Bournemouth rolling over against Man City is a worrying sign for the Premier League


THERE were more twists and turns in the race for the Premier League title this weekend, a couple of huge derby matches to reflect on, and some terrific action elsewhere.

SunSport’s Chief Football Reporter Neil Ashton looks back at some of the biggest talking points, including Manchester City’s dominance at Bournemouth and the talent of England’s women in the SheBelieves Cup.

Manchester City’s dominance against Bournemouth is a worrying sign for the Premier League
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ENGLISH football should be concerned when an away team enjoys a whopping 82 per cent of possession in a Premier League game.

Eddie Howe is something of a purist, with a commitment to playing the game in a certain way and encouraging his players to keep the ball in circulation.

He sacrificed all that on Saturday, with City dominating Bournemouth to such an extent that they could not register a single shot on or off target.

City are spell-binding to watch at times, but these games cannot be allowed to become gimmes for Pep.


Nikita Parris celebrates after putting England ahead against USA in the SheBelieves Cup
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THE goals scored by Steph Houghton and Nikita Parris for England women against the USA this weekend were of the highest quality.

Houghton, the England captain, struck with a brilliantly executed free-kick in the 2-2 draw with the hosts of the SheBelieves Cup.

Parris’ goal was the finishing touch of a sweet, flowing move that put England ahead in front of 22,125 in Nashville.

Phil Neville, beaming on the sidelines at the audacity of both striker, is clearly on to something managing such a talented group of footballers.

THE big talking point of the north London derby still involves the decision to award Tottenham a penalty in the 1-1 draw.

These divisive moments always force change, with the laws of the game needing a bit of a tidy up after such a controversial moment at Wembley.

WILFRIED ZAHA has been a couple of top class performances in a Crystal Palace shirt after his dismissal at Southampton.

Zaha is in electrifying form again, following up his excellent display in the 4-1 win at Leicester with a peach of a goal at Burnley on Saturday.

He is irresistible at the moment, coming in to form at a time when Palace needed a couple of big wins to take them clear of the threat of relegation.

Chris Wilder is doing a tremendous job at Sheffield United

CHRIS WILDER has done a brilliant job as manager of Sheffield United.

Tonight he takes the Blades to Hillsborough for a massive game in the Championship after Steve Bruce breathed new life in to the Owls.

This is a big test for Wilder, with the incentive for Sheffield United to reclaim a place in the top two if they go on to beat their steel city rivals.

After three successive wins in the Championship, Wilder fancies them to make it four.



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