It was interesting this week in Premier league’s 37th round, where the hunt for the Champions league places was still on, as on the other side, where a few teams are trying to avoid Premier league drop.
As we mentioned before, on Friday two games were played. Everton enrolled a minimum home 1-0 win, while Chelsea late in the game scored a winner and sealed the Premier league title.
On Saturday, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City celebrated at home 2-1 against Leicester City, keeping the fourth place at the moment with three points more than the Gunners. David Silva opened the scoring in the 29th minute, Gabriel Jesus from a penalty in the 36th minute raised the score, while Okazaki fired one for the Foxes before the end of the first half, to keep game interesting and to give his team a chance of getting back into the match. In second half, with plenty of chances on both sides, the best one was for Leicester City to whom a penalty was given. Penalty which would level the score, making problems for the Citizens in their hunt for the Champions league places, but Mahrez missed the penalty, and Citizens in the end celebrated with 2-1.
Later on Saturday, Arsenal smashed four past Stoke City and revived their hopes of clinching the fourth place which leads into Champions league next season. Giroud in the 42th fired an opener for the half time lead. Ozil in the 55th minute raised the lead to 2-0, while twelve minutes later the same reduced Crouch. Arsenal responded eight minutes later when Sanchez returned a two goal lead, and in the 80th minute Giroud completed his double and sealed the final, Arsenal 4, Stoke City 1, result.
Liverpool cruised past the Hammers and smashed four goals past Slaven Bilic’s men to increase their chances of playing in Champions league next season. The Reds currently sit on the third place having just one point more than the third Man City and the fifth Arsenal, but Klopp’s men have played a game more, meaning that any drop of points in the last round for them, in theory could mean they can lose the Champions league ticket.
Sturridge in the 35th minute opened the scoring at the London Stadium, giving the Reds a half-time lead. Countinho in space of just three minutes (57′ and 61′) scored two to practically seal the win for his side. Origin in the 76th minute clinched the final result, Liverpool 4, West Ham United 0.
In a derby game between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, with goals from Victor Wanyama (6′) and Harry Kane (48′), the Spurs ended Manchester United hopes of reaching the 4th place and grabbing the Champions league place trough Premier league competition. However, the Red Devils can do exactly that by winning the Europa league title in the final against Ajax. As for the home side, Spurs say farewell to their home ground at the end of the season after 118 years and made sure they leave the Lane with a win. Wayne Rooney in the 71st scored to reduce and set the final result, Tottenham 2 Manchester United 1.
Bournemouth 2 – 1 Burnley (J. Stanislas 25′, J. King 85’/S. Vokes 83′)
Middlesbrough 1 – 2 Southampton (P. Bamford 72’/J. Rodriguez 42′, N. Redmond 57′)
Sunderland 0 – 2 Swansea (Llorente 9′, K. Naughton 45’+)
Crystal Palace 4 – 0 Hull City (W. Zaha 3′, C. Benteke 34′, L. Milivojević 85′, P. van Aanholt 90′)
Premier league table