Five lessons learned from Premier League match-week 37 Full results
PREMIER LEAGUE , UK – It was a bumper Matchweek 37 that saw teams relegated, top four berths sealed and records broken by our Champions. There is a lot to get to, including our predictions contest, so let us get to the round-up.
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With such little time left in the season we have reached the stage where the first set of teams get relegated. Unfortunately for fans of Stoke and West Brom fans, their fate has been sealed.
The Potters were the first to go on Saturday. They had the lead at home to Crystal Palace thanks to Xherdan Shaqiri’s free kick, but the Eagles’ second half resurgence saw the score overturned. First James McArthur levelled for the visitors before Patrick van Aanholt’s late winner sent Stoke to the Championship.
West Brom were able to preserve their Premier League status for a few more days after another big win against Tottenham, but on the day Darren Moore was awarded the Manager of the month, the Baggies’ unlikely survival attempt came to an end. West Brom did not play during the week, but Southampton’s victory at Swansea confirmed their relegation to the Championship.
Manolo Gabbiadini was the hero for the Saints who all but sealed their place in the Premier League for another season and in the process left Swansea with an almost impossible task to stay up. The Swans have to win and overturn a goal difference of nine goals to stay in the Premier League.
Whilst two teams went down, one managed to stay up against all odds with a game to spare. When you looked at Huddersfield Town’s run in, you would safely say that their survival was in the hands of others. Nobody expected them to get points facing Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, but the Terriers did it and secured their survival in the process.
It started with a trip to the champions Manchester City on Saturday who themselves were looking to break a Premier League record. Not many sides have shut out the high scoring citizens this season, but Huddersfield added themselves to that short list. City were far from their best in this match, however you can not take anything away from the defence of the visitors who held their own over the course of 90 minutes.
It was a similar performance against Chelsea. Town were on the backfoot throughout most of the match, but they found themselves in front through Laurent Depoitre’s 50th minute strike. There was an air of fortune for the equaliser as Mathias Jorgensen’s clearance struck Marcos Alonso in the face before flying into the net. Chelsea pushed for a winner, but their poor finishing cost them as Huddersfield rode out another draw against a top six side on the road. The away supporters chanted “We are staying up” as the players and staff celebrated at the final whistle. It is only the third time in Premier League history that all three promoted sides managed to avoid relegation.
Spurs Secure top four place whilst Chelsea & Liverpool go to the wire
Even though Manchester City had secured the Premier League title long ago, there is still things to fight for at the top end of the table. Arsenal and Burnley are confirmed for the Europa League, but heading into match-week 37 the Champions League places were not decided. The two untaken spots will be filled by a combination of Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool or Chelsea with one of them missing out, unless Liverpool win the Champions League.
Tottenham’s hopes were dealt a blow when they lost to West Brom over the weekend in a poor performance. Chelsea’s draw against Huddersfield left the door open for them to secure Champions League qualification in mid-week however, and a Harry Kane goal sealed a 1-0 win and their place in Europe’s biggest competition.
Liverpool had the chance to secure their own qualification on Sunday, but an Olivier Giroud header saw them lose out to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Blues had a chance to move level on points with Liverpool during the week, but their draw against Huddersfield means they are two points adrift heading into the final game of the season. A draw should be enough for Liverpool to seal their spot given the goal difference, but a loss could see Chelsea overtake them should they win. Liverpool host Brighton whilst Chelsea travel to Newcastle on Saturday.
Away from the field, football received some bad news over the weekend as Sir Alex Ferguson was suffered a brain haemorrhage that required surgery.
The 76 year old former Manchester United manager was rushed into Salford Royal Hospital on Saturday to undergo the surgery. Fortunately the procedure has been said to have gone well and he is currently recovering.
The football world united to send their best wishes to the Scotsman, even Manchester United‘s rivals. During their title celebrations on Sunday, Manchester City fans held signs up wishing the former Manchester United boss the best. Players took to twitter to send their messages, including former and current Manchester United players. Even in Europe, respects were paid with Cristiano Ronaldo not celebrating his goal against Barcelona due to the accident.
During the week, Ferguson woke up and started talking to family members before being released from intensive care. We wish the best to a footballing legend and one of the greatest managers to ever grace the game.
Manchester City have had an amazing domestic season and are statistically the most dominant team over one season in Premier League history. Not only are they champions, they have set new records with their dominant campaign.
After setting records for the longest win streak and the highest number of passes in a single game, Pep Guardiola’s team would beat Brighton 3-1 to set a new record for the most points in Premier League history, the most wins in Premier League history and the most goals in Premier League history.
The win in their final home game of the season saw City surpass Jose Mourinho’s 04/05 Chelsea’s tally of 95 points with 100 still possible if they win their final game of the season. The goals record was also held by Chelsea, but this time it was Carlo Ancelotti’s 09/10 side. That stood at 103 and has been beaten by City’s 105 this far. Their 31st victory of the season broke another Chelsea record from last term and also set a new top flight record.
Predictions round up
Both writers had a poor predicting Matchweek 37, but Neil’s was less poor. His 9-4 win for the week has seen the gap rise to eight points heading into the final match-week. It is a reachable target for Niall to overturn, but the odds are very much on Neil to win. Will the eight point cushion be enough?
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