EPL Week 36 Round Up

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

A 1-1 draw for Liverpool at Chelsea all-but ended their hopes of finishing in the top four this season. John Terry headed the hosts in front early on, before Steven Gerrard equalised shortly before half time. The visitors enjoyed more of the possession in the second half and Philippe Coutinho went close as he fired wide, but Liverpool couldn’t find the winner they needed to close the gap on Manchester United in fourth. The result means Jose Mourinho continues his unbeaten record against Liverpool, and leaves Brendan Rodgers’ men six points off fourth place with two games left, effectively ending their Champions League hopes.
Click here for John Terry’s goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EliUAnDXDmI


Arsenal missed the opportunity to move level on points with Manchester City in second place in the Premier League as Swansea snatched a dramatic late win thanks to Bafetimbi Gomis’s header. The Swans’ disciplined six-man midfield frustrated the hosts in a goalless first half. Former Arsenal goalkeepre Fabianski made a flurry of saves to deny Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey among others as the Gunners attacked relentlessly after the break. But with less than five minutes left, substitute Gomis nodded in, as goal-line technology showed Arsenal keeper David Ospina had failed to palm the ball away.


Click here for the Swansea winner – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2CUeuPitzk


QPR have been relegated from the Premier League after Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick consigned them to a 6-0 defeat at Manchester City. QPR needed a win to stand a chance of staying up, but were behind after just four minutes as Aguero finished from eight yards. Aleksandar Kolarov’s trademark free-kick put City two up after 32 minutes, before Aguero added a second from 15 yards and completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after the break, James Milner hit the fifth from close range and David Silva rounded off the win three minutes from time to confirm City’s top-four finish, as QPR taste relegation for the second time in three seasons.

Burnley have been relegated from the Premier League despite claiming a 1-0 victory over Hull, Danny Ings scored a second-half goal at the KC Stadium but results elsewhere condemned the Clarets to Championship football next season. The defeat leaves Hull two points adrift of safety with matches against Tottenham and Manchester United left to play. Good bye Burnley, a jubilant Burnley supporter films Ing’s goal before finding out they are relegated –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is330nYlEgk

Newcastle battled back against West Brom to end a run of eight straight defeats with a draw that keeps them out of the relegation zone, Ayoze Perez cancelled out Victor Anichebe’s opener to leave John Carver’s side two points above the bottom three with trip to QPR next followed by West Ham at home.

Sunderland are level with their north east rivals on 36 points after they scrambled out of the drop zone with a 2-0 win over Everton thanks to goals from Danny Graham and Jermain Defoe.

Riyad Mahrez scored twice as Leicester City bolstered their survival hopes with 2-0 win over Southampton, their sixth in seven games.

At Selhurst Park, a stooping header from Marouane Fellaini sealed Manchester United a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace and established a seven-point cushion over fifth-placed Liverpool, Juan Mata opened the scoring for Louis van Gaal’s visitors after a handball from Scott Dann and although Jason Puncheon equalised with a deflected free-kick, Palace were undone when Fellaini capitalised on Julian Speroni’s hesitancy in the 78th minute.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBZ2QBhLUws


Tom Cleverley secured Aston Villa a vital 1-0 win over West Ham as Tim Sherwood’s side claimed their first back-to-back home wins of the season the victory puts Villa one point above Leicester with games against Southampton and Burnley left to play.

Tottenham’s hopes of Champions League are over following a 3-0 defeat to Stoke, Charlie Adam and Steven N’Zonzi gave the hosts a two goal first-half lead and Spurs lost Vlad Chiriches to a second yellow card before Mame Biram Diouf wrapped up the result late on.
Spurs fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfd_1um_qns
My predictions were average again (the story of my season !!) four correct results and one correct score.
My week 37 predictions

Southampton 2 v 1 Aston Villa
Burnley 1 v 2 Stoke
QPR 2 v 1 Newcastle
Sunderland 1 v 2 Leicester
Tottenham 3 v 1 Hull
West Ham 2 v 1 Everton
Liverpool 2 v 1 Crystal Palace
Swansea 1 v 2 Man City
Man Utd 1 v 2 Arsenal
West Brom 1 v 2 Chelsea

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