Wednesday, April 20, 2016

More Midweek Premier League Madness: Liverpool dominates Merseyside

Liverpool 4-0 Everton
The Merseyside Derby doesn't exactly carry much weight these days and this particular version was one of the rarer ass kickings among the series. The first half was fairly tame until the tail end when Liverpool went off. First, it was Divock Origi scoring his first Merseyside Derby goal in the 43rd minute. He rose to a cross above to Everton defenders that really should have put forth a better effort. Then Mamadou Sakho added the second in the final action of the first half. He was left unmarked for an easy header, showing a bit of a trend in Everton defending late in the half. The Liverpool romp continued in the second half with goals from Daniel Sturridge in the 61st and Philippe Coutinho in the 76th. Everton showed no life after that and succumbed to the red half of the city ruling the roost

West Ham 3-1 Watford
West Ham have been busy disrupting title hopes after back to back draws against Leicester and Arsenal. They also have a slight chance at the Champions League is some of those top clubs can stumble. Andy carroll got them in front eleven minutes in with a well placed shot. West Ham's lead was doubled just before half time thanks to a penalty. Things went from bad to worse for Watford when a second penalty against them in the 53rd minute allowed Noble to bag a brace from the spot, Watford would pull one back in the 64th minute thanks to Sebastian Prodl, but that would sum up the scoring as West Ham got out with three points.

Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace
Manchester United need every point they can get if they want to sneak into the Champions League next season. An early own goal off Damien Delaney gave Manchester United a fourth minute lead. Mateo Darmian would score an actual for his side in the 55th minute. That confirmed three points for United as the continue to pressure Arsenal and Manchester City for a spot in the top four.

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