The relegation battle will go all the way to the final weekend, as we always expected it would. What we did not predict was that the race for the top four would also go to the wire. Chelsea, though, keep winning while Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur keep stumbling. Those twists in the race for the Champions League were perhaps the most unexpected developments of the penultimate Premier League weekend, which also provided confirmation of Stoke City's relegation. West Bromwich Albion are somehow still alive, but it looks increasingly like a straight shootout between Southampton and Swansea City to avoid the drop. Elsewhere, Arsene Wenger said farewell to the Emirates in style, and Jose Mourinho launched his latest assault on his own players after an abject performance against Brighton. All that, and much more, in your weekly analysis of the Premier League action... Whose stock is rising? Anthony Knockaert It has not been an easy season for Knockaert, who has largely … [Read more...] about Monday Morning Football: A definitive analysis of the Premier League weekend
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19 April 2018 • 9:42pm Chelsea retain a glimmer of hope in their pursuit of the Champions League places, but even their victories can not escape the lingering whiff of discontent. Alvaro Morata’s hissy-fit upon being subbed just after Victor Moses 69thminute winner probably ended his chances of a Wembley appearance this weekend. In fairness, another limp display from the striker, including a shocking miss early in the second half, probably made that inevitable. He showed his disapproval when Antonio Conte responded, the centre-forward kicking the turf and slamming shinpads onto the ground once seated having been replaced by Eden Hazard. Moses and Kevin Long’s first half own goal still secured the points at Turf Moor. It was an unusually sloppy defeat for the hosts after Ashley Barnes had equalised with a freakish deflection. Chelsea were robust rather than fluent - particularly in defence - although given they much-altered it was a creditable victory to … [Read more...] about Burnley vs Chelsea: live Premier League score updates
David Wagner has unwavering faith Huddersfield Town are capable of not only succeeding at Brighton but also winning their Premier League survival battle. The German head coach – who must find a replacement for Elias Kachunga (set for surgery on Monday) but has everyone else fit to face Chris Hughton’s side – is undaunted by the intensifying chase for top-flight goals and points. Town haven’t found the net since winning at West Bromwich Albion five matches ago and travel to the south coast looking to protect a three-point gap on the relegation zone. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Reporting a positive week on the training ground in the wake of the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle – Town have just Danny Williams and Michael Hefele on the long-term injury list – Wagner is in buoyant mood. “I am confident we have everything to stay up, even if we know it’s … [Read more...] about David Wagner on why he’s confident Town can grab Premier League survival
This Premier League season has seen one of the widest relegation battles for some time, with only the ‘top six’ and Burnley feeling secure against the drop for the majority of the campaign. Everton, currently sat in ninth, only reached the famous 40-point mark with victory at Stoke during the last round of fixtures. Below them, Bournemouth and Watford are both on 36 points and will feel somewhat safe, if not totally out of the woods just yet. West Bromwich Albion are bottom with just 20 points, nine adrift of safety and seem all but certain to go down. This leaves two remaining spots and eight clubs – positioned between 12th and 19th – that could fill them. So, who will it be and who will do enough to survive? By calculating each Premier League club’s average points-per-game home and away this season, we can approximate the difficulty of each remaining fixture and see who, on paper, has the easiest and most difficult relegation run-ins. Top 25 … [Read more...] about Premier League relegation battle: Who has the best run-in at the bottom of the table?
With the final international break of the season now over, attentions turn back to the Premier League and, particularly, the top-four race. For Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, the task is quite simple: no team has ever finished lower than fourth after reaching 76 points. Three of those teams are currently on course to surpass that target, one is not. However, fortunes in the final weeks of the season are often dictated by the fixture list and those who benefitted from easier runs earlier in the season can suffer as the schedule evens itself out. By calculating each Premier League club’s average points-per-game home and away this season, we can approximate the difficulty of each fixture and see who, on paper, has the easier run-in. Top 25 players in Premier League history 25 show all Top 25 players in Premier League history 1/25 Behind Ronaldo and Rooney, the next-most important man to United’s recovery in the second half of … [Read more...] about Premier League top-four race: Who has the best run-in? Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham or Chelsea?