ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 38 ROUND UP

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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 38 ROUND UP

PREMIER LEAGUE FINAL STANDINGS :

CHAMPIONS – MANCHESTER CITY – CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEXT SEASON
RUNNERS-UP – MANCHESTER UNITED – CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEXT SEASON
THIRD PLACE – SPURS – CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEXT SEASON
FOURTH PLACE – LIVERPOOL – CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEXT SEASON

FIFTH PLACE – CHELSEA – EUROPA LEAGUE NEXT SEASON
SIXTH PLACE – ARSENAL – EUROPA LEAGUE NEXT SEASON
SEVENTH PLACE – BURNLEY – EUROPA LEAGUE NEXT SEASON

RELEGATED

SWANSEA CITY
STOKE CITY
WEST BROMWICH ALBION

BURNLEY 1 V 2 BOURNEMOUTH

This has been an amazing season for Burnley, returning to European Football after a 51-year wait and the celebrations were not spoilt by defeat to the Cherries.

Burnley finished the season seventh, they looked like they were going to finish the season in style when Ashley Westwood’s shot took a huge deflection off team-mate Chris Wood to deliver the opening goal, however, the Cherries, who ended the season in 12th, equalised when Joshua King’s sumptuous curling effort hit the back of the net, Callum Wilson then scored a late winner after Jermain Defoe capitalised on a Kevin Long mistake.

CRYSTAL PALACE 2 V 0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Roy Hodgson, the Palace manager has worked wonders to drag Palace away from threatened relegation and deserves all the plaudits he gets. They dominated the game against bottom club and relegated West Brom, they took a while to make their dominance pay, finally Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring on 70 minutes, clipping in from Patrick van Aanholt’s cross, Van Aanholt added a second soon after, rounding goalkeeper Ben Foster after a deft passing move on the edge of the West Brom area. Palace lost their opening seven games this season without scoring but finished 11th after an impressive revival under Hodgson.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eOtS3Tr26s


HUDDERSFIELD 0 V 1 ARSENAL

Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign as manager of Arsenal came to an end with a victory at Huddersfield. Wenger emerged before kick-off to a rapturous reception and went over to applaud the Arsenal fans, taking a bow. Both sets of fans gave him a standing ovation after 22 minutes, to celebrate his 22 years in English football. Wenger brought three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including two Doubles, to Arsenal, but leaves them in the lowest position since he arrived, sixth.

This win over Huddersfield was the first time in eight attempts Arsenal have picked up any points away from home in the Premier League in 2018 – making them the last professional team in England to do so. Their goal was scored by Wenger’s final signing, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as he slid home a low cross from Aaron Ramsey.
I have known Arsene since his first game at Arsenal and he is a gentleman and an absolute legend in the game of Football and I wish him well for whatever comes next in his remarkable career.

Click here for Arsene Wenger’s last game at Arsenal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YhpPhGkzsE

LIVERPOOL 4 V 0 BRIGHTON

Mohamed Salah set a new Premier League scoring record as Liverpool sealed a place in next season’s Champions League with an emphatic victory over Brighton. It was an impressive Liverpool performance on a perfect sunny afternoon at Anfield and Klopp’s side lingered long after the final whistle, soaking up the celebratory atmosphere with the Champions League final against Real Madrid to come on 26 May.

Salah opened the scoring with a low finish from Dominic Solanke’s pass, which was his 32nd goal of the campaign, the most by a player in a 38-game Premier League season. Dejan Lovren doubled the lead by powerfully heading in Andrew Robertson’s cross and after the break, it was more of the same, Liverpool continued to dominate. Solanke smashed in his first goal for the club off the underside of the bar, having met Salah’s lay-off at the end of a strong run, while full-back Andrew Robertson also got his first Liverpool goal, sweeping in from close range with five minutes to play.

The victory meant the Reds matched their fourth-place finish of last season, they would have moved up to third had Tottenham not edged a thrilling 5-4 win at home to Leicester, while Brighton ended their first top-flight campaign since 1983 in 15th place. It has been an amazing season for Brighton under the stewardship of my good friend Chris Hughton and he deserves all the plaudits for what he has achieved at the ‘Seagulls’, as for Liverpool, I believe that they will be major contenders to challenge for the title next season.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUi-7CphZsA

MANCHESTER UNITED 1 V 0 WATFORD

Michael Carrick was given a guard of honour as he walked onto the pitch for his final game as a United player, he then helped set up Marcus Rashford’s decisive goal against Watford. Lofting a pass to Juan Mata, who squared for Rashford to score in the 34th minute. Former England midfielder Carrick left the field to a standing ovation in the 85th minute as he was replaced by Paul Pogba. It has been a strange season for United, despite a rollercoaster of a season, they have finished runners-up in the Premier League and play for Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley next week.

NEWCASTLE 3 V 0 CHELSEA

Chelsea finished their miserable season with a heavy defeat away at Newcastle, last year’s champions were second best throughout the game at St James’ Park and fell behind through Dwight Gayle’s close-range header, Ayoze Perez poked home twice in the second period as his side finished the season in 10th position. Chelsea’s best chance fell to striker Olivier Giroud, but the Frenchman’s acrobatic effort was tipped away by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. Chelsea has the opportunity to end the season on a positive note in next Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester United.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXxcr0V9b-E


SOUTHAMPTON 0 V 1 MANCHESTER CITY

Manager Pep Guardiola praised his players as champions Manchester City ended an incredible season with a record 100 points after victory at Southampton, who secured Premier League survival despite losing, Substitute Gabriel Jesus struck with virtually the last kick of the game to spark wild celebrations on City’s bench at St Mary’s.

“Maybe this record will be broken but it will be difficult,” said Guardiola after his side finished 19 points ahead of nearest rivals Manchester United. As well as winning the most points by an English top-flight side in a single campaign, City’s 32nd win broke our (Tottenham’s) 57-year-old record for victories in a single top-flight season. Southampton needed a point to be sure of safety, but Swansea’s 2-1 home defeat by Stoke meant Saints will play in the top flight for a seventh successive season despite this defeat.

Click here for the goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYnRp6a65xE

SWANSEA CITY 1 V 2 STOKE CITY

Swansea City’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed with defeat by Championship-bound Stoke as emotions ran high at the Liberty Stadium. Needing to beat the Potters and hope Southampton were thrashed by Manchester City, with a 10-goal swing in the Swans’ favour, to keep alive their faint hopes of staying up, the hosts took an early lead through Andy King, but Stoke responded with two goals from Badou Ndiaye’s lob and Peter Crouch’s header to give Stoke a meaningless victory, with both sides relegated and confined to football in the Championship next season.

SPURS 5 V 4 LEICESTER CITY

I was at Wembley to see Spurs play their last game in the Premier League at the home of English Football and what a game to finish on. As they ended the season by winning a sensational nine-goal thriller against Leicester to clinch third place in the Premier League.

The hosts trailed 3-1 after 47 minutes, scored three goals in 11 minutes to lead 4-3, only to be pegged back to 4-4 before Harry Kane curled in a 76th-minute winner. Kane’s winner was his second goal of the game, after he levelled following Jamie Vardy’s opener, and takes him to 30 Premier League goals in a season for the first time. Spurs were 2-1 behind at half-time after Riyad Mahrez had added to Vardy’s early header and three minutes after the break Kelechi Iheanacho smashed into the top corner from distance to give Leicester a two-goal cushion, but Spurs responded with three quick-fire goals, two for Erik Lamela and an own goal from Christian Fuchs.

In a remarkable second half, Vardy then drew Leicester level with his side’s fourth of the afternoon, smashing into the roof of the net after a trademark run in behind the defence. However, it was Vardy’s international team-mate Kane who had the final say with his effort from the edge of the penalty area, meaning Leicester finished the season ninth.

Click here for a goal feast – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjNov77Oa1M


WEST HAM UNITED 3 V 1 EVERTON

West Ham moved up two places in the Premier League table to finish 13th after a Manuel Lanzini inspired the win over Everton in what could be the final game in charge for both managers. Striker Marko Arnautovic’s thumping second-half goal added to playmaker Lanzini’s opener before the break and David Moyes’ men ended a turbulent campaign on a high when the Argentine curled the third past Jordan Pickford near the end. Everton, who pulled one back through Oumar Niasse, finished eighth.

I got eight correct predictions on the last day of the season, always nice to finish on a high note!

I hope that you have enjoyed the Premier League Blogs and that your team gave you some fun this season.

Have a good week,

Gary

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