Mid-Week EPL Roundup: Lukaku Scores As Man United Beat Newcastle As Chelsea Draw

 Romelu Lukaku step off the bench and score with his first touch as Man United beat Newcastle. And Chelsea struggled to break down stubborn Southampton as both sides settled for a goalless draw in the English Premier League on Wednesday.
Newcastle United 0 - 2 Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku scored with his first touch of the game and Marcus Rashford added another one in the second half as Manchester United won its fourth-straight match under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer with a 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Wednesday.

The win moves United three points back of fifth place Arsenal and six back of fourth place Chelsea.

 Newcastle United is now one of three teams on 18 points, two points clear of the drop zone.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton 

Angus Gunn‘s first English Premier League start saw a clean sheet and a big point for Southampton, who drew Chelsea 0-0 at Stamford Bridge. 

Gunn was aided by the linesman’s flag, as Alvaro Morata did appear to have a goal in the second half only to be ruled offside.

Chelsea stay fourth, while Southampton remain 18th.

Huddersfield Town 1 - 2 Burnley 

Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes scored as Burnley scrapped past Huddersfield Town 2-1 in a game which finished with 10 men on the field for each side at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Steve Mounie scored for Huddersfield, who held an early lead.

 Christopher Schindler and  Robbie Brady both saw red cards.

The Terriers are eight points adrift of 17th.  Burnley moves ahead of the drop zone, level on 18 points with three teams.

West Ham United 2 - 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 

West Ham United fought back to draw 2-2 against Brighton and Hove Albion after a wild second half at the London Stadium. 

Brighton scored twice in two minutes through Dale Stephens and Shane Duffy, but 10 minutes later Marko Arnautovic scored twice in two minutes to make it 2-2 as both teams had chances to secure all three points. 

With the point West Ham move up to 10th on 28 points, while Brighton stay in 13th on 26 points. 

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - 2 Crystal Palace  

Crystal Palace beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Molinuex as Jordan Ayew and Luka Milivojevic struck late on to give the Eagles another valuable three points.

Roy Hodgson‘s side looked the more dangerous throughout and their opener finally arrived as Ayew, who seemed to have strayed just offside, controlled and finished calmly late on.

In stoppage time Milivojevic then scored a penalty kick to seal the victory. 

With the win Palace are in 14th place on 22 points and six points above the relegation zone, while Wolves slip to ninth on 29 points.

Bournemouth 3 - 3 Watford 

Bournemouth and Watford drew 3-3 at the Vitality Stadium, as the Cherries and Hornets shared six goals in an incredible first half. 

Watford went 2-0 up as Troy Deeney scored twice, but Bournemouth then scored twice through Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson to make it 2-2.

Soon after Ken Sema put Watford 3-2 up, but then Ryan Fraser made it 3-3 with five goals scored in just 12 first half minutes. 

The second half saw both teams have chances to win it, but a draw was a fair result in an entertaining encounter.

With the point Bournemouth are in 12th on 27 points, while Watford climb to eighth on 29 points.

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