EPL mid-week round-up: Chelsea roar into the top four; Werner breaks goal-drought
EPL mid-week round-up review as Chelsea roar into the top four and Werner breaks goal-drought.
Chelsea 2, Newcastle 0 – Stamford bridge
Timo Werner's 14-match goal drought came to an end when he scored and assisted in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Newcastle on Monday night at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea swiftly moved to the fourth place of the Premier League points table on the back of their fourth consecutive victory under new boss Thomas Tuchel.
A relieved Werner got his first goal after over 1000 minutes of play in the 39th when the ball fell to him at the far post and he made no mistake in putting it in. This was not before he provided the perfect cross for Olivier Giroud to thump in Chelsea's opener in the 31st minute of play.
Tuchel provided out-of-favour goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga his first Premier League start since mid-October after his erratic form led to his replacement by Edouard Mendy. Kepa was seriously tested just once from a Joe Willock header in the 75th minute but apart from that, the Spanish custodian had little to do against an injury-plagued Newcastle side.
Chelsea are now 2 points clear of struggling title-holders Liverpool's 40 after 24 games and on equal points with 5th-placed West Ham United but ahead on goal difference.
David Moyes' Hammers pip Liverpool to the 5th spot.
West Ham United 3, Sheffield United 0 – London stadium
West Ham secured a fifth spot on Matchday 24 when they overcame bottom-placed Sheffield 3-0 at the London stadium on Monday night. The Hammers’ victory came off a Declan Rice penalty, an Issa Diop header and a third one from substitute Ryan Fredericks.
The Hammers were gifted their first goal when Sheffield midfielder Chris Basham lunged at Jesse Lingard inside the area and a penalty was awarded with Rice coolly finishing from the spot in the 41st minute. The Hammers doubled their lead post the interval in the 58th minute when Diop headed home from an Aaron Cresswell corner.
The Blades came closest to reducing the deficit shortly after when David McGoldrick's headed effort was tipped over the crossbar by Lukasz Fabianski. Fredericks coming in at the 2nd minute of injury time had to wait just 4 minutes for his goal as he tucked in a shot after having set up well by Said Benrahma.
While the hosts enjoyed some of their best seasonal moments in recent history after 24 outings, moving within a place of the Top Four, for Chris Wilder's men it was their 19th Premier League defeat as they struggled to extricate themselves out of the bottom of the table.
Other mid-week EPL results
- Everton 0, Fulham 2
- Burnley 1, Fulham 1
- Everton 1, Manchester City 3
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