Hi everyone and welcome to the Second entry of my new blog The East Terrace.
Firstly, I hope you enjoyed the first blog. I am going to try and do a preview to each weekend and then comment on what happened in those games a couple of days after they’ve happened.
The gameweek just gone.
There’s only one place to start really, isn’t there?
As everyone who has an interest in Football (or sport in general) knows, Leicester City, at FIVE THOUSAND TO ONE, won the Premier League title for the first time in their History. They secured the title without even kicking a ball, after Spurs failed to see out a 2-0 advantage away at their bogey ground for the last 26 years, Chelsea.
I’ll be writing a piece in which I write about how I think they’ve managed to do it in the next couple of days, but what they have achieved is astonishing. When Anthony Martial put Manchester United 1-0 up against them on Sunday Lunchtime, it looked as if the party may have to wait another week. But yet again, they got theirselves back in to the game and managed to secure what eventually turned out to be the point which put them in the history books.
A quick comment on the Chelsea v Spurs game – one of the best games I have seen in a very long time. How both teams avoided having at least a man sent off, especially with Mousa Dembele trying to pull out Diego Costa’s eyeball, is amazing. Eric Dier should count himself very lucky as well. It would not be a surprise if the FA look in to a couple of incidents in that game a bit more closely in the next few days.
Elsewhere in the top flight, the relegation battle looks as if it’s going in to the final day, with Norwich, Sunderland and Newcastle all within 2 points of each other looking to gain the advantage and claw out of themselves out of trouble with just 2 games to go.
This weekend, Newcastle beat Crystal Palace 1-0 thanks to an absolutely brilliant free kick from Andros Townsend.
Jermain Defoe scored a 95th minute equiliser away at Stoke and Norwich went down 1-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates.
In my opinion, I think Rafa has got Newcastle organised, hard working and confident just at the right time and they will be my tip to stay up. It also makes you wonder how well they could’ve done, had Mike Ashley & co. made the decision a month or two earlier.
Full fixtures and results from gameweek 36
Everton 2 – 1 Bournemouth
Newcastle 1 – 0 Crystal Palace
Stoke 1 – 1 Sunderland
Watford 3 – 2 Aston Villa
West Brom 0 – 3 West Ham
Arsenal 1 – 0 Norwich
Swansea 3 – 1 Liverpool
Man Utd 1 – 1 Leicester
Southampton 4 – 2 Man City
Chelsea 2 – 2 Spurs (Leicester City are champions)
Elsewhere in Europe
The title race in Spain’s La Liga looks like it is going right down to the final day, with Atletico, Real Madrid and Barcelona all picking up victories this weekend.
Gameweek 37 however could prove vital, as Real Madrid play Pako Ayesteran’s much improved Valencia team at the Bernabeu, Barcelona play Catalan rivals Espanyol at what will be a sold out Camp Nou and Atletico play Levante, who were relegated this weekend, away from home. With Real and Atletico both having Champions League semi final games this week, the advantage will be with Barcelona, who will have the fresher legs and minds in this exhausting run-in.
(look at the goals scored column for Real and Barcelona, by the way. Outrageous)
Malaga 3 – 1 Levante
Valencia 0 – 2 Villarreal
Deportivo La Coruna 0 – 2 Getafe
Espanyol 1 – 0 Sevilla
A Bilbao 2 – 1 Celta Vigo
Granada 3 – 2 Las Palmas
Real Betis 0 – 2 Barcelona
Atlético 1 – 0 Rayo Vallecano
Real Sociedad 0 – 1 Real Madrid
Sporting Gijon 2 – 0 Eibar
Over in Germany, Pep’s Bayern were set back by an impressive looking Gladbach team, with Andre Hahn cancelling out the ultimate poacher Thomas Muller’s opener.
Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund dismantled Champions League quarter-finalists Wolfsburg 5-1, with jet-heeled Aubameyang getting another brace, making it 25 league goals for the season.
With 2 games to go in the Bundesliga, Bayern are 5 points clear with 6 points to play for. It would take a huge, huge slip up for them to throw it away now, in what has seen a huge improvement from BVB this season.
SV Werder Bremen 6-2 VfB Stuttgart
1. FSV Mainz 05 0-0 Hamburger SV
Bor Dortmund 5-1 VfL Wolfsburg
Bayern Munich 1-1 B M’gladbach
Hannover 96 1-3 Schalke
SV Darmstadt 98 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Hoffenheim 2-1 FC Ingolstadt 04
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Hertha BSC
FC Augsburg 0-0 1. FC Köln
Finally, it is the Champions league and Europa League semi final 2nd legs this week.
Bayern Munich v Atletico (0-1 agg.)
Real Madrid v Manchester City (0-0)
Sevilla v Shakhtar Donetsk (2-2 agg.)
Liverpool v Villarreal (0-1 agg)
My Predictions – I fancy Bayern to break down Simeone’s Atletico, Real to (just) overcome Man City, Seville to beat Shakhtar comfortably and Liverpool to beat Villarreal.
That is that from around the major leagues in Europe over the weekend. I will do a review of the European fixtures, Champions League and Europa League, on Friday evening, ready for another weekend of potentially decisive British and European football.
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