The final round of Premier League matches before final the international break of 2019 commences got underway today, with four games taking place at the traditional 3pm kick-off time.
Saturday’s early game saw Chelsea stretch their league winning streak to six matches, and because those Leicester City were playing in the late game Frank Lampard’s men leapfrogged champions Manchester City into second place.
Elsewhere, Bournemouth visited Newcastle United, who have looked meagre at home this season, while Southampton – on a six-game winless streak – entertained an Everton side also in desperate need of all three points.
Burnley, meanwhile, were looking to past last weekend’s humbling 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United behind them against West Ham, another side in wretched form of late. Tottenham Hotspur, who have also recently struggled, faced the aforementioned Blades at home.
So, how did the games play out?
Burnley 3-0 West Ham
The match summed up in one stat… Ashley Barnes ended a run of 592 minutes without scoring a Premier League goal.
What does this mean for the Premier League? Burnley move up five places and occupy ninth spot. West Ham drop three places and sit just five points above the relegation zone.
Man of the match? Ashley Barnes, returned to scoring ways and won three aerial duels.
Spare a thought for… Roberto Jiménez. He’s now conceded 12 goals across six Premier League outings, including an own goal, since filling in for Łukasz Fabiański.
Newcastle United 2-1 Bournemouth
The match summed up in one stat… Today’s game saw a side netting more than once in a single Premier League match at St James’ Park this season.
What does this mean for the Premier League? A much-needed home win sees Newcastle rise four places into 11th place and sit a place above Spurs while Bournemouth remain in seventh.
Man of the match? Allan Saint-Maximin, he would have broken his duck for Newcastle if not for the woodwork, but created three goalscoring opportunities as well as completing four take-ons.
Spare a thought for… Aaron Ramsdale. He was chasing a fourth consecutive shutout in the Premier League.
Southampton 1-2 Everton
The match summed up in one stat… Southampton have conceded first in each of their six Premier League home matches this season.
What does this mean for the Premier League? Everton go up four spots after picking up this crucial victory, Southampton stay in the bottom two.
Man of the match? Richarlison, back to his wiry old self, completed five take-ons which was more than anyone on the pitch.
Spare a thought for… Ralph Hasenhüttl. This could very well be the Austrian tactician’s final game in charge of the Saints.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Sheffield United
The match summed up in one stat… Spurs are unbeaten in five home games against Sheffield United in all competitions (W3 D2) since November 1991.
What does this mean for the Premier League? A fifth successive Premier League without a win sees Spurs move into the bottom half of the table. Sheffield United, meanwhile, now sit inside the top five.
Man of the match? David McGoldrick, denied a first Premier League goal by VAR but created the equaliser and other three other chances.
Spare a thought for… Enda Stevens. His error lead to Spurs’ opening goal.