3 May 2016
Premier League Week 36 2015/2016 Roundup
The fairytale is complete. Their dreams are now a reality. Leicester are 2015/16 Premier League Champions!
After a thrilling 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham, Leicester’s fate was sealed and they were crowned Champions of the Premier League for the first time in their history, and just 12 months after marginally saving their top-flight status from relegation. Leicester almost had it all to do next Saturday in the late kick-off against the struggling Everton as Spurs went 2-0 up in the first half with strikes from Kane and Son. Chelsea made their comeback in an ill-tempered 2nd half with Cahill pouncing on a free ball from a corner and Hazard finishing a well-worked move to draw it level with 10 minutes to go.
Leicester weren’t the only record-breakers last night, as Tottenham totalled 9 yellow cards, the most given to a single team in one game in Premier League history. Dangerous challenges, tunnel melees, and eye-gouging… this game had it all!
At the other end of the table, Newcastle made a huge stride towards safety with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace after a well-struck 20-yard free kick from Andros Townsend before 3rd choice ‘keeper Karl Darlow saved a poorly taken penalty by Yohan Cabaye. With Sunderland only saving a draw against Stoke with a last-minute penalty safely dispatched by the reliable Jermaine Defoe, it has left Sunderland and Norwich in the drop-zone 1 and 2 points behind the Magpies, respectively, with a game-in-hand each.
The race for 2nd has again opened up after Arsenal narrowly beat Norwich at the Emirates in front of a crowd of mixed emotions towards the Wenger regime, but has moved the Gooners within 3 points of 2nd place Tottenham. Likewise in West Ham staked their claim for Champions League football following a convincing 0-3 win away to West Brom. Now unbeaten in 10 games Bilic’s men are just a single point behind their 4th placed rivals Manchester United, who were held at home to eventual champions Leicester City.
Southampton grabbed the opportunity to leapfrog Liverpool into 7th with a convincing 4-2 victory over Manchester City, who could arguably have one eye on the huge Champions League Semi-Final clash with Real Madrid mid-week. The first game on Sunday saw a lacklustre Liverpool beaten by Swansea, 3-1, who mathematically secured their Premier League status for another year. Similarly as City, Liverpool have a crucial second leg home tie in the Europa League against Villarreal on Thursday; an easy distraction now they are now 5 points off 5th place in the League.
It just goes from bad to worse for Aston Villa, conceded twice in the final minute to lose 3-2 away to Watford.
After Leicester’s 5000/1 shot at the title is now a reality anything is possible… Newcastle could pull-off a last minute shock survival charge, the Hammers could be playing Champions League football in their new home next season – one thing is for sure, it is certainly set up for a frantic finish to the season!
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