Monday 27 July 2020

Silent summer celebrations

When the Premier League was finally allowed to rush to a summer conclusion behind closed doors, Liverpool crossed the line as expected and became champions of England for the first time in 30 years.

Week 30 – After almost one hundred days, the Premier League returned to empty stadiums on Wednesday evening with a goalless draw between Aston Villa and Sheffield United in which the visitors were wrongfully denied a goal by goal-line technology. Later that evening 10-man Arsenal were brushed aside 3-0 at Manchester City to complete the matches in hand. On Friday evening, Norwich City remained rooted to the bottom of the table with a 3-0 defeat at home to Southampton and Manchester United drew 1-1 at Tottenham. On Saturday, Brighton came from a goal down to complete the double over Arsenal with a stoppage time winner, while Leicester drew 1-1 at Watford with both goals coming in stoppage time and there were 2-0 away wins for Wolves over West Ham and Crystal Palace over Bournemouth. On Sunday, Newcastle put 3 past 10-man Sheffield United at St James’ Park while Chelsea came from Behind with 2 goals in 2 minutes to win 2-1 at Aston Villa and Liverpool drew 0- 0 at Everton. On Sunday evening Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez grabbed a brace each as Manchester City buried Burnley 5-0 at the Etihad.

Week 31 - On Tuesday, Liverpool cruised to a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace and were crowned Premier League champions a day later when Manchester City, who ended the match with ten men, lost 2-1 at Chelsea.  In other midweek matches, Anthony Martial scored all 3 goals as Manchester United disposed of Sheffield United at Old Trafford and Arsenal were 2-0 winners at ten-man Southampton while West Ham lost 2-0 at Tottenham and Aston Villa drew 1-1 at Newcastle. Brighton missed a penalty in the goalless draw at Leicester and there were 1-0 wins for Wolves at home to Bournemouth, Everton at Norwich and Burnley at home to Watford.  

Week 32 – With the quarter finals of the FA Cup being played, only two of the Premier League matches took place at the weekend. Wolverhampton Wanderers were 1-0 winners at Aston Villa and a double from Danny Ings helped Southampton to a 3-1 win at Watford. During the week, a single gaol saw Crystal Palace lose at home to Burnley while Bruno Fernandes netted twice in Manchester United’s 3-0 win at Brighton and Arsenal trampled Norwich 4-0 with a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates. Willian scored both goals for Chelsea who lost 3-2 at West Ham while Newcastle battered Bournemouth 4-1 at the coast and Everton enjoyed a 2-1 win at home to Leicester City. Tottenham lost 3-1 at Sheffield United and in what would have been the most anticipated match of the season, newly crowned Premier League champions, Liverpool, were soundly beaten 4-0 by reigning champions Manchester City at the Etihad.

Week 33 – Mason Greenwood scored twice as Manchester United came from a goal down to brush Bournemouth aside 5-2 at Old Trafford while Manchester City lost 1-0 at Southampton and Arsenal were 2-0 winners at Wolves. A brace from Jamie Vardy helped Leicester City to a 3-0 home win over Crystal Palace while Chelsea enjoyed the same result at home to Watford and a single goal at Norwich gave Brighton all 3 points. Aston Villa lost 2-0 at Liverpool while Newcastle twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at home to West Ham and Sheffield United drew 1-1 at Burnley. On Monday evening Everton lost 1-0 at Tottenham.

Week 34 – In midweek matches Leicester City drew 1-1 at ten-man Arsenal while Chelsea were 3-2 winners at Crystal Palace and Norwich City moved a step closer to relegation with a 2-1 loss at Watford. Newcastle were thrashed 5-0 at Manchester City while a double from Mohamed Salah helped Liverpool to a 3-1 victory at Brighton and there were 1-0 wins for Burnley at West Ham and Sheffield United away to Wolves with the winner coming in stoppage time. Aston Villa lost 3-0 at home to Manchester United while Southampton, who missed a penalty, drew 1-1 at Everton and Tottenham played a goalless match at Bournemouth.   

Week 35 – Michail Antonio scored all 4 goals for West Ham United as Norwich were relegated on their own pitch and hosts Bournemouth came from behind against 10-man Leicester to register a 4-1 victory with a double from Dominic Solanke while a brace from Trezeguet gave Aston Villa 3 points at home to Crystal Palace who had a man sent off after the final whistle. David McGoldrick scored twice as Sheffield United enjoyed a 3-0 win over their visitors from Chelsea while Raheem Sterling claimed a hat-trick in Manchester City’s 5-0 hammering of hosts Brighton and Watford came from a goal down to win 2-1 with 2 Troy Deeney penalties at home to Newcastle. Arsenal took the lead but lost 2-1 at Tottenham while Everton fell 3-0 at Wolves and Burnley drew 1-1 at Liverpool. On Monday evening Southampton scored in time added-on to draw 2-2 at Manchester United.

Week 36 – In midweek matches, Arsenal came from behind to beat champions Liverpool 2-1 at the Emirates while Manchester City were 2-1 winners against Bournemouth at the Etihad and a single goal was enough to give Chelsea a win over the visitors from Norwich. A Harry Kane double helped Tottenham to a 3-1 victory at Newcastle while Leicester triumphed 2-0 at home to Sheffield United and Burnley converted a penalty deep into stoppage time to draw 1-1 at home to Wolves. Crystal Palace lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United while there were 1-1 draws for Everton at home to Aston Villa and Brighton at Southampton. On Friday evening West Ham United took a huge step towards safety with a 3-1 win at home to Watford.   

Week 37 – The penultimate week’s matches were spread over the week beginning on Saturday when nine-man Norwich were beaten 2-0 at home to Burnley while on Sunday Harry Kane netted twice as Tottenham sent Leicester home 3-0 losers and shortly after Bournemouth were denied a stoppage-time equaliser by VAR against Southampton, the visitors struck to register a 2-0 win. On Monday evening Everton triumphed 1-0 at Sheffield United while Crystal Palace lost 2-0 at Wolves and Newcastle played a goalless match at Brighton. On Tuesday Aston Villa picked up 3 vital points with a goal at home to Arsenal while Raheem Sterling bagged a brace in Manchester City’s 4-0 win at Watford. On Wednesday West Ham United drew 1-1 at Manchester United to ensure mathematical safety and Liverpool celebrated a 5-3 win over Chelsea after being awarded the Premier League trophy at Anfield.  

Week 38 – Watford pulled 2 goals back but lost 3-2 and were relegated at Arsenal for whom Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice while Bournemouth were 3-1 winners at Everton but failed to avoid the drop as Aston Villa drew 1-1 at West Ham. Leicester City finished the match with 10 men and dropped out of the top four after losing 2-0 at home to Manchester United who claimed 3rd place while Chelsea finished 4th with a 2-0 home win over Wolves who miss out on an automatic place in the Europa League as Tottenham picked up a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace. Kevin de Bruyne smacked in a brace as Manchester City thumped relegated Norwich City 5-0 at the Etihad while Southampton came from a goal down to beat Sheffield United 3-1 with a double from Che Adams at St Mary’s and Brighton were 2-1 winners at Burnley. Champions Liverpool ended their campaign with a 3-1 win at Newcastle.   

Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion gained automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Fulham joined them later through the play-offs.


The final Premier League table for 2019-20











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