BPL Review: Tottenham draw gifts Leicester the title


By Ryan Moran

  • Chelsea hold Tottenham to seal the title for Leicester.
  • Leicester City held by United at Old Trafford.
  • Newcastle win sparks another turn in relegation dogfight.

Ranieri’s former club gift Leicester the title

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United 1-1 Leicester City

Wes Morgan’s equaliser meant anything but a Spurs victory against Chelsea handed the Foxes the title with two games to spare.  Anthony Martial’s early front post finish left Leicester supporters awaiting their near inevitable fait for another week until Morgan levelled from a corner.

Danny Drinkwater received two yellow cards and will miss the last game at the King Power, against Everton, this season. The second of Drinkwater’s yellow cards nearly resulted in a penalty, dragging Memphis Depay down just outside the box, according to referee Michael Oliver.

Riyad Mahrez was also denied a penalty when the attacker felt he was impeded by Marcos Rojo in the box. Marouane Fellaini also escaped punishment for an elbow to Robert Huth, not seen by the referee, but is being investigated by the FA.

With Claudio Ranieri on the plane back from Italy and unaware of the Tottenham result, Leicester fans and players watched on in hope. Would the newly crowned football writer’s player of the year, Jamie Vardy, be celebrating two feats in one night?

Going into Monday’s game, eight points separated Tottenham from Leicester. Without Dele Alli in midfield to support Harry Kane in the goal department and the undoubted historic rivalry between Chelsea and Spurs, the league could be won as a result of the outcome at Stamford Bridge.

A second half Chelsea comeback ended Spurs’ title hopes and crowned Leicester as champions. First half goals from Kane and Son Heung-min put Tottenham in command until Gary Cahill halved the deficit. Seven minutes from time, Eden Hazard pulled the Blues level with no response from the away side.

Gary Lineker, we look forward to seeing the first Match of the Day.

Newcastle add another twist in three-way fight for survival

Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace

Stoke City 1-1 Sunderland

Arsenal 1-0 Norwich City

As Tottenham’s title dreams are over, Andros Townsend kept Newcastle’s survival dreams alive. A sensational free kick gave the Magpies a 1-0 lead with Karl Darlow providing the heroics at the other end. The ex-Nottingham Forest goalkeeper saved Yohan Cabaye’s penalty to move Newcastle out of the relegation zone.

Sunderland occupy the last relegation place, one point behind Newcastle. Marko Arnautovic finished after Peter Crouch appeared to be climbing on Younes Kaboul. Jermain Defoe won a last minute penalty after being fouled by Geoff Cameron, finishing from the spot. Crouch came close with a header just wide of the far post while Defoe had failed to have much of a goal threat until the penalty.

Norwich failed to pick up any points as Danny Welbeck’s goal separated the sides. In a hostile atmosphere, with jeers aimed at Arsene Wenger, chances were at a premium. Both Sunderland and Norwich have a game in hand on Newcastle with a win putting Newcastle back in trouble.

 And of the other fixtures:

Everton 2-1 Bournemouth
Watford 3-2 Aston Villa
West Brom 0-3 West Ham
Swansea 3-1 Liverpool
Southampton 4-1 Man City