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Premier League 2021-22: Matchday 28 recap

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Ace Football presents a detailed view of the fixtures played in the 28th gameweek of the Premier League campaign.

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

Ten matches took place across England while the exciting top-four race continued with significant changes.

As we prepare for another exciting week of Premier League football, let’s review our main takeaways from Matchday 28.

Leicester City 1-0 Leeds United

Leeds United played their first match since the sacking of Marcelo Bielsa. They were already showing signs of retreating from their usual attacking style. 

However, it was not enough to save them from suffering their sixth defeat in a row. Leicester clinched a narrow win as they climbed to 12th place on the table.

This week, Brendan Rodgers’ side will try to end Arsenal’s four-game winning streak.

Burnley 0-4 Chelsea

Chelsea came into the game on the back of their narrow win over Luton Town in the FA Cup. Having rested for almost a full week, Chelsea’s regular starters dominated the game from the beginning.

It took them 47 minutes to break the deadlock, but they didn’t stop there when they finally scored the opener. Using Kai Havertz as a false number nine, Tuchel seems to have found a solid attacking setup without Romelu Lukaku.

It will be interesting to see whether the German boss will continue with this formation against Newcastle this week.

Aston Villa 4-0 Southampton

Villa crushed the Saints as they celebrated back to back wins since November 27. Another impressive performance from Phillippe Coutinho saw Steven Gerrard’s side secure 11th place on the table.

They will now prepare to face Leeds United, who are looking to end their disastrous run of six consecutive defeats.

Norwich City 1-3 Brentford

Brentford won a Premier League game for the first time since January 2. The Bees managed to beat Norwich, who seem to have stuck at the rock bottom of the league table.

They will meet another one of their fellow relegation-strugglers on Saturday as they take on Burnley. Let’s see if they can build on their crucial victory against the Clarets.

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Newcastle 2-1 Brighton

Newcastle used the January transfer window to get quick squad recruitment, and it seems they have done that very well. A win over Brighton saw Eddie Howe’s side move up to 14th place on the table, seven points above the relegation zone.

The Magpies will look to continue their unbeaten run of eight games when they take on Chelsea on Sunday.

Wolves 0-2 Crystal Palace

Palace used Wolves’ sudden dip in form to beat them at the Molineux Stadium. It was the hosts’ third consecutive defeat while Palace reached the tenth place on the table.

The Eagles have remained unbeaten since losing to Chelsea on February 19. Let’s see if Manchester City can beat them at Selhurst Park this week.

Liverpool 1-0 West Ham

Liverpool have done everything they can to close the gap with Man City on top of the table. Following a 2-1 win over Norwich City in the FA Cup, the Reds clinched another narrow victory to continue their seven-game winning streak in the league.

The Reds will face Brighton who held them to a 2-2 draw at Anfield earlier this season. Can Liverpool’s front three bounce back from their weak performances of the last two weeks?

Watford 2-3 Arsenal

One of the most entertaining games of the matchday saw Arsenal bagging three more points in the top-four race by beating Watford.

Three goals from Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, and Gabriel Martinelli were enough for the Gunners to edge out their 19-th placed opponents. 

To continue their four-game winning streak, Arsenal must beat Leicester City this weekend.

Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United

Man City smashed United in the Manchester derby as they, once again, refused to drop points in the title race. On the other hand, United failed to win for the third consecutive win.

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In addition to their goalscoring problems, Ralf Rangnick’s side now look more vulnerable defensively. The return of Raphael Varane could play a key role in United’s chances of keeping Tottenham at bay this weekend.

Tottenham 5-0 Everton

Tottenham dismantled Everton on home soil as they bounced back from a shock FA Cup defeat against Middlesbrough. The attacking duo of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min have regained their best form recently, providing the Spurs with much-needed consistency upfront.

Antonio Conte’s side will face Manchester United this weekend. They have the chance to leapfrog the Red Devils from fifth place by beating them at Old Trafford.