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Weekend Football Review

A league full of surprises!

Premier League

Brighton 1 vs. 0 Man United

Pascal Gross scored in the 57th minute to give Brighton all three points against Man United and secure their place in the Premier League. De Gea made several decent saves during the game from Brighton but United were not able to impose themselves and failed to equalise. United have now lost away to all three promoted sides for the first time ever. The three points take Brighton to 14th while United remain 2nd. 

Stoke City 1 vs. 2 Crystal Palace

Stoke City became the first team to be relegated from the Premier League this season as they failed to hold on to a lead against Palace. Shaqiri scored a wonderful free kick to give the potters the lead before half time but two second half goals from McArthur and Van Aanholt were the final nail in the coffin for Stoke. Palace move to 11th while Stoke are now bottom of the table. 

Bournemouth 1 vs. 0 Swansea

After failing to capitalise on chances they created in the first half Swansea lost to Bournemouth after a brilliant finish from Ryan Fraser in the first half. Bournemouth had several chances in the second half to double the lead but Fabianski made some brilliant saves. The win leaves Bournemouth 12th while Swansea move into the relegation zone based on goal difference. 

Leicester 0 vs. 2 West Ham

Leicester continued their poor form in recent weeks with a loss to West Ham at home. A first half goal from Mario and a second half goal from Arnautovic meant that West Ham took all three points at the King Power. West Ham pull farther away from the relegation zone but are still not mathematically safe while Leicester are 9th. 

Watford 2 vs. 1 Newcastle

Watford confirmed their place in the Premier League for next season with a win against Newcastle. Two first half goals from Pereyra, and Gray gave Watford the lead going into half time. Watford could have had a few more but Dubravka made some brilliant saves to deny them. Newcastle nicked one back in the second half via Perez but failed to equalise. The win means that Watford sit 13th while Newcastle remain 10th but both teams have 41 points. 

West Brom 1 vs. 0 Tottenham

West Brom do not know when to give up and that is great for us Chelsea fans! Jake Livermore somehow nudged the ball into the net after a scramble in the second minute of stoppage time to give West Brom all three points. Foster had made some brilliant saves in the first half and West Brom turned the volume up in the second. The win means that West Brom are now 19th in the table but would need Swansea and Southampton to lose their midweek games to take the relegation battle to the final day. Tottenham remain 4th.

Everton 1 vs. 1 Southampton

Tom Davies rescued a point for Everton in the last minute of extra time as Southampton suffered a setback in their journey for Premier League safety. After a cagey first half Redmond gave Southampton the lead in the 56th minute but a shot by Davies which was deflected off Hoedt meant that Southampton would leave with only a point. Everton remain 8th while Southampton are out of the relegation zone but only on goal difference. 

Man City 0 vs. 0 Huddersfield

Huddersfield became the first team to stop Man City from scoring at the Etihad this season. In what was a day of celebration for City as they lifted the title many thought that they would accompany that with some more record breaking but Huddersfield were more than up for the task. The draw leaves Huddersfield 16th and 3 points clear of the relegation zone. 

Arsenal 5 vs. 0 Burnley

In what was Arsene Wenger’s last game at the Emirates Arsenal won in stylish fashion by demolishing Burnley. Aubameyang scored two goals and Lacazette, Kolasinac, and Iwobi added the rest to complete a comprehensive win. Arsenal have been great at home this season but it is their away form that they need to rectify. The three points sealed a 6th place finish for Arsenal and a place in the Europa League group stage for next season. Mérci Arsene.

La Liga

Barcelona 2 vs. 2 Real Madrid

In what was a Clasico more to do with pride rather than any actual stakes Barcelona managed to continue their unbeaten run with a draw against Real. Suarez scored in the 10th minute but Ronaldo equalised 4 minutes later. Sergi Roberto was sent off before half time but Messi still managed to give Barcelona the lead in the 52nd minute. Bale rescued a point for Los Blancos in the 72nd minute. Real and Barcelona had several chances throughout the game to extend their lead but the end result was fair based on what was on display. Barcelona can now concentrate on ending the season unbeaten while Real turn their eyes to the Champions League final. 

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