Premier League Sunday
Liverpool are back on top thanks to a James Milner penalty after he, Virgil van Dijk, and Alisson Becker all combined to gift Fulham’s Ryan Babel a 74th minute equaliser.
By Marc Gingell
Premier League Results 17 March 2019
|17.03. 14:15||Craven Cottage||ATT: 25,043||Fulham||1||Liverpool||2|
|REF: C Pawson||Ryan Babel 74′||Sadio Mané 26′|
|James Milner 81′ pen|
|17.03.16:30||Goodison Park||ATT: 39,356||Everton||2||Chelsea||0|
|REF: A Taylor||Richarlison 49′|
|Gylfi Sigurdsson 72′|
Sadio Mané – Genuine Golden Boot Contender
Sadio Mané has now joined Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on 17 Premier League goals after his 26th minute strike put Liverpool one up at Craven Cottage. They are all one goal behind Sergio Agüero. For Mané it’s nine goals in his last nine games and they are vital as Salah has been stuck on 17 since the 3-0 win at Bournemouth on February 9th.
James Milner – Super Sub
With the score still at 1-0 to Liverpool Milner replaced Adam Lallana after 72 minutes. Two minutes later Fulham’s former Liverpool player, Babel with died red hair, seemed somewhat embarrassed when he tapped into Liverpool’s empty net. But on 81 minutes Milner joined the weekend list of ‘Super Subs’ who’d scored winning goals.
His penalty, after Fulham’s keeper Sergio Rico had fouled Mané, went straight but firm and put Liverpool back on top.
Fulham: Rico (5), Fosu-Mensah (6), Chambers (6), Ream (6), Bryan (6), Seri (5), Anguissa (6), Babel (6), Cairney (6), Ayite (5), Mitrovic (6)
Subs: Sessegnon (6), Christie (5), Kebano (NA)
Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (6), Van Dijk (6), Matip (7), Robertson (7), Fabinho (7), Wijnaldum (7), Lallana (6), Mane (8), Firmino (7), Salah (6)
Subs: Milner (7), Origi (6), Sturridge (NA)
Man of the match: Sadio Mane
- Liverpool have extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 10 matches (W6 D4 L0) and went back to the top of the Premier League for the first time since March 1st.
- Fulham have now lost 25 of their last 26 Premier League matches against the ‘big six’ (W0 D1 L25), losing all 11 this season.
- Liverpool’s James Milner extended his Premier League record of never losing a game in which he’s scored – it now stands at 51 games (W40 D11 L0).
Everton 2 Chelsea 0
With 67% possession Chelsea won that battle but again lost and are falling off the pace in the race for a top four finish. They just can’t seem to score against better quality sides and have failed to find the net twice this season against Everton.
Richarlison opened the scoring for Everton on 49 minutes and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a second in the 72.
Everton: Pickford (7), Coleman (6), Keane (6), Mina (6), Digne (7), Gomes (6), Gueye (8), Richarlison (7), Sigurdsson (7), Bernard (6), Calvert-Lewin (7).
Subs: Schneiderlin (5), Walcott (5), Davies (n/a).
Chelsea: Kepa (5), Azpilicueta (5), Rudiger (5), Luiz (5), Alonso (4), Jorginho (6), Kante (6), Barkley (5), Pedro (6), Hazard (6), Higuain (5).
Subs: Loftus-Cheek (5), Hudson-Odoi (6), Giroud (5).
Man of the Match: Idrissa Gueye.
- Everton (W1 D1) have avoided defeat against Chelsea within a single Premier League season for the first time since the 2015/16 campaign under manager Roberto Martinez.
- Chelsea have suffered defeat at Goodison Park without scoring a goal for the first time since September 2013, when they lost 1-0 under manager Jose Mourinho.
- Everton have kept back-to-back home clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since doing so against Fulham and Crystal Palace back in September and October earlier this season.
- Only Fulham (six) have lost more Premier League games away from home in 2019 than Chelsea (P5 W1 D0 L4).
- Despite scoring the rebound, Gylfi Sigurdsson has now missed three of his five Premier League penalties for Everton (60%). Indeed, 2018/19 is just the second Premier League season to see two different players miss at least three penalties (also Paul Pogba) after 2003/04 (Alan Shearer and Ruud van Nistelrooy).
- Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has now failed to score in each of his seven Premier League games at Goodison Park; his most appearances at a single away venue without finding the net in the competition.
- Richarlison has scored 12 goals in the Premier League this season; only three players have netted more in the competition in their first season at Everton (15 – Kanchelskis, Yakubu and Lukaku).
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