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Premier League Round-up: Gameweek 36

Premier League Round-up: Alisson's goal keeps Liverpool afloat, West Ham slip once again

May 17, 2021 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The top half of the Premier League table is looking interesting once more with just two games left to play in the ongoing campaign.

The Premier League took yet another incredible twist over the weekend and the state of affairs at the top half of the table may well drag on into the final game of the season to be properly decided. With the coronation of Manchester City already completed and the status of Manchester United as potential runners-up looking is also looking very likely. The two remaning Champions League slots are yet to be determined but over the weekend both Chelsea and Leicester City were not involved in any game in the Premier League as they had FA Cup final commitments.

However, a win for Liverpool in their meeting with West Brom gave a different outlook to things following a dramatic encounter. As at the 94th minute, many thought that spoils were going to be shared between the pair but a historic goal by goalkeeper Alisson Becker who run the full length of the pitch for a corner-kick, ultimately handed Jurgen Klopp's men all the three points.

Meanwhile, West Ham had their chances of securing a Europa League spot dealt yet another blow following the 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion while Tottenham Hotspur usurped the Hammers and climbed into the sixth position with a 2-0 win over Wolves.

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Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane now sits par with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah on 22 goals after scoring the weekend's opener against Wolves. Relatively, the latter was on target as the Reds snatched the maximum points against the Baggies. Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes completes the trio with 18 goals, having also managed a goal in his side's last outing with Liverpool.

Top headlines in the Premier League

Harry Kane informs Tottenham he wants to leave this summer: England striker Harry Kane has once again told Tottenham he wants to leave the Premier League club at the end of the season. Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have each expressed a desire to sign the 27-year-old.

Crystal Palace consider the appointment of Frank Lampard: Ex Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has become the favourite with bookmakers to become the next Crystal Palace manager with Roy Hodgson's contract expiring at the end of the season. The former England international is currently unassigned after being laid off by the Blues earlier in the season.

Bellerin, Willian, Xhaka and Luiz eye Arsenal exit: Hector Bellerin, Willian, Granit Xhaka and David Luiz have been identified among the players pushing for moves away from the Gunners this summer. 

Solskjaer reveals the impact of fans protest on Man Utd players: Manchester United players have been affected by the fan protests against the club's ownership, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed. Last week, the Red Devils were defeated by Leicester and Liverpool in the space of 50 hours as a congested fixture list combined with fan discontent to disrupt their planning.

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Manchester United vs Fulham: Manchester United will look to finally put their aspiration to finish as runners-up in the Premier League when they take on the Cottagers at Old Trafford on Tuesday. The Red Devils lost their last two outings in the competition having played three games in a space of five days and will hope to bounce back with a win against Scott Parkers' relegated side.

Chelsea vs Leicester City: All eyes will be on Stamford Bridge with Chelsea and Leicester set for another showdown after their FA Cup final on Sunday. Having missed out on winning the trophy to the Foxes via a lone goal, the Blues will be eager to make amends and safeguard their top-four status with Liverpool breathing down the necks of both clubs. 

Tottenham vs Aston Villa: The race for a Europa League spot is also as fierce as it could be and Tottenham will hope to secure their future with a win over Villa in the forthcoming encounter. A defeat could be useful for the likes of West Ham, Everton and Arsenal as far as the pursuit of European football is concerned.

Liverpool vs Burnley: Liverpool will look to back their charge for a Champions League place by beating Burnley in Wednesday's encounter at Anfield. While they will hope for either Chelsea or Leicester to slip in their clash, the Reds must win all their remaining games to successfully secure a spot in Europe's elite league.

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