EPL Week 35 Round Up

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

Congratulations to Chelsea who are the champions, they secured their first Premier League title in five years after a nervy 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues needed one more victory to ensure they could wrestle the league crown away from the Manchester stronghold, and Eden Hazard’s header, on the rebound after a spurned first-half penalty was enough to settle the game and take the title to South West London.

Palace were no pushovers but it was Chelsea’s day.

Chelsea have not played the prettiest football to win the title, but their desire this season has made them worthy champions.
Click here for the goal that took the title to Chelsea – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqyXUhA0Q_4

Arsenal cruised past Hull City as Alexis Sanchez’s double earned a 3-1 victory at the KC Stadium and drew the Gunners level on points with Manchester City in the battle for second, two Sanchez strikes and an Aaron Ramsey goal put the visitors firmly in control in the first half, before Stephen Quinn gave Hull hope on 56 minutes, but the Gunners held on. Some of Arsenal’s football and movement was a joy to watch. Arsenal are now unbeaten in 10 games and, still with a game in hand, they have equalled Man City’s 70 points. albeit with an inferior goal difference.

Hull remain level on points and goal difference with Leicester in the battle for Premier League survival, but have dropped beneath them having scored fewer goals.

 

Click here for some lovely Arsenal football – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRrKE-bsVVU

 

I was at White Hart Lane, where Sergio Aguero’s first-half strike was enough to hand Manchester City a 1-0 win over Tottenham.

The only goal of the game came on 29 minutes, Aguero finishing a fine counter attack from eight yards after early Spurs pressure.

Harry Kane and Ryan Mason went closest either side of half-time for Spurs, who have now won just two of their last seven Premier League games, the result leaves City in second place, five points above rivals Manchester United and virtually guaranteed of a top four spot, while Spurs stay in sixth, seven points off fourth with three games remaining.

 

Click here for Aguerro’s goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIJcSa_vnc4
Things continue to look up for Leicester who thrashed the woeful Newcastle 3-0  at the King Power Stadium to make it five wins in six as their remarkable late-season form continued. Newcastle had Daryl Janmaat and Williamson sent off as the pressure piles up on manager Carver, who amazingly later accused defender Williamson of getting himself deliberately sent off !!

Newcastle are now in real danger of relegation, they are just two points ahead of Sunderland in 18th, after their eighth straight defeat.
All Leicester fans click here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIWdlkiI4ek

Swansea continue to surprise many, winning 2-0 at home to Stoke and cementing ther position in the top half of the table, Jefferson Montero scoring his first Premier League goal in the process, and with Sung-Yeung Ki sealing the points for the hosts, with their second goal.
Manchester United continue to blow hot and cold, but were well below freezing at the weekend, as West Brom got a vital 1-0 win at Old Trafford, to ease their relegation worries,  the Baggies took the lead  when Chris Brunt’s free-kick took a wicked deflection off defender Olsson which took it sailing past David De Gea, Just over 10 minutes later, Saido Berahino gave a penalty away with a handball from Antonio Valencia’s cross, but keeper Boaz Myhill denied van Persie with a fine diving save to his left, United pressed desperately in the closing minutes but some last-ditch defending and some fine keeping from Myhill kept them out. The Baggies are on the magic 40-point total, seven points above the drop zone  and are surely now safe for another season. United remain in fourth, but their lead over fifth-placed Liverpool is cut to four points.

Manchetser United fan look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2Oj6h2NmeM

At Villa Park, Tim Sherwood’s team were full value for the three points against a resurgent Everton, it was a superb performance from start to finish, with Fabian Delph at the heart of it all, and Benteke’s revival continued with two goals, He powered in the first 10 minutes in, then was in the right place to nod in the second after Ciaran Clark flicked on a corner just before half time, Villa then conceded a soft penalty, Ron Vlaar conceding it by fouling Steven Naismith, and Romelu Lukaku cooling converted, but Tom Cleverley scored Villa’s crucial third on 64, outpacing Gareth Barry and lashing his shot high into the net. Phil Jagielka scored a late consolation for Everton.

Villa fans, Enjoy !!! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bIGjxEcpok

Dick Advocaat will sleep easier after Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Southampton. Gomez put Sunderland in front with a penalty on 21 minutes, but the visitors equalised just a few minutes later in bizarre circumstances. Fonte chipped a long ball into the box, and Costel Pantilimon looked to have the situation under control and came forward to collect it. But defender Sebastian Coates mis-read the situation, challenged for the ball and wiped his keeper out, allowing a gleeful Sadio Mane to tuck the ball into an empty net.

But 10 minutes into the second half, James Ward-Prowse was controversially sent off – and conceded another penalty, after being ruled to have fouled Jermain Defoe and Gomez nailed the spot-kick again. Sunderland are a point behind Leicester, but have a game in hand.

Liverpool got the better of a sprited QPR at Anfield with a 2-1 victory, Coutinho curled home with a superb finish on 19 minutes after excellent work from Rickie Lambert in the build-up, Fer equalised on 73 but then came some serious late drama. Nedum Onuoha pulled Martin Skrtel to the ground as the defender attempted an overhead kick in the box, a clear penalty. But Green brilliantly saved Gerrard’s penalty,  three minutes from time, Gerrard made amends when he rose highest from a corner and powered his header past Green.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-7Mt7hezhk
Burnley’s brave battle to stay in the top-flight looks increasingly unlikely after their 1-0 defeat at West Ham, Noble put the Hammers in front the penalty spot and there was no way back for the Clarets from there.

I got five correct results this week, the end of season blues catching up with me !!!

My week 36 predictions :-

Everton 2 v 1 Sunderland
Aston Villa 2 v 1 West Ham
Hull 2 v 1 Burnley
Leicester 2 v 1 Southampton
Newcastle 1 v 2 West Brom
Stoke 1 v 2 Spurs
Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Manchester United
Manchester City 3 v 1 QPR
Chelsea 2 v 1 Liverpool

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