Friday, May 13, 2022

Mid-Week Results: De Bruyne Leads Manchester City Romp; Spurs Defeat Imploding Arsenal; Chelsea Spanks Leeds; Everton Gets Point

Manchester City remained relentless in its pursuit of a fourth Premier League title in five years as the Citizens slaughtered Wolves 5-1 at Molineux Stadium. Kevin De Bruyne scored four times for the league leaders and had a hat trick in the books after only 24 minutes. Manchester City has now outscored opponents 22-2 in its last five matches.

The defending league titlists maintained a three-point lead over Liverpool which defeated Aston Villa 2-1 on Tuesday. Sadio Mane had the winner for his 15th goal of the season. Liverpool’s goal differential disadvantage versus Manchester City grew to seven goals after the two clubs’ midweek results.

The north London derby saw a cagey Spurs side embarrass their young Arsenal rivals 3-0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Son Heung-min scored for his club but was also influential in drawing fouls from an undisciplined Arsenal squad. Son drew a penalty call in the 22nd minute when he went down in the box on contact with Arsenal defender Cedric Soares. Spurs captain Harry Kane converted the penalty. Arsenal defender Rob Holding was ejected in the 33rd minute after incurring a second yellow card in a foul of Son. Kane scored four minutes later. Son rapped things up with a goal in the 47th minute.

Undisciplined Arsenal has accumulated more red cards than any other Premier League club since Mikel Arteta became manager in 2019. Arteta’s apparent outrage at the officiating in his post-match performance thus elicited little sympathy. Spurs and Manager Antonio Conte delivered a master class as they moved to within a point of Arsenal in the Champions League race.

Everton inched closer to Premier League survival, capturing a point in a goalless draw at Watford. The Toffees would have hoped for more from their visit to the already relegated Hornets, but a point doubles their margin over relegation rivals Burnley and Leeds.

Leeds was overrun 3-0 by Chelsea. Mason Mount scored for Chelsea after just four minutes. Daniel James received a red card for Leeds in the 24th minute. Romelu Lukaku and Christian Pulisic were the other scorers for the Blues. Leeds was assessed a red card for a second straight match and lost for a third consecutive time as the relegation door beckons American manager Jesse Marsch and his charges.

Norwich is already relegated and lost at Leicester 3-0 on Wednesday. Jamie Vardy scored twice for Leicester. 

FA Cup

Liverpool faces Chelsea in the FA Cup Final on Saturday. The Reds triumphed over the Blues when the clubs met earlier this season in the Carabao Cup final. That match was decided in dramatic fashion on penalty kicks requiring kicks to be taken by the respective clubs’ goalkeepers. Chelsea gets a rematch on its third consecutive visit to the FA Cup final, having lost to Arsenal and Leicester in the past two finals. Liverpool is playing its first FA Cup final in ten years. The Reds remain in contention this season for four trophies though catching Manchester City for the Premier League title seems increasingly unlikely. Liverpool plays Real Madrid for the Champions League title on May 28th

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