All the scores and highlights from match day 36 EPL fixtures. Video highlights included for each Premier League match (as available) for U.S. viewers.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Fulham 2 – 4 Reading: With the pressure off Reading finally decided to show up. I’m sure it helped that they were facing a tepid Fulham side that know they are safe and haven’t played well in a long time.
Norwich City 1 – 2 Aston Villa: A Gabriel Agbonlahor brace was enough to get Aston Villa a desperate three points, and on a day when Wigan was also able to win. Aston Villa’s win moves them up to 14th place where they could be safe now with 40 points.
Swansea City 0 – 0 Manchester City: Swansea should have had a penalty in the first half just before the 40th minute, but the referee decided to turn it down. Perhaps if it had been at the other end, it would have been given. Swansea was able to pull out a deserved draw. Edin Dzeko missed the best chance for City with an absolute sitter.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 0 Southampton: Tottenham and Southampton got started 30 minutes late due to congestion outside of the stadium. Tottenham’s 1-0 win is enough to keep the pressure on their London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea. They remain in fifth place behind Chelsea and Arsenal though.
West Bromwich Albion 2 – 3 Wigan Athletic: Wigan clawed back three goals to get a massive win. It wasn’t enough to get them out of the bottom three, but gives them hope if other results go their way and they can continue to win. They are still in 18th place with 35 points, two behind Sunderland and three behind Newcastle and Norwich.
West Ham United 0 – 0 Newcastle United: Newcastle may have deserved a goal, but without video replay technology or goal line technology this was never going to be given. It looked close, but in my opinion, it was cleared just short of completely crossing the line. A draw is really not enough to give Newcastle any real distance from the drop zone, but it was a much better performance from last week’s 6-0 loss to Liverpool.
Queens Park Rangers 0 – 1 Arsenal: Theo Walcott again scored early for Arsenal for the second week in a row grabbing a first minute goal. Arsenal move up into third place with 67 points following their win. Chelsea could overtake them with a win tomorrow as they sit in fourth with 65, level with Tottenham in fifth.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Liverpool 0 – 0 Everton: The first half was fairly even with both sides getting good chances, but neither able to convert. The second half saw Everton score on a Sylvain Distin header only for it to be disallowed and a foul given against Anichebe. I am still baffled as to why the foul was given other than some excellent acting by Pepe Reina falling over. Very poor refereeing, yet again.
The match remained even at 0-0 till the final whistle and both sides got just what they deserved, a draw. Neither team really took control of the match or did enough to break down their opponents defense. The draw means that Everton’s chances of getting a Europa League place are pretty much done. Liverpool could still overcome Everton to take sixth place, but would need to win their last two while Everton needs to lose both.
Manchester United 0 – 1 Chelsea: Sir Alex Ferguson put out a mostly reserve team with a mix of first team players. Not that they didn’t have enough quality to compete, but certainly a sign that he feels the need to give some players a chance to prove themselves in a big match. Going into the half United had the better chances despite Chelsea having an early burst of good chances as well as more possession in the half. 0-0 at halftime was certainly fair considering the balance of play.
The second half was lively with both teams getting chances and really going for it. A draw was a result that would not help Chelsea at all and Manchester United are in a position with nothing to lose, having already won the league. Chelsea were in the ascendency in the last 10 minutes or so and benefited from poor refereeing that lead to their goal. Wayne Rooney was taken down at the top of Chelsea’s penalty area and was quickly followed up by a counter attack leading to Mata’s goal. This was again followed by controversial refereeing in which Rafael was given a straight red for what should’ve been a yellow card. David Luiz was lucky himself to stay on after going after the United players and having seen a yellow earlier.
Chelsea’s win moves them back into third place, one point above Arsenal and three points above Spurs with their match coming up on Wednesday.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Sunderland 1 – 1 Stoke City: