Premier League: Week 14 Recap, Highlights – Chelsea remain undefeated, United keep climbing, more

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A series of midweek fixtures did little to alter order in the Premiership table, but some teams benefited more than others with their results.

Big wins for both Liverpool and Aston Villa helped each climb the table. The Reds put their recent scoring woes aside in a 3-1 win over Leicester City. Adam Lallana opened the scoring for Liverpool in the 27th minute, with Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson rounding out the goals in the second half. Leicester captain Wes Morgan was sent off in the 64th minute, shortly after Gerrard’s game winner. The ejection invigorated Liverpool en route to an impressive win, keeping Leicester firmly in the cellar of the Premier League.  For the Reds, they move from 11th to 8th in the table.

Villa came out a winner in two different ways.  A 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace bumped their place in the table from 16 to 12th.  However, it was Christian Benteke who sweetened the pot.  Scoring his first goal since March, the Belgian performed a wonderful run from near midfield to expose the Palace defense, finishing clinically to put Villa ahead.  It was a clutch goal with Palace enjoying the better of play on the afternoon.  Now, Villa will look towards Benteke to continue his scoring run as the team continues to struggle to find a solution to their season-long scoring woes.

A 2-0 victory over QPR helped push Swansea up a spot from 8th to 7th in the table.  Harry Redknapp’s men continue to struggle on the defensive end, adding to their league high 27 goals against with a pair from the Swans.  Meanwhile, Burnley eked up to 18th with a 1-1 draw at home against Newcastle.

Everton dropped out of the top ten thanks to a 1-1 draw against bottom table side Hull City at Goodison Park.  Romelu Lukaku put the Toffees on top in the 34th minute but the Tigers responded in the second half thanks to Sone Aluko.  That would be enough for Hull to rob a point on the road.  Likewise, the curse continues at Tottenham, dropping a 3-0 decision against Chelsea.  Spurs have not won at Stamford Bridge since 1990, and it showed in their Wednesday fixture.  For Chelsea, it was another win against their rival, sweetened by a goal from club legend Didier Drogba who received the nod for the match.

The top of the table continues to be dominated by the undefeated Chelsea, with each of the top five teams holding firm in their position.  A Juan Mata winner in the 59th minute gave Manchester United their fourth win in a row, maintaining their fourth place position with a 2-1 win over Stoke.  Sergio Aguero put on a clinic, scoring two goals and earning an assist in a 4-1 romp over Sunderland.  A vibrant start from Southampton keeps them third in the table, but an Alexis Sanchez goal was enough for Arsenal to put them down at the Emirates.  It is the second defeat in as many fixtures for the Saints.  Meanwhile, West Ham continue their Cinderella season with a 2-1 win over West Brom following a James Tomkins winner.

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