11 April 2016
Premier League Week 33 2015/2016 Roundup
What a start to the weekend’s games it was with a mouth-watering London derby between West Ham and Arsenal. The Gunners opened up a well-earned 2-0 lead with goals from Ozil and Sanchez. Alex Iwobi continued his fine run of form with assists for both of the goals. It was then over to West Ham forward Andy Carroll to come to the party. He grabbed one back for the Hammers before hitting his second just 160 seconds later to leave the score line at 2-2 at half time. Carroll then sent the Upton Park faithful crazy as he completed his hat trick and put his side 3-2 ahead with a header at the back post. Koscielny then poked in a goal from around 10 yards out to equalise for Arsenal and the whirlwind game ended 3-3.
Crystal palace hosted Norwich with both teams desperately needing the 3 points. Both sides were very cagey throughout the game as neither side wanted to lose. Jason Puncheon had the best chance of the first half and should have put his side ahead at the break but hit his shot wide. Puncheon then scored the only goal of the game after half time to give his team all three points with his first goal of the season to surely guarantee Palace premier league football next season.
Newcastle went to Southampton knowing a win would be huge with Sunderland playing on Sunday. It took less than 5 minutes for Shane Long to pick up the ball outside the box and basically walk through the Magpies defence before coolly slotting home the first goal. Pelle grabbed the Saints second after a slip from Janmaat in the process allowed Long to set up Pelle who stroked the ball past the helpless Darlow. In the second half it was more of the same story before Wanyama made it 3-0 and another disappointing day for the travelling fans. Townsend did grab one back with a fine effort but it was little too late. Newcastle stay in the bottom 3 and are looking even more likely to be relegated.
Man City were looking to consolidate 4th spot although they did have to come from behind when Sessegnon smashed the ball passed Joe Hart at his near post to put West Brom 1-0 ahead. It was City’s hitman Aguero who equalised from the penalty spot after Kolorov had been tripped in the box. Samir Nasri made it 2-1 in the second half and that is how the game ended although West Brom would have been angered at the fact they were not awarded a penalty when the score was 1-1.
Swansea beat Chelsea 1-0 with a goal from Sigurdsson who continued his great goal scoring form with a finely taken strike. Pato had two great chances to score for Chelsea but only managed to hit them both wide of the goal.
Aston Villa lost again at home to Bournemouth 2-1 with goals from Cook and King for Bournemouth and Ayew for Villa. Due to Norwich losing Villa did not get relegated but will now be relegated next week should they lose to Man Utd at Old Trafford.
Everton were held by Watford at Vicarage Road 1-1.
Super Sunday opened with league leader Leicester at struggling Sunderland. It was a very even first half with both side creating chances and Sunderland sticking to their game plan very well. It was only a matter of time though before a long ball forward from Drinkwater saw Vardy sprinting in 1 on 1 with the Sunderland keeper and from there it was only one outcome. 1-0 up away from home and playing so well it was Vardy again who scored his second when he rounded the keeper Mannone who had a great game to make it 2-0 and move Leicester 10 points clear at the top and needing 3 more wins to win the title.
Tottenham hosted Man Utd knowing they needed to win to cut the points difference to 7 between them and Leicester and they started very well with Lamela having a great chance in the first half and somehow missing a header from around 5 yards out when it seemed harder to miss. Anthony Martial came close for Man Utd in the second half bringing a fine save from Hugo Lloris. It was a mix up in the United defence that saw Kane pass the ball out wide to Eriksen who crossed the ball to an unmarked Dele Alli who opened the scoring on 70 minutes. Just 4 minutes later Lamela whipped in a free kick for Toby Alderweireld to head home and make it 2-0. It was Lamela himself who then got on the scoresheet to complete 3 goals in 6 minutes when he finished off a fine move to slot the ball passed De Gea. With the gap now 7 points Tottenham fans still believe there is hope of winning the league.
Liverpool beat Stoke at Anfield in the days other late kick off with goals from Moreno, Sturridge and Origi scored a brace. Stoke did equalise at one point through Bojan.
Drama at both ends of the table means more excitement for the coming weeks.