ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE after Round 34(ish)
Brighton moving up two spots (to 9th) and pushing Newcastle down to 10th and Leicester City out of the bottom half was the only positional changes that happened in the top half of the Premier League standing.
A defeat at Goodison Park dragged Chelsea into the race for ‘top four’.
Everton is hanging on.
Newcastle 0-1 Liverpool
Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich
Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace
Watford 1-2 Burnley
Wolves 0-3 Brighton
Leeds United 0-4 Manchester City
Everton 1-0 Chelsea
Tottenham 3-1 Leicester City
West Ham 1-2 Arsenal
Manchester United 3-0 Brentford
BURNLEY VIRTUALLY RELEGATED WATFORD, WHILE ASTON VILLA OFFICIALLY RELEGATED NORWICH CITY.
Burnley found two goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation time to recover from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win in Watford. The result meant Norwich City had to get an away win against Aston Villa to extend their fight against relegation. Aston Villa picked up their first win in six games to relegate Norwich City.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEGUE STANDINGS
1| Manchester City (34) – 83 points
2| Liverpool (34) – 82 points
3| Chelsea (34) – 66 points
4| Arsenal (34) – 63 points
5| Tottenham Hotspur (34) – 61 points
6| Manchester United (36) – 58 points
7| West Ham United (35) – 52 points
8| Wolves (34) – 49 points
9| Brighton (35) – 44 points
10| Newcastle United (35) – 43 points
11| Leicester City (33) – 42 points
12| Crystal Palace (34) – 41 points
13| Aston Villa (33) – 40 points
14| Brentford (35) – 40 points
15| Southampton (35) – 40 points
16| Burnley (34) – 34 points
17| Leeds United (34) – 34 points
18| Everton (33) – 32 points
19| Watford (34) – 22 points
20| Norwich City (34) – 21 points
Liverpool could only afford the dropping of points if Manchester City did the same.
Manchester City and Liverpool entered the Premier League weekend with midweek first-leg victories from their respective UEFA Champions League semifinal matches and left with three points each to keep the title race a point apart.
A 4-0 win in Leeds means Manchester City will end the Premier League season with an 11-0 aggregate win against Leeds United.
Newcastle did not get their fifth league win in a row but had a chance to measure their progress against a Liverpool. Naby Keita’s goal in the 19th minute gave Liverpool the three points through a 1-0 away win against Newcastle.
TOTTENHAM, ARSENAL, AND MANCHESTER UNITED PICKED UP THE WIN TO STAY IN THE RACE.
Mathematically, there are 2 spots available but despite Chelsea’s recent failings, the odds of them losing a place in the ‘top 4’ is still quite low.
It is up to Arsenal to protect the top 4th place from the chasing pack.
There is a high probability that West Ham won’t finish in the ‘top four’ but as things stand, the Europa League route to get to the Champions League qualification.
Without Christian Pulisic’s injury-time winning goal against West Ham, Chelsea would’ve been without a win in their last four matches.
While Chelsea wanted a win, Everton needed a win.
Cesar Azpilicueta’s misjudgment allowed Richarlison to score the only goal of the game in the first minute of the second half to give Everton 1-0’ win to get the bounce they needed after their Merseyside defeat.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored a late consolation goal for Leicester City but a first-half goal from Harry Kane and two second-half goals from Heung-Min Son got Tottenham the three points from a 3-1 win.
Tottenham’s victory against Leicester City placed the pressure on Arsenal to beat West Ham in order to keep 4th place for at least another round.
Headed goals from Arsenal’s centerbacks got them the three points from a 2-1 win. Gabriel scored his header in the second half to restore the lead after Jarrod Bowen scored at the end of the first half to cancel out the lead Rob Holding had given Arsenal in the 38th minute.
Brentford was no match for a rested Manchester United at Old Trafford. Manchester United convincingly and comfortably took three points from a 3-0 win.