ROUND-UP: Africans in the EPL – Week 25
With Champions League just round the corner, this is the time the ‘big teams’ had to cash in with as many points as possible with the race for the title hotting up.
Africa Football Shop’s EPL Correspondant Ravi Pahalwani reports all the action, including Leicester City’s heroics at the Etihad.
Southampton held on against West Ham to ensure a return to winning ways. Kenya star Victor Wanyama was sent for The Saints with his dismissal his third of the season. Saido Mane had an off day and was subbed with 56 minutes gone. Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike made his EPL debut for West Ham as a late sub. Victor Moses started for the Hammers as well as Cameroon’s Alex Song.
Riyad Mahrez’s Leicester stunned Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium to strengthen their leadership in the Premier League table taking them six points clear, with the Algeria international scoring his 14th league goal of the season while also chipping in with an assist. Ivoirian star Yaya Toure and Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho were in action for the Citizens.
Cheick Tiote’s Newcastle sealed a 1-0 home win over West Brom while Idrissa Gueye’s Aston Villa also enjoyed a crucial 2-0 home victory over Bassong’s Norwich. DR Congo duo Youssouf Mulumbu and Dieumerci Mbokani also featured for the Canaries. Ivorian Seydou Doumbia will have to wait to his EPL debut as he watched the action from the bench.
Watford were looking to continue their good form as they visited high flying Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs came out on top sealing a 1-0 home win against Odion Ighalo’s Watford. Allan Nyom also featured as he played full throttle for Watford. Moroccan Nordin Amrabat watched the game from the Hornets bench.
Mame Biram Diouf got the nod up front for Stoke as Everton came to the Britannia. The potters were stunned as Everton ran out comfortable 3-0 winners. Peter Odemwingie was on the bench for Stoke. Andre Ayew’s Swansea were held by Emmanuel Adebayor’s Crystal Palace. Same outcome at Anfield as Liverpool let a two goal slip to let Wahbi Khazri‘s Sunderland steal a well-earned point. Kolo Toure was an early substitute for Liverpool. Lamine Kone was a good form while Dame Ndoye entered proceeding with just 26 minutes into the game.
Chelsea and Manchester United locked horns at Stamford Bridge with both sides in need of a win. The game had a thrilling ending with Diego Costa scoring in the last minute to draw the game. John Obi Mikel continued his resurgence as he played an anchor man role in the midfield for Chelsea with some crucial tackles and interceptions. Baba Rahman and Betrand Traore were unused substitutes.