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Round 15 was considered an historic round of football as for the first time the Premier League would be streamed into the homes of fans thanks to Amazon Prime Video. That was the case of course if you were a football fan watching in the UK. Those watching on in Ireland had to contend with Premier Sports, a channel to which one can only subscribe by purchasing another channel - and they say football is for supporters?
Game week 14 has concluded of the Premier League and it is the same old story at the top with Liverpool and Leicester grinding out 2-1 victories over Brighton and Everton respectively. Man City (draw) and Chelsea (defeat) lost more ground on the top two thanks to dogged efforts by Newcastle and West Ham. And Watford lost the battle of the basement sides on the south coast as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Southampton.
Game week 13's action concluded as Aston Villa secured a comfortable 2-0 victory over Newcastle in Birmingham on Monday night. Elsewhere Liverpool's assault on the Premier League title continued unabated with a hard fought 2-1 success over Crystal Palace; Leicester strengthened their grip on second spot with 3-0 win over Brighton; Man City defeated Chelsea 2-1; and Man United made a Lazarus like comeback to secure a 3-3 draw with Sheffield United in south Yorkshire.
It was ultimately a disappointing international break for Irish fans as the 1-1 draw with Denmark in Dublin on Monday night was not enough to secure a place at Euro 2020. Mick McCarthy's men will have another shot at qualifying for the continent's football jamboree next summer but that is at the end of March and we have plenty of Premier League action to keep us occupied over the coming months.
Another round down and Liverpool look like they are in no mood to relinquish their best chance of winning a league title in 30 years. The Reds managed to complete another comeback with a late win against Aston Villa on Saturday thanks to a 94th minute effort by Sadio Mané.
Game week 10 of the 2019/2020 Premier League season will be remembered for one thing; Southampton 0 - 9 Leicester City. Yes Brendan Rogers' charges equalled a Premier League record on Friday night as they eviscerated the 10-man Saints in front of their home faithful.
Game week nine's action came to an end with Arsenal's old frailties coming to the fore as they went down 1-0 to Sheffield United in south Yorkshire. Elsewhere, Man United produced a much improved display to earn a 1-1 draw against league leaders Liverpool at Old Trafford, Leicester extended their fine form with another three points via a 2-1 victory over Burnley, and Spurs' woes continued limping to a 1-1 home draw against bottom placed Watford.
So the second international break has concluded and for Mick McCarthy and Ireland fans, it was one to forget. A drab 0-0 draw against Georgia in Tbilisi on Saturday was followed up by a meek 2-0 defeat in Geneva to Switzerland on Tuesday night.
Round eight of the Premier League ended with another disastrous defeat for Man United as they went down 1-0 down to struggling Newcastle. Elsewhere Liverpool maintained their 100 per cent record with a dramatic stoppage time winner against high flying Leicester, Man City succumbed 2-0 at home to dogged Wolves, and Spurs struggles continued with a 3-0 thumping at Brighton.
Round seven of the Premier League drew to a close on Monday night as Arsenal and Man United battled out a 1-1 draw in Manchester. The previous two days' action saw Liverpool maintain their perfect start to the campaign, with Leicester maintaining their great beginning to the term by putting five past a hapless Newcastle side.