Although Manchester City have already been proclaimed champions and we already know the three teams that go down to the second division, there is still a lot to decide in the Premier League. The places in Europe, both in the Champions League, the Europa League and the Conference League, are still up in the air. And if this were not enough, we must bear in mind that the Premier League is a competitive league where all matches have a value, both sporting and economic.
Newcastle United 3-4 Manchester City
Matchday 36 started on Friday afternoon with a fun match at St James’ Park between Newcastle United and the already champion Manchester City.
Swede Emil Krafth scored the first goal of the match for the host team in the 26th minute. Two goals by Joao Cancelo and Ferran Torres in 3 crazy minutes at the end of the first half seemed to give Pep’s team the lead, but a Joelinton’s penalty at 45 + 6 left the score in a tie at half-time.
Despite Newcastle’s third goal, Pep’s team rallied after two more goals from Ferran Torres. The Valencian’s hat-trick – his second of the season, after having achieved it in a match with the Spanish national team, – sentenced the match and gave Pep’s men much relief.
Despite conceding three goals, Manchester City goalkeeper Scott Carson will be happy to have played a Premier League game 10 years after the last time.
Burnley 0-4 Leeds United
Marcelo Bielsa’s men are having a good end to the season after victories against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs in recent weeks. With 53 points scored, Leeds could still be in the sixth period.
Although this is unlikely, it can already be said that they have had a brilliant season on their return to the English first division. Spanish striker Rodrigo scored two of the goals in this emphatic victory.
Burnley meanwhile is safe from relegation and can begin to think about reinforcing the squad for next season, which would be his sixth in a row played in the top flight.
Southampton 3-1 Fulham
Southampton are part of a group of teams that are safe from relegation and cannot qualify to play in Europe either. Still, it is important that they continue to compete to the end (for pride, for competitive reasons, and for financial reasons). In fact, the Saints can still stay in any premier position between 12 and 17.
Fulham has struggled all season to stay, but before the game we knew that they would be back in the second division next year.
Brighton 1-1 West Ham
If the task of qualifying for the Champions League was going to be difficult for West Ham, this draw makes it even more so now. David Moyes’s set needs a miracle: Specifically, they have to win the remaining two games, hope that both Chelsea and Liverpool lose both games and that Tottenham win neither of their two games either.
Brighton, even though they are 17th on the table, have had a good campaign and coach Graham Potter continues to receive positive feedback for their style of football.
Crystal Palace 3-2 Aston Villa
Sunday’s games began with a Crystal Palace comeback against Aston Villa that also served to showcase the competitiveness of English football. The visiting team was leading 2-1 until the 75th minute, thanks to goals from McGinn and El Ghazi.
But a goal from Zaha and the young Mitchell gave the victory to Roy Hodgson’s team. Aston Villa’s losing streak continues to stop, but generally Dean Smith can be proud of this successful season.
Tottenham 2-0 Wolves
Since the dismissal of José Mourinho and the defeat in the Carabao Cup final, Tottenham has only thought about one thing: win all the matches and get all the possible points. Then they will think about who will be the new coach.
And another goal from Harry Kane and one from Hojberg means Spurs are five points behind Chelsea. But they are leaving it too late. The only thing is that Chelsea play a tough game against Leicester on Tuesday.
Wolves can only overtake one team (Aston Villa, in the 11th period) but both Crystal Palace and Southampton can finish higher than Nuno Espirito Santo’s team. They will try to prevent that from happening.
West Brom 1-2 Liverpool
Regardless of what happens during the last few days, the game between West Brom and Liverpool will end up being one of the most remembered in recent times.
With the score at 1-1 in the 90th minute, and Klopp’s team needing another goal to continue to have a chance to qualify for the Champions League, goalkeeper Allison went up to the area when they called for a corner.
They threw it and the Brazilian marked with his head. And I don’t just score a goal. It was an authentic goal.
This is the Premier.
Everton 0-1 Sheffield United
To end the day, Everton lost 1-0 to Sheffield United who scored only their sixth win of the season.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team still has a chance to qualify for the Europa League, and the Italian can generally be happy with his team’s performance.
But defeats like this don’t help this ambitious project.