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Premier League Round-up: Gameweek 26

Premier League Round-up: Liverpool finally end winless run, Chelsea hold Manchester United as Man City extend lead

March 1, 2021 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Gameweek 26 concluded with Man City breaking away from the rest of the pack while a host other title rivals dropped points.

Round 26 of the Premier League concluded on Monday night with Everton defeating Southampton 1-0 in the curtain drawer. Leaders Manchester City extended their winning run in all competitions to 20, beating West Ham 2-1 while defending champions Liverpool ended a four-game winless run by securing victory against Sheffield United.

Meanwhile, Leicester City were dealt their sixth home defeat of the season by Arsenal before title contenders Manchester United suffered a blow in their charge after being held to a goalless draw in the clash with Chelsea.

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Man City extended their lead atop the Premier League table to 12 after Manchester United dropped points in the draw with Chelsea. The Citizens are now odds on to clinch the league title after going on a record-extending 15-game winning run in the competition. Manchester United and Leicester City drifted behind a bit in terms of point difference by drawing and losing respectively while West Ham kept their place in the top-four despite the defeat against City.

Premier League: Top 3 goalscorers

Despite failing to score in Liverpool's win over Sheffield United, Mohamed Salah still leads the goalscoring chart with 17 goals. Similarly, Bruno Fernandes could not get on the scoresheet as Chelsea held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw. Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane closed in on the aforementioned pair by scoring in the 4-0 win over Burnley.

Premier League: Top headlines

  • Solskjaer and Shaw escape FA punishment after referee comment - Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and full-back Luke Shaw have escaped sanctions from the Football Association after comments made about referee Stuart Attwell. The pair questioned the judgment of the match official following Sunday afternoon's draw with Chelsea, insisting that he made the wrong call by not awarding the Red Devils a penalty for Hudson-Odoi handball.

  • Liverpool: Curtis Jones dedicates goal to Alisson - Liverpool's Curtis Jones paid tribute to goalkeeper Alisson Becker and his late father after netting in the Reds' win over Sheffield United on Sunday. The English midfielder, having scored the opener in 2-0 win, revealed that his goal was for his side's shot-stopper whose dad, Jose Becker, tragically passed away last week as a result of a swimming accident back home in Brazil.

  • Mourinho lauds Gareth Bale for starring role in Burnley win: Jose Mourinho has heaped praises on Gareth Bale following his brilliant display in Sunday's win over Burnley. The Real Madrid loanee found the back of the net twice as Spurs ran away with a 4-0 win.

Top Premier League games to watch from March 2 to March 8, 2021

Premier League fans will be treated to a packed roster in the coming days with games being lined up for the midweek and weekend respectively. Man City and Wolves will be involved in the curtain raiser for the upcoming round, with the clash between Liverpool and Chelsea also being another game worth keeping an eye on.

City's status as champions-elect could be consolidated when they welcome Manchester United to Etihad Stadium this weekend before Chelsea and Everton battle it out to close in on their respective objectives to secure a top-four place.

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