All the scores and highlights from match day 35 Premier League fixtures. Video highlights included for each EPL match (as available) for U.S. viewers.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Manchester City 2 – 1 West Ham United: A Joe Hart blunder in the last minute of stoppage time marred what was otherwise an easy win for Manchester City. I suppose it shows that he is always one mistake away from losing his spot as number one and the reason why Pantillimon has been chosen in the FA Cup. Sergio Aguero’s opening goal was fantastically worked with some great passing buildup. Yaya Toure’s goal was a great curling shot from the top of the box and it was enough to give City the lead and ultimately the win.
Everton 1 – 0 Fulham: Everton’s win keeps them in sixth place at 59 points which is still four points behind Tottenham and the final European place.
Southampton 0 – 3 West Bromwich Albion:
Stoke City 1 – 0 Norwich City: Stoke’s narrow win moves them up into 12th place with 40 points, which should be enough to see them remain in the Premier League. It is also two points more than Norwich who drop to 14th place with 38 points.
Wigan Athletic 2 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur: Gareth Bale scored Tottenham’s first goal after putting pressure on Wigan’s keeper, Robles who tried to clear a back pass, but had it go off Bale’s boot into the net. Wigan was able to come back and score almost immediately on a corner to level the score at one.
The draw really helped neither team since they both remain where they were to start the day. Tottenham stay in fifth place with 62 points, level with Chelsea. Wigan stay in the relegation zone in 18th place with 32 points, still two behind Aston Villa.
Newcastle United 0 – 6 Liverpool: Perhaps being without Luis Suarez isn’t such a bad thing, or the lack of quality play by Newcastle could be the difference. Daniel Agger and Jordan Henderson got on the score sheet with first half goals, showing that Liverpool do have other goal scoring options.
This was a match of opposites in many ways. Liverpool played about as well as Newcastle played poorly. It was certainly a combination of both. For Newcastle, the loss means that there is still a chance of relegation for them. For Liverpool, it simply means that they can keep themselves close to Everton and end a place higher than they did last year.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Reading 0 – 0 QPR: A draw was enough to send both teams down to the Championship. Neither team played all that well and they seemed to feel that they were both doomed. This included the fans who were singing several songs about being in the Championship again. Perhaps Reading had the best chances, but even those weren’t all that great.
Chelsea 2 – 0 Swansea City: Chelsea took a 2-0 lead into half time thanks to goals from Oscar and a penalty won by Mata and converted by Lampard in the second minute of stoppage time. Chelsea’s win moves them back into third place with 65 points. Arsenal could overtake them if they manage to win.
Arsenal 1 – 1 Manchester United: Arsenal greeted the Manchester United players with a guard of honor before the start of the game. They then began the match by scoring in only the second minute with an excellent through ball to Theo Walcott who finished after going one on one with David De Gea. The goal remained despite him being in a clear offside position, right in front of the linesman. Poor officiating.
For the first half Arsenal did a great job of pressing United and forcing mistakes. They also did a great job of going down easy at any sign of a nearby tackle, with the referee biting again and again. On United’s end, when Evra was cynically cut down by Walcott he got up and kept running. United showed that they struggle to counter quickly and when pressed tend to panic and give the ball away too easily.
The referee made up for Walcott’s offside goal by giving a penalty to United when Sagna tackled van Persie in the box. Replays showed that he did seem to get a toe to the ball before making contact. Van Persie stepped up and smashed the ball into the net, with the Emirates crowd booing and hissing. Their boos will not be enough to take away his Premier League Champions medal. The half ended with the score level at one apiece.
The second half saw Sagna with another bad tackle, this time on Patrice Evra, but somehow managed to escape getting his second yellow as the referee allowed play to continue. Arsenal should have been down to 10 men at this point.
The second half was quite even with both sides getting chances. Arsenal drop to fourth place where they have 64 points, one behind Chelsea and two ahead of Tottenham.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Aston Villa 6 – 1 Sunderland: My prediction was for a draw, but wow, did I get that wrong! Sunderland seemed to revert to their pre-Di Canio form after allowing Aston Villa to take the lead. Aston Villa’s win means that they have yet another three points to push them farther from the relegation zone.
Aston Villa is now level on points (at 37) with Sunderland and Newcastle, though they sit in 16th place just behind Sunderland and just ahead of Newcastle on goal difference. Between Aston Villa and Newcastle there was an 11 point goal difference change this weekend thanks to the 6-1 win for Aston Villa and Newcastle’s 6-0 loss.