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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 37 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 37 ROUND UP

MANCHESTER CITY 0 V 0 HUDDERSFIELD

Manchester City lifted the Premier League trophy amid jubilant scenes despite Huddersfield gaining a vital point in their battle to avoid relegation with a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Walking out to a guard of honour as thousands of blue and white flags fluttered in the stands, Pep Guardiola’s side had been expected to collect a routine three points, as the champions faced the 16th-placed Terriers with a celebration the tone of the day. But City could not produce the style of football fans have become so accustomed to this season, with Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus going closest in a game of few clear-cut chances. But full credit to Man City, they have completely dominated the Premier League this season, with no one getting close to them.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cPl7De7aFc

Click here to see Man City lift the Premier League Trophy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK_W0t6rI3g

ARSENAL 5 V 0 BURNLEY

Arsene Wenger said his farewell to Arsenal with a thrashing of Burnley. Burnley were outclassed as Arsenal ran out 5-0 winners to give Wenger his 475th win in 826 Premier League games. This was not the time to celebrate a single victory but to reflect on all the triumphs and pleasure Wenger has brought to Arsenal in almost 22 years, and everyone played their parts perfectly on and off the pitch.

The Emirates was draped in tributes to Wenger, with giant “Merci Arsene” banners outside the ground, while red T-shirts bearing the same slogan and the date were placed on each one of the 60,000 seats in the stadium. Wenger, who is clearly departing with reluctance with 12 months still to run on his contract, made his entrance through a guard of honour formed by Arsenal and Burnley players, along with their manager Sean Dyche. As he made his way towards the centre circle, huge applause reverberated around the arena that can stand as a monument to his footballing wisdom and financial expertise in the transfer market.

It was the potent strikeforce Wenger will leave behind that set up this easy win, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette establishing the platform by half-time. Sead Kolasinac, Alex Iwobi and a second from Aubameyang wrapped up in sixth place. This was Wenger’s day, and the Emirates fell silent for his final words. He started his speech with words which summed up the man as he sent his best wishes to his old adversary and latterly friend Sir Alex Ferguson. Good luck to Arsene in whatever comes next for him, but his class will be sadly missed by the Premier League and all football fans.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mtNxLo3vCw

Click here to see Arsene Wenger’s goodbye to Arsenal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUjT_gQ4ets

BRIGHTON 1 V 0 MANCHESTER UNITED

I am delighted for my good friend Chris Hughton as Brighton secured Premier League survival after the Seagulls’ 1-0 win over Manchester United. Pascal Gross’ header from Jose Izquierdo’s cross was cleared by Marcos Rojo – but from just behind the line, with goalline technology awarding the only goal of the game. Brighton’s first top-flight campaign since 1983 concludes with away games against Manchester City and Liverpool. Albion, who had not won in their previous seven games, had the better chances against United and David de Gea did well to deny Glenn Murray and Izquierdo.

CHELSEA 1 V 0 LIVERPOOL

Manager Antonio Conte said Chelsea were “putting pressure” on their rivals as they boosted their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League with a victory over Liverpool. Olivier Giroud expertly headed in Victor Moses’ cross in the first half after the visitors had dominated possession and failed to capitalise. Chelsea remains in fifth but move within three points of third-placed Liverpool.

“We are winning and our opponents are dropping points,” said Conte.

With two games remaining to Liverpool’s one, Chelsea can move level on points with the Champions League finalists when they face Huddersfield on Wednesday. But, given their superior goal difference, the Reds would almost certainly ensure a top-four finish with a victory at home to Brighton on the final day.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8dxRb3cxUk

STOKE 1 V 2 CRYSTAL PALACE

Stoke’s 10-year stay in the Premier League has come to an end after they were relegated to the Championship by Crystal Palace’s second-half resurgence. Xherdan Shaqiri had given Stoke the lead and some hope after the midfielder’s free-kick opened the scoring just before the break, but Palace equalised when James McArthur got clear down the left and side-footed home the leveller before Van Aanholt pounced on Ryan Shawcross’ under-hit backpass to consign Stoke to the second tier.


BOURNEMOUTH 1 V 0 SWANSEA

Swansea will stay in the Premier League, says defiant manager Carlos Carvalhal despite his side dropping into the relegation zone on goal difference with defeat at Bournemouth on Saturday, the result, coupled with Southampton’s draw against Everton, means the 18th-placed Swans head into the final week of the season occupying the final relegation berth. Swansea entertains Southampton on Tuesday before ending their season at home to already relegated Stoke Ryan Fraser’s first-half strike on the edge of the area, from a well-worked Bournemouth free-kick, came off the head of Swansea’s Alfie Mawson to beat goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

LEICESTER 0 V 2 WEST HAM UNITED

West Ham secured their Premier League status with a comfortable victory at Leicester, Mark Noble’s stunning volley capped a dominant performance from the visitors, who opened the scoring through Joao Mario, with the Hammers now on 38 points they hold an unassailable five-point advantage over Swansea and Southampton, who play each other on Tuesday. Two years ago to the week, Leicester was crowned as the Premier League Champions, but this Leicester team were unrecognisable from those great days.

WATFORD 2 V 1 NEWCASTLE

Newcastle’s players looked as if they were “on holiday” in the first half of Saturday’s defeat at Watford, according to manager Rafael Benitez. The Magpies slipped to a third successive defeat at Watford, who ensured their Premier League survival thanks to first-half goals from Roberto Pereyra and Andre Gray. Ayoze Perez did pull a goal back in the 55th minute but, despite all their second-half dominance, Newcastle could not find or deserve an equaliser.

WEST BROM 1 V 0 SPURS

Jake Livermore’s last-gasp goal gave West Brom a victory against Tottenham which ensures they still have a chance of avoiding Premier League relegation. Livermore forced the ball over the line in the 91st minute with relegation certain had they lost or drawn at The Hawthorns. Just hours later, the Baggies were seconds from relegation again when Southampton was denied victory over Everton by a 96th-minute Tom Davies’ equaliser. A Saints win would have sent West Brom down but they can still stay up if a series of results go their way. Two wins for Spurs in their last two home games against Newcastle and Leicester will secure a Champions League place and if results go their way could finish above Liverpool.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYnaBJiB10M

EVERTON 1 V 1 SOUTHAMPTON

The Saints moved out of the bottom three and above Swansea despite a 96th-minute Tom Davies goal that denied them victory at Everton. Hughes will take his team to the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday, after Nathan Redmond’s second-half goal gave them the lead at Goodison and saw them move up a place on goal difference, winger Redmond nodded Cedric Soares’ cross past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in an otherwise bore draw which saw Southampton’s Maya Yoshida sent off for two fouls.

I got five correct results this week in my predictions, please see following my predictions for the last game of the 2017/18 season.

Burnley 2 v 1 Bournemouth
Crystal Palace 2 v 1 West Brom
Huddersfield 1 v 2 Arsenal
Liverpool 2 v 1 Brighton
Man United 3 v 1 Watford
Newcastle 1 v 2 Chelsea
Southampton 1 v 2 Man City
Swansea 2 v 1 Stoke
Tottenham 4 v 1 Leicester
West Ham 2 v 1 Everton

Have a good week,

Gary

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