ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 38
Chelsea 5 – 1 Sunderland
Champions Chelsea became the first English side to register 30 top-flight victories in a 38-game season, with a comfortable Premier League win over bottom club Sunderland.
The Blues, who sealed their sixth top-flight title nine days ago, fell behind to an early Javier Manquillo strike but hit back quickly through Willian’s angled drive, Eden Hazard hit home his 17th goal of the season to give the home side the lead before his replacement, Pedro, capitalised on a poor header from Joleon Lescott to head in, another substitute, Michy Batshuayi, ensured the win was an emphatic one with two well-taken finishes late on to end his season with five goals in three games. It was also an emotional send-off for defender John Terry, who left the field in tears to a guard of honour from his team-mates in a pre-planned substitution in the 26th minute, matching his shirt number, an unprecedented but well-received gesture from the club to one of their heroes.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EdWuBTbunI
Click here for the celebrations – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfMRWTyvtEU
Arsenal 3-1 Everton
Arsenal missed out on a place in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years despite beating Everton on the final day of the season. Arsenal took the lead early on through Hector Bellerin’s far-post finish and Alexis Sanchez scrambled in a second after Koscielny’s dismissal to put the Gunners in control, Aaron Ramsey’s brilliant injury-time strike from 20 yards sealed victory after Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for Everton from the penalty spot.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=660dusw6xgQ
Burnley 1-2 West Ham
Burnley’s excellent home record was spoiled as West Ham came from behind to grab the points. Burnley went ahead when Sam Vokes scored his 10th league goal of the season when he finished off Andre Gray’s low cross, their lead only lasted four minutes before Sofiane Feghouli netted to complete a fine move, Ayew scored the winning goal with a close-range header after Tom Heaton had pushed Fernandes shot on to the crossbar.
The result means West Ham end the season in 11th place, missing out on a top-10 position on goal difference, while Burnley finishes in 16th.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYoiblwQBiQ
Hull City 1 – 7 (yes, seven) Spurs
Harry Kane scored his second hat-trick in four days to retain the Premier League golden boot as Tottenham thrashed Championship-bound Hull City at the KCOM Stadium on Sunday, Kane scored twice in three first-half minutes when he beat Hull goalkeeper David Marshall from the edge of the box and then tapped in from a Kieran Tripper cross, Dele Alli added a third before Victor Wanyama headed in after the break to cancel out Sam Clucas’ consolation for the relegated hosts. Alli then sent the prolific Kane clear to beat Marshall for his third with 18 minutes to play, It took the 23-year-old striker to 29 goals for the season, his highest tally in a league campaign, defenders Ben Davies, and Toby Alderweireld completed the rout with late goals as Hull exited the top flight with a performance and a result that should hurt and embarrass the Hull players.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s7QWkrthC8
Leicester 1 – 1 Bournemouth
Leicester finished their reign as Champions with a performance not recognisable from those of last season, they had to come from behind after Junior Stanislas had put the Cherries ahead after just 59 seconds, smashing in a rebound from Ryan Fraser’s shot, Jamie Vardy poked in Islam Slimani’s knockdown early in the second half, to salvage a point. The Cherries who finished 16th in their first Premier League campaign last year end the season in ninth, while 2015-16 champions Leicester move down to 12th.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-UsBSiXc3A
Liverpool 3 – 1 Middlesbrough
Liverpool secured their Champions League return with an emphatic victory, as relegated Middlesbrough crumbled at Anfield. Georginio Wijnaldum opened the scoring bursting into the box and smashing in a fierce shot at the near post, Philippe Coutinho’s low curling free-kick six minutes into the second half was quickly followed by Adam Lallana slotting in to give the Reds a comfortable win. Liverpool finished fourth in the final Premier League table and will have to negotiate Champions League qualifying at the start of next season.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJv4EuZLf_0
Manchester United 2 – 0 Crystal Palace
Manchester United’s disappointing Premier League campaign ended with a comfortable victory over Crystal Palace. Jose Mourinho named the youngest United line-up in Premier League history, with an average age of 22 years and 284 days, with four debutants. One of those was Josh Harrop, a 21-year-old midfielder brimming with confidence and he opened the scoring as he lashed in a superb finish from inside the box in the first half, and could have had a second, but curled an effort narrowly wide. Paul Pogba doubled the advantage with a low strike before being replaced by Michael Carrick with Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in mind. United finish outside the top four for the second year running, a painful first season for Mourinho, especially with Chelsea being crowned Champions.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9sdmivnB4A
Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke
Southampton’s miserable home form continued as my friend ex-Spur Peter Crouch struck the only goal of the game to help Stoke to a first away win since January the striker’s 10th goal of the season arrived when he headed home a Geoff Cameron cross. Southampton ends the season eighth, while Stoke finishes 13th.
Click here for Crouch’s goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfdrOFldM9I
Swansea 2 – 1 West Brom
Swansea City fought back from a goal down to beat West Brom on the final day of the Premier League season, having secured their Premiership survival last week, the hosts were in relaxed mood at a relieved Liberty Stadium but fell behind in the first half as Jonny Evans nodded in from a corner. Swansea improved after the interval and equalized as Jordan Ayew headed his first goal for the club before Fernando Llorente volleyed the winning goal with five minutes left. A fourth win in five games lifts the Swans up to 15th in the Premier League table while a ninth match without victory means West Brom finish the campaign in 10th place.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og4C8znK-vA
Watford 0 – 5 Man City
Manchester City sealed their place in next season’s Champions League by crushing Watford to finish third in Pep Guardiola’s debut season. City skipper Vincent Kompany was left unmarked to head in an early opener before Sergio Aguero twice clinically fired in after quick counter-attacks, the Blues, needing a point to guarantee a finish in the top four, were 4-0 up at half-time after Fernandinho bundled in, Gabriel Jesus clipped in a fifth after the break as Watford ended the reign of departing manager Walter Mazzarri with a horrendous performance. The departing manager Mazzarri, who leaves after just one season, was booed by some Hornets fans during the game as the hosts suffered a sixth successive defeat to finish in 17th place.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNp9tlavbU0
Click here for the final Premier League table – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/table
I had an excellent final run in with my predictions, getting eleven out of fourteen results correct.
I hope you have enjoyed my blogs of the 2016/17 Premier League season, it has been an enjoyable year, with Chelsea taking the Honours, after being pushed all the way by Spurs.
Chelsea now has the chance of the double if they can beat Arsenal in next week’s FA Cup Final.
Have a good week