Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates with his mates after scoring his 17th goal of the season in Chelsea's win at West Ham.
EPL TOP GOAL SCORERS: DIEGO COSTA
Premier League Top Goal Scorers: Diego Costa
Of note is that two of the top goal scorers in the Premier League - Diego Costa and Eden Hazard - both play for league leaders Chelsea. This season Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur; Romelu Lukaku, Everton; Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal; Diego Costa, Chelsea; Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United; Jermain Defoe, Sunderland; Dele Ali, Tottenham Hotspur; Kun Aguero, Manchester City; Sadio Mane, Liverpool; and Eden Hazard, Chelsea are the top 10 goal scorers to date in the England Premier League. Chelsea’s top goal scorers this season to date are Diego Costa with 17 goals and Eden Hazard with 11 goals. Chelsea is still in first place on the 2016-17 England Premier League Table. Tottenham Hotspur is in second, Manchester City is in third, Arsenal is in fourth, Liverpool is in fifth, Manchester United in in sixth, and Everton is in seventh.
Premier League: West Ham United 1-2 Chelsea
West Ham goal: Manuel Lanzini 90 +1:51
Chelsea goals: Eden Hazard 25, Diego Costa 50
Chelsea defeated West Ham and moved ahead 10 points clear at the top of EPL Table due to goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard. The win ensures Conte’s side have a ten-point lead going into the final 12 EPL matches of the 2016-17 campaign. Only a fall of epic proportions will see the title go to another club in May.
Hazard opened the match scoring for the Blues at 25’. Chelsea doubled their lead after the break when Diego Costa converted Cesc Fabregas’ corner, ambitious for all three points. Manuel Lanzini scored a consolation goal for West Ham United in injury-time.
After the victory, the Blue’s top goal-scorer Diego Costa has warned his Chelsea teammates against falling into complacency as they look to wrap up the Premier League silverware. By beating London rivals West Ham 2-1 the Blues restored their 10-point advantage over second-placed Tottenham Hotspur. With eleven league games remaining, Antonio Conte’s side are the favorites to win the title, however Costa insists nothing is guaranteed at the point.
“We can’t go onto the pitch with the mind-set of thinking we’re champions already - that we have the title wrapped up,” said Costa. ”There’s still a long way to go. We do have a good advantage but we have to keep doing what we’re doing. We just have to try and keep winning and take it one step at a time.”
Chelsea’s prolific striker Diego Costa said that his training-round row with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte earlier in the season was "nothing," saying he is fully focused on winning the Premier League. Reportedly Costa had been dropped from the squad to play Leicester City in January after a heated argument with Conte over a back injury. The incident happened days after a lucrative approach from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian but Costa was back to the starting lineup, scoring on his return against Hull City the following weekend. Tianjin later confirmed that Chelsea's unwillingness to consider offers had killed any potential deal.
"It was nothing," Costa said about the row after he had scored in Chelsea's 2-1 win at West Ham on Monday. People here [in England] make up a lot of stuff. Things happen, but I'm showing now that there's nothing to it. I'm playing and scoring goals, and that's the important thing. Everyone knows that anything I say has bigger repercussions than what it was. The manager is someone who works us really hard in training. He's got his personality just like I've got mine and others have theirs, but the important thing is to show your personality in a way that benefits the team. This is what's happening. Everyone is on the same page and that's the way we have to go."
Costa said the win at West Ham revealed the difference in playing West Ham since their move to the London Stadium from Upton Park at the start of this season.
"They were always a difficult team to play in their old ground,” said Costa. “It was always a tough game. When they come to a bigger pitch, with the crowd further from the players, maybe they don't feel the same heat from the crowd. For us or other teams that come here it's almost like coming to a neutral ground, because no one's used to be playing here. It's more equal."
Chelsea has a massive10-point lead at the top of the Premier League with 11 matches remaining, but Costa warned about being over-confident.
"There's still a long way to go. We do have a good advantage but we have to keep doing what we're doing. We just have to try and keep winning and take it one step at a time," said Costa.
Chelsea superstar Brazilian midfielder David Luiz put in a solid display and was a key player in the Blues 2-1 win over London rivals West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday evening. According to former Chelsea player Frank Lampard, Luiz is the best center-half currently competing in the England Premier League. The defender spent three years at Stamford Bridge between 2011 - 2014 before joining Paris Saint-Germain for £50million. Chelsea brought him back to west London for £34m last summer. Since then the 29-year-old has been a mainstay in Antonio Conte’s Blues’ side this term, helping Chelsea in their ambitious title race.
“He’s matured, he was a very good player before he left for PSG,” said Lampard. “His defensive work has been brilliant, he’s certainly improved and grown up as a man. He’s probably the best centre-half in the league right now.”
With the league title looking pretty much wrapped up by Chelsea this season, attention is already on the nominees for the PFA Player of the Year award. Chelsea’s stunning defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante is strongly in the running after playing in all but one of the side’s clashes this term giving Conte’s side just what they needed to win. Perhaps Kante deserves the Player of the Year award alongside his second Premier League medal. Kante was overlooked in favor of Riyad Mahrez for the award last season and ended up in third behind Jamie Vardy after the Foxes’ historic fairy-tale campaign. This season team-mates Hazard and Diego Costa are also top favortes along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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Randolph; Kouyate, Fonte, Reid, Cresswell; Obiang, Noble; Feghouli, Lanzini, Snodgrass; Carroll. Subs: Adrian, Collins, Masuaku, Byram, Fernandes, Ayew, Calleri.
Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Terry, Zouma, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi.
Referee: Andre Marriner
Full Name: Diego da Silva Costa
Club: Chelsea, Spain
Born: October 7, 1988
Place of Birth: Lagardo, Sergipe, Brazil
Nationality: Brazil, Spain
Position (s): Forward
Manager: Antonio Conte
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Nicknames: The Blues
Leagues & Cups: England Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup
March 6 English Premier League West Ham United 1-2 Chelsea at Olympic Stadium London - London, United Kingdom
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Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring
PREMIER LEAGUE TOP GOAL SCORERS: HARRY KANE
Premier League 2016 - 2017 Top Goal Scorers: Harry Kane
This season Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur; Romelu Lukaku, Everton; Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal; Diego Costa, Chelsea; Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United; Jermain Defoe, Sunderland; Dele Ali, Tottenham Hotspur; Kun Aguero, Manchester City; Sadio Mane, Liverpool; and Eden Hazard, Chelsea are the top 10 goal scorers to date in the England Premier League. Tottenham’s top goal scorer this season to date is Englishman Harry Kane. After Matchweek 27’s Round of EPL fixtures, Chelsea is in first place on the 2016-17 England Premier League Table. Tottenham Hotspur is in second, Manchester City is in third, Liverpool is in fourth, Arsenal is in fifth, Manchester United in in sixth, and Everton is in seventh.
Tottenham 3-2 Everton
Spurs goals: Harry Kane 20, Harry Kane 56, Dele Alli 90 +1:46
Everton goals: Romelu Lukaku 81, Enner Valencia 90 +2:56
An Everton team that arrived at White Hart Lane unbeaten in nine Premier League games, with five clean sheets in the last seven, left in defeat with Harry Kane being a key in their loss. Harry Kane’s opening goal at 20 minutes paved the way for one the Spurs best spells of the season. The second half started just as well as Harry finished clinically for 2-0. With 10 minutes left, Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back. Dele Alli made it safe at 3-1 on 92 minutes before Enner Valencia pulled another goal back seconds later, but Spurs had another massive three points in the bag.
Tottenham Hotspur superstar striker Harry Kane outplayed Everton’s Lukaku to lay claim to being the current Premier League's sharpest striker, scoring a brace in the Spur’s 3-2 victory against Everton on Sunday. Deli Ali scored the late winner for Tottenham. Kane claimed top spot on the EPL goal scoring charts, while manager Mauricio Pochetino’s Tottenham Hotspur side fortified their hold on second place in the standings and put pressure on leaders Chelseea with a ninth successive league win at home, moving to within seven points of league leaders The Blues. Despite missing 10 games of the campaign due to injury, Kane has amassed 24 goals in all competitions in the 2016-17 season — only four goals behind his haul last season with more than two months remaining to add to his goal tally. Kane had already sent Tottenham into a two-goal lead, including a spectacular long-range dipping strike, when Romelu Lukaku finally managed his first attempt on target in the 81th minute. Enner Valencia scored Everton’s second goal.
Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies, Eriksen, Alli, Kane. Subs: Son, Janssen, Vorm, Trippier, Sissoko, Wimmer, Winks.
Robles, Coleman, Ashley Williams, Funes Mori, Baines, Barry, Gana, Schneiderlin, Davies, Barkley, Lukaku. Subs: Jagielka, Mirallas, McCarthy, Valencia, Stekelenburg, Holgate, Lookman.
Referee: Michael Oliver
Soon White Hart Lane will be rebuilt, and the Spurs are treating fans to great memories of their last matches as Tottenham delivered their ninth straight Premier League victory at the old stadium that has been their home since 1899. The Spurs plan is to vacate White Hart Lane for the entire next season before they return to a rebuilt 61,000-seat stadium in 2018-19.
Mauricio Pochettino’s players are on a massive roll that it feels as though visiting teams are forced to play against Pochettino’s 3-4-2-1 system. Romelu Lukaku’s late goal threatened an Everton revival but Dele Alli’s stoppage-time goal turned the tide. Pochettino’s was obviously thrilled with Tottenham’s result that keeps them on the heels of the league leaders, Chelsea.
Kane began the game with three hat-tricks since the start of the year. He was denied in two attempts by the goalkeeper Joel Robles, with the second on 82 minutes a great opportunity. However Kane managed to defeat Robles in his next attempts and scored twice. The 23-year-old is now the outright top scorer in the league this season, with 19 goals, one more than Lukaku, and he has 24 in all competitions.
Tottenham policed Lukaku diligently, with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen keeping the prolific striker to only one goal.However Lukaku managed to race through to send a low shot past Hugo Lloris giving the Spurs a scare. Then Alli’s goal put the result beyond doubt. Valencia had the last word, when he converted from Séamus Coleman’s free-kick. But Italian Pochettino’s team had done already done enough to earn three points.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was pleased with the win and three points added to their tally. The Italian also commented on Hugo Lloris’s 200th appearance for the Spurs. Lloris has been one of the best keepers in the EPL this season, conceding a league-best 17 goals, with 23 clean sheets. The French international is a key reason why the Spurs have the best defensive record in the league and are undefeated this season at White Hart Lane.
“We played with a lot of confidence, always knowing what we needed to do in every moment and that was fantastic,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. “The team showed big confidence and that’s important for us because now we’re at the most important period with the Premier League and FA Cup and we have that consistency and that belief. Overall, it was a very good win, a fantastic performance. Okay, in the end we’re a little disappointed to concede the last goal. The first can happen, the second when the game was over after Dele scored, I’m a little disappointed because we showed a lack of concentration and that can’t happen again, but without that, we played very well. We played a fantastic first half and the second half we dominated and played with good quality and a high tempo. I’m very pleased for everyone and we have to keep going.”
“Everton was a very difficult opponent, we knew that,” continued Pochettino. “We played much, much better and if you see the score, 3-2, maybe that’s not fair because that makes it look like a very competitive game but we deserved more. Sometimes that happens. The most important thing for us was to get the three points, important to keep our position in the table fighting for the highest position and to be there if Chelsea fail.”
“It’s amazing for him and I congratulate him. Hugo is a great professional, a great goalkeeper and it’s fantastic for him," added Pochettino about Spurs captain and No. 1 goalie Hugo Lloris.
Club: Tottenham Hotspur, England National Team
Number: #10 (Spurs); #19 England
Born: July 28, 1993
Place of Birth: Waithamstow, London Borough of Waltham Forest
Weight; 188 lbs
Position (s): Forward
Manager: Mauricio Pochetino
Stadium: White Hart Lane
Training Ground: Enfield Training Centre
Owner: ENIC Group
Location: London, UK
Nicknames: Spurs, Lilywhites
Leagues: Premier League
Kane made his senior debut for Tottenham on 25 August 2011 in a UEFA Europa League match against Hearts. Before establishing himself in Tottenham's first team, he spent time on loan in League One playing for Leyton Orient, in the Championship playing for Millwall and Leicester City and in the Premier League for Norwich City. He became a regular starter and goalscorer for Tottenham in the 2014–15 season, winning the Premier League Player of the Month award twice, for January and February 2015. With 31 goals across the campaign, 21 of which were in the league, he was also named the PFA Young Player of the Year. Kane finished top scorer of the 2015–16 Premier League season with 25 goals, and aided Tottenham in qualifying for the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League. Kane represents England as a striker in International football. He scored on his senior international debut on 27 March 2015 and was selected for UEFA Euro 2016.
Honors: Millwall Young Player of the Season: 2011–12; Premier League Player of the Month: January 2015, February 2015, March 2016; Goal of the Month (England): January 2015; Premier League PFA Team of the Year: 2014–15, 2015–16; PFA Young Player of the Year: 2014–15; Premier League Golden Boot: 2015–16.
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This season Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur; Romelu Lukaku, Everton; Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal; Diego Costa, Chelsea; Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United; Jermain Defoe, Sunderland; Dele Ali, Tottenham Hotspur; Kun Aguero, Manchester City; Sadio Mane, Liverpool; and Eden Hazard, Chelsea are the top 10 goal scorers to date in the England Premier League. Manchester City’s top goal scorer this season to date is Sergio Auguero. Chelsea is in first place on the 2016-17 England Premier League Table. Tottenham Hotspur is in second, Manchester City is in third, Arsenal is in fourth, Liverpool is in fifth, Manchester United in in sixth, and Everton is in seventh.
Manchester City 5-1 Huddlesfield Town
Manchester City goes through to 2017 FA Cup Quarter Finals
Man City's Sergio Aguero responded to his boss Pep Guardiola’s demands against Huddersfield. Manchester City superstar striker Aguero scored two goals to help his Manchester City side beat Huddersfield Town 5-1 to qualify for the FA Cup quarter finals.
Argentine striker Aguero wants to succeed playing football the Pep Guardiola way. Aguero scored twice and gave a stellar overall display in Manchester City's 5-1 thumping of Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup fifth round replay. Gabriel Jesus' arrival at the Blues sparked speculation about Aguero's future at City, with the young Brazilian starting ahead of him in the central striker role. But Jesus was taken out with injury and Kun was re-added to the starting line-up. Aguero seized his chance and scored four goals in his last two games. Speaking to the press after the FA Cup game, the popular 28-year-old said that his performance was “simply a result of carrying out his manager's instructions”.
"I am very happy for the result, for the two goals, but especially to get through to the next round,” said Aguero, “I only tried to do my best and what the manager asked me to do. Basically I try and help the team and try to make Guardiola happy with my performances."
The Argentine was Manchester City's best player in the 2015 season, scoring 26 goals and laying on eight assists in the Premier League. Aguero won the Golden Boot and was crowned the Premier League's top goal scorer after finishing the season with 26. Sadly though for the Blues, they lost their Premier League trophy to Chelsea. Aguero started 32 of City's 38 Premier League games, and scored at a rate of 0.79 goals per game. Kun's goal tally was five better than Harry Kane's, who finished the season on 21 after scoring the winner against Everton.
SERGIO “KUN” AGUERO
Club: Manchester City
Place of Birth: Buenos Aies, Argentina
Nationality: Argentina, Spain
Height: 172 cn
Weight; 74 kg
Position (s): Center Forward, Offensive Midfielder
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Owner: City Football Group
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Nicknames: Man City, City, The Citizens, The Sky Blues
Leagues: Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup
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Man Utd superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores second goal against West Ham
PREMIER LEAGUE: WEST HAM UNITED 0-2 MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United win 1st match in 2017 to go within a point of 4th place on EPL Table
Jose Mourniho's Manchester United side got off to a winning start in the New Year as the Red Devils defeated 10 man West Ham 2-0 away at London Stadium to go within one point of fourth place with second half goals from sub Juan Mata assisted by teenager Marcus Rashford, and superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday evening. Ibra has already scored more goals in all competitions than Manchester United's top goal scorer last season (Martial, 17). Amazing Man Utd goalie David de Gea gets credit for another clean sheet in his 250th appearance for the club. In Round 20 to date, Chelsea remain in first with 49 points; Liverpool are in second with 44 points, Manchester City are in third with 42 points, Arsenal are in fourth with 41 points, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are tied in fifth with 39 points apiece. Everton is in seventh with 30 points, West Brom is in eighth with 29 points, AFC Bournemouth is in ninth with 25 points, Southampton is in tenth with 24 points.
Juan Mata 63
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 78
Man United manager Jose Mourinho made five changes to his side from their last match with Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Carrick and Lingard coming in for Smalling, Fellaini, Martial, Bailly and Blind.West Ham manager Bilic brought in Obiang, Lanzini and Feghouli for Noble, Ayew and Carroll.
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De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Ander Herrera, Carrick, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic, Lingard. Subs: Mata, Martial, Smalling, Young, Rashford, Romero, Fellaini.
Referee: Mike Dean
Manchester United is enjoying a run of six Premier League victories with their 2-0 defeat of the Hammers. Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in East London to take Man United to within a point of fourth place. The controversial sending off of West Ham’s Sofiane Feghouli at 15 minutes after what looked like a hard but fair challenge resulted in a straight red card given by referee Mike Dean in front of a crowd of 57,000.
United manager José Mourinho admitted that the turning point of the match was the controversial call by referee Dean to send off Feghouli after a hefty challenge with Phil Jones that saw both men fight for a loose ball. Half-time arrived accompanied by a chorus of boos directed at Dean. Feghouli will now miss the Hammers' FA Cup third-round home tie against Manchester City on Friday. West Ham supporters showed their anger at the ref by chanting 'Mike Dean - it's all about you'. Dean has shown 14 red cards in the EPL since the start of last season - at least six more than any other referee.
The match was scoreless at half‑time when Mourinho brought on Juan Mata, and then Marcus Rashford who combined to score the opening goal of the match. Mata has been involved in 40 Premier League goals (25 goals, 15 assists) since his Man United debut. Only Wayne Rooney with 46 Premier League goals (29 goals, 17 assists) has a better record in that time.
United are steadily improving match by match hot on the heels of the other top four contenders and gaining momentum with every win including their victory against West Ham only 48 hours after their previous win against Middlesbrough.
After the game, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was still angry with Dean but proud of his men.
"I was pleased with the performance, we fought hard and gave everything. I told my players that if we did this we will be all right in the table. Ten men against a team like this is very hard - but we had chances. I am disappointed with the result and frustrated by how we lost it, but I am proud of my players."
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is enjoying his longest winning run in all competitions (seven) since January 2014 when in charge of Chelsea.
"It was hard for us to think well with one more man - and it was very hard for them physically. I was happy with my choices in Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford, they gave us what we needed. Rashford is very professional and very mature. He is a Manchester United player with Manchester United DNA. I don't feel sorry for West Ham - I didn't watch the decisions. I think if you talk about decisions, we are the champions of bad decisions."
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Liverpool's captain, Steven Gerrard, believes he is fit and in top form for the match.
Gerard has played in every one of Liverpool's 21 Premiership fixtures this season. He has 600 matches to his credit to date.
"I've had mixed experiences this season," said Gerrard. "I've passed some unbelievable landmarks for club and country, getting to the 600-games mark and winning my 100th cap for England.
"But with the slow start we made and being where we have in the league it's been a bit mixed for me, continued Gerrard.
"There's my form as well. I've played well in some games but I've been disappointed with myself in others and I'm not happy with my goal tally at the moment.
"People's opinions, perceptions and the way they judge you changes when you get a goal.
"I think my performances are getting closer to where I want them to be so if I can add goals to those performances then maybe people will start saying the old Steven Gerrard is back."
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