Gameweek 20 of the Premier League presented some intriguing matchups, with the ‘Big Six’ of the division all facing difficult fixtures following the halfway point of the season.
On Saturday, Tottenham Hotspur aimed to keep up their unlikely push for the title as they faced Wolverhampton Wanderers at home.
In the evening kick-off, Liverpool looked to extend their lead at the top of the table as they welcomed an out-of-form Arsenal side at Anfield.
Sunday’s encounters presented the potential for upsets. Chelsea visited Crystal Palace, Manchester City travelled to Southampton and Manchester United played host to Bournemouth.
Without further ado, take a look at how the ‘Big Six’ teams fared this weekend, with player ratings for each side!
Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Wolves
Harry Kane’s early strike for Spurs was cancelled out by Wolves’ second-half fightback. Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa secured an unlikely win for the visitors.
Tottenham goalkeeper and defenders ratings
Hugo Lloris – 4: Could have arguably done better with all three of Wolves’ goals.
Kieran Trippier – 4: Very poor. His wayward pass set Wolves away for their third.
Toby Alderweireld – 5: Unspectacular. He wasn’t his usual, imposing self.
Davinson Sanchez – 6: Made a great tackle to deny Ivan Cavaleiro but was otherwise quiet.
Ben Davies – 4: Offered precious little to Spurs in the final third.
Tottenham midfielders ratings
Harry Winks – 6: Started the game well and evaded Wolves’ press but grew tired. His influence waned.
Moussa Sissoko – 6: Worked relentlessly hard but was often overloaded in midfield.
Tottenham attackers ratings
Christian Eriksen – 5: Started brightly but faded slowly as the game progressed.
Dele Alli – 5: Worked hard but was uninfluential.
Heung-min Son – 6: The South Korean attacker was bright but lacked end product.
Harry Kane – 6: Scored an outstanding goal. He was, however, quiet from then onwards and was also booked for diving.
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal
Liverpool continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a thumping win against Arsenal. Ainsley Maitland-Niles opened the scoring for the Gunners before a hat-trick from Roberto Firmino and strikes from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane sealed a win for the hosts.
Liverpool goalkeeper and defenders ratings
Alisson – 7: Couldn’t have done much to save the goal. His 50-yard pass in the build-up to the fourth goal was sublime.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7: The youngster was solid and untroubled throughout.
Dejan Lovren – 7: A compact and solid performance from the Croat.
Virgil van Dijk – 8: Calm and composed as always, the Dutchman did his job well.
Andy Robertson – 7: Progressed and grew into the game as it wore on.
Liverpool midfielders ratings
Georginio Wijnaldum – 9: A fantastic performance from the Dutchman who controlled the midfield all by himself at times.
Fabinho – 7: Started the game with a couple of wry passes. However, like others, the Brazilian soon took control.
Liverpool attackers ratings
Xherdan Shaqiri – 6: He skittled in and out of the game but produced moments of quality when required.
Roberto Firmino – 10: The hero of the night and a fantastic performance to match. The second goal was a thing of beauty.
Sadio Mane – 8: He was a real threat throughout the hour he played. Set up the second Firmino goal and scored the team’s third goal.
Mohamed Salah – 8: The Egyptian was an ever-present danger in behind the Arsenal defence. Won and scored the penalty at the stroke of half-time and also assisted the Mane goal.
Arsenal goalkeeper and defenders ratings
Bernd Leno – 5: Wasn’t directly at fault for the goals but was unconvincing still.
Stephan Lichtsteiner – 4: Let Salah in behind to square to Mane for the third goal and failed to clear the ball for the comedic first.
Shkodran Mustafi – 2: After a dreadful first-half showing, he was hauled off.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos – 4: Gave away the penalty at the end of the first half with a clumsy challenge from behind on Salah, even if the decision felt soft.
Sead Kolasinac – 5: Gave away the second penalty, in what was a contested decision. By that time, the game was long gone.
Arsenal midfielders ratings
Granit Xhaka – 5: Battled well but the game passed him by.
Lucas Torreira – 6: As above, Torreira worked hard but couldn’t quite get to grips with the intensity of the match despite his best efforts.
Arsenal attackers ratings
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 6: Took the goal well but was uninfluential otherwise.
Aaron Ramsey – 5: Wearing the armband, Ramsey was underwhelming.
Alex Iwobi – 6: Provided the cross for Maitland-Niles’ goal, but did little else after.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 5: Starved of service. Touched the ball 13 times.
Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea
N’Golo Kante netted the decisive goal as Chelsea came away from Crystal Palace with a narrow 1-0 win on Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea goalkeeper and defenders ratings
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6: Wasn’t truly tested by Palace’s attacking players.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7: Kept the wide outlets quiet and was resilient throughout.
Antonio Rudiger – 7: He is becoming more and more integral to this Chelsea side and his improvement this season cannot be underestimated.
David Luiz – 8: He was mightily impressive, stepping out with the ball and picking the run of Kante with an expertly-timed clipped ball into the path of the French midfielder for the goal.
Marcos Alonso – 7: Dealt comfortably with Andros Townsend.
Chelsea midfielders ratings
Ross Barkley – 7: A more lively performance from the Chelsea midfielder.
Jorginho – 8: His 166 passes completed were more than double anyone else’s on the pitch and he consistently recovered possession.
N’Golo Kante – 8: Scored an unconventional goal and was effervescent throughout.
Chelsea attackers ratings
Willian – 7: His final ball was lacking but Willian looked lively throughout.
Olivier Giroud – 6: A rather indifferent afternoon for the Frenchman, who was substituted with an ankle injury.
Eden Hazard – 7: Always a threat but struggled to truly impose himself on proceedings.
Southampton 1-3 Manchester City
Strikes from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and an own goal from James Ward-Prowse helped Manchester City defeat Southampton. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg netted for the hosts before being sent off later on in the game.
Manchester City goalkeeper and defenders ratings
Ederson – 7: Untroubled in large parts. His distribution was superb.
Danilo – 7: Supported the attack well and defended with consummate ease.
Vincent Kompany – 6: Unconvincing at times but generally solid.
Aymeric Laporte – 7: Typically assured and confident at the back.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6: Recovered well after making an error in the first half.
Manchester City midfielders ratings
Fernandinho – 9: Broke up play well and ran the show with his exceptional passing. Man of the match.
Bernardo Silva – 7: Buzzed around the pitch and was creative throughout.
David Silva – 8: Always looking for spaces between the lines. Took his goal well.
Manchester City attackers ratings
Riyad Mahrez – 7: Will be disappointed not to have scored but was always a livewire.
Sergio Aguero – 7: Took his goal well and threatened Southampton’s centre-backs with his movement.
Raheem Sterling – 8: A constant menace. His pace and agility caused Southampton all sorts of problems.
Manchester United 4-1 Bournemouth
Paul Pogba netted a brace as Manchester United defeated Bournemouth at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku also found the net as Nathan Ake’s goal for the Cherries counted for little.
Manchester United goalkeeper and defenders ratings
David de Gea – 7: Typically reliable. Made some good stops.
Ashley Young – 7: Performed well in the final third and was relatively untested.
Victor Lindelof – 7: Good on the ball. Some occasional, shaky moments at the back.
Eric Bailly – 5: Spoiled a solid enough performance with a ludicrous challenge on Ryan Fraser. He was sent off in the final stages of the match.
Luke Shaw – 6: Worked hard but wasn’t especially impressive.
Manchester United midfielders ratings
Nemanja Matic – 8: Solskjaer’s appointment has revitalised him. He was positive in his passing and broke up play well.
Ander Herrera – 8: Another strong performance. It was an all-action display from the Spaniard.
Paul Pogba – 9: Took both his goals well and was talismanic as United cruised to a win.
Manchester United attackers ratings
Jesse Lingard – 7: His work went under the radar, as his movement made space for others. Typically made a nuisance of himself.
Anthony Martial – 8: Looked threatening throughout. Excellent cross for Rashford’s goal.
Marcus Rashford – 9: Excellent display. He created the opener, scored a goal and was menacing for the whole game.
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