ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 36 ROUND UP
SPURS 2 V 0 WATFORD
I was at Wembley to see Spurs put in a well below par performance, but most importantly they got the three points, which should secure a Champions League place. Spurs capitalised on an error from Hornets goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis as Christian Eriksen set up Alli and the England midfielder scored from 12 yards out.
Kane doubled Spurs’ lead early in the second half from Kieran Trippier’s pull-back and Jan Vertonghen later headed against the post. Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris denied Andre Gray and Richarlison, with the Brazilian also shooting over from six yards out. The visitors are still not guaranteed Premier League safety and this defeat extended their winless run to seven matches, whilst Spurs move to within one point of Liverpool, with a game in hand, a third-place finish for Spurs is beckoning!
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osineToK8T8
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 V 1 ARSENAL
Manchester United gave Arsene Wenger a great reception as he led Arsenal for the last time at Old Trafford, he was presented with a gift by his old foe, Sir Alex Ferguson and greeted by Jose Mourinho, it was indeed a very nice gesture. Unfortunately United were not as gracious during the game, they opened the scoring on 16 minutes when a header from former Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez was knocked on to the post by Hector Bellerin and Paul Pogba stabbed home the rebound for his third goal in four league games, the hosts lost striker Romelu Lukaku to injury early in the second half, and moments later Henrikh Mkhitaryan was left in plenty of space to weave and strike through the legs of Victor Lindelof for the equaliser, it was left to Belgium international Fellaini to pop up to snatch the winner, when he flicked a header past Gunners goalkeeper David Ospina from an Ashley Young cross.
This victory has secured Champions League football for United next season.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo0Tb-rS5kc
WEST HAM UNITED 1 V 4 MANCHESTER CITY
The Champions completely took apart West Ham and have sent the Hammers to a precarious position just above the relegation zone., City took the lead when Leroy Sane’s shot deflected off the head of Patrice Evra and wrong-footed Hammers goalkeeper Adrian, a series of West Ham defensive mishaps culminated in a Pablo Zabaleta own goal which gave City a two-goal advantage and saw them reach the landmark 100 goals scored this season. Aaron Cresswell gave the Hammers a foothold in the game shortly before the break when he curled home a free-kick inside Ederson’s near post, However, inspired by a brilliant performance from Raheem Sterling, City reasserted their control of the contest early in the second half, having earlier teed up Sane, Sterling claimed a hat-trick of assists after the break when he set up Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho to finish clinically from inside the box.
West Ham is three points clear of 18th-placed Southampton, who occupy the final relegation place.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJJCnX3drMU
LIVERPOOL 0 V 0 STOKE CITY
Stoke City are still in the fight to avoid Premier League relegation, but only just! The Potters are three points adrift of safety with just two games of their season remaining. Liverpool were odds-on favourites to win this game but with wasted chances and one eye on their Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma on Wednesday, they failed to take the three points. Premier League Player of the Year Mohamed Salah missed the chance to break the record for most goals in a 38-game Premier League season when he clipped wide after being sent clear on goal after five minutes.
Click here for the lack of highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7kbmIpByDI
BURNLEY 0 V 0 BRIGHTON
Along with the Liverpool game, we had another bore draw at Burnley.
despite only getting a point each both Burnley and Brighton edged closer to their respective targets in the Premier League as they drew at Turf Moor. Seventh-placed Burnley failed to secure the win that would have guaranteed European football next season, but Sean Dyche’s side needs just one more point from their last two games to secure their place in the Europa League. (an amazing feat for Burnley this season)
The draw means Brighton slip to 14th, but they are five points clear of the relegation zone with three matches to play.
Sorry, no highlights!
CRYSTAL PALACE 5 V 0 LEICESTER CITY
This was a complete thrashing, Leicester failed to turn up and looked like a side just playing out the season, whilst Palace were focused and thoroughly deserved the victory, that has virtually secured their Premier League status, they had the match virtually sewn up at half-time after goals from Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur, which both came from fantastic passing moves, Leicester compounded their misery when Marc Albrighton was shown a straight red card for pulling down Zaha, then allowing Ruben Loftus-Cheek then Patrick van Aanholt slotted goals past goalkeeper Ben Hamer, Christian Benteke, added to Leicester’s misery when he scored from the spot after being fouled by Harry Maguire.
The result moves Hodgson’s side up to 11th, six points clear of the relegation zone with two games to go.
Click here for some classy Palace goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrkxIxR6nW4
HUDDERSFIELD 0 V 2 EVERTON
Everton left Huddersfield Town with lingering relegation worries as goals in each half from Cenk Tosun and Idrissa Gueye gave them a comfortable win at the John Smith’s Stadium.
David Wagner’s side could have taken a giant stride towards safety with victory, but paid the price for conceding possession cheaply when Theo Walcott set up Tosun for the opener six minutes before the interval, Huddersfield who are just three points above the relegation zone face a tough run-in with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal still to play in their last three games, Everton wrapped up the win in the 77th minute when Leighton Baines set up Gueye for a low drive past Jonas Lossl.
NEWCASTLE 0 V 1 WEST BROM
Another surprising result as the basement side West Brom might actually achieve the nigh impossible task of avoiding the drop, they have to win their final two games and hope that their rivals stumble, West Brom are at home to Tottenham next Saturday before travelling to Crystal Palace for the final day of the season, however a point for Swansea at Bournemouth next week would see West Brom relegated. Matt Phillips got the goal for the Baggies, after being set up by ex-Spurs player Jake Livermore.
SOUTHAMPTON 2 V 1 BOURNEMOUTH
Dusan Tadic scored both goals in a 2-1 win which moved his relegation-threatened team side within a point of safety with three games remaining. Tadic put the home side ahead with a low finish after a swift counter-attack, only for Bournemouth forward Joshua King to fire in an equaliser seconds before half-time. Tadic restored the advantage with a precise finish after a penetrating run and secured the three points in this South Coast Derby game.
SWANSEA 0 V 1 CHELSEA
Chelsea kept their Champions League hopes alive with a win at Swansea, that has left them two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, Cesc Fabregas’ 50th Premier League goal was enough to secure victory for the Blues, who have three matches remaining. Swansea is now only a point ahead of Southampton in the relegation zone and this result earned a reprieve for West Brom, who would have been relegated to the Championship had Swansea drawn.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0IaHZQCyKE
I got five correct results this week, so not so bad.
Please see following my predictions for week 37
Brighton & Hove Albion 1 v 2 Manchester United
Stoke 1 v 2 Crystal Palace
Bournemouth 2 v 1 Swansea
Leicester 2 v 1 West Ham
Watford 2 v 1 Newcastle
West Brom 1 v 3 Spurs
Everton 2 v 1 Southampton
Man City 4 v 1 Huddersfield
Arsenal 2 v 1 Burnley
Chelsea 1 v 2 Liverpool
Swansea 2 v 1 Southampton
Chelsea 3 v 1 Huddersfield
Leicester 1 v 2 Arsenal
Man City 3 v 1 Brighton
Spurs 3 v 1 Newcastle
West Ham 1 v 2 Man United
I have been involved this week with the Premier League Partnership with Sky Ocean Rescue to reduce the numbers of single-use plastics, plastic bags, plastic bottles, cutlery etc. In the UK we use about 13 Billion single-use plastic bottles every year with only half of them being recycled, about 8 million tons of plastics are dumped in our Oceans every year, and if we do not do anything about it, it is estimated that within 30 years there will be more plastic in the Oceans than there are fish. Every year tens of thousands of Whales, Sea Lions, Seals, Fish and Turtles are killed by plastics.
The project will aim to raise awareness of the problems caused by plastic usage and the Premier League will be working with clubs to reduce the plastic usage at stadiums, with Tottenham’s recent announcements about our plans to minimise the environmental impact at our new stadium, we are leading the way, no single-use plastic, cutlery, straws or stirrers will be used, and our plastic bags will be replaced by biodegradable ones.
Click here for more info – http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/club-shows-support-for-sky-ocean-rescue-300418/
We are committed to phasing out single-use plastics throughout all our club operations.
A picture of me launching the Premier League Sky Ocean Rescue project.
Have a good week,