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English Premier League Gameweek 26 – Chelsea extend lead, Man United win EFL Cup Final

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Gameweek 26 in the English Premier League saw eight matches while Manchester United and Southampton contested the first piece of silverware in the EFL Cup final. Though it was business as usual for 16 of the Premier League’s 20 clubs, the big fantasy football guns from Arsenal and Manchester City missed out on the weekend’s action.

While the Premier League got on with the usual work, Manchester United defeated Southampton 3-2 in a pulsating match at Wembley. Jose Mourinho’s side looked like they may put the EFL Cup final away early thanks to first half goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lindgard.

However, Saints’ new boy Manolo Gabbiadini scored either side of halftime to level things and breathe new life into the match. Just as the fixture looked to be going into extra-time, Ibrahimovic popped up for his second of the EFL Cup final in the 89th minute. The win gave United their fifth EFL Cup in the club’s history. It also gave Ibrahimovic another piece of silverware in his long list of accomplishments in football.

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea

Back in the English Premier League, Chelsea continued their unbeaten run with a 3-1 win over Swansea. Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring for the Blues before Swansea’s Fernando Llorente levelled things on the stroke of halftime.

Chelsea’s Pedro put the Blues back ahead after the break before Diego Costa put things on ice in the 84 minute. Both Pedro and Costa were selections in our FPL top 5 players last week – for midfield and forward, respectively. If you didn’t pick them, you made a huge mistake.

Everton 2-0 Sunderland

We said to go heavy on Everton players all last week, and the team didn’t disappoint, beating Sunderland 2-0. Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring thanks to a Seamus Coleman assist. Coleman tallied 12 points, and yes, we told you to select him. Romelu Lukaku added a second as he tallied six FPL points.

Everton now sit in seventh as Sunderland are once again rooted to the foot of the table. The gap between them and the those outside the drop zone is once again growing.

Tottenham 4-0 Stoke

Tottenham manhandled Stoke at White Hart Lane thanks to a hat-trick from Harry Kane. It took the Spurs’ forward just 37 minutes to complete his trio of goals as Stoke were no match for the Londoners. Dele Alli finished things off for Spurs just after halftime as Stoke slipped to their 1oth loss of the season. Amazingly, the Potters are still 10th in the Premier League.

Saturday Feb 25, 2017

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Everton 2-0 Sunderland

Hull 1-1 Burnley

West Brom Albion 2-1 Bournemouth

Watford 1-1 West Ham

Sunday Feb 26, 2017

Tottenham 4-0 Stoke

EFL Cup Final

Manchester United 3-2 Southampton

 

 

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