Tottenham player stars as pair of European hopefuls unravel in Hot or not: Gameweek 31 edition


Tottenham player stars as pair of European hopefuls unravel in Hot or not: Gameweek 31 edition

The latest week of the Premier League continued to show why millions around the world tune in. While all the focus was on the battle between the top two, which ended in a pulsating draw, surprises continued to rear their head.

Everton came up with an unlikely 3 points against Manchester United, while Brighton put their bugbears behind them at the Emirates as they saw off Arsenal in a game with massive ramifications for the top-four.

But who shone, and who stood out for all the wrong reasons? 101 take a look.

Hot: Heung-Min Son

Tottenham are in fantastic form at the moment, and are ensuring that they capitalise on their football by picking up vital wins in the hunt for the top 4.

Watching Arsenal slip up twice, they now sit in control of their own destiny as they look to finish in a Champions League spot for next season. Central to their form is Heung Min-Son, who netted a hat-trick against Aston Villa and took him to the top of the charts for goals from open play this season.

Should he and Kane continue their telepathic link-up and Conte is backed appropriately in the summer, they could finally end their trophy drought next season.

Hot: Newcastle United

Another win for Newcastle United and Eddie Howe means that the Magpies are virtually safe from relegation this season.

While they spent plenty in January, Howe has done an impressive job in the face of the absence of star forward Callum Wilson once more, and has guided the Tyneside outfit to 34 points, 10 clear of the relegation zone which they sat in for much of the first half of the season.

With safety all but assured, attention will turn to the next step in the summer, where they are expected to be busy once more.

Hot: Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea could be forgiven for licking their wounds after heavy losses to Brentford and Real Madrid in the past week, while a spot in the top 4 looks to be a given for the Blues.

However, they came out swinging, demolishing Southampton in what is turning into a seasonal occurrence for Ralph Hassenhutl’s men courtesy of a 6-0 scoreline. It could have been more too, had Werner not developed a strong relationship with Alex McCarthy’s woodwork.

While the result means little to either side, it could be just the tonic the Blues need ahead of a massive clash with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Not: Mikel Arteta

It has been an awful week for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta. Robbed of both Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey, potentially until the end of the season, the Gunners have fallen to back-to-back defeats for the first time since the beginning of December and a top 4 finish has gone from manageable to now out of their hands.

Questions will be asked of the manager, who chose to play Granit Xhaka at left-back and leave young Sambi Lokonga as a lone midfielder against Brighton, while fingers will also be pointed at the lack of business in and significant business out in January.

Not: Watford

In what felt like a must-win game for Watford to have any chance of Premier League survival, a pitiful performance from Watford saw them fall to a heavy 3-0 defeat to fellow bottom of the league side Leeds United.

The result, combined with wins for Newcastle, Brentford and Everton leave the Hornets six points adrift from safety, and having lost four of their last five under Roy Hodgson.

Once again, the London outfit may be lining up in the Championship next season.

Not: Manchester United

Manchester United continue to find themselves in freefall, this time coming unstuck against relegation-threatened Everton, hardly laying a glove on the Toffees.

Despite having nearly 70% possession, the Red Devils managed just 4 shots on targets, two of which came early in the piece with the scoreline still at 0-0. However, Ralf Rangnick’s side looked short on ideas, and look like a side that have given up for the season already.

It was perhaps indicative of the situation of both them and their captain that the only goal of the game was a deflected shot that went in off Harry Maguire, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s post-match antics offered the most threat all afternoon from the Portuguese.

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This article was edited by
Josh Barker.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 31 52 74
2 Liverpool FC 31 57 73
3 Chelsea FC 30 41 62
4 Tottenham Hotspur 31 19 57
5 Arsenal FC 30 9 54
6 West Ham United 32 9 51
7 Manchester United 31 7 51
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 5 49
9 Leicester City 29 -3 40
10 Crystal Palace 31 3 37
11 Brighton & Hove Albion 31 -9 37
12 Aston Villa 31 -4 36
13 Brentford FC 32 -9 36
14 Southampton FC 31 -15 36
15 Newcastle United 31 -20 34
16 Leeds United 32 -30 33
17 Everton FC 30 -19 28
18 Burnley FC 30 -19 24
19 Watford FC 31 -31 22
20 Norwich City 31 -43 21
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 17
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 13
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 12
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 11
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 11
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 10
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Raphinha Leeds United 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 9
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 9
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9





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