The Premier League produced some spectacular action this weekend, with 28 goals across 10 games. But the best game of the weekend — the marquee clash between Liverpool and Manchester City — was most notable for the times the ball didn’t hit the back of the net.
Both teams had a ton of great chances, but only scored once apiece, and both will consider the result to be two points dropped. Between that result and Arsenal’s poor performance at The Hawthorns on Saturday, the big winners of the weekend were Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. Spurs look solidified in their top-four position, while United are now just four points away from getting back into a Champions League place — and they have two games in hand on Liverpool.
The defining characteristic of this game ended up being missed chances. Each team had 13 shots, which isn’t a huge number, but none of them was a hopeful effort. There was only one shot from outside the box, and it was taken centrally from inside 25 yards. This should have been a seven- or eight-goal game, not a two-goal game.Zlatan Ibrahimovic was suspended for United’s trip to Middlesbrough, while Paul Pogba missed out due to a minor injury. It didn’t matter, because United’s backups stepped up in their absence — particularly Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard. Here’s how Lingard solidified the Red Devils’ lead with what was ultimately the winner.
South Carolina, for its part, has dumped 90 points on UNC Asheville and Kentucky in the last month and last lost at Missouri on Feb. 19. Outside Mizzou, the Gamecocks have only lost to Duke, UConn, and Tennessee, and they have little to fear going into their Sunday matchup against Arizona State.