Gameweek 37 – Premier League Round-up

Leicester City 1-6 Tottenham

An emphatic victory orchestrated by the clinical finishing Harry Kane swept a poor Leicester side away. The inform striker started his tally after receiving a cutback drilled in by the ever elusive Heung-Min Son, the lead was doubled when provider turned scorer after a scooped ball over the Foxes’ defence by Dele Alli. The home side seemed to get themselves back into the game through a Ben Chilwell goal after Lloris vacated his goal chasing down Jamie Vardy.

This glimmer of hope was quickly shut down by Harry Kane as he headed in form close range to claim his second of the game. Son then doubled his tally as well after some quick footwork on the edge of the box before placing into the bottom corner. The Spurs striker then scored his third hattrick of the season by smashing into Schmeichel’s bottom corner. Kane was not done there, he then added his fourth of the game in similar fashion by firing hard and low into the corner.

Leicester will be hoping for a much better performance in their final game of the season against Bournemouth whilst Spurs aim to finish their season strongly away against a relegated Hull.

Southampton 0-0 Manchester United

The goalless draw is to be the symbol of Manchester United’s season as Mourinho prepares for the Europa League final by continuing to pick a rotated side. The first piece of action came in the 5th minute when Eric Bailly handled the ball a few yards outside the box but Mike Dean insisted on giving a penalty. Southampton’s Italian stiker, Gabbiadini, stepped up and placed into the bottom left where an inform Romero had dived, saving the penalty with a strong hand. Bailly, playing as a right back, had United’s best chance of the first half after driving through the middle of the Saint’s defence before firing straight at Forster in goal.

The home side continued to be the better side, having more urgency in attack and creating more chances. Martial hit the upright in the second half after cutting in and curling towards the far post. With both teams having scored the two fewest goals at home it looked to be a sedated affair and this proved to be true with neither team able to break the deadlock. All focus in firmly on the Europa League final for Mourinho’s United but they host Palace in their final league game of the season. There are a few doubts over Claude Puel’s future at the club but the Frenchman can put some of these doubts to bed with a strong performance against Stoke in their final game.

Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland

Arsenal remain in the hunt for a top 4 spot after a tense performance against bottom side Sunderland, Arsene Wenger has Sanchez to thank after he scored both the home side’s goals. Another assist for Mesut Ozil as he squares a ball to the inform Chilean to fire home. Arsenal upped the tempo in the final third of the game this helped them find a second to secure all three points;  Sanchez again clearing up the pieces and hitting home after a Olivier Giroud cutback.

David Moyes and Sunderland are already looking to build for the next season in the Championship hoping they can bounce straight back up. Arsenal are now praying for Liverpool to slip up against an already relegated Middlesbrough if they are to have any chance of playing Champions League football next season. The Gunners host Everton next who will be hoping to be a tough opposition, whereas Sunderland travel to champions Chelsea in their final Premier League game for now.

Manchester City 3-1 West Brom

The Citizens have all but clinched top 4 a single point will be enough to guarantee Champions League football next season. The home side were expected to control this game and they did with 71% possession leading to two first half goals from Jesus and de Bruyne. The Belgian assisted Gabriel Jesus for the first as he squared the ball to the Brazilian, the roles were reversed for the second as Jesus knocked the ball into de Bruyne path for City’s second.

Yaya Toure made it 3-0 shortly after the break securing all three points with some good link up play with Aguero before slotting it past Ben Foster. West Brom cancelled out a City cleansheet after substitute fired in a Nyom’s low drilled cross. City should be feeling confident moving into their last game of the season against Watford as the London side has very little to play for. West Brom finish with a trip to Wales to face Swansea.

Chelsea 4-3 Watford

After clinching the title with a 1-0 win away at West Brom Conte was allowed the opportunity to make 8 changes to his title winning side. Captain, John Terry, gave the Blues the lead with what could be his last ever goal for the club and then 2 minutes later played a big part in Watford’s equaliser. The consistent Azpilicueta restored Chelsea’s lead and then the man who secured the title for Chelsea, Batshuayi, scored the home side’s third.

Watford then launched their comeback through goals from Janmaat and Okaka. Chelsea’s rotated side proved to be shaky at the back and allowed the away side back into the game. However, as the champions have shown throughout the season they have a fantastic mentality and that was evident as with nothing to play for they still pushed for the winner. Cesc Fabregas found the winner from the edge of the box. The last minutes of the game went from bad to worse as Watford saw their centre back Prodl sent off for a second yellow. Chelsea host Sunderland in what is to be John Terry’s last ever game for the club he has spent over two decades at. Watford host a Manchester City side who hope to clinch a top 4 spot.

Crystal Palace 4-0 Hull City

A day where Hull needed a win to have any chance of avoiding the plunge to the Championship quickly became a very miserably day to be a Hull fan. A horrendous mistake from experienced defender Ranocchia where he swung and missed the ball allowed Zaha to run through and place past the onrushing keeper. An inform Benteke then doubled Palace’s lead with header. A late double secured all three points for Palace and confirmed Hull’s relegation. Milivojevic from the penalty spot and Van Aanholt completde Hull’s misery.

Palace are to travel to play a heavily rotated Manchester United side, whereas Hull take on Spurs at home.

West Ham United 0-4 Liverpool

Doubts over Slaven Bilic’s position in charge of West Ham increased as they put in a dismal performance against Liverpool who continue to push for the final Champions League spot. Liverpool started their dominant performance with a Coutinho ball through to Sturridge who rounded Adrian and slotted home, it must be said that Fonte was at fault for the goal, failing to stay in line with his defensive partners. A Coutinho double then secured the points for Liverpool who look to consolidate their top 4 spot. In between the goals, Andre Ayew managed to miss an open goal from 1 yard out, poking a loose ball from a corner onto the post and failing to score the follow up.

Origi then added Liverpool’s fourth with a shot fired past Adrian in the Hammer’s net. This emphatic victory will give confidence to Liverpool who travel to Middlesbrough next, whereas West Ham travel to Burnley next.

Tottenham 2-1 Manchester United

With all Manchester United eyes looking towards the Europa League final fans and manager are hoping they can just get through without any injuries. Mourinho named a weaken side with a rotated squad. Paul Pogba did not travel at all due to family bereavement. Spurs were a goal up within six minutes in their last ever game at White Hart Lane after Wanyama headed past a stranded de Gea. Kane then doubled their lead after a deft flick from an Eriksen freekick.

The away side had excepted defeat at this stage showing no sign of urgency in attack and focusing on not conceding another.  A glimmer of hope came when Martial picked the ball up on the byline and drilled in to an onrushing Wayne Rooney who prodded home to make it 2-1. Spurs ended their era at White Hart Lane on high by beating one of the best teams in England and now they look to end the season on a high away at Hull. Whereas Man United will host Palace on the final game before the Europa league tie in Stockholm.

West Brom 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea managed to grind out a 1-0 win to claim their fourth Premier League title as the forgotten man Michy Batshuayi fired high into the West Brom net. The home side, notorious for their resilient defence, frustrated Chelsea with their defensive structure. The final whistle heard the loudest noise of the night as Chelsea fans and players could finally put to bed any chance of a slip up, allowing rivals Spurs a first Premier League title.

Italian manager was thrown up into the air by players and staff as the celebrations kicked in. Conte can now set his sights on winning the double in his first season in English football. Chelsea’s final game in the league is at home to Sunderland where they can prepare to give captain John Terry a send off. West Brom end their successful season in Swansea.

Everton 1-0 Watford

Everton are already looking to see what next season will have in store for them with Lukaku leaving on the cards and Europa League football as well. Toffee’s manager Koeman has said that Barkley has until next weekend to sign a new contact or he faces being sold. It was the midfielder who broke the deadlock in this tie with a curling shot from outside the box. This strike was enough to hand all three points to the home side as Watford rarely threatened.

Walter Mazzarri is coming under increasing pressure as rumours are flying around saying that he will be replaced at the end of the season. The Hornet’s boss will hope he can change a few minds as they host Manchester City next. Everton will look to spoil Arsenal’s top 4 hopes in their final league game of the season.

Manchester City 2-1 Leicester City

The main talking point from this game was Riyad Mahrez’s disallowed penalty. Referee Bobby Madley adjudged Mahrez to have touched the ball twice as he slipped as he made contact with the ball deflecting the ball into the City net. The home side opened the scoring with a goal from David Silva slotting home a Sane cross. Their second came through a Gabriel Jesus penalty. City conceded to a piece of brilliance for Shinji Okazaki as he finished in acrobatic style to give Leicester some hope in drawing the game.

Manchester City can confirm Champions League football next season with one point away to Watford. Leicester play their final game at home against Bournemouth.

Bournemouth 2-1 Burnley

The Cherries guaranteed their highest ever league finish with a victory over Burnley. Former Burnley player struck first after a ball over the top of the away side’s defence. Josh King continued his fantastic goal scoring form by turning in a low Ryan Fraser cross after Sam Vokes headed in for the equaliser.

Bournemouth travel to Leicester in their final game of their successful season, whereas Burnley at home to a West Ham side lacking in confidence.

Middlesbrough 1-2 Southampton

The Saints continued to push for a top half spot as they saw off an already relegated Middlesbrough. Goals from duo Rodriguez and Redmond proved to be too much for the Boro to overcome. The Saint’s striker Rodriguez turned in Shane Long’s cross before Redmond fired a shot beautifully into the top corner of Guzan’s net. Patrick Bamford headed in a Fischer cross to create a nervy atmosphere for the visiting team.

The Saint’s look to build on this victory with a win at home to Stoke on the final day. Middlesbrough are away to Liverpool.

Sunderland 0-2 Swansea City

Sunderland boss David Moyes can’t seem to get a break as the Black Cats lose again. It took just 9 minutes for the home side to concede, a Llorente header from a Sigurdsson free-kick. The Swans then doubled their lead through an angled shot from full-back Naughton. The home side were booed off the pitch at both half-time and full-time.

David Moyes is already looking to prepare for life in the second tier next season. Their last game in the Premier League for now is an away trip to Chelsea. Swansea finish their season at home to a strong West Brom side.

Stoke City 1-4 Arsenal

An emphatic victory from Arsenal paving the way for a prized top 4 spot. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring, tapping home a cross by Bellerin. The Gunners were 2-0 up when Sanchez found Ozil with an eye-of-the-needle ball before the German lifted it over an onrushing Butland. Stoke controversially pulled one back through Peter Crouch as he handballed the ball into the net past Cech from an Arnuatovic cross.

A quick double from Sanchez and Giroud meant Arsenal took all three points and continue their quest for a Champions League spot. The London side host Everton next whereas Stoke travel to Southampton.