Wednesday 26 May 2021

City cream of the crop


Manchester City were crowned champions of England for the third time in four years with rivals Manchester United only threatening them mathematically while Liverpool’s late winning streak earned them third spot ahead of Chelsea.

Week 31 – The week’s fixtures began on Friday when Fulham fell to a last-gasp goal at home to Wolves. On Saturday a double from Stuart Dallas gave ten-man Leeds United a 2-1 win at league leaders Manchester City while a brace from Christian Pulisic helped Chelsea cruise past Crystal Palace 4-1 at Selhurst Park and Liverpool came from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Anfield with the winner coming in stoppage time. On Sunday Kelechi Iheanacho struck twice for Leicester at West Ham who had already scored 3 times with 2 from Jesse Lingard and Tottenham took the lead but were beaten 3-1 at home to Manchester United while Alexandre Lacazette netted twice for Arsenal who won 3-0 at Sheffield United and Newcastle came from behind to win 2-1 at Burnley. The Monday evening matches saw Southampton lose 3-0 at West Brom and Everton play a goalless match at Brighton.

Week 32 -Harry Kane and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored twice each for Tottenham and Everton as the points were shared at Goodison Park on Friday evening. With 1-0 semi-final wins for Chelsea against Manchester City and Leicester over Southampton at Wembley, there were fewer Premier League games at the weekend, but several matches were played in midweek. Ten-man West Ham pulled back a 2 goal deficit but lost 3-2 at Newcastle while Mason Greenwood netted a double for Manchester United in their 3-1 win at home to Burnley and while Norwich City were being promoted to the Premier League, Sheffield United were relegated after losing 1-0 at Wolves. Arsenal salvaged a 1-1 draw with the last kick of the match at home to Fulham while on Monday evening Liverpool drew 1-1 at Leeds United. On Tuesday Brighton ended the match with ten players in their goalless draw at Chelsea while on Wednesday, in their first match since the sacking of Jose Mourinho, Tottenham came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Southampton and Aston Villa scored after 22 seconds in their home match but lost 2-1 to Manchester City with both teams being reduced to ten players. On Thursday evening, Leicester City scored 3 first-half goals to defeat their visitors from West Brom.

Week 33 – Arsenal suffered another home defeat when they lost 1-0 to Everton on Friday evening. On Saturday, Newcastle scored a last-gasp equalizer to cancel out Liverpool’s early goal at Anfield while Chelsea were 1-0 winners at West Ham who finished the match with ten players and Brighton lost 1-0 at relegated Sheffield United on the day that Watford were promoted to the Premier League. On Sunday, Chris Wood netted a first-half hat-trick as Wolves were taken apart 4-0 at home to Burnley while Manchester United played a goalless match at Leeds and West Bromwich Albion drew 2-2 at Aston Villa. Manchester City lifted the League Cup with a goal against Tottenham at Wembley. On Monday evening, Crystal Palace took the lead but lost 2-1 at Leicester.

Week 34 – Ten-man Southampton drew 1-1 at home to Leicester on Friday evening. Manchester City scored 2 second-half goals in quick succession at Crystal Palace, which meant a defeat for Manchester United against Liverpool a day later would have given City the title, but the match was postponed due to heavy crowd protests at Old Trafford. Two goals from Kai Havertz gave Chelsea a win over Fulham at Stamford Bridge while Brighton enjoyed the same result against their visitors from Leeds and Aston Villa were 2-1 winners at Everton. Sheffield United were thumped 4-0 at Tottenham with a hat-trick from Gareth Bale and Arsenal won 2-0 at Newcastle who ended the match with ten players while on Monday West Brom drew 1-1 at home to Wolves and West Ham came from behind to win 2-1 at Burnley with a double from Michail Antonio.

Week 35 – Leicester City scored 2 late goals on Friday evening, but were thrashed 4-2 at home to Newcastle United, for whom Callum Wilson netted twice. Needing a win to secure the title, Manchester City took the lead at the Etihad, but Chelsea hit back with 2 goals in the second half while Liverpool put 2 past their visitors from Southampton and Tottenham were beaten 3-1 at Leeds. Goals 2 minutes from the start and end of the match gave Crystal Palace a 2-0 win at Sheffield United and a single goal gave Everton a victory at West Ham while Wolves came from a goal down to win 2-1 against 10-man Brighton, who had a further player red-carded after the match, at Molineux. Manchester United came from behind to win 3-1 at Aston Villa, who finished the match with ten players, while Arsenal won by the same scoreline at home to West Bromwich Albion.  On Monday, Fulham were relegated after losing 2-0 at home to Burnley.

Week 36 – Several matches were played in midweek with Manchester United conceding the tittle to Manchester City after losing 2-1 at home to Leicester City. Crystal Palace got off to a flying start but lost 3-1 at Southampton with a double from Danny Ings and Arsenal were 1-0 winners at Chelsea. On Thursday, Manchester United fell to their second home defeat in the space of two days when Liverpool came from a goal down to win 4-2 with a brace from Roberto Firmino and Everton played a goalless match at Aston Villa while in a thrilling match on Friday evening, Newcastle United twice took the lead at home to newly crowned champions Manchester City, but were defeated 4-3 with Ferran Torres scoring a hat-trick for the visitors. On Saturday while Leicester City were lifting the FA Cup with a single goal against Chelsea at Wembley, Rodrigo netted twice at Leeds battered Burnley 4-0 on their travels and Fulham lost 3-1 at Southampton while 2 late goals gave West Ham a 1-1 draw at Brighton. On Sunday, Crystal Palace twice fell behind but ran out 3-2 winners at home to Aston Villa while Wolves lost 2-0 at Tottenham and Everton lost to an early goal at home to relegated Sheffield United. Liverpool kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive when they came from behind at West Brom to win 2-1 with goalkeeper Alison scoring the winner in the last seconds of stoppage time.  

Week 37 – With a limited number of spectators finally allowed back into stadiums, 10-man Manchester City lost their 2-goal lead and saw their record 12 straight away wins come to an end as they were defeated 3-2 at Brighton while Chelsea avenged their FA Cup loss with a 2-1 home win over Leicester and Leeds United were 2-0 winners at Southampton. Fulham earned a 1-1 draw at Manchester United and there were 1-0 home wins for Everton and Newcastle over Wolves and Sheffield United respectively while WBA took the lead but lost 3-1 at home to West Ham.  Tottenham scored early but lost 2-1 at home to Aston Villa while Arsenal scored 2 goals in stoppage time to win 3-1 at Crystal Palace and Liverpool brushed Burnley aside 3-0 at Turf Moor

Week 38 – On the last day of action with only European places to be settled, Liverpool secured third place with a double from Sadio Mane at home to Crystal Palace as Chelsea, who ended the match with 10 players, lost 2-1 at Aston Villa while Jamie Vardy converted 2 penalties for Leicester City on their home ground, but Tottenham bounced back to win 4-2 with a late brace from Gareth Bale and deny Leicester a place in the Champions League. Sergio Aguero came off the bench in his last ever home match for Manchester City to score twice and break the record for the total goals scored by an individual for one club as the champions pummelled Everton 5-0 while Manchester United won 2-1 at Wolves and West Ham brushed their visitors from Southampton aside 3-0 with 2 goals from Pablo Fornals. Leeds United ended their season with a 3-1 victory against West Brom at Elland Road and a double from Nicolas Pepe gave Arsenal a home win against Brighton while Newcastle won 2-0 at relegated Fulham and Sheffield United bowed out with a 1-0 home win over Burnley.   

Brentford will join Norwich City and Watford in the Premier League next season after winning the play-off final.

The final Premier League table for 2020-21







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