Postponed fixtures in the Premier leagues saw the Saints find Solace against the Swans to get liberated at the Liberty Stadium in this extraordinary league.
West Brom, who was on borrowed time for quite a while can pack their bags for good as baggies prepare for the curse of the Championship next season. A dramatic encounter at Chelsea witnessed a far cry turned into a fairy tale once again with Huddersfield earning that elusive point to stay up.
A goalless draw at the London Stadium ensured Manchester United are the runner-ups for this season. Conte is fitting all eggs in one basket, thus losing ground on Europe following a draw at the Bridge, Spurs, on the other hand, kept the eyes on the prize with an important win thanks to a Harry Kane super strike. Leicester returned to winning ways against 10 men Arsenal and Champions continue to quantify their consistent campaign.
Biggest Winners: Southampton
The Saints enlightened at the Liberty to collect three most crucial points of the season earning safety in the process. Mark Hughes used all his experience of never being relegated in the Premier League preparing a well-oiled machine on the field that absorbed with pressure with perspiration and counter-attacked with perception. Southampton can breathe now and will hope for a passive preceding on the penultimate match-day.
Biggest Losers: Swansea City
Swans for once got choked in their pond during this strange game-week of postponed fixtures. The home defeat against Southampton was bad enough but the Huddersfield result took the wind out of their sail for sure. Ever since the departure of Michael Laudrup, Swansea have been scrappy as a team and the individuals have bailed them out for the past 2 seasons, unfortunately, in a team sport, individuality intoxicates the side into ignorance.
Best Team: Manchester City
The Champions got back to winning ways against the Brighton side ready to embrace the blitz of the Premier League for one more season. City’s consistency reflects their cohesiveness as a unit where surrogates have been structured to stabilize results.
Stats: Manchester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion
|Ball Possession||Total Shots (on target)||Accurate Passes %||Shots conceded (on target)|
|73%||19 (7)||92%||6 (3)|
Best Player: Manolo Gabbiadini
Gabbiadini’s poacher goal in the 72nd minute transformed the gullible into the glee earning those elusive three points which have been hard to come by for Southampton this season. Austin was gathering the offense but it was the anticipation of Gabbiadini to pounce on the second ball and the precision to place it goalwards that furnished the finish for the Saints, He has been lost in front of the goal this season but as they say ‘cometh the hour cometh man”. The Old general of Napoli came to the rescue of Southampton.
Honorable Mention: Leroy Sane
The hattrick of assists from Sane states what a powerhouse he has become in this Pep’s productive regime. The strength and skill accompanied by technique and vision make Sane an all-around threat in and around the box.
Worst Player: Konstantinos Mavropanos
The youngster produced a horror show in those 15 minutes of pain, decimated by the direct approach of Leicester which can be brutal as we have seen in the past, tough love for the Greek as he experiences the rigors of the Premier League first hand. To be honest he produced a mature performance at Old Trafford couple of weeks ago but he has to realize that consistency is required to gain compatibility in this uncompromising League.
Best Manager: David Wagner
Nobody gave Huddersfield and Wagner any chance of getting even a point out of the last three fixtures against City, Chelsea, and Arsenal, David Wagner, always the optimistic remain confident in his credentials and the credibility of his side combining both of them to provide concrete results against the current and the former champions. There are not many managers that can say that they stopped City from scoring at Etihad and neutralizing Chelsea amidst their challenge for the Champions League places is colossal.
Best Match: Swansea City vs Southampton (0-1)
Swansea and Southampton dubbed as the main event of this unusual game week didn’t actually deliver on the quality front which was expected considering the magnitude of this fixture with the safety on the line, but it was filled with emotions building up the intensity yielding both ecstasy and disappointment for the two camps.
A cautious first half saw Swansea hogging the possession stats but Southampton created better chances that Austin just couldn’t finish. Jordan Ayew lacked penetration and Tammy Abraham’s introduction in the second half brought a spark to the forward line that wasn’t allowed to transform into fire thanks to an organized shape and structure maintained by the Southampton back five. Gabbiadini’s presence and precision in the box provided the much-needed goal for the Saints who then clung on to deny any opening for Swansea to jump upon.