In this week’s postponed matchday, the main theme was positions in races around the Premier League. Chelsea is dropping further down in the Premier title race meanwhile, Tottenham and Manchester United are still in the hunt for the top four.
Brighton (1) vs. Chelsea (1)
Chelsea looked unmotivated in the match and saw their title chances drift away. Brighton put the pressure on Chelsea right from the opening whistle. Chelsea took the lead in the 28th minute off a Hakim Ziyech strike into the right corner. Brighton maintained the pressure in the second half, finally capitalizing off a corner kick headed by Adam Webster. Chelsea was lucky after the second goal that Brighton could not capitalize a second time because they controlled play and had many chances at goal.
Leicester (2) vs. Tottenham (3)
An extra-time shocker gives Tottenham the victory and brings them a step closer to the top four. Tottenham dominated play during the match but could not find a goal. Leicester went out in front in the twenty-fourth minute. Harry Kane evened the match in the thirty-eighth. James Madison seemed to have gotten the match-winning goal in the late stages of the match. Three minutes later, forward Steven Bergwijn was subbed in. Five minutes into extra time, Bergwijn found the back of the goal off a messy play in the box. Right after the restart, Spurs gained possession quickly and Kane found a breaking Bergwijn behind the defenders, he made a clever move around Kasper Schmeichel to then send the ball off the post and into the goal.
Brentford (1) vs. Manchester United (3)
Brentford was all over United for an hour of the match but it was United who got three goals and sealed the victory. United were fortunate that Brentford could not find the back of the net in the first half because the match could have looked very different. In the second half, the Red Devils found much-needed goals from Elonga, Greenwood and Rashford. They hope that these goals will push these three players to further contributions in the future. Brentford eventually scored a late meaningless goal. These were hugely needed three points to keep United in the hunt for the top four.