Monday, 13 May 2019

Over the Blue Moon

Liverpool stretched Manchester City until the last day of the season but could not topple the champions.
Week 31 – With the quarterfinals of the FA Cup being played, there were only 5 matches in the Premier League. On Sunday Liverpool took advantage of Manchester Citys involvement in the cup to go top with a 2-1 win at Fulham while Chelsea lost 2-0 at Everton. On Saturday Huddersfield Town took a 3-1 lead at West Ham with a double from Karlan Grant, but a late brace from Javier Hernandez helped the hots to a 4-3 victory while a goal in stoppage time gave Newcastle Untitled a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth for whom Joshua King had netted twice and Leicester City scored in the last minute to win 2-1 at Burnley despite playing most of the match with 10 players.  
Week 32 – Huddersfield Town were the first team to be relegated to the Championship after going down 2-0 at Crystal Palace while Burnley were 2-0 winners at home to Wolves and a single goal gave Southampton a vital win at Brighton. Manchester City won 2-0 at troubled Fulham and Everton achieved the same result at West Ham United while Tottenham lost 2-1 to a last-minute goal at Liverpool and were overtaken on Monday night by Arsenal who were 2-0 winners at home to Newcastle United. Chelsea came from a goal down to win with 2 late goals at Cardiff City while Manchester United defeated Watford 2-1 at Old Trafford and Leicester City put 2 past their visitors from Bournemouth.
Week 33 – In midweek matches Fulham were relegated after losing 4-1 at Watford while Manchester United, who were reduced to 10 players, lost 2-1 at Wolves and Manchester City picked up another win with 2 goals at home to Cardiff. Tottenham baptised their new stadium with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace and Chelsea put 3 past Brighton at Stamford Bridge while on Friday evening Liverpool left it late to come from behind and win 3-1 at Southampton. At the weekend, while Manchester City and Watford were beating Brighton and Wolves respectively to reach the final of the FA Cup, Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester humbled their hosts Huddersfield Town 4-1 and Burnley bounced back from an early setback to win 3-1 at Bournemouth. A penalty conversion gave Crystal Palace a win at Newcastle and Arsenal fell to an early goal at Everton while on Monday evening Eden Hazard scored both goals for Chelsea at home to West Ham.
Week 34 - The week’s fixtures began on Friday evening with a 1-0 Newcastle win at Leicester City while on Saturday Tottenham hammered Huddersfield 4-0 at home aided by a Lucas Moura hat-trick and 10-man Brighton hit rock bottom as they were battered 5-0 by Bournemouth. Wolves were beaten 3-1 away from home as Nathan Redmond struck twice for Southampton while Chris Wood scored both goals in Burnley’s home win over Cardiff and Fulham enjoyed the same result against Everton. Two Paul Pogba penalties at Old Trafford helped Manchester United to a 2-1 win over West Ham while on Sunday Chelsea fell 2-0 at Liverpool and Manchester City were 3-1 winners at Crystal Palace with Raheem Sterling netting a brace. On Monday evening Arsenal laboured to a 1-0 win at 10-man Watford while on Tuesday Brighton suffered another home defeat, going down 2-0 to Cardiff.
Week 35 – Manchester City earned another 3 points with an early goal at home to Tottenham and 2 goals at Cardiff gave Liverpool a win the two-horse race at the top while Manchester United were humiliated 4-0 at Everton and Arsenal were punished 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace. Southampton fell 3-1 to an Ayoze Perez hat-trick at Newcastle and a goal in stoppage time gave Leicester a 2-2 draw at West Ham while Watford were 2-1 winners at Huddersfield Town and Fulham netted from the spot to win at Bournemouth. Wolves were held to a goalless draw at home to struggling Brighton while on Monday evening 4 early goals were shared between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge. In rearranged matches played in midweek, Manchester City took a big step towards the Premier League title with a 2-0 win at Manchester United and Tottenham scored late in London to break the deadlock at Brighton hearts while Arsenal were torn apart 3-1 at Wolves and Watford scored a last minute leveller after Southampton had scored the quickest goal in Premier League history.  
Week 36 – West Ham United became the first team to score, in their 1-0 win, at Tottenham’s new stadium while on Friday evening Liverpool brushed Huddersfield Town aside 5-0 at Anfield with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scoring 2 apiece and one goal at Burnley was enough to give Manchester City 3 more points in their quest for the league title. Ten-man Arsenal fell apart 3-0 at Leicester with Jamie Vardy scoring 2 late goals for the Foxes and Wolves were 2-1 winners at Watford. Callum Wilson scored twice as Bournemouth earned a 3-3 draw at Southampton and Cardiff lost 1-0 at relegated Fulham while Brighton drew 1-1 at home to Newcastle United. Everton played out a goalless draw at Crystal Palace.
Week 37 – On Friday evening Everton put 2 early goals past their visitors from Burnley without reply. At the weekend, Manchester United’s hopes of finishing in the top 4 was extinguished when they drew 1-1 at Huddersfield while 9-man Tottenham lost to a stoppage-time goal at Bournemouth and Arsenal were held to a 1-1 home draw by lowly Brighton. Marko Arnautovic scored twice in front of his home crowd as West Ham beat Southampton 3-0 while a late goal gave Liverpool a hard-earned 3-2 win at Newcastle and Crystal Palace won by the same scoreline at Cardiff who were consequently relegated. Chelsea were 3-0 winners at home to Watford while Fulham fell 1-0 at Wolves and on Monday evening a wonder strike gave Manchester City a vital 1-0 win at home to Leicester City.
Week 38 – Sadio Mane scored both goals as Liverpool defeated Wolves at Anfield, but Manchester City came from behind to win 4-1 at Brighton and retain the Premier League title while Chelsea drew 0-0 at Leicester City to finish third. Tottenham drew 2-2 at home to Everton to secure a top 4 finish while 2 goals from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang earned him the Golden Boot jointly with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as Arsenal ended the season with a 3-1 win at Burnley and Fulham bid farewell to the Premier League with a humiliating 4-0 defeat at home to Newcastle. Manchester United lost 2-0 at home to relegated Cardiff and Huddersfield Town drew 1-1 at Southampton while a brace for Mark Noble helped West Ham to a 4-1 victory at 10-man Watford and, in a thoroughly entertaining match,  Michy Batshuayi netted twice as Crystal Place ran out 5-3 winners at home to Bournemouth.

The final Premier League table for 2018-2019

Manchester City
Manchester United
Leicester City
West Ham United
Crystal Palace
Newcastle United
Huddersfield Town

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Tight at the top

With 8 weeks remaining, Manchester City lead Liverpool by a point at the top and Tottenham enjoy the same advantage over Arsenal for the third spot while at the other end Huddersfield Town and Fulham need a miracle not to drop out of the Premier League.
Week 21 – Arsenal began the year with a 4-1 win at home to Fulham while Tottenham blew hosts Cardiff away with 3 goals in the first 26 minutes and Leicester were 1-0 winners at Everton. On Wednesday evening Manchester United’s renaissance continued with a 2-0 win at Newcastle while Crystal Palace enjoyed the same result at Wolves and ten-man Huddersfield Town lost 2-1 at home to Burnley who also finished the match with ten men. West Ham United replied to 2 quick-fire Brighton goals with a swift brace from Marko Arnautovic to earn a 2-2 draw at the London Olympic Stadium while Troy Deeney scored twice for Watford who drew 3-3 at Bournemouth and Southampton held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. The most eagerly anticipated match came on Thursday evening at the Etihad where Manchester City ended Liverpool’s unbeaten record with a 2-1 victory to narrow the gap with the Reds.
Week 22 – Manchester United continued their winning streak under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Wembley while Chelsea were 2-1 winners at home to Newcastle and a converted penalty for Liverpool was the difference between them and their hosts at Brighton. Arsenal lost 1-0 at West Ham while ten-man Southampton were victorious 2-1 at Leicester and Crystal Palace lost 2-1 at home to Watford. Fulham lost 2-1 at Burnley while Huddersfield and Cardiff drew blanks in the Welsh Capital and Everton beat Bournemouth 2-0 at Goodison Park. On Monday evening Gabriel Jesus struck twice as Manchester City defeated 10-man Wolves 3-0 at the Etihad.
 Week 23 – Arsenal defeated Chelsea 2-0 at the Emirates while Mohamad Salah scored twice as Liverpool, who ended the match with 10 men, beat Crystal Palace 4-3 at Anfield and in another 7-goal thriller Wolverhampton Wanderers got the better of their visitors from Leicester with a hat-trick from Diegi Jota. Manchester United won 2-1 at home to Brighton while Newcastle brushed Cardiff aside 3-0 with a double from Fabian Schar at St James’ Park and Everton lost 2-1 at Southampton. West Ham were beaten 2-0 at Bournemouth while Manchester City won 3-0 at Huddersfield and Tottenham came from behind at Fulham to win 2-1 with a goal in stoppage time while Burnley drew 0-0 at Watford.
Week 24 – After a weekend of FA Cup matches, the Premier League resumed in midweek with champions Manchester City taking a 1st minute lead but suffering a shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United while Chelsea were battered 4-0 at Bournemouth with Joshua King netting a double and Liverpool dropped points in their 1-1 home draw with Leicester City. Tottenham came from behind to beat Watford 2-1 with 2 late goals at Wembley and Arsenal gained the same result over their visitors from Cardiff while Crystal Palace, who ended the match a player short, drew 1-1 at Southampton. Glenn Murray scored 2 early goals for Brighton, but Fulham struck 4 times after the break with Aleksandar Mitrovic bagging a brace for the hosts while West Ham fell apart 3-0 at Wolves with Raul Jimenez helping himself to a double and 10-man Everton held onto an early goal to win at Huddersfield who were managed by newly appointed Jan Siewert. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning streak came to an end as Manchester United fought back from 2 down against Burnley to earn a point in stoppage time at Old Trafford.    
Week 25 – Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick to give Manchester City a 3-1 home win over Arsenal and narrow the gap with Liverpool who could only draw 1-1 at West Ham while a late goal gave Tottenham 3 points at home to Newcastle United. Debutant Gonzalo Higuain got off the mark with 2 goals for Chelsea who humbled Huddersfield Town 5-0 at Stamford Bridge with Eden Hazard also scoring a brace for the Blues while Wolves punished Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park and Crystal Palace enjoyed a 2-0 home win over Fulham. An early goal at Leicester was enough to give Manchester United 3 points while Burnley needed a penalty in stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton and a Bobby Reid brace gave Cardiff a home win against Bournemouth. Watford drew 0-0 at Brighton.
Week 26 – A goal at the end of each half at Everton on Wednesday evening took Manchester City above Liverpool on goal difference with an extra game played, but Liverpool went back to the top with a 3-0 home win over Bournemouth on Saturday before Sergio Aguero’s Sunday hat-trick in City’s 6-0 demolition of Chelsea at the Etihad. Paul Pogba scored twice as Manchester United returned from Fulham with a 3-0 win while a Chris Wood brace helped Burnley beat Brighton 3-1 away from home and Arsenal laboured to a 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town. Tottenham were 3-1 winners at home to Leicester while West Ham drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace and Everton, who ended the match with 10 players, lost 1-0 at Watford. Southampton’s stoppage-time leveller was silenced as their visitors from Cardiff scored even later to win 2-1 and on Monday evening Wolves salvaged a 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle with a goal in stoppage time.  
Week 27 – The weekend began on Friday evening with Watford walloping Cardiff City 5-1 away from home with Gerard Deulofeu scoring a hat-trick and Troy Deeney adding 2 to the visitors’ tally while West Ham United recovered from an early setback to beat Fulham 3-1 at The London Stadium. On Saturday Tottenham suffered a 2-1 defeat at Burnley while Crystal Palace punished Leicester City 4-1 with a double from Wilfried Zaha at the Walker Stadium while 10-man Huddersfield lost 2-0 at Newcastle and in a game of penalties, Wolves scored a late penalty to draw 1-1 at Bournemouth who converted and missed a spot kick. On Sunday while Manchester City were beating Chelsea on penalties to win the League Cup at Wembley, Liverpool drew 0-0 at Manchester United and 2 early goals gave Arsenal a 2-0 home win over Southampton.   
Week 28 – In midweek matches Tottenham lost 2-0 at Chelsea while Arsenal buried Bournemouth 5-1 at the Emirates and Liverpool destroyed Watford 5-0 at Anfield with Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk each netting a double. Romelu Lukaku also scored twice as Manchester United were 3-1 winners at Crystal Palace while a penalty conversion was the difference between Manchester City and West Ham at the Etihad and Fulham lost 2-0 at Southampton. Huddersfield Town defeated Wolves 1-0 at home while Gylfi Sigurdsson scored twice as Everton won 3-0 at Cardiff and Newcastle put 2 past Burnley at St James’ Park. Leicester City won 2-1 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.  
Week 29 – Arsenal missed a stoppage time penalty and ended the match with 10 men as they drew 1-1 with Tottenham at Wembley while Romelu Lukaku scored twice to give Manchester United a 3-2 win at home to Southampton and one goal was enough to give Manchester City 3 points at Bournemouth. Crystal Palace were 3-1 winners at Burnley while 2 early goals gave Wolves a win at home to Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town sank 1-0 at Brighton. Newcastle lost 2-0 at West Ham and on Sunday there were 2-1 wins for Chelsea at Fulham and Watford at home to Leicester in Brendan Rodgers’ first match in charge of the Foxes while the Merseyside derby finished goalless at Everton.
Week 30 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer experienced his first league defeat at the helm of Manchester United as they lost 2-0 at Arsenal who moved into fourth place within a point of Tottenham who had taken the lead but lost 2-1 at Southampton while Chelsea scored in stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves. Ayoze Perez netted a late double for Newcastle who came from 2 down to win with 3 goals in the second half at home to Everton while a brace from Jamie Vardy helped Leicester to 3-1 victory at home to Fulham and Brighton were 2-1 winners at Crystal Palace. Cardiff City enjoyed a 2-0 win at home to West Ham United and Bournemouth picked up the same result on the road to Huddersfield Town while at  the top Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick in 13 minutes at the start of the second half as Manchester City defeated Watford 3-1 at the Etihad and 2 goals apiece from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane at Anfield gave Liverpool a 4-2 win over Burnley.