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Premier League 2021-22: 5 talking points from Matchday 29

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Ace Football presents a detailed view of the fixtures played in the 29th gameweek of the Premier League campaign.

Another matchday of Premier League action ended on Sunday as teams locked horns with their opponents in the weekend.

Ten matches took place across England, with the league’s table seeing some major changes.

As we prepare for another exciting week of Premier League football, let’s review our main takeaways from Matchday 29.

Man City drop points as title-race excitement peaks

Manchester City’s goalless draw against Crystal Palace saw the Citizens dropping points in the league for the first time since February 19.

Their closest rivals, Liverpool, closed the gap on top of the table to one point when they defeated Arsenal in a midweek game. The Reds are on a nine-game winning streak in the league, hoping to leapfrog City from the top of the table with their unstoppable firepower.

Before continuing their league campaigns after the international break, both sides have to play in the FA Cup. City will meet Southampton while Liverpool lock horns with Nottingham Forest.

Cristiano Ronaldo makes a brilliant return to United’s starting XI

Ronaldo’s absence in United’s starting lineup against City last week attracted criticism toward Ralf Rangnick for his selections. However, the Portuguese superstar bounced back with a masterclass performance against Tottenham on Saturday.

The 59th hat-trick of Ronaldo’s career saw Rangnick’s side edge out the Spurs with a 3-2 result. The former Real Madrid star opened the scoring with a brilliant shot in the 12th minute before winning the game for the Red Devils with two more goals in the 38th and 81st minutes.

Ronaldo will now travel to play for Portugal in their upcoming games in the international break. He will be back in Premier League action when United take on Leicester City on April 2.

Leeds United are a different team under Jesse Marsch

Leeds United’s newly appointed manager, Jesse Marsch, ended their horrible run of six consecutive league defeats this weekend.

A 2-1 victory against Norwich City also saw the Peacocks score for the first time in four games. They are still far from escaping the danger of relegation, sitting only four points away from the bottom three.

However, their attacking display showed significant improvement compared to what we saw in their last games under Marcelo Bielsa. Let’s see if they can build on their victory when they meet Wolves on Friday.

Chelsea unphased by Abramovich sanctions

Since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich has come under severe sanctions from the British government.

The Russian oligarch officially announced he had decided to sell the club. However, the new sanctions will prevent him from doing so, leaving the club in a state of financial coma.

The uncertainties over Chelsea’s future, however, have not influenced their performances on the pitch. The Blues ended Newcastle’s run of eight unbeaten games when they clinched a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel’s side will meet Middlesbrough in their last game before the upcoming international break on Saturday.

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Everton continue Premier League horror run 

Everton suffered their fourth consecutive defeat when Wolves beat them 1-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday. The Toffees are now only above the relegation zone due to their better goal difference as they continue their poor displays.

This weekend, Franck Lampard’s men were not able to come back into the game after Conor Coady scored against them in the 49th minute. 

Everton failed to score in a league game for the fourth week in a row. Let’s see if they can change that against Newcastle’s much-improved team on Thursday.