English Premier League Week 35 Roundup
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 V 2 SOUTHAMPTON
This was another 2 points dropped by Manchester United, if they are to qualify for the top four place then they have to win their last three games.
Stuart Armstrong had given Southampton a 12th-minute lead, but Anthony Martial set up Marcus Rashford to equalise before firing a superb second goal for United.
Solskjaer’s side were on course to leapfrog top-four rivals Chelsea and Leicester and move up to third but they remain fifth with three games left in the chase for Champions League qualification.
Armstrong had opened the scoring for Southampton, following Paul Pogba’s mistake, and after fighting back to draw, the visitors now sit five points outside of the top 10 and level on points with Everton.
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BOURNEMOUTH 4 V 1 LEICESTER CITY
Bournemouth came from behind to thrash 10-man Leicester City and boost their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Premier League. Leicester threw away a 1-0 lead as Junior Stanislas scored from the spot, Dominic Solanke put the hosts in front and Caglar Soyuncu was sent off.
The Foxes defender kicked Callum Wilson as Bournemouth celebrated their second goal.
Jamie Vardy had put the visitors ahead with his 23rd goal of the season and Leicester looked in control.
But Kasper Schmeichel blasted a goal kick at team-mate Wilfred Ndidi, who then brought Wilson down in the box and Stanislas converted.
Moments later, Solanke fired the hosts in front and Leicester found themselves a man down after Soyuncu’s reaction.
A shot from Stanislas found the net via a big deflection off Jonny Evans and Solanke scored his second to give the Cherries their first win in 10 games.
It keeps Bournemouth three points from safety, after wins for West Ham and Watford on Saturday, while Leicester remain fourth.
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SPURS 2 V 1 ARSENAL
This was a satisfying victory for us, Mourinho got his game plan right whilst Arteta showed some naivety, leaving 18-year-old Saka on the bench. Saka has been in outstanding form since the restart and along with some awful defending from his team, Spurs took full advantage.
Arsenal took the lead after 16 minutes when Alexandre Lacazette’s rising drive flashed past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris but Jose Mourinho’s side were level within three minutes when Son Heung-min took advantage of slack defending by Sead Kolasinac and David Luiz to score with a deft chip.
Both sides had chances to force victory with Ben Davies denied when his 30-yard drive was brilliantly turned on to the bar by Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez in the first half while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also struck the frame of the goal after the break.
Arsenal had the greater share of possession but it was Spurs who struck decisively nine minutes from time when Alderweireld glanced in Son’s corner, securing a win that leaves them in eighth place, two points ahead of the Gunners.
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ASTON VILLA 2 V 0 CRYSTAL PALACE
Trezeguet scored twice as struggling Villa secured a first league win since 21 January to move to within four points of safety with three games to go.
In an eventful game at Villa Park, Mamadou Sakho thought he had put Palace ahead when the ball appeared to strike the defender’s shoulder on its way into the net, but it was ruled out for handball after a lengthy delay, Villa then took the lead just before half-time when Egypt winger Trezeguet side-footed the ball into the net at the back post after Palace had failed to clear a free-kick.
Shortly after the break, the hosts were awarded a penalty by referee Martin Atkinson after Patrick van Aanholt’s challenge on Jack Grealish, but the decision was overturned after another long VAR check.
Villa sealed the points when Trezeguet toe-poked home his second goal and, after the final whistle, Palace forward Christian Benteke, who was playing against his former club, was shown a red card as tempers boiled over.
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WOLVES 3 V 0 EVERTON
Wolves boosted their chances of claiming a place in next season’s Champions League with a comprehensive home victory over Everton.
Wanderers bounced back from consecutive defeats with a victory through goals either side of half-time and a game-sealing third from Diogo Jota with 15 minutes to go.
Raul Jimenez scored the first from the penalty spot in first-half injury time following a clumsy Lucas Digne foul on Daniel Podence.
Leander Dendoncker headed in the second just a minute after the restart before Jota lashed in from just inside the box to put the game beyond the visitors.
It moves Wolves back up to sixth in the table, three points behind Manchester United in fifth.
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BRIGHTON 0 V 5 MANCHESTER CITY
Manchester City demolished a poor Brighton side with Raheem Sterling scoring his third hat-trick of the season as Manchester City swept Brighton aside to ensure they will finish in second place in the Premier League. Sterling, who now has 27 goals in all competitions for City this season, inflicted most of the damage on a Brighton side who never managed to make the game a contest.
The England forward put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead with a superb low finish from outside the area, collecting a Gabriel Jesus flick and cutting in from the left before firing into the opposite corner of the net.
More chances followed for City, and Jesus had a shot deflected against the bar before he got on the end of Rodri’s knockdown from a corner to make it 2-0.
The punishment did not end there for the Seagulls, as City continued to pour forward with Kevin de Bruyne pulling the strings, although a 19th league assist of the season eluded him
The Belgian fired a free-kick against the post after half-time and it was his driving forward run that led to Riyad Mahrez crossing for Sterling to head home City’s third goal at the far post.
Moments later it was 4-0, when Mat Ryan spilled Bernardo Silva’s shot and the Portuguese followed up to tap home.
Sterling, whose previous hat-tricks came against West Ham and Italian side Atalanta, had the final word in bizarre fashion when he chased a pass into the area and saw the ball bounce off the back of his head and cross the line as he was challenged by Ryan.
Brighton were completely outclassed and did not manage a single shot on target.
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NORWICH 0 V 4 WEST HAM UNITED
Norwich City became the first club to be relegated from the Premier League this season as Michail Antonio scored all four goals to ease West Ham’s troubles near the bottom of the table.
A seventh successive league defeat left Daniel Farke’s side anchored at the foot of the table, 13 points from safety with only three games to play.
iI tipped Norwich to be relegated at the beginning of the season and they didn’t disappoint, having struggled to adapt since winning the Championship last season, Norwich’s third relegation in seven seasons was sealed by Antonio’s superb performance in front of goal.
The forward volleyed the first from inside the six-yard area after Issa Diop’s flick from a corner before using his head to guide Mark Noble’s free-kick beyond Tim Krul.
Hammers skipper Noble also provided the ball over the top for Antonio’s hat-trick. Krul saved his initial shot but it fell invitingly for the West Ham player to head over the line. His fourth was a tap-in from Ryan Fredericks’ pass.
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WATFORD 2 V 1 NEWCASTLE UNITED
Watford are performing the great escape, when Nigel Pearson took over as manager after 16 games, Watford were seven points adrift of safety and now after coming from behind in their last two games to get all points, they are six points above the drop zone.
Troy Deeney scored two second-half penalties to give Watford all thre epoints, Newcastle were the better side in the first half at Vicarage Road and deserved the lead given to them when Dwight Gayle turned in Federico Fernandez’s flick from Matt Ritchie’s corner in the 23rd minute.
Watford were handed a lifeline after 52 minutes when Deeney drilled home a spot-kick following Ritchie’s foul on Kiko Femenia, and he repeated his heroics nine minutes from time after Javier Manquillo hauled down Ismaila Sarr in the box.
LIVERPOOL 1 V 1 BURNLEY
Liverpool’s casualness since winning the league a couple of weeks ago, is still hanging around as
Burnley ended new champions Liverpool’s hopes of completing the season with a 100% Premier League home record. Andrew Robertson had given Liverpool the lead in the first half, but they also spurned a number of good opportunities to score more, with Mohamed Salah and Curtis Jones guilty of wayward shooting.
They also found Nick Pope in superb form, with the England goalkeeper producing a string of good saves to deny Salah and others.
Clarets striker Jay Rodriguez equalised when he swivelled and fired home from inside the box following a James Tarkowski header to reward Burnley for their resilience and persistence in the face of large periods of home dominance.
The visitors could even have left Anfield with all three points, but Johann Berg Gudmundsson fired an effort against the crossbar with just minutes remaining.The draw means Liverpool can now no longer beat the Premier League record for home wins in a season; they need to beat Chelsea in their last game at Anfield to equal the league high of 18.
They remain in decent shape to achieve a highest-ever Premier League points haul; although with three games left and seven points short of the record of 100 set by Manchester City in 2017-18, they have no room for error.
Burnley are now ninth and still firmly in the mix for a place in next season’s Europa League.
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SHEFFIELD UNITED 3 V 0 CHELSEA
Tha shock of the week came in Sheffield, as United convincingly beat in form Chelsea and continued their push for European qualification as they moved into the Premier League’s top six.
David McGoldrick’s first Premier League goal opened the scoring, pouncing after Kepa Arrizabalaga had saved brilliantly from a deflected Oli McBurnie shot in the 18th minute.
Chelsea’s defence was shaky throughout and they were ruthlessly punished just 15 minutes later when Enda Stevens crossed and McBurnie was left completely unmarked in the six-yard box to power home a simple header.
The damage was completed when McGoldrick capitalised on a dreadful defensive mix-up to plunder his second late in the second half.
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I got five correct results with one spot-on score, middle table form 🙂
Please see following my predictions for week 36
Chelsea 4 v 1 Norwich City
Burnley 1 v 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manchester City 3 v 1 AFC Bournemouth
Newcastle United 1 v 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal 1 v 2 Liverpool
Everton 2 v 1 Aston Villa
Leicester City 2 v 1 Sheffield United
Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Manchester United
Southampton 2 v 1 Brighton & Hove Albion
West Ham United 1 v 2 Watford
Have a nice week