Wednesday 18 May 2016

Leicester City kings of England

Week 31 - Leicester City picked up another 1-0 victory winning at Crystal Palace while Tottenham cruised 3-0 past Bournemouth with a double from Harry Kane at White Hart Lane and Arsenal were 2-0 winners at Everton. Chelsea earned a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham as Fabregas completed his brace with a last minute penalty while Stoke City enjoyed a 2-1 victory at Watford and there were 1-0 wins for Norwich at West Brom and for Swansea at home to Aston Villa. Manchester United won the Manchester derby by a single goal at City and Sunderland shared the spoils with Newcastle in a 1-1 draw at St James' Park while Sadio Mane had his penalty saved but struck twice as Southampton came from 2 down in the first half to run out 3-2 winners at home to Liverpool.
Week 32 - Arsenal avenged their recent FA Cup defeat to Watford with a comfortable 4-0 win at the Emirates and there were 4-0 wins for Manchester City, who struck 3 times in the first 19 minutes and topped off their victory at Bournemouth with a 4th in the last minute, and for Chelsea who won at lowly Aston Villa with 2 from Pedro Rodriguez. Newcastle fought back from 2 down to level the match with 2 goals from Mitrovic but lost to a last minute goal at relegation rivals Norwich while Crystal palace drew 2-2 at 10-man West Ham and Sunderland played a goalless match at home to West Bromwich Albion. Swansea City earned a 2-2 draw having trailed by 2 goals at Stoke while Tottenham drew 1-1 at Liverpool and Everton fell to a single goal at Manchester United. Leicester City continued their winning streak with another 1-0 win as they entertained Southampton.
Week 33 - West Ham United came from 2 goals down to take the lead with a hat-trick from Andy Carroll but were pegged back to 3-3 at home to Arsenal while Leicester City took another step towards the league title with a double from Vardy at Sunderland and Tottenham kept their hopes alive as they brushed Manchester United aside with 3 goals in the space of 6 minutes at White Hart Lane. Aston Villa are on the brink of relegation after losing 2-1 at home to Bournemouth while Norwich suffered a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace and Newcastle were comfortably beaten 3-1 at Southampton. Manchester City came from behind to win 2-1 at home to West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool crushed Stoke City 4-1 at Anfield with a brace from Origi while Swansea enjoyed a 1-0 victory at home to Chelsea and Everton drew 1-1 at Watford. In a rescheduled match on Wednesday evening 10-man Everton drew 0-0 at Crystal Palace.
Week 34 - A single goal at Manchester United confirmed Aston Villa's relegation as Sunderland picked up 3 vital points with a 3-0 victory at Norwich and Newcastle enjoyed the same result at home to Swansea. In a controversial match Leicester City fell behind after the dismissal of goal scorer Jamie Vardy but earned a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham with a stoppage-time penalty and Arsenal dropped more points as they could only draw 1-1 at home to Crystal Palace while Tottenham marched on with a brace each from Harry Kane and Dele Alli at Stoke on Monday evening. Sergio Aguero completed a hat-trick for Manchester City at Chelsea as keeper Courtois saw red late in the match while Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes saved 2 penalties to help the Hornets hold on to a 1-0 victory at West Brom. Southampton Drew 1-1 at Everton and Liverpool won 2-1 at Bournemouth. In midweek matches Manchester City drew 1-1 at Newcastle while West Ham defeated Watford 3-1 with 2 penalties from Mark Noble at Upton Park, Crystal Palace lost 2-0 at Manchester United, Alexis Sanchez scored both goals in Arsenal's home win over West Brom and 10-man Everton were pummelled 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield.      
Week 35 - Arsenal'a title hopes were extinguished at the Stadium of light as they drew blanks against Sunderland who moved out of the bottom three while Leicester overpowered Swansea 4-0 at home with 2 goals from Ulloa and are a win away from the Premier League title after Tottenham were held to a 1-1 home draw against West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening with Craig Dawson scoring at both ends. Newcastle came from 2 goals down to earn a point at Liverpool while relegated Aston Villa lost 4-2 at home to Southampton with Tadic netting a brace for the visitors. Iheanacho scored twice as Stoke City were taken apart 4-0 at Manchester City and Chelsea sailed 4-1 past Bournemouth with 2 goals from Eden Hazard at the Vitality Stadium.
Week 36 - Leicester City won the English Premier League with 2 matches to spare. The Foxes who saw Danny Drinkwater sent off late at Manchester United earned a 1-1 draw and were crowned champions when Chelsea fought back from 2 goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Tottenham in a tempestuous match on Monday evening. A double from Kelechi Iheanacho was not enough as Manchester City lost 4-2 at Southampton thanks to a hat-trick from Sadio Mane while Arsenal struggled to beat lowly Norwich 1-0 at the Emirates and Liverpool who were reduced to 10 men lost 3-1 at Swansea with Andre Ayew netting a brace. Mark Noble scored twice as West Ham triumphed 3-0 at West Brom while Watford came from behind to enjoy a 3-2 home win against 10-man Aston Villa with 2 goals from Troy Deeney in stoppage time and Everton won 2-1 at home to Bournemouth. Sunderland earned a vital point in a 1-1 draw with a stoppage-time penalty at Stoke while Newcastle picked up all 3 points with a single goal as visitors Crystal palace failed to score from the spot.
Week 37 - Jamie Vardy returned from suspension to net a double and miss a penalty as newly crowned champions Leicester City celebrated at home with a 3-1 win over Everton while at the other end of the table with Newcastle failing to score at Aston Villa and Norwich losing 1-0 at Manchester United, Sunderland moved out of the relegation zone having twice come from behind at the Stadium of Light to defeat Chelsea 3-2 with John Terry ending his season having seen red in stoppage time. West Ham United were stunned 4-1 at home by Swansea City while Stoke City's lead was blown away by a Dwight Gayle double at Crystal Palace and West Brom drew 1-1 at Bournemouth having missed a penalty. On Sunday Southampton upset Tottenham 2-1 with a Steven David double at White Hart Lane while Arsenal drew 2-2 at Manchester City and Watford lost 2-0 at Liverpool. On Tuesday 2 Anthony Martial goals were not enough for Manchester United as Wes Ham United rallied to a 3-2 victory in the last match ever at Upton Park and on Wednesday a double from Lamine Kone helped Sunderland to a 3-0 win over Everton at the Stadium of Light securing the Black Cats' survival in the Premier League while relegating bitter rivals Newcastle and Norwich who went down despite a 4-2 home win against Watford with a brace from Dieumerci Mbokani. Liverpool scored in stoppage time to draw 1-1 with Chelsea at Anfield.
Week 38 - Arsenal finished 2nd in the league after brushing bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa aside 4-0 at the Emirates with a hat-trick from Olivier Giroud as Tottenham were thrashed 5-1 at 10-man relegated Newcastle with a brace from Wijnaldum and Manchester City drew 1-1 at Swansea City. West Ham United took the lead but suffered a hammer blow in their bid to qualify for the Europa League losing 2-1 to a late goal at Stoke while FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace were taken apart 4-1 at Southampton who finished 6th after being overtaken by Manchester United who defeated Bournemouth 3-1 on Tuesday evening having had their original match postponed for security reasons. Having parted company with manager Roberto Martinez Everton ended the season with a 3-0 home win over relegated Norwich City while Sunderland celebrated survival with a 2-2 draw at Watford who bid farewell to manager Quique Sanchez and Liverpool drew 1-1 at West Brom. Champions Leicester City ended their season with a 1-1 draw at outgoing champions Chelsea who finished in 10th spot.  
The final standings were: 1- Leicester City 2- Arsenal 3- Tottenham 4- Manchester City 5- Manchester United 6- Southampton 7- West Ham United 8- Liverpool 9- Stoke City 10- Chelsea 11- Everton 12- Swansea City 13- Watford 14- West Bromwich Albion 15- Crystal Palace 16- Bournemouth 17- Sunderland 18- Newcastle 19- Norwich City 20- Aston Villa