Gameweek 35 Summary
Cool, Calm and Collected Chelsea Cech Off Van Persie
Following their surprising triumph against Barcelona only a few days earlier, the Blues held their nerves for a credible draw against Arsenal. Cech’s five saves were important in maintaining Chelsea’s five match unbeaten run and means that Van Persie has only scored one goal from his last seven matches. However the draw leaves Chelsea in 6th place with the daunting realisation that they may have to go all the way and win the Champions League if they are to definitely play in the elite European competition next season.
Black Cats fail to get their claws into Villainous Lions
Coming into this match, both teams had failed to win in their last few league matches. Going out of it, the abysmal winless record continued for both as the match ended in a goalless draw. Villa’s inability to win has made them shock last minute relegation candidates as Sunderland’s recent poor form is sufficient for them to accept mid-table mediocrity.
Hoilett halts the rot for Rovers
Blackburn ended their five match losing streak with a much needed win at Ewood Park. Goals from Formica and Hoilett were enough to defeat Norwich. Rovers are now three points away from safety and could still be in with a shout for survival. It all now depends on how much they wish to fight until the end.
Elegant Eagles’ goal not enough to down Swift Swans
Bolton were denied three points at home as they fight to avoid the drop. A draw seemed to be the inevitable outcome as Bolton’s home record hasn’t been that great this season, which was complemented by Swansea’s poor away performances. And so it ended in a 1-1 draw. See below for the outcome of Bolton’s second GW 35 match…
Pog Riises and Sends Martinez’s men back to the drawing board
Wigan came back down to reality with defeat at Craven Cottage, following back-to-back victories against Arsenal and United. Goals from Pogrebnyak and Senderos were enough to secure three points for Fulham, despite Boyce’s goal for the Latics. With 3 games to go Wigan are 3 points above the relegation zone and must avoid complacency to avoid being dragged back down to the drop zone.
Geordies order Cab ride for Stoke in three goal rout
Newcastle continued to defy the odds as they recorded their sixth consecutive league victory with a comfortable win against Stoke. A brace from Cabaye and yet another goal from Cisse ensured that the Geordies remain 3 points above 5th spot and only 3 points away from 3rd. Never in their wildest dreams could the Toon Army have imagined such a tantalising scenario at the start of the season, of Champions League football within touching distance…
“Queen Kenny’s” six appeal saves the day at Loftus Road
Half a dozen saves from QPR’s goalkeeper, along with an Adel Taarabt goal secured three unlikely points against fellow Londoners Tottenham. Taarabt may have got himself sent off later in the match but that wasn’t enough for Spurs to score. The win leaves QPR 3 points safely above 18th place with 3 matches remaining.
Moyes’ Boys shock Fergie’s foxes in 8 Goal Thriller
He may have been at Everton for 10 years in a trophyless reign, but Moyes showed that his shoestring budget team can from time to time raise their game against the big teams. A win for United would have semi-sealed the title race. At 0-1 down they were in trouble. At 3-1 up they were cruising. Even at 4-2 up they were cruising. But perhaps United became complacent? With 7 minutes of time left, Everton blew open the title race with two late goals to finish the match 4-4. United may be regretting their poor defending and missed chances, but will have to avoid defeat in GW 36 at City to prevent losing complete momentum in the title race.
Hodgson comes back to Anfield and piles more misery on Liverpool
He may have been sacked in an unjust manner last season, but since then he has prospered and Liverpool have stagnated. This proved to be the case as West Brom defeated a wasteful Liverpool team at Anfield for the first time in 45 years. The once formidable Liverpool have unfortunately relegated themselves to the status of a cup team this season. Talking of relegation, Liverpool would be right in the mire if you look at the Premier League table from January 2012. The victory was West Brom’s 3rd from their last 4 matches and puts them only 1 point away from Liverpool.
City beat and relegate Wolves (as well as reducing league lead)
Mancini’s men made the most of United’s lost two points at Old Trafford by picking three points of their own at the Molineux Stadium. Their 0-2 victory, courtesy of goals from Aguero and Nasri, automatically relegated a Wolves team whose fate seemed sealed weeks before. City will now hope to beat United in GW 36 and win their remaining matches to stand any chance of winning the Premier League.
Eagles and Pets plunge Villa into relegation Dog Fight
Aston Villa may have been lacking three of their key players (Collins – injury, “Stan” Petrov – illness and Bent – injury), but this was no excuse to lose to a struggling Bolton team. Warnock’s goal gave Villa some hope for victory. But that lasted seconds, as complacency set in and withing three minutes Villa were 1-2 down. The defeat means they have only won one match in their last ten whereas Bolton now remain one point away from safety with a game in hand.
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