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Premier League Review – Matchday 38

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 14 May 2018

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Manchester City became the first team to win the English championship with one hundred points after beating Southampton by a goal to nil on the final day of the campaign.

The south coast side, who were all but safe going into the last round of games kept the Champions at bay until the last minute when Gabriel Jesus netted his sides one hundred and sixth goal of a record-breaking season.

One goal was also enough for second place Manchester United, with a Marcus Rashford strike wrapping up the points in their home game with Watford who finish in fourteenth.

The England international will hope that his efforts were enough to give him a starting berth in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea with the Red Devils priced at 4/5 to lift the trophy.

Moving out

The game of the day came at Wembley – Tottenham Hotspur’s final outing at the national stadium and it was the hosts who ran out winners in a nine-goal thriller.

In a good day for England’s forwards both Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy bagged a brace with the former netting the winner on the seventy-sixth minute.

Erik Lamela also scored twice with the other goals coming from Christan Fuchs (OG), Kelechi Iheanacho and Riyad Mahrez.

Liverpool confirmed fourth spot after thumping Brighton and Hove Albion 4-0 with Golden Boot winner Mo Salah opening the scoring on twenty-six minutes.

Dejan Lovren doubled the Reds’ advantage five minutes before the break while Domonic Solanke and Andrew Robertson got their first goals for the club to secure an emphatic win for Jurgen Klopp’s side ahead of the Champions League final.

Chelsea needed to win and hope that Liverpool lost to have any chance of finishing in the top four and couldn’t even keep up their end of the bargain with Newcastle United securing a top-half finish with a 3-0 win over the dethroned champions.

Moving on

The Blues will have to settle for the Europa League along with Arsenal, who beat Huddersfield Town in Arsene Wenger’s final game in charge and Burnley who surrendered a lead only to lose at home to Bournemouth though they won’t be too concerned after a remarkable ten months.

Crystal Palace brought an end to Darren Moore’s unbeaten run as West Bromwich Albion’s caretaker manager, beating already relegated West Bromwich Albion to end the campaign in eleventh place – remarkable considering their abysmal start to the campaign.

Going down

West Ham United beat Everton by three goals to one at the London Stadium, with doubt of future of future of both men in charge while Swansea City didn’t get the miracle they needed as they took on Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium.

Andy King put the Swans in from on fourteen minutes but that’s where the hope ended as goals from Badou N’Diaye and Peter Crouch turned the result on it’s head and drag their opponents into the Championship with them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deke Hardman


Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.

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