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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby geow6 » 02 Jan 2018, 19:37

CITY GO TOP AS BOTTOM CLOSES UP WITH FOUR OF BOTTOM FIVE ALL WINNING

Manchester City opened up a three-point gap on their local rivals Manchester United after beating bottom club Watford.

City recorded a comfortable victory whilst United were beaten 1-0 at Everton, who move in to the top half. Liverpool went third with a thrilling victory at Burnley.

Spurs were well beaten at Swansea who stay 17th, that's due to Stoke winning their third consecutive game 1-0, this time against Newcastle. Huddersfield also won at Leicester by the same scoreline, and Brighton were also winners 1-0 thanks to a controversial Murray goal against local rivals Bournemouth - March was marginally offside in the build up but play was allowed to continue.

Crystal Palace are now just three point above the drop zone after a goalless draw at Southampton, they too are not totally safe, nor are Leicester.

The story of GW22 should be at the London Stadium, though, as West Ham raced in to a 3-0 lead before West Brom came back to draw 3-3 in one of the matches of the season, and definitely the comeback of the season so far.

Chelsea beat Arsenal to go above their London rivals in to 5th, just a point behind Spurs who now occupy 4th.
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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby geow6 » 07 Jan 2018, 14:25

SCINTILLATING SANCHEZ DOWNS BOURNEMOUTH; MAN UTD BACK ON TOP, WATFORD STARING AT THE DROP

Sanchez scored four goals in a scintillating show as Arsenal hammered Bournemouth 5-1 to boost their hopes of a top four finish. Sanche moved to the top of the goalscoring charts too, with 17 in 23 games this season.

Liverpool beat Man City 2-1 to boost their own hopes of the title, with City relinquishing top spot to Man Utd, who ended Stoke's recent revival with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford.

Spurs slipped out of the top four after conceding in stoppage time in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Everton - Chelsea pouncing with their own stoppage time goal from Hazard to beat Leicester, with the assist going to Cahill with one of the passes of the season.

West Brom's hopes of a top four finish are fading after a dull 0-0 draw with Brighton, who earned an important point at the bottom despite staying in the relegation zone.

Watford look like they will be relegated after another poor showing saw them beaten at home by Southampton. Huddersfield battled back to draw their second successive home game 2-2, this time they were on the right end of the comeback against West Ham.

Swansea earned a point at Newcastle in a game they should have won, missing chances and conceding to Newcastle's only shot of the game. Crystal Palace are three ahead of the dreaded drop zone after picking up a draw against Burnley.
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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby geow6 » 14 Jan 2018, 10:47

BURNLEY HAVE WOODWORK TO THANK AFTER MAN UTD VICTORY

Burnley scored with their only shot to beat Man Utd, who were denied at least a point by the woodwork and numerous goal line blocks and clearances at Turf Moor.

Utd were guilty of not finishing their chances, Herrard, Lukaku and Rashford with the best ones. Tat result meant City went three points clear at the top after beating Newcastle through a brace from Aguero.

Liverpool edged Swansea 1-0 to stay third, Chelsea and Arsenal both won but a defeat for Spurs leaves their title chances in tatters and a race for the top four spot looking unlikely.

Stoke beat Huddersfield 3-2 in a thriller at the bottom, which has left Crystal Palace looking nervously over their shoulder after Leicester also climbed above them after thrashing Watford.
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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby geow6 » 20 Jan 2018, 17:07

WBA STUN MAN CITY WITH LATE COMEBACK; LIVERPOOL LONG UNBEATEN RUN ENDED, GAPS CLOSE AT TOP AND BOTTOM

Manchester City threw away a two-goal lead as Rondon scored twice late on to earn West Brom an unlikely point. City looked like they were going to capitalise on their rivals' slip ups below them, but they gifted WBA a route back in before Rondon punished Aguero's miss to make it 3-1, he hit the post, with a late finish to end the game 2-2.

Manchester United has drawn 0-0 at Spurs in an entertaining game at Wembley, whilst Liverpool's 15-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end at Huddersfield, who were excellent on the day and deserved their 1-0 win.

Chelsea went third with a narrow victory over Bournemouth, the Blues' fourth in a row. Arsenal have won five of their last six after Sanchez was at the double to take his tally to 21 for the season as the Gunners won at Swansea.

Stoke climbed further away from the relegation zone with victory over rock bottom Watford, who now look like they will almost certainly be relegated this season.

Leicester find themselves in trouble after Schmeichel scored an own goal from Sigurdsson's corner, the ball crossing the line after he tried to come out and claim the ball.

West Ham and Crystal Palace inevitably ended in a draw - 0-0 between two of the highest drawing sides this season. West Ham's fifth consecutive draw and no wins in 10 now for the Hammers.

Elsewhere, Southampton drew 1-1 with local rivals Brighton on the south coast, and Newcastle beat Burnley to go above them in the top half of the table.
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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby BlackpoolRock » 21 Jan 2018, 14:44

If it wasn't for Manchester City, in the other PL, the distribution of points between the two is amazingly similar.

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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby geow6 » 21 Jan 2018, 21:47

It is fairly close to the real league, unintentionally.

Looking at my version, its going to be a close race for the title and continental qualification, as well as the relegation scrap. 13 games to go and GW26 kicks off tomorrow.

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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby geow6 » 25 Jan 2018, 16:40

CITY SHOW STUFF OF CHAMPIONS AS MANCHESTER CLUBS PULL AWAY FROM CHASING PACK

Manchester City showed their title credentials after an injury time winner at Burnley kept them three points clear at the top of the table.

Rivals Manchester United had comfortably beaten Huddersfield earlier in GW26 to possibly put an end to their stuttering form. However, City responded by winning a tight game at Turf Moor with a late strike - Sane's effort being parried by Heaton on to Silva in the box, who directed the ball goal wards before Aguero hammered in from on the line to seal a dramatic 1-0 win.

Liverpool and Spurs drew 1-1 at Anfield as both teams' title hopes continue to fade - Spurs have only won four of their last 16 league games. Chelsea's winning run came to a shock end as they were held to a goalless draw at struggling Watford - the home side were excellent throughout and deserved to win but for a fine block from Deeney's free kick.

Arsenal's revival was halted as Everton beat them 2-1 to keep up their hopes of a Europa League spot, the winner coming from a heavily deflected shot which was credited as a Xhaka own goal.

At the bottom, Swansea scored late to earn a point at Leicester who had come from behind to score two quick goals and looked like winning the game. Dyer netted right at the end to get a draw for the Swans.

Brighton also scored late to deny West Ham their first win in 11, it's now 15 draws for the season for the Hammers - half of their overall points tally (30). Crystal Palace got an important win over Newcastle to move away from the drop zone, their first win in nine.

Finally, Bournemouth hammered Stoke 4-0 which wasn't good for the visitors' goal difference at the bottom, and West Brom keep hold of 7th place after a 1-1 draw with Southampton thanks to Rondon's late equaliser.
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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby geow6 » 01 Feb 2018, 20:08

CITY STAY THREE CLEAR; STOKE PULL AWAY, WATFORD HAVE GLIMMER OF HOPE

Manchester City remained three points clear at the top after beating Leicester 2-0 thanks to two goals from De Bruyne. Manchester United beat Newcastle 1-0 with a goal from Mkhitaryan to stay close.

Spurs beat Arsenal in a North London derby thriller, Sanchez scoring again but it was Kane who stole the headlines with two strikes to seal victory for the home side. Liverpool dropped points at Southampton but are four clear of the chasing London sides, with Chelsea beating West Brom to stay third.

Everton are now within one point of WBA in 7th after a third consecutive win.

At the bottom, Watford drew with West Ham to stay in touch, just, with the teams above them. Brighton and Swansea both lost with Huddersfield drawing. It looks like a battle for 17th between the bottom four, with Crystal Palace and Leicester still looking over their shoulders after defeats.
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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby geow6 » 01 Feb 2018, 20:09

Three questions for our readers:

• Who wins the Premier League title?
• Which three teams will be relegated?
• Who finishes the season as top scorer?

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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby BlackpoolRock » 01 Feb 2018, 21:00

OK, I'll be the first to stick my neck out, (and probably get it chopped off)

1) Man City, can't see their neighbours dropping so few points as to overtake them.

2) The three who are in the red zone already. They're simply not scoring enough goals, and conceding more than Leicester.

3) Take a long shot here: Wilfried Bony, he scores about half of Swansea's goals, so if they get a new manager 'bounce' his name might climb up the list.

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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby geow6 » 03 Feb 2018, 09:56

Interesting views. Looking at your tips for relegation, the bottom three have been the same since GW21, with Brighton and Huddersfield occasionally swapping positions. A big game coming up in this GW though is Brighton v Swansea. Could go a long way to deciding who stays up and who doesn't.

Anyone else prepared to take a punt?

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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby geow6 » 03 Feb 2018, 21:09

UTD CUT THE GAP; BRIGHTON OUT OF BOTTOM THREE, GOALS GALORE ELSEWHERE

A thrilling GW28 provided goals, excitement and key results both at the top and bottom of the table.

Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City
A key game at the top of the table as Arsenal looked to bounce back from last week's defeat to Spurs. Ozil gave them the lead but the leaders earned a point with Jesus' equaliser to stay top.

Manchester United 1-0 Chelsea
Second met third and both knew a win would really have them on City's tail after they dropped points in the opening game of GW28. Lukaku missed a sitter which lead to a corner, and he made no mistake when the ball fell to him, firing in off the underside of the crossbar.

Brighton 2-1 Swansea
The paper headlines would surely read "Davy the Propper saviour" as Propper's injury time winner saw Brighton climb out of the relegation zone, replaced by their opponents. Murray had given the host the lead before Dyer equalised, but it was Propper's winner which saw Brighton move up to 17th.

Burnley 3-4 Southampton
A contender for game of the season by far. Burnley lead three times through Vokes, Wells and Cork, only for Redmond to peg them back on all three occasions to seal a stunning hat trick. Controversial goals for offside which were correctly allowed to stand, the game ended with Gabbiadini's winner as he deflected in Tadic's shot from the corner of the box in stoppage time.

Liverpool 3-3 West Ham
Another classic and game of the season contender. Arnautovic had only scored twice this season before this game - once earlier in the season against Liverpool, and he was on the score sheet twice at Anfield. Similar to at Turf Moor, his goals were pegged back by Firmino and Salah. Hernandez thought he'd won it for the Hammers, but they drew their 17th game of the season (eighth in succession) as Salah's shot in injury time crept over the line despite the best efforts of Hart.

Elsewhere, Bournemouth beat Newcastle, Palace and Leicester remain in trouble after defeats to Tottenham and Stoke respectively, whilst West Brom beat Huddersfield and Watford drew their third successive game against Everton.
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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby geow6 » 11 Feb 2018, 10:27

RACE AT THE TOP HEATS UP AS SEASON ENTERS FINAL STRAIGHT

Manchester City and Manchester United remain neck and neck as the Premier League season reaches it's final straight. City edged Chelsea 1-0 and United responded by beating struggling palace to keep City's lead at the top to just one point. The pair meet in GW33.

Spurs took advantage of Chelsea's loss to go third, and Liverpool slipped out of the top four after a surprise defeat at home to Newcastle. Arsenal remain in touch but only just after a goalless draw at Brighton.

At the bottom, Watford earned a point against West Brom to keep their slip hopes of survival alive. Huddersfield and Swansea both lost which means they are now a further point adrift of Brighton, who drew.

Crystal Palace remain in trouble, whilst wins for Leicester, West Ham, Newcastle and Stoke* all but ensure their survival.

*Stoke's win was their 8th in their last 10 games.

In GW30, Man Utd host Liverpool at the top whilst Huddersfield host Swansea in a crunch game at the bottom.
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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby geow6 » 14 Feb 2018, 10:13

MOUNIE STRIKES FOUR AS RELEGATION BATTLE INTENSIFIES

Huddersfield 5-3 Swansea
Thrilling game in West Yorkshire as Mounie scored four times to give Huddersfield hope of survival. Mounie gave the hosts the lead early on before Abraham equalised, but then the Huddersfield striker went on a rampage, blasting shots in from all over as Huddersfield went 5-1 up. A late rally saw Swansea get two goals back, but merely to help their goal difference other than the points column.

There was big pressure on that game as Brighton and Palace had already won their matches, meaning the two above teams started their game 6/7 points from safety.

At the top, City extended their lead after a tricky fixture was made to look easy at in-form Stoke. Man Utd had drawn 1-1 with Liverpool earlier in GW30, Liverpool dominating the first half but United coming back in the second to earn a point.
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Re: Premier League 17/18 solo

Postby geow6 » 18 Feb 2018, 13:11

UTD CAPITALISE ON CITY SLIP UP; SPURS THUMP NEWCASTLE, WAFORD & SWANSEA FACING THE DROP

Manchester City 0-0 Brighton
Brighton held on for what could turn out to be a vital point in their bid for survival, whilst at the same time frustrating title-chasing Man City. The home side hit the post and crossbar through De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesis before Hemed hit the bar at the other end in a fairly entertaining goalless draw.

West Ham 0-3 Manchester United
United needed a response to the boost their own title hopes were given on Saturday after City's draw. They made no mistake as Lukaku put them in to and early lead, before Pogba audacious corner was inadvertently turned in to his own net by Ogbonna. Herrera completed the scoring late on as United cruised to victory to cut the gap at the top to just one point once again.

Tottenham 6-1 Newcastle
Spurs were in a relentless attacking mood at Wembley as they scored six to boost their top four chances. Son was the star with a hat trick, with Dele Alli twice on the scoresheet. Kane got the other as Spurs simply blew away their sorry opponents.

Huddersfield 2-2 Crystal Palace
An important game at the foot of the table ended with both teams having to settle for a point, with the visitors probably the happier of the two. Fresh off the back of a home win against another relegation rival in Swansea, Huddersfield took an early lead when Ward put through his own net after deflecting a strike in which was initially going wide. Palace fought back and turned the game around with goals from Benteke and Townsend, but Huddersfield earned a draw when Kachunga scored his second goal in as many games.

Elsewhere, Leicester remain unsafe after defeat at home to Arsenal, who stay in the top four hunt. Swansea and Watford look to be going down after defeats, whilst a late winner from Rooney kept Everton's European hopes alive.

Next up in GW32: Chelsea host Tottenham in the race for the Champions League places; Brighton face Leicester in a key clash at the bottom, and West Brom host Burnley in the race for a Europa League spot.
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