All the EPL scores and highlights from match day 37 Premier League fixtures. Video highlights included for each EPL match (as available).
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Aston Villa 1 – 2 Chelsea: The match started out even enough with both teams getting some early chances, but Aston Villa struck first. Christian Benteke’s 14th minute goal was soon followed up by Ramires’ first yellow card after taking out Benteke. The 19th minute brought on the fans applause for former Villa captain Stilian Petrov, who was seated in the stands today, following his retirement from football with his Leukemia in remission. Christian Benteke picked up his first yellow near the end of the first half and Ramires picked up his second yellow just before stoppage time.
The second half started with Chelsea at ten men and Aston Villa taking advantage. Unfortunately for them this didn’t last too long as Christian Benteke picked up his second yellow after a high boot towards John Terry. This was quickly followed by Frank Lampard scoring his 202nd goal for Chelsea to tie Bobby Tambling as leading goal scorer for Chelsea. Aston Villa got several very close chances, but just couldn’t finish. There was controversy when Chelsea felt they had scored, but the goal not being given for crossing the line. Yet another reason for some video replay and goal line technology. In my opinion, based on replays, it was impossible for the linesman or match official to be able to give that in real time. Even after several times watching the replay it was difficult to tell, but may have just crossed the line.
The last 15-20 minutes saw Aston Villa looking tired and putting in some silly challenges and giving up fouls. Frank Lampard then became Chelsea’s all time leading goal scorer by scoring Chelsea’s second goal and his own 203rd for Chelsea. The goal means that Chelsea are guaranteed to be playing Champions League football next season. For Aston Villa they remain on 40 points and not completely safe. They will need to wait and see what happens with the other teams around them prior to their final match of the season where they travel to Wigan Athletic.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Stoke City 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur: Stoke City opened the scoring in only the third minute and, as predicted, it came off a set piece. Spurs thought they had a goal through Dempsey, but had it called back for offsides. He didn’t need to wait to long though, as he was able to level the score in the 20th minute when Begovic came way out of his goal. Dempsey, seeing this, floated the ball over his head and into the back of the net.
The second half began with Charlie Adam making a stupid tackle on Jan Vertonghen. With the defender sprinting down the wing Adam slid in behind and brought him down resulting in his second yellow card and consequent red card. Tottenham were quite dominant, but Stoke remained resilient under the pressure, time and time again thwarting Spurs’ attempts.
With eight minutes remaining Emmanuel Adebayor put in Clint Dempsey’s low cross to give Tottenham a deserved lead. Tottenham hung on to claim a 2-1 win, and a huge win at that. With the win they move up to 69 points and replace Arsenal in fourth place in the EPL Table.
Everton 2 – 0 West Ham United: Kevin Mirallas scored for Everton in the sixth minute. Mirallas got onto the score sheet again in the 60th minute to double Everton’s lead.
Fulham 1 – 3 Liverpool: Dimitar Berbatov got Fulham on the board in the 33rd minute. This was quickly followed up by a Daniel Sturridge goal in the 36th minute to pull Liverpool level.
Daniel Sturridge scored again in the 62nd minute to give Liverpool a 2-1 lead. Liverpool added a third goal in the 85th minute to give Sturridge his hat trick on the day.
Norwich City 4 – 0 West Bromwich Albion: Norwich are another team that absolutely need to win to get away from relegation. In the 25th minute Robert Snodgrass helped them out by giving them the lead.
The second half saw Norwich go out and take it to West Brom getting two more goals through Grant Holt and a McAuley own goal. Norwich finished the match with a Howson goal in the 90th minute.
With Norwich’s win today, they are now mathematically safe from relegation sitting in 12th place with 41 points.
Queens Park Rangers 1 – 2 Newcastle United: Loic Remy’s 11th minute penalty gave QPR a 1-0 lead in a match that is a must in for Newcastle. Newcastle were then able to get a goal back with a Hatem Ben Arfa penalty in the 18th minute. Gouffran was able to capitalize on a terrible backpass by QPR to put Newcastle in the lead.
Newcastle’s must win today puts them safely out of the relegation zone. They go into the last day in 13th place with 41 points.
Sunderland 1 – 1 Southampton: Phil Bardsley got Sunderland off to a scoring start in the 68th minute. Jason Puncheon pulled a goal back for Southampton in the 76th minute just minutes after being brought on as a sub.
Mathematically Southampton could still go down, but a win would see them safe in the Premier League. Sunderland are still in the relegation battle, but again, they need only to win their last match and they will be safe.