English Premier League results w/e 29th April
While Manchester United and Manchester City fight it out tonight in a match that will probably decide this years Premier League Champions, there were other interesting results at the weekend which influenced the minor and relegation positions.
Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Stoke, but many Arsenal fans may see it as a positive that they came away with a point and all of the legs that they took up there intact.
After Peter Crouch got the opening goal for Stoke, Tomas Rosicky laid on a beautiful cross for Robin van Persie to drive home for the equaliser.
Stoke fans thought it was appropriate to boo Aaron Ramsey every time he touched the ball. Obviously they thought he was faking it when Ryan Shawcross broke his leg in two places and Ramsey took a year out of Football to recover.
Arsenal were the victims of two poor refereeing decisions when Benayoun was shoved over in the box and Shawcross handled the ball just outside of the penalty area. On both occasions the referee decided to take no action. The draw means that Arsenal can guarantee third position, if they win their remaining fixtures against Norwich and West Bromwich Albion.
Newcastle suffered a heavy defeat to struggling, but in form, Wigan. Despite going down 4-0 Newcastle held on to their fourth position in the league, but their hold looked even more tentative when Chelsea and Spurs had convincing wins on Sunday. Chelsea put 6 goals past local rivals QPR who managed only one consolation effort. Although Spurs scored only 2 goals, they dominated the game with Blackburn. Tottenham and Chelsea both have games in hand on Newcastle. Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn will both really struggle to avoid relegation now.
Chelsea’s change in form since the departure of Andre Villas Boas and Roberto Di Matteo taking over the reins at Stamford Bridge has been nothing short of miraculous. OK we know that they have a squillion dollar squad, but since the change in management they have qualified for the FA Cup final and the European Champions League final, beating reigning champions Barcelona home and away. Plus $75 million dollar forward Fernando Torres, who was having real trouble finding the net since his move south, picked up a hat trick on Sunday. However, I would hate to see Roman Abramovich achieve his dream of buying himself European footballs top trophy, so I will be rooting for Bayern Munich in the final.
You would think that with all that Di Matteo has achieved, he would be assured of retaining the managers job at Chelsea. But knowing how fickle the Russian magnate can be, I would not be at all surprised if he got the chop, if they fail to secure the Champions League trophy.
By Max Power