ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 34 ROUND UP
CONGRATULATIONS TO PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS MANCHESTER CITY
MANCHESTER UNITED 0 V 1 WEST BROM
Manchester United’s quite unbelievable defeat at home to bottom club West Brom has handed the title to Man City, they are now 16 points in front of United with only 5 games and fifteen points left to play for.
Albion secured the win thanks to a Jay Rodriguez header from Chris Brunt’s corner as the home side failed to clear their lines, the win was West Brom’s first since a 2-0 success over Brighton on 12 January and only their fourth win all season. However, Premier League survival still looks unlikely for the Baggies, who are nine points adrift of 17th-placed Swansea with four matches remaining.
Click here for West Broms goal that secured the title for Man City – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJTILTS8Aek
TOTTENHAM 1 V 3 MANCHESTER CITY
I was at Wembley, hoping to see Spurs set a club record by going fifteen games unbeaten, but City’s performance
was as good as it has been all season, they set up chance after chance and in the end, Spurs were lucky not to have conceded more goals. This victory and United’s failure to beat West Brom, means that City is champions and fully deserved, they have been outstanding this season and no one has come close to stopping them.
Gabriel Jesus had put City ahead in the 22nd minute, racing onto Vincent Kompany’s long ball and sliding a low shot past Hugo Lloris, Just three minutes later, the France goalkeeper conceded a penalty, with a studs-up sliding challenge on Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan converted from the spot to double City’s lead.
Against the run of play, Christian Eriksen halved the deficit. Latching onto Harry Kane’s through ball, his shot ricocheted off Aymeric Laporte and then back off the Dane and in past Ederson, after the break City withstood a period of sustained pressure from Spurs before Sterling hammered in the rebound from a Jesus shot to secure all three points in the 72nd minute.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side stays fourth, seven points clear of Chelsea in fifth.
Click here to see the goals that gave Man City the title – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1ybqlMTkak
SOUTHAMPTON 2 v 3 CHELSEA
Southampton had a great chance to seal the three points and improve their chances of avoiding relegation, they took a two-goal lead through Dusan Tadic’s effort following Ryan Bertrand’s excellent play, and Polish defender Jan Bednarek’s left-footed shot. Chelsea was way off their top form and it was left to substitute Olivier Giroud, who scored twice, to put some drive and desire into the Chelsea team, the France forward’s header and left-footed drive sandwiched Eden Hazard’s left-foot finish as the Blues moved within seven points of fourth-placed Tottenham.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUEDqJqC8W4
NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 V 1 ARSENAL
Arsenal started well and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, playing for the first time together linked nicely up for Arsenal’s opener in the 14th minute. The Gabon striker received Shkodran Mustafi’s chip and clipped the ball to the far post for the arriving Lacazette to slide in and score. Ayoze Perez equalised for Newcastle just before the half-hour mark, running in past Shkodran Mustafi, to guide in DeAndre Yedlin’s cross at the near post. In a lacklustre second half with both teams looking off their peak, Matt Ritchie got the winner, that has taken away the Magpies relegation worries. Nacho Monreal failed to clear the ball and substitute Islam Slimani’s header was flicked on by Perez into the path of Ritchie, who coolly steered his shot past goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DlpW-XEDfA
BURNLEY 2 V 1 LEICESTER CITY
Burnley have a real outside chance of featuring in the Europa League with this victory over Leicester City. Chris Wood scored against his former club while Kevin Long headed a second as the Clarets made it a five straight league wins. Sean Dyche’s side is seventh in the Premier League, which will be enough to qualify for the Europa League unless Southampton wins the FA Cup. Burnley scored twice in the first six minutes, leaving Leicester with a mountain to climb, Jamie Vardy got one back, but Burnley held on.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn7pdALu34g
HUDDERSFIELD 1 V 0 WATFORD
This was an important win for Huddersfield, taking them seven points clear of the relegation zone.
In a fairly even affair, it was left to Substitute Tom Ince to break the deadlock with a well-taken goal from Mathias Jorgensen’s pass in injury time
CRYSTAL PALACE 3 V 2 BRIGHTON
This was a vital win for Palace in a very entertaining game and now move six points clear of the Premier League relegation zone. The excellent Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring in the fifth minute by tapping in on the goal line after Mat Ryan had saved Luka Milivojevic’s shot, a rampant Palace scored a second nine minutes later when James Tomkins scrambled the ball home at a corner but Glenn Murray halved Brighton’s deficit, hooking the ball in via the crossbar after Lewis Dunk had headed towards goal at another corner, Zaha then took advantage poor Brighton defending to head in his second from Milivojevic’s lofted cross in the 24th minute, only for the visitors to again pull a goal back 10 minutes later when Jose Izquierdo calmly finished across Wayne Hennessey. Palace held on for a win which moves them up to 16th in the table, while Brighton are 13th with one point more than Palace and, with a difficult run in to come, are still at risk of relegation.
SWANSEA 1 V 1 EVERTON
Everton took the lead against the run of play when a Kyle Naughton own goal put the Toffees in front, Swansea continued to apply pressure and it paid off when Jordan Ayew levelled with a cool finish from inside the box. Everton’s poor performance brought calls from the Everton faithful for manager Sam Allardyce to be sacked, but the draw keeps the Toffees ninth in the Premier League and, although the Swans drop one place to 17th, they are now five points clear of the bottom three.
LIVERPOOL 3 V 0 BOURNEMOUTH
Liverpool’s week only got better with a convincing win against Bournemouth, after knocking out Manchester City in the Champions League Quarter Final on Wednesday. The hosts made the perfect start when Sadio Mane followed up his own header to prod the ball past Cherries keeper Asmir Begovic. Mohammed Salah then cheekily headed Trent Alexander Arnold’s pass over Begovic in the 69th minute for his 40th goal of the season in all competitions. Roberto Firmino confirmed a fifth win in six games for the Reds with his 15th league goal of the campaign, Bournemouth, remain 11th on 38 points, whilst Liverpool move closer to Man United who is in second place.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3G-WbYevKk
WEST HAM 1 V 1 STOKE
Andy Carroll’s dramatic late equaliser for West Ham has left Stoke staring relegation in the face, The Hammers are now seven points clear of the relegation zone, with Stoke five points adrift of safety with four games left, Stoke looked set for a first win in 10 games when ex-Spurs player Peter Crouch took advantage of Joe Hart’s fumble to score. But fellow substitute Carroll, in his first appearance since January, volleyed home a last-minute equaliser from Aaron Cresswell’s cross.
Click here for the Premier League Table, to see where your team are in the League.
I got five correct results this week, only mid-table form!
My week 35 predictions
Brighton & Hove Albion 1 v 3 Tottenham Hotspur
Bournemouth 1 v 2 Manchester United
Burnley 1 v 2 Chelsea
West Brom 1 v 3 Liverpool
Watford 1 v 2 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 2 v 1 West Ham
Stoke 1 v 2 Burnley
Manchester City 3 v 1 Swansea
Everton 1 v 2 Newcastle
It is also the FA Cup Semi-Finals this week, I will be at Wembley to watch Spurs beat Manchester United!
Manchester United 1 v 3 Spurs
Chelsea 3 v 1 Southampton
Have a good week,