CONGRATULATIONS TO CHELSEA – ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 2017
West Brom 0 v 1 Chelsea
Chelsea was deservedly crowned as Premier League champions as Michy Batshuayi’s late goal gave them the victory they required to secure the title at West Brom. It looked as though Antonio Conte’s side might be forced to delay their celebrations as they were frustrated for long periods by the resilience and organization of their hosts, but with eight minutes left substitute Batshuayi, who had previously endured a season of struggle after his £33m move from Marseille, ended a scrappy passage of play by steering a finish high finish past Ben Foster in the Baggies goal.The final whistle sparked wild celebrations among Chelsea’s fans, with players and manager thoroughly enjoying their hard earned success.
Click here to see the Champions – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGG3uLA3hT0
Crystal Palace 4 v 0 Hull City
Hull City were relegated in style from the Premier League with a crushing defeat at Crystal Palace, Palace took the lead in the third minute when Hull defender Andrea Ranocchia missed a simple clearance, allowing Wilfried Zaha to run clear and strike home,Christian Benteke’s header doubled Palace’s lead while late goals from Luka Milivojevic, from the penalty spot, and substitute Patrick van Aanholt, completed Hull’s misery. The Tigers, who failed to register a shot on target on Sunday, will join Sunderland and Middlesbrough in the Championship next season.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5ON0tICjlw
West Ham 0 v 4 Liverpool
Liverpool destroyed West Ham at the London Stadium to move back into third place, Philippe Coutinho’s sublime pass on the half-hour mark cut open the Hammers defense and picked out an unmarked Sturridge who went around goalkeeper Adrian before slotting home. The Brazilian then scored two goals after the break before Divock Origi fired in a fourth to complete the Liverpool route. Victory against Middlesbrough on the final day of the season will guarantee Liverpool a Champions League place in 2017-18.
Click here all Liverpool fans – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQNwKhrypbo
Tottenham 2 v 1 Man United
I was at White Hart Lane to watch Spurs take United apart with a 2-1 victory and claim second place in the Premier League. This was the last ever game to be played at the stadium and it was a very emotional day, every fan was given a flag and t-shirt and the supporters roared from start to finish. Spurs plan to have their new stadium, built on the same site, ready for the 2018-19 campaign and will play their home matches at Wembley next season. Mauricio Pochettino’s side left their current ground, where they have spent 118 years, on a high by staying unbeaten there this season. Wanyama got Spurs off to the best possible start with a header five minutes in and Kane doubled their lead early in the second half, flicking home from a Christian Eriksen free-kick.Rooney got a consolation goal for United, as the Spurs go marching on !!
Click here for the last ever game at White Hart Lane – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zL0urbFLiY
Click here for the Finale of White Hart Lane ceremony, ex-players and current players on the pitch for a closing ceremony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQp0zMXhEJo
Man City 2 v 1 Leicester
Manchester City held on to beat Leicester City and move back into third place after referee Bobby Madley disallowed Riyad Mahrez’s late penalty for the Foxes. Mahrez, who had been brought down by Gael Clichy, had the chance to make it 2-2 but slipped as he took his spot-kick and touched the ball with his right foot as well as his left as he sent it into the net, Madley immediately ruled the goal out for a double-touch and awarded the home side a free-kick, to the relief of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and his players. The hosts had dominated the first half at the Etihad Stadium and looked like they were cruising to victory when they went 2-0 up, but when
Leicester’s Shinji Okazaki met Marc Albrighton’s cross with a superb acrobatic finish, the pressure was on, but only for a farcical penalty from Mahrez saved Man City’s blushes,
I have to say that it was the correct decision by the referee but was very harsh on Leicester.
Click here for the amazing Mahrez penalty – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7ZmRiSEXoU
Bournemouth 2 v 1 Burnley
Bournemouth guaranteed the highest league finish in their 118-year history by beating Burnley at Vitality Stadium. Former Burnley player Junior Stanislas scored the opener when he collected a long pass from Lewis Cook on his chest, sprinted clear of the away defence and calmly slotted in from 18 yards, Sam Vokes headed in an equaliser for Burnley, but Josh King restored the hosts’ lead two minutes later when he converted Ryan Fraser’s low cross. The victory takes Bournemouth up to 10th and ensures they will conclude the campaign higher than last year’s 16th-placed finish.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOB8iK8Au64
Middlesbrough 1 v 2 Southampton
Relegated Middlesbrough offered little as they were beaten at home by the Saints, Jay Rodriguez put Saints in front at the end of the first half, turning in Shane Long’s cross after a neat build-up, half-time substitute Nathan Redmond curled an exquisite strike into the top corner on 57 minutes after being left completely unmarked. Patrick Bamford scored his first goal since his previous spell at Middlesbrough in April 2015 by heading in Viktor Fischer’s corner to set up a nervy finish for the visitors, the Southampton held on and took the three points back to the South Coast.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eECZLyXf-7c
Sunderland 0 v 2 Swansea
Swansea’s Premier League status is safe after this deserved win over relegated Sunderland, An afternoon that had the potential to be a nervous one for the Swans became very comfortable once Llorente headed home Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick in the ninth minute, Kyle Naughton struck a decisive blow in first-half stoppage time with a superb drive into the far top corner, Sunderland, who beat Hull last weekend, were booed off at both half-time and the final whistle of a poor display that epitomised their season.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkaaFmBbXz4
Stoke 1 v 4 Arsenal
Champions League chasing Arsenal had a comfortable victory over Stoke. The Gunners had not won on their previous six visits to the Potters, but took the lead with a well-crafted move as Hector Bellerin picked out Olivier Giroud for a tap-in before Alexis Sanchez combined with Mesut Ozil, who coolly tucked home in the second period, Stoke controversially restored hope as Peter Crouch converted Marko Arnautovic’s cross with his hand, but Sanchez drilled in a low finish and Giroud slid in a fourth for the away side, to give Arsenal an emphatic victory.
I was with Peter Crouch yesterday at White Hart Lane, click here to see his clever disguised handball finish – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I9n2GQxFL4
Everton 1 v 0 Watford
Ross Barkley’s goal settled Everton’s meeting with Watford after the build-up to the match was dominated by uncertainty over the midfielder’s Goodison Park future. Barkley swept home a curling shot from 20 yards shortly after the break as Sebastian Prodl failed to close him down. Barkley has been given an ultimatum from the manager to sign his contract or leave! Watch this space!!
Click here to see Barkley’s goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0QQytzuGlE
In my predictions I was in Champions like form with nine correct results and three correct scores, my best of the season, but too late for the title !!
My week 37 predictions
Arsenal 3 v 1 Sunderland
Man City 3 v 1 West Brom
Southampton 1 v 2 Man United
Leicester 1 v 2 Spurs
Arsenal 2 v 1 Everton
Burnley 2 v 1 West Ham
Chelsea 3 v 1 Sunderland
Hull 1 v 3 Tottenham
Leicester 2 v 1 Bournemouth
Liverpool 3 v 1 Middlesbrough
Man United 3 v 1 Crystal Palace
Southampton 2 v 1 Stoke
Swansea 2 v 1 West Brom
Watford 1 v 2 Man City
Have a good week