands of Liverpool. But with 35 points and in fifth place after 21 games, the Hammers will expect nothing but a Europa League spot at the top of the season.
Tottenham, also within the race for Europa League places, suffered a second defeat on the bounce after they were beaten 1-0 by Brighton on Sunday. Although Jose Mourinho’s men have one game in hand, they’re sixth with 33 points.
Between Chelsea in seventh and Arsenal in 10th, only two points separate them and this will only see the table turn when subsequent rounds of games are played. Chelsea, now being coached by Thomas Tuchel following the sacking of Frank Lampard, secured their first win under the German as they ran out 2-0 winners over Burnley.
Everton’s surprise 0-2 home defeat to Newcastle means they’re rooted to eighth, although they need two games in hand. Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United meant they couldn’t leapfrog Aston Villa in ninth place, who beat Southampton 1-0 at St. Mary’s.
The relegation struggle
Sheffield United may have beaten Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford within the penultimate round, but a 1-0 defeat at Manchester City meant any hope of a moment resurgence was dashed, with the loss keeping them rooted at rock bottom with a paltry eight points from 21 games.
West Brom and Fulham – in 19th and 18th places respectively – slugged it out at the Hawthorns because it led to a 2-2 draw, meaning each side maintained the established order with 12 and 14 points respectively.