Man City Win Successive EPL Title; Iwobi, Ndidi Start, Iheanacho, Success Benched; Balogun Missing

Man City Win Successive EPL Title; Iwobi, Ndidi Start, Iheanacho, Success Benched; Balogun Missing

Manchester City are winners of the 2018/19 Premier League after the came from a goal down to beat Leon Balogun’s Brighton Hove Albion 4-1 at the Amex Stadium reports Completesports.com.

Glen Murray gave the host the lead in the 27th minute but quick goals from Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte in ten minutes gave Manchester City a 2-1 lead into the break.

Riyad Mahrez grabbed the third goal for Manchester City three minutes after the hour mark before Ilkay Gundogan wrapped up the win with a brilliant strike in the 72nd minute secured Manchester City back-to-back EPL titles for the first time in a decade.

It was the third win for Manchester City over Brighton this season having recorded victories in the league and in the FA Cup.

Balogun was not listed in Brighton’s matchday squad but made a total of nine appearances for the Seagulls this season scoring one goal.

Liverpool who were aiming to wrest the title from champions Manchester City also defeated Wolves 2-0 at Anfield to finish second in the league.

Saido Mane scored the opener in the 16th minute turning in Alexander Arnold’s deflected cross from the right flank. The Senegalese forward bagged his brace nine minutes from time.

At the King Power stadium, Wilfred Ndidi made his 37th start for Leicester City who played out a goalless draw with Chelsea.

The 22 year old Nigerian international featured in all Leicester City’s games this season. The game was Ndidi’s 88th in the EPL since he arrived at the club during the 2016/2017.

He was subbed off for Shinji Okazaki in the 67th minute of the encounter. Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused. Iheanacho made 30 (21 as substitutes) appearance for the Foxes in the encounter. The Nigerian international scored only once this term.

Isaac Success was an unused substitute for Watford who suffered a 4-1 loss to West Ham at the Vicarage Road. Success made 30 appearances (nine starts 21 as substitutes) for Watford this season.

At Turf Moor, Alex Iwobi was handed his 22nd start of the season in Arsenal’s 2-0 draw away at Burnley.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace for the Gunners who finished fifth in the Premier League. Ashley Barnes halved the deficit for the Clarets in 65th minute of play.

Eddie Nketiah who came on for Joe Willock in the 62nd minute added the third for Arsenal.

At Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace defeated AFC Bournemouth 5-3 in an eight-goal thriller to secure 12th place finish while Manchester United lost 2-0 at home to Championship bound Cardiff City.

Nathanie Mendez-Laing scored in each half to hand Manchester United a ninth defeat of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Everton while Newcastle United trounced Fulham 4-0 to finish 13th in the EPL standing. Southampton and Huddersfield Town played out a 1-1 draw at the Saint Marys stadium.

By Johnny Edward

 

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