Tuesday 2 January 2024

Changing of the Reds

 

Arsenal went into the Christmas period as league leaders but by the end of the year were replaced by Liverpool with Aston Villa and Manchester City above the Gunners.

Week 11 – A controversial goal at Newcastle ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run while Manchester City battered Bournemouth 6-1 at the Etihad with a brace from Bernardo Silva and Manchester United scored in stoppage time to win at Fulham. Brentford scored first at home but had to come from behind to beat West Ham 3-2 while Crystal Place won 2-0 at Burnley and Brighton drew 1-1 at Everton. Sheffield United picked up their first win of the season 2-1 at home to Wolves and on Sunday Aston Villa lost 2-0 at Nottingham Forest while Liverpool needed a goal in stoppage time to draw 1-1 at Luton. On Monday evening Nicolas Jackson scored a hat-trick as Chelsea came from behind to win 4-1 at nine-man Tottenham who also lost their unbeaten record.

 Week 12 – Tottenham took an early lead but lost to 2 goals in stoppage time at Wolves while Arsenal, who finished the match with 10 players, were 3-1 winners at home to Burnley and Newcastle lost to a Dominic Solanke double to Bournemouth. Everton were 3-2 winners at Crystal palace and Luton lost to a single goal at Manchester United while on Sunday Mohamed Salah netted a double as Liverpool put 3 past their visitors from Brentford and Aston Villa defeated Fulham 3-1 at Villa Park. West Ham United scored an early goal in front of their home crowd but needed a late goal to overcome Nottingham Forest 3-2 while Sheffield United drew 1-1 at 10-man Brighton and in a pulsating match at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea converted a stoppage-time penalty to draw 4-4 with reigning champions Manchester City for whom Erling Haaland scored twice.

Week 13 – After Liverpool had drawn 1-1 at Manchester City, a late goal at Brentford took Arsenal to the top of the table while 10-man Chelsea were thumped 4-1 at Newcastle and West Ham came from a goal down to win with 2 late goals at Burnley. Luton Town picked up their first ever Premier League home win with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace while Joao Pedro scored twice for Brighton, who were reduced to 10 players, in the 3-2 win at Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United lost 3-1 at home to Bournemouth for whom Marcus Tavernier netted a brace. On Sunday, in their first home match since being deducted 10 points, Everton lost 3-0 to Manchester United and Aston Villa came from behind to win 2-1 at Spurs while on Monday evening a second successful spot kick from Willian gave Fulham a 3-2 home win over Wolves in stoppage time.  

Week 14 – Two early goals gave Arsenal a 2-1 home win over Wolves while Burnley buried 10-man Sheffield United 5-0 at Turf Moor and Manchester United lost 1-0 at Newcastle. Brentford were 3-1 winners at home to Luton and a single goal gave Everton 3 points at Nottingham Forest while on a goal-rich but controversial Sunday Aston Villa scored in the last minute to draw 2-2 at Bournemouth and Enzo Fernandez scored twice for 10-man Chelsea who defeated Brighton 3-2 at Samford Bridge while Liverpool scored 2 late goals to overcome Fulham 4-3 at Anfield and Crystal Palace drew 1-1 at West Ham. Tottenham scored in the last minute to earn a 3-3 draw at Manchester City.  

Week 15 – In midweek Arsenal scored a last-gasp 4-3 winner at Luton Town to stay top while Liverpool kept up the pressure with 2 goals at Sheffield United and Aston Villa sent Manchester City home 1-0 losers. A double from Scott McTominay gave Manchester United a 2-1 win over visiting Chelsea and Crystal Palace lost 2-0 at home to Bournemouth while Burnley were beaten 1-0 at Wolves and Nottingham Forest were swept aside 5-0 at Fulham with Alex Iwobi and Raul Jimenez scoring 2 each. Brighton came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Brentford while on Thursday Tottenham took the lead at home but lost 2-1 to West Ham and Everton triumphed 3-0 at home to Newcastle.

Week 16 – Liverpool came from behind at 10-man Cystal Palace to win 2-1 and go top as Arsenal fell to an early goal at Aston Villa while Manchester United were humiliated 3-0 at home to Bournemouth. There were 1-1 home draws for Brighton against Burnley and for Wolves against Nottingham Forest while a single goal on the stroke of half time gave Sheffield United a home victory against Brentford. On Sunday West Ham were hammered 5-0 at Fulham and Newcastle United were taken apart 4-1 at Tottenham for whom Richarlison netted a brace while Manchester City came from a goal down to win 2-1 with goals in quick succession at Luton Town and Everton enjoyed a 2-0 home win against Chelsea.

Week 17 – On Friday evening, Nottingham Forest lost 2-0 at home to 10 men from Tottenham while on Saturday, Chelsea put 2 past their visitors from Sheffield United and Everton enjoyed the same result at Burnley. Crystal Palace came from 2 down to earn a 2-2 draw with a penalty in stoppage time at champions Manchester City and 10-man Fulham were beaten 3-0 at Newcastle while the match between Bournemouth and Luton was abandoned at 1-1 after Luton captain Tom Lockyer suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to hospital with about 30 minutes remaining. On Sunday, Arsenal were 2-0 winners at home to Brighton and Aston Villa, who ended the match with 10 players, came from behind to win 2-1 at 10-man Brentford while Mohammed Kudus scored a double as West Ham triumphed 3-0 at home to Wolves and Manchester United, who saw red in time added on, drew 0-0 at Liverpool.

Week 18 – On Thursday Brighton and Hove Albion drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace and on Friday Aston Villa needed a goal deep into stoppage time to cancel out Sheffield United’s late goal at Villa Park while on Saturday Arsenal secured top spot for Christmas with a 1-1 draw at Liverpool. Manchester United lost 2-0 at West Ham and while Manchester City were celebrating winning the Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia, Tottenham picked up a 2-1 home win against Everton. Nottingham Forest, who were controversially reduced to 10 players in Nuno Espirito Santo’s first game in charge, took the lead at home to Bournemouth but lost 3-2 with Dominic Solanke scoring all 3 goals for the Cherries while Newcastle lost 1-0 at Luton and Burnley enjoyed a 2-0 victory at Fulham. On Sunday Chelsea were beaten 2-1 at Wolves.  

Week 19 – On Boxing Day Chris Wood scored a hat-trick as Nottingham Forest came from behind to win 3-1 at Newcastle and Alejandro Garnacho netted a brace for Manchester United who came from 2 down to celebrate a 3-2 home win over Aston Villa while Luton Town won 3-2 at Sheffield United and Liverpool put 2 past their hosts Burnley without reply. Fulham lost 3-0 at Bournemouth and on the following day Hee-chan Hwang scored twice as Wolves buried Brentford 4-1 in their own backyard while Manchester City came from behind to win 3-1 at Everton and Chelsea sent Crystal Palace home 2-1 losers. On Thursday evening Joao Pedro converted 2 penalties as Brighton put their visitors from Tottenham 4-2 to the sword while Arsenal suffered a 2-0 loss at home to West Ham.  

Week 20 – Ten-man Burnley lost 3-2 to a last-minute penalty at Aston Villa while Cole Palmer bagged a brace for Chelsea who achieved the same result at Luton Town and Crystal Palace came from an early setback at home to defeat Brentford 3-1 with a double from Michael Olise. The crowd at Nottingham Forest celebrated a 2-1 win over Manchester United while Everton Lost 3-0 at Wolves and Manchester City were 2-0 winners at home to Sheffield United. On the last day of the year, Arsenal failed to return to the top after losing 2-1 at Fulham despite taking an early lead while Tottenham their visitors from Bournemouth 3-1 and on the following day, after a goalless first-half, Mohamed Salah scored twice at Anfield as Liverpool moved to the summit with a 4-2 win over Newcastle. On Tuesday evening, Brighton played out a goalless match at West Ham.

Tuesday 31 October 2023

North London give City break

 

After 10 weeks, Manchester City are in the unfamiliar 3rd place behind Tottenham and Arsenal with Liverpool and Aston Villa hot on their heels.

Week 1 – Erling Haaland began the new season with 2 goals on Friday evening as Manchester City scored 3 times at new boys Burnley who finished the match with 10 players and on Saturday Arsenal started their campaign with a 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forest while 2 goals from Alexander Isak helped Newcastle to a thumping 5-1 victory over Aston Villa at St James’ Park. Debutants Luton Town found the going tough as they were brushed aside 4-1 at Brighton and there were 1-0 away wins for Fulham at Everton and for Crystal Palace at Sheffield United while West Ham drew 1-1 at Bournemouth. On Sunday, Tottenham drew 2-2 at Brentford while Cheslea hosted and drew 1-1 with Liverpool while on Monday a single goal gave Manchester United all 3 points at home to Wolves.

Week 2 – On Friday evening Nottingham Forest scored a last-minute 2-1 winner at home to Sheffield United while on Saturday a single goal gave Manchester City a home win over Newcastle and 10-man Liverpool defeated Bournemouth 3-1 at Anfield having fallen behind early in the match. Solly March scored twice as Wolves lost 4-1 to Brighton and ended the match with 10 players in front of their home crowd while Manchester United were beaten 2-0 at Tottenham and Brentford triumphed 3-0 at 10-man Fulham. On Sunday, Aston Villa took Everton apart 4-0 at Villa Park and 10 West Ham players sent Chelsea home 3-1 losers while in the Monday match, the 10 men of Arsenal overcame hosts Crystal Palace from the penalty spot.

Week 3 – Raheem Sterling scored twice as Luton Town lost 3-0 at Cheslea on Friday evening. On Saturday Arsenal dropped points as they drew 2-2 at home to 10-man Fulham while Manchester United conceded twice in the first 4 minutes at Old Trafford but bounced back to beat 10-man Nottingham Forest 3-2 and West Ham United were 3-1 winners at Brighton. Bournemouth lost 2-0 at home to Tottenham while Crystal Palace drew 1-1 at Brentford and Everton fell 1-0 to a late goal at home to Wolves. On Sunday 10-man Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 at Newcastle while a double from Matty Cash helped Aston Villa to a 3-1 win at Burnley and Manchester City won 2-1 at Sheffield United.

Week 4 – On Friday evening Luton Town played their first-ever Premier League match at Kenilworth Road where they lost 2-1 to West Ham United. On Saturday, Evan Ferguson scored all 3 goals for Brighton as they defeated their visitors from Newcastle 3-1 while Erling Haaland netted a hat-trick in Manchester City’s 5-1 demolition of Fulham at the Etihad and Heung-min Son also scored a hat-trick as Tottenham came from an early goal down to win 5-2 at Burnley. Chelsea lost 1-0 at home to Nottingham Forest while there were 2-2 draws for Everton at Sheffield United and for Bournemouth at Brentford. On Sunday, Arsenal stuck twice in stoppage time to beat Manchester United 3-1 at the Emirates while Liverpool scored 3 times without reply against Aston Villa at Anfield and Crystal Palace were 3-2 winners at home to Wolves.

Week 5 – Liverpool and Manchester City came from behind to win 3-1 at Wolves and West Ham respectively while Aston Villa achieved the same feat with 2 goals late in added time at home to Crystal palace. Brighton enjoyed the same result at Manchester United while Sheffield United, who finished the match with 10 players, took the lead but lost to 2 goals deep into stoppage time at Tottenham and there were 1-0 home wins for Fulham against Luton and for Newcastle against Brentford thanks to a penalty conversion. On Sunday, after a goalless match between Bournemouth and Chelsea, one goal gave Arsenal 3 points at Everton while on Monday evening Burnley, who ended the match with 10 players, earned a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.  

Week 6 – Manchester City, who were reduced to 10 players on their home ground, continued their perfect run thanks to 2 early goals against Nottingham Forest while Manchester United picked up 3 points with a single goal at Burnley and Everton enjoyed a 3-1 win at Brentford. Ten men from Wolverhampton drew 1-1 at Luton while Fulham played a goalless match at Crystal Palace and on Sunday Heung-min Son hit back twice as Tottenham earned a 2-2 draw at Arsenal while Newcastle United tore Sheffield United apart 8-0 at Bramall Lane. Brighton came from behind to win 3-1 at home to Bournemouth with a double from Kaoru Mitoma while Liverpool achieved the same result at home to West Ham and 10-man Chelsea lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa.

Week 7 – Manchester City suffered their first defeat of the season when they went down 2-1 at Wolves while 9 men from Liverpool lost 2-1 to a last-gasp own goal at Tottenham in a shameful match for the officials who erroneously disallowed a Liverpool goal despite clear video evidence and Ollie Watkins netted a hat-trick as Brighton were battered 6-1 at Aston Villa. Manchester United lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace while Arsenal cruised 4-0 past Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium and Luton were 2-1 winners at Everton. Newcastle and West Ham United won 2-0 at home to Burnley and Sheffield United respectively while on Sunday Nottingham Forest, who were reduced to 10 players, drew 1-1 at home to Brentford. On Monday evening, 2 goals in quick succession gave Chelsea a win at Fulham and in a rearranged match on Tuesday, Burnley won 2-1 at Luton.

Week 8 – A single goal gave 10-man Tottenham 3 points at Luton while Chelsea came from behind to win 4-1 at Burnley and Everton celebrated a 3-0 home win over Bournemouth. Scott Mc Tominay scored twice deep into stoppage time as Manchester United turned the match around to beat Brentford 2-1 at Old Trafford while Sheffield United lost 3-1 at Fulham and there was a goalless match between Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest. On Sunday, Mohamed Salah scored both goals for Liverpool who drew 2-2 at Brighton and Alexander Isak did the same for Newcastle who achieved the same result at West Ham while Wolves, who ended the match with 10 players, drew 1-1 at home to Aston Villa. Arsenal went joint top with Tottenham after defeating Manchester City 1-0 at the Emirates.

Week 9 – Ten-man Everton lost to a Mo Salah double at Anfield while Arsenal came from 2 down to draw at Chelsea and Luton earned a 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest in Similar fashion. Brentford picked up a 3-0 home win against 10-man Burnley and Newcastle did one better at home to Crystal Palace while Wolves came from behind to win 2-1 at 10-man Bournemouth and there were 2-1 wins for Manchester City, who finished the match with 10 players, at home to Brighton and for Manchester United at Sheffield United. On Sunday, Douglas Luis scored twice as West Ham were hammered 4-1 at Aston Villa and on Monday evening Tottenham scored twice at home to Fulham to go to the top of the table.

Week 10 – The fixtures began on Friday evening with a 2-1 win for Tottenham at Crystal Palace while on Saturday Brentford were 2-0 victorious at Chelsea and Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick as Sheffield United were humbled 5-0 at Arsenal. Callum Wilson scored both goals for Newcastle who drew 2-2 at Wolves and Bournemouth came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Burnley while on Sunday Erling Haaland scored twice in Manchester City’s 3-0 win at Manchester United and Liverpool scored 3 at home to Nottingham Forest. A single goal gave Everton 3 points at West Ham while Fulham earned a 1-1 draw at Brighton and Luton lost 3-1 at Aston Villa.

Monday 29 May 2023

City steam ahead to title

Having led the way for 248 days, Arsenal finally ran out of steam and Manchester City claimed their third Premier League title in a row. Manchester United finished third, followed by Newcastle United who also qualify for the Champions League.

Week 31 – In a week of important results, Aston Villa enjoyed a 3-0 home win over Newcastle with a double from Ollie Watkins while Brighton came from behind to win 2-1 at Chelsea and Fulham were 3-1 winners at Everton. Eberechi Eze scored both goals for Crystal Palace at Southampton while Bournemouth scored a last gasp 3-2 winner at Tottenham and Brentford lost 2-0 at Wolves. Another Erling Haaland double at the Etihad helped Manchester City to a 3-1 win against Leicester City while on Sunday Arsenal scored twice within the first 10 minutes at West Ham but for the second time in a week let their lead slip to draw 2-2 and Manchester United scored twice without reply at Nottingham Forest. On Monday evening Leeds United were humiliated 6-1 by Liverpool with Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota each netting a brace for the visitors.  

Week 32 – On Friday evening Arsenal salvaged a 3-3 draw with 2 goals in the dying minutes at home to Southampton while on Saturday Leeds lost 2-1 at Fulham and Wolves took the lead but suffered the same outcome at Leicester. Nottingham Forest twice fought back but were beaten 3-2 at Liverpool for whom Diogo Jota scored twice while Aston Villa drew 1-1 at Brentford and Everton finished a goalless match with 10 players at Crystal Palace. On Sunday Jacob Murphy and Alexander Isak scored twice each as Newcastle demolished Tottenham 6-1 with 5 goals in the first 21 minutes at St James’ Park and West Ham cruised past Bournemouth 4-0 at the seaside. Manchester City and Manchester United will meet in the FA Cup final after wins over Sheffield United and Brighton respectively.

Week 33 – In midweek, the much-anticipated match between the top two ended in a resounding 4-1 win for Manchester City over league leaders Arsenal with Kevin de Bruyne scoring twice in front of his home crowd while Newcastle triumphed 4-1 at Everton with a brace from Callum Wilson and Tottenham came from 2 down to draw 2-2 at home to Manchester United. Crystal Palace lost to goals at either end of the match at Wolves while a single goal gave Aston Villa a home win against Fulham and Leicester drew 1-1 at Leeds United. Brentford beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge while Brighton took the lead but lost 3-1 at Nottingham Forest and Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 at West Ham. Bournemouth scored a vital goal to win at Southampton. Sheffield United were promoted to the Premier League.

Week 34 – In a 7-goal thriller, Crystal Palace won by the odd goal at home to West Ham United while Deniz Undav, Pascal Gross and Danny Welbeck each scored 2 goals as Brighton and Hove Albion ripped Wolves apart at the coast and Nottingham Forest took the lead but lost 2-1 to late goals at Brentford. On Sunday, Jefferson Lerma struck twice as Leeds United were humiliated 4-1 at Bournemouth while Newcastle fell behind but hit back with a double from Callum Wilson to win 3-1 at home to Southampton and Aston Villa lost to a single goal at Manchester United. Manchester City overtook Arsenal at the top with a 2-1 win at Fulham while Tottenham, who collapsed in the first 15 minutes at Liverpool, fought back from a 3-goal deficit to draw level in stoppage time but went home 4-3 losers. On Monday evening Everton drew 2-2 at Leicester while on Tuesday Martin Odegaard netted twice as Arsenal leap-frogged Manchester City with a 3-1 win over Chelsea at the Emirates. A day later, in rearranged matches Manchester City went back to the top with 3 second-half goals at home to West Ham while a penalty conversion in Liverpool’s favour was the difference between them and their visitors from Fulham and on Thursday Brighton broke the deadlock in front of their jubilant fans with the last kick of the match from the spot against Manchester United.

Week 35 – Chelsea scored 2 late goals to win 3-1 at Bournemouth while Aston Villa fell to an early goal at Wolves and there were 1-0 wins for Tottenham and Liverpool at home to Crystal Palace and Brentford respectively. Ilkay Gundogan scored both goals as Manchester City took a step closer to the league title with a 2-1 win at home to Leeds United, with Sam Allardyce in charge, while on Sunday Arsenal kept hot on their heels with a 2-0 victory at Newcastle and Manchester United lost 1-0 at West Ham. There were goals galore on bank-holiday Monday as Harvey Barnes scored twice for Leicester City who attempted to come back from 4 down but lost 5-3 at Fulham for whom Tom Cairney also netted twice while Everton ran riot at Brighton stunning their hosts 5-1 with Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dwight McNeil scoring 2 each and Taiwo Awoniyi scored a brace for Nottingham Forest who got the better of Southampton 4-3 at the City Ground.

Week 36 Southampton were the first Premier League team to be relegated after losing 2-0 at home to Fulham while Leeds United, who ended the match with 10 players, missed a penalty in front of their home crowd and drew 2-2 with Newcastle for whom Callum Wilson netted twice from the spot. Taiwo Awoniyi and Raheem Stirling scored 2 apiece for their respective teams as Nottingham Forest drew 2-2 at Chelsea while Tottenham lost 2-1 at Aston Villa and there were 2-0 home wins for Manchester United against Wolves and Crystal Palace against Bournemouth with Eberechi Eze scoring both goals for the Eagles. Manchester City moved to within 2 points of the league title after a brace from Ilkay Gundogan helped them to a 3-0 win at Everton while Arsenal crumbled 3-0 at home to Brighton. West Ham lost 2-0 at Brentford while on Monday evening Curtis Jones struck twice as Liverpool won 3-0 at troubled Leicester and in a rearranged match on Thursday Newcastle enjoyed a 4-1 home win with 2 late goals against Brighton.

Week 37 Nottingham Forest celebrated survival in front of their home crowd with a 1-0 win over Arsenal that handed Manchester City the league title while Liverpool scored a last-minute goal to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa and an early goal gave Manchester United 3 points at Bournemouth. Brentford fell behind but bombed back in the second half with a brace from Bryan Mbeumo to win 3-1 at Tottenham while Crystal Palace drew 2-2 at Fulham with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring both goals for the hosts and Everton scored right at the death to pick up a vital 1-1 draw at Wolves. On Sunday Leeds United took the lead were dragged back into the relegation zone after conceding 3 goals at West Ham while Brighton secured a place in Europe as Evan Ferguson scored twice in their 3-1 home win against Southampton and finally newly crowned champions, Manchester City, lifted the trophy in front of their jubilant supporters after a 1-0 win over Chelsea. On Monday evening Newcastle made sure of a Champions League place with a goalless draw against Leicester at St James’ Park and in rearranged matches Brighton earned a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City that took them into the Europa League competition on Wednesday while on Thursday evening Manchester United thumped Chelsea 4-1 at Old Trafford to qualify for the Champions League.

Week 38 – Leeds United were relegated on home soil after being swept away 4-1 by Tottenham for whom Harry Kane scored twice while Leicester City won 2-1 at home to West Ham United but were also relegated as Everton celebrated survival in front of their home supporters with a single goal against Bournemouth. Manchester City lost 1-0 at Brentford while Granit Xhaka hit a quick double as Arsenal finished the season in style with the 5-0 mauling of Wolves at the Emirates and there were 1-1 draws for Newcastle at Chelsea and for Nottingham Forest at Crystal Palace. Aston Villa secured a European spot with a 2-1 victory at home to Brighton while Manchester United came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 at Old Trafford and Southampton bid farewell to the Premier League in an entertaining match at St Mary’s where having gone 2 down, they took a 4-2 lead with 2 goals from Kamaldeen Sulemana but ended up drawing 4-4 with Liverpool. Luton Town were promoted to the Premier League after beating Coventry on penalties at Wembley.  

 The final Premier League table for 2022-2023


Pos Club Pts GD
1  Man City   89  61
2  Arsenal   84  45
3  Man Utd   75  15
4  Newcastle Utd  71  35
5  Liverpool   67  28
6  Brighton   62  19
7  Aston Villa   61  5
8 Tottenham  60  7
9  Brentford   59  12
10  Fulham   52  2
11  Crystal Palace   45  -9
12  Chelsea   44  -9
13  Wolves   41  -27
14  West Ham Utd  40  -13
15  Bournemouth   39  -34
16  Nottingham Forest   38  -30
17  Everton   36  -23
18  Leicester City  34  -17
19  Leeds Utd  31  -30
20  Southampton   25  -37