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EPL 2015/16 WEEK 37 ROUND UP

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

LEICESTER CITY – THE GAME OF FOOTBALL SALUTES YOU

Click here for an amazing performance of Nessun Dorma from Andrea Bocelli at the Leicester Celebrations, put your volume at it’s highest level and feel the goose bumps on the back of your neck.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni73wwWjV4Q

Click here for the presentation of the Premier League Trophy to the Champions of England, not a dry eye in the house, Well Done Leicester.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l8rROD4b3g

Leicester City 3 v 1 Everton

It was celebrations all around at Leicester’s King Power Stadium, where the Champions Leicester easily beat Everton before being presented with the Premier League trophy during a party of note throughout the day, which included the Opera singer Andrea Bocelli singing Nessun Dorma in a Leicester football shirt bearing his name.

Jamie Vardy scored twice but missed out on a hat-trick by blazing a second penalty over the bar, Leicester’s longest-serving player Andy King was also on the score-sheet with Kevin Mirallas netting Everton’s consolation.

But the football was a mere supporting act to all the festivities for the Foxes’ first top-flight title in their 132-year history.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFX8rJ4o-YE

 

 

Norwich City 0 v 1 Manchester United

Norwich City blew their chances of avoiding relegation fter a home defeat by Champions League-chasing Manchester United. City’s Cameron Jerome had a great chance to put Norwich in front but his header was saved by de Gea, then sloppy defending by Sebastien Bassong allowed Wayne Rooney to race clear and play in Juan Mata, who slotted in the winner. Defeat left Norwich second from bottom, four points behind Sunderland, who beat Chelsea, and three adrift of a Newcastle side who could only draw with relegated Aston Villa. For Manchester United, the prospect of playing in next season’s Champions League still remains achievable, after Manchester City’s draw with Arsenal.

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

 

 

West Ham United 1 v 4 Swansea City

This was West Ham’s penultimate game at their Upton Park Stadium, before their move to the Olympic Stadium and it was probably their worst performance of the season, hardly the send off the fans were looking for. West Ham prior to the game still had hopes of Champions League football, which has disappeared with their performance against the Swans, Wayne Routledge scored the first for Swansea from Kyle Naughton’s cross

Andre Ayew doubled the lead from Stephen Kingsley’s cross, and Ki Sung-yueng put the result beyond doubt, Diafra Sakho netted a consolation for the Hammers before substitute Bafetimbi Gomis added Swansea’s fourth.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfTbZXIQiMk

 

Aston Villa 0 v 0 Newcastle United

This was Newcastle’s best opportunity of getting a victory to steer them away from relegation, but they could not add to Villa’s 11 straight defeats and only left Villa Park with one point, which has put them as favourites to go down aloing with Villa and Norwich.

Newcastle did have the best chances but Aleksandar Mitrovic headed wide two good second-half opportunities.

Sunderland, who beat Chelsea, would relegate Newcastle with a victory over Everton on Wednesday evening.

 

 

Sunderland 3 v 2 Chelsea

Sunderland climbed out of the bottom three after two goals in three second-half minutes saw them fight back for a dramatic win over Chelsea.

Diego Costa’s precise finish gave the Blues the lead but Wahbi Khazri levelled with a spectacular volley, Nemanja Matic restored Chelsea’s lead before Sunderland turned the game on its head after the break, Fabio Borini beat Thibaut Courtois with a deflected shot, before ex Spurs striker Jermain Defoe swivelled to score a dramatic winner. Chelsea captain John Terry’s season is over after he was sent off for a second booking before the final whistle, with the end of the game bringing joyous scenes of celebration from the Sunderland players and fans, as their chances of survival are now in their own hands.

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

 

 

Liverpool 2 v 0 Watford

After claiming their place in the Europa Cup final last Thursday, Jurgen Klopp’s side disposed of Watford with ease, winning their first Premier League game in three games, Joe Allen put the Reds in front as he guided in a Christian Benteke knock-down after Philippe Coutinho’s cross, Roberto Firmino added a second when he drove in a shot that never should have got passed the Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRAHQ4kwgq4

 

 

Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Stoke City

Crystal Palace secured their top-flight status by coming back from a goal down to beat Stoke City at Selhurst Park and can now look forward to their FA Cup final against Manchester United on the 21st May. Stoke took the lead with a well-worked move which ended with Marko Arnautovic setting up Charlie Adam to angle in a shot, Dwight Gayle equalised for the home side when he side-footed in after Yannick Bolasie’s skilful run had set him up, and the Eagles striker got the winner when he pinged home a 25-yard free-kick.

 

 

Tottenham 1 v 2 Southampton

I was at White Hart Lane for the last home game of the season, the fans were in celebratory mood hoping that their team were going to get the victory that would secure the runners up place in the Premier League, for the first time in 52 years,

however Southampton had not read the script as Steven Davis scored twice as the Saints came from behind to beat second-placed Tottenham.

Son Heung-min chased a lost cause for the opener, gliding past Fraser Forster and coolly tucking the ball into an open net, but the visitors equalised through Davis, who slotted in under Hugo Lloris following Dusan Tadic’s cut-back.

Spurs’s Jan Vertonghen had a header cleared off the line, before impressive Saints midfielder Davis stroked in the winner.

Having challenged for the Premier League title for most of the season, Tottenham now lie 10 points adrift of champions Leicester and are hanging on to second spot, two points ahead of local rivals Arsenal and it will all come down to the last game of the season to see who stands on the second place podium !!
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqVOXwWsSUk
Manchester City 2 v 2 Arsenal

Manchester City could miss out on a Champions League place to neighbours Manchester United after Arsenal fought back to draw at Etihad Stadium, a situation that would not put a smile on new manager Pep Guardiola’s face (unless he has an escape clause if City do not qualify ???)

Strikes from Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne twice gave City the lead in Manuel Pellgrini’s farewell home game, but Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez goals have given Arsenal the chance of a second place finish.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD1EiHLRzMs

 

 

Bournemouth 1 v 1 West Brom

This was a game that played out exactly as it was, with both teams safe from relegation and looking forward to their holidays.  a mistake by Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc was punished when Salomon Rondon headed home, before he saved Craig Gardner’s penalty before half-time, and then Ritchie drew the Cherries level with a close-range header.

 

I only got three correct results and one correct score this week, so not my best end of season
form !!

My final predictions for this season :-

Mid week games

West Ham 1 v 2 Manchester United
Norwich 2 v 1 Watford
Sunderland 2 v 1 Everton
Liverpool 2 v 1 Chelsea

Final games of the season Week 38

Arsenal 3 v 1 Aston Villa
Chelsea 1 v 2 Leicester
Everton 1 v 2 Norwich
Manchester United 2 v 1 Bournemouth
Newcastle 1 v 2 Tottenham
Southampton 2 v 1 Crystal Palace
Stoke v West Ham
Swansea 1 v 2 Manchester City
Watford 1 v 2 Sunderland
West Brom 1 v 2 Liverpool
Stoke City 2 v 1 West Ham

Have a good week

Gary

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