ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 35 ROUND UP
Watford 0 v 1 Liverpool
Emre Can scored a contender for goal of the season as Liverpool beat a poor Watford side to improve their chances of Champions League football next season. The Reds midfielder met Lucas Leiva’s delivery with a wonderful bicycle kick which flew into the top corner. Liverpool moves four points clear of Manchester United in fifth, while Watford remains 13th.
Click here for Can’s amazing goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlgJdAV0KCg
Manchester United 1 v 1 Swansea
A glorious free kick from the ex-Spurs player, Gylfi Siguurdsson, gave Swansea an important point in their fight against relegation. and damaged Manchester United’s push for the top four. Sigurdsson curled over the wall from about 20 yards to cancel out Wayne Rooney’s penalty (given after a dive from Rashford) and move the Swans to within two points of 17th-placed Hull. United stay fifth, a point behind both Manchester City and Liverpool after the same number of games.
Click here for the Rashford dive and the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvK6E6xWYJw
Everton 0 v 3 Chelsea
Chelsea overcame a tricky trip to in-form Everton, to take the three points and keep them on course for the Premier League title. Three second-half goals saw them overcome Everton at Goodison Park. Pedro’s 25-yard stunner, Gary Cahill’s close-range finish, and Willian’s tap-in kept Antonio Conte’s side four points clear of second-placed Tottenham.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9qC1mzFJ9c
Spurs 2 v 0 Arsenal
I was at White Hart Lane to see Spurs confirm that they are now the dominant team in North London, after this drubbing of Arsenal. Had it not been for a magnificent display from Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal the score would have been four or five nil. Tottenham ensured they remained just four points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and confirmed they would finish above arch-rivals Arsenal for the first time since 1994-95, (when I was the captain) with an impressive north London derby win at White Hart Lane.
This was Spurs ninth successive league win to continue their best sequence since October 1960, when they won 13 games in a row. The match was decided with two goals in just over a minute, Dele Alli scoring his 21st goal for Spurs this season with a close-range finish in the 55th minute before Harry Kane netted from the spot after he was fouled by Gabriel. Arsenal, whose top-four hopes are in serious jeopardy as they remain six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
Click here for extended highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YURq_iwJ044
Middlesbrough 2 v 2 Man City
Gabriel Jesus scored a late equaliser as Manchester City twice came from behind to rescue a point in the race for a top-four finish and dent Middlesbrough’s Premier League survival hopes, Boro thought they had secured a valuable win when Calum Chambers poked in from close range on 77 minutes, only for Jesus to rise and convert Sergio Aguero’s cross with five minutes remaining,fourth-placed City remain one point ahead of rivals Manchester United, but miss the opportunity to go ahead of Liverpool in third.
A point for Steve Agnew’s leaves them six points from safety, with only three games remaining.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o-hkTn2_bU
Crystal Palace 0 v 2 Burnley
The team with the worst away record in the Premier League somehow managed to win their first away game of the season and get three points away at Crystal Palace, to move a step closer to Premier League safety.
Ashley Barnes and Andre Gray scored the goals to leave Palace seven points above the bottom three, with four games remaining. Despite the home side dominating the early stages, Barnes opened the scoring as he slid Stephen Ward’s low cross through Wayne Hennessey’s legs, then substitute Gray drilled home a low shot as the Clarets won for the 11th time in the league this season.
Victory took Sean Dyche’s men 14th, eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdLqToLNiT8
Southampton 0 v 0 Hull
This was the first of the bore draws this week, with Jakupovic’s being Hull’s saviour with a stoppage-time penalty save, the stalemate edged Hull closer to Premier League survival.
Hull now move three points clear of the relegation zone.
West Brom 0 v 1 Leicester
Leicester City moved closer to Premier League survival as they beat West Brom at The Hawthorns to secure their first win in four Premier League games. Leicester broke the deadlock when Shinji Okazaki intercepted Salomon Rondon’s poor backpass and fed Jamie Vardy, who finished calmly past Ben Foster. Vardy, who had just one shot on target all afternoon, almost turned provider in the second period but Okazaki failed to connect with his cross.
West Brom, who are attempting to reach a club-record Premier League points tally of 50, have failed to score in five consecutive games for the first time in their history, losing four of them.
Click here for Vardy’s winning goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUssg1N_Aog
Stoke 0 v 0 West Ham
The second bore draw of the week came at Stoke, where Stoke and West Ham both edged closer to Premier League safety with a goalless draw. Both goalkeepers were in buoyant form keeping their opponents at bay, Stoke has now reached the 40-point mark, nine points clear of Swansea in 18th with three games remaining. Andre Ayew had the best of West Ham’s chances, with an acrobatic overhead kick forcing an equally impressive save from Butland.
Marko Arnautovic looked to be through on goal for Stoke, but his volley from point-blank range was saved by Adrian.
Sunderland 0 v 1 Bournemouth
Sunderland’s 10-year stay in the Premier League ended as Bournemouth scored a late winner at the Stadium of Light. The defeat, Sunderland’s 23rd of the season, means the Black Cats are relegated from the Premier League for a joint-record fourth time in Moyes’ first season in charge. Bournemouth’s Joshua King scored the only goal with just two minutes left, tapping home from Ryan Fraser’s pass.
Maybe now Sunderland have been relegated, Spurs can poach Jermine Defoe ??
All Sunderland fans look away, click here for the goal that sent them down – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGgNnt-xyTo
Click here to see the Premier League table and see how your club is doing. – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/table
My end of season form with my predictions has fallen away, just three correct results this week!
My Week 36 Predictions:-
West Ham 1 v 3 Tottenham
Man City 3 v 1 Crystal Palace
Bournemouth 2 v 1 Stoke
Burnley 2 v 1 West Brom
Hull 2 v 1 Sunderland
Leicester 2 v 1 Watford
Swansea 2 v 1 Everton
Liverpool 2 v 1 Southampton
Arsenal 2 v 1 Man United
Chelsea 2 v 1 Middlesbrough
Have a good week