Sunday, 13 May 2012

Final Day of the EPL Sunday LIVE:

Final day: Which side of Manchester will win the EPL today? City or United? Will QPR avoid relegation?


Good afternoon to all of you, and welcome to my LIVE coverage of the final day of the 2011-12 season in the EPL. This has been an amazing 12 months with lots of drama, goals and controversy.

Everything is on the line here, as Arsenal, Newcastle and Tottenham are all fighting for Champions League places, the Manchester Clubs are seperate to win the EPL title, and QPR and Bolton are trying to avoid releagtion by putting the other in the drop zone.

There will be more drama, broken hearts and history will be made today, do not worry about that!

These are the fixtures that will ALL take place at 15:00pm today:


Arsenal vs West Bromwich Albion: 

New England manager Roy Hodgson takes his last match in charge of West Brom against a tough Arsenal side who are still not guarenteed of 3rd place yet. 


Chelsea vs Blackburn Rovers:


Well, Chelsea are certain of finishing in 6th place this season, but they can go out with a bang against Blackburn at Stamford Bridge who got relegated on Monday against Wigan. 

This is their practice match for the epic Champions League final next Saturday against Bayern Munich and every player will not to impress. Both teams will not be happy with their performances this season though.

Everton vs Newcastle United: 



Both teams have done very well this season, but it is not over for either team. If Everton beat Newcastle today, they will confirm 7th place, ahead of Merseyiside rivals Liverpool and if Tottenham win then the away side will get Europa League next season.

REMEMBER: Newcastle can still get Champions League as long as they win and London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham do not.  

Manchester City vs QPR:



This match will be the title decider as 1st placed Manchester City host QPR at The Ethiad Stadium. If Manchester City win today, they will secure their first EPL title in 44 years. 

Here's the twist:
Manchester United beat Sunderland and City fail to beat QPR, then United retain their title. 
If QPR lose, and Bolton win against Stoke then QPR are RELEGATED.


FACT: Former Manchester City manager Mark Hughes will face his old club today.




Norwich City vs Aston Villa:

This match will be played at Carrow Road, as 13th placed Norwich face 16th placed Aston Villa. 
Villa are technically safe from the drop by goal difference, but Norwich will not mind moving up to 11th placed if results go their way.


Stoke City vs Bolton Wanderers: 


This could be the match that decides Bolton's fate. Even if they win today, they may still go down. It has been that kind of season really.
Stoke City are a hard team to beat, especially when you are away from home, so the odds are stacked against them. But you never know. 
Miracles can happen.


FACT: Stoke have lost only 4 matches at home this season.


14:00: Less than 1 hour to go here.
Team news from all the matches to come at 2:30pm




Sunderland vs Manchester United:


This match will played at The Stadium of Light, as Manchester United need to win and hope rivals City fail to beat QPR or they will lose their EPL crown. 
Sunderland will be looking to provide an upset here today, especially as they are at home in-front of their fans.

FACT: Manchester United have lost 3 matches away from home this season.


14:15:
Barclays' Player of the Season Vincent Kompany starts for Manchester City today, along with Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero.

Newcastle's strikeforce has Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa all up-front. They want Champions League badly now. 

Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham:

This match will be played at White Hart Lane, as 4th placed Tottenham look to qualify for the Champions League next season with a win here today against 9th placed Fulham.

Swansea vs Liverpool:

This match will played at The Liberty Stadium, as 12th placed Swansea host a disappointing 8th placed Liverpool side.
Liverpool will look to leapfrog Everton into 7th placed, while Swansea would not mind moving up to 11th place.

Wigan Athletic vs Wolverhampton Wanderers:

This match will be played at the DW Stadium, as Wigan who have secured their place in the EPL next season after beating Blackburn on Monday. 
Wolves play in their last match in the EPL, but they will be desperate to win.


Team Line-ups:

Tottenham v Fulham:

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Bale, Lennon, Livermore, Sandro, Modric, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. 

Subs: Cudicini, Saha, Giovani, Defoe, Nelsen, Kane, Smith.


Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Diarra, Murphy, Dembele, Duff, Pogrebnyak, Frei. 
Subs: Stockdale, Kasami, Senderos, Gecov, Bjorn Helge Riise, Briggs, Trotta.


West Brom v Arsenal:

West Brom: Fulop, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Cox, Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Long, Fortune. 

Subs: Dawson, Shorey, Odemwingie, Scharner, Andrews, Daniels, Hurst.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Andre Santos, Rosicky, Song, Coquelin, Benayoun, Gervinho, Van Persie. 
Subs: Fabianski, Djourou, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Gibbs, Chamakh.


Everton v Newcastle United:

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Osman, Neville, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic.

Subs: Mucha, Stracqualursi, Distin, Cahill, Gueye, Barkley, Coleman.

Newcastle: Krul, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba. 
Subs: Elliot, Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Ferguson.

Manchester City v QPR:

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Nasri, Toure Yaya, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Aguero. 

Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, De Jong, Balotelli.

QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Wright-Phillips, Barton, Derry, Mackie, Cisse, Zamora. 
Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Taarabt, Campbell, Bothroyd, Traore, Buzsaky.

Stoke City v Bolton Wanderers:
 
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Upson, Huth, Walters, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Fuller, Crouch. 

Subs: Begovic, Jones, Delap, Shotton, Jerome, Woodgate, Palacios.

Bolton: Bogdan, Boyata, Knight, Ream, Ricketts, Eagles, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Klasnic.
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Lee, Sordell, Miyaichi, Vela, Ngog. 
 
Sunderland v Manchester Utd:

Sunderland: Mignolet, O'Shea, Turner, Bramble, Bardsley, Gardner, Vaughan, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Campbell. 

Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Wickham, Ji, Meyler, Kyrgiakos, Elmohamady.

Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Scholes, Valencia, Giggs, Young, Rooney. 
Subs: Amos, Owen, Berbatov, Park, Hernandez, Nani, Rafael Da Silva.


Wigan v Wolves:

Wigan: Al Habsi, Lopez, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Moses, Di Santo, Maloney. 

Subs: Pollitt, Crusat, Ben Watson, Gomez, Sammon, Rodallega, Diame.

Wolves: De Vries, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Ward, Jarvis, Henry, Edwards, Hunt, Ebanks-Blake, Doyle. 
Subs: Ikeme, Elokobi, Fletcher, Johnson, Milijas, Jonsson, Forde.

Norwich City v Aston Villa:

Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Lappin, Elliott Bennett, Johnson, Hoolahan, Howson, Holt, Jackson. 

Subs: Steer, Drury, Morison, Crofts, Surman, Fox, Wilbraham.

Aston Villa: Given, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Lichaj, Ireland, Clark, Herd, Warnock, Agbonlahor, Heskey. 
Subs: Guzan, N'Zogbia, Delfouneso, Bannan, Baker, Gardner, Carruthers.


Chelsea v Blackburn:Chelsea: Turnbull, Hutchinson, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand, Meireles, Essien, Malouda, Ramires, Lukaku, Sturridge. 
Subs: Hilario, Cole, Romeu, Torres, Drogba, Ferreira, Piazon.

Blackburn: Kean, Henley, Dann, Givet, Martin Olsson, Formica, Lowe, Pedersen, Marcus Olsson, Hoilett, Yakubu. 
Subs: Usai, Modeste, Grella, Petrovic, Rochina, Goodwillie, Morris.

Swansea City v Liverpool:

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Allen, Sigurdsson, Dyer, Britton, Sinclair, Graham. 

Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Routledge, Monk, Moore, Gower, Edwards.

Liverpool: Doni, Kelly, Agger, Carragher, Johnson, Downing, Henderson, Shelvey, Maxi, Carroll, Suarez. 
Subs: Jones, Jose Enrique, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Sterling, Bellamy. 


15:00: The whistles have been blown here, the final day of the EPL commences.

15:02: GOAL!
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Fulham 0
Striker Emmanuel Adebayor scores for the home side to give them the lead and as it stands they are in 3rd place.

Great start: Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates his goal in the 2nd minute to give Tottenham a 1-0 lead against Fulham.

15:05:
The Hawthorns,
West Brom vs Arsenal:

The deadlock has been broken here, with midfielder Yossi Benayoun scoring the goal after 5 minutes.
He capitalised on a mistake by goalkeeper Martin Fulop.

15:12:
DW Stadium,
Wigan vs Wolves:


Wolves have taken the lead in their last match of the EPL, before moving to the Championship having been relegated.
They will have winger Matthew Jarvis to thank for the goal in the 12th minute.

FACT: This is Wolves' first goal in the first 15 minutes of a match this season. And their last.  :(

15:13:
Carrow Road,
Norwich vs Aston Villa:

GOAL!
Striker Grant Holt scores his 15th goal of the season to give Norwich the lead against Aston Villa.

15:14:
The Hawthorns,
West Brom vs Arsenal:

GOAL!


Striker Shane Long equalises for the home side. 1-1 in the 12th minute!


AS IT STANDS:

3. Tottenham
4. Arsenal
5. Newcastle


15:15:
The Britannia Stadium,
Stoke City vs Bolton Wanderers: 

Stoke have broken the deadlock here at home, with striker Jonathan Walters scoring the goal after 15 minutes.

1-0 up: Striker Jonathan Walters heads the ball over goalkeeper Adam Bogdan to give Stoke the lead after 15 minutes.


AS IT STANDS:

Bolton are RELEGATED

15:16:
The Hawthorns,
West Brom vs Arsenal:

GOAL!
2 goals in 3 minutes!
Midfielder Graham Dorrans scores for the hosts to give West Brom the lead in a dramatic first 15 minutes against Arsenal.

15:18:
Goodison Park,
Everton vs Newcastle United:

The home side have taken the lead here! 
Midfielder Steven Pienaar scores for his on-loan club. What a loan signing he has been since January. Everton will be desperate to snap him up on a permanent deal for his second spell at the club from Tottenham.

15:19: Lots of goals in the past few minutes here, and Wigan are currently 2-1 up against Wolves with strikes from Emmerson Boyce and Franco Di Santo. 

15:25:

LATEST:
Manchester United 1 Sunderland 0
Striker Wayne Rooney scored a header from the far post to give The Red Devils the lead in the 25th minute.

AS IT STANDS:

1. Manchester United
2. Manchester City

And, Manchester United win the title

Norwich City 2 Aston Villa 0
Simeon Jackson doubles the hosts lead against Aston Villa.

15:29:
Goodison Park,
Everton vs Newcastle United:
 

GOAL!
It does not look like Newcastle are going to get a Champions League spot now, they are 2-0 down thanks to Everton's star signing Nikica Jelavic.



AS IT STANDS:

Newcastle are on course for a Europa League place.

15:31:
The Hawthorns,
West Brom vs Arsenal:

GOAL!
Four goal thriller in the first 30 minutes! 
Full-back Andre Santos scored only his 3rd goal in an Arsenal shirt with a bullet strike from 25 yards out to make it 2-2 agaisnt West Brom.


15:46:
LATEST:
Stoke City 1 Bolton Wanderers 2

Midfielders Kevin and Mark Davies both scored for the away side in 3 minutes.

AS IT STANDS:

17. Bolton
18. QPR
19. Blackburn
20. Wolves

Manchester City 1 QPR 0

Full-back Pablo Zabaleta broke the deadlock in the 41st minute to give City the lead just before half-time. 

One hand on the trophy: Zabaleta wheels away after breaking the deadlock at The Ethiad.

Manchester City players mob full-back Pablo Zabaleta after his first half goal gave City a 1-0 lead against QPR.


AS IT STANDS:

Manchester City will win the title on goal difference.

QPR will get RELEGATED.


15:49:


Half-times everywhere except the match between Swansea and Liverpool which is goal-less.


16:04:


The second halves have all started in the EPL today.


16:05:


Manchester City SUB:


Yaya Toure OFF (injury)
Nigel De Jong ON


16:08:


Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker has limped off the pitch with an ankle injury.
He is being replaced by vetran defender Ryan Nelsen.


16:10:

The Ethiad Stadium,
Manchester City vs QPR:


Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott's header back towards goalwards is weak and striker Djibril Cisse latches on to the ball before hitting the ball fiercely past Joe Hart into the net.
1-1!
This changes EVERYTHING!

AS IT STANDS:

BREAKING NEWS:

Aston Villa have sacked manager Alex McLeish after coming in 16th place in the table this season after a poor run of results throuhghout this season.
They were JUST safe from the relegation drop and were only 2 points away from 18th placed Bolton. 

17:00:
 

FULL-TIME:

Arsenal 3 West Brom 2

Defender Laurent Koscielny gave The Gunners, Champions League football next season after scoring in the second half in a 5-goal thriller at The Emirates. 


Manchester City 3 QPR 2

Jamie Mackie's strike was not enough to give QPR all three points, as substitute Edin Dzeko and star striker Sergio Aguero both scored in stoppage time as City confirmed their first Premier League title since 1968.

We are the champions: Captain Vincent Kompany lifts the Premier League trophy at The EThiad Stadium.
Move over Manchester United: The City players and fans all go wild after celebrating their EPL title win.
All the Manchester City supporters go crazy and run onto the pitch and the full-time whistle is blown.



Tottenham 2 Fulham 0

Tottenham will have to sweat while watching the CL final next Saturday between Chelsea and Bayern Munich, because if Chelsea win, they will lose their place in the CL next season and go to the Europa League.

Chelsea 2 Blackburn Rovers 1

Blackburn ended their 11 year stay in the EPL with a 2-1 loss against 6th placed Chelsea. They went down fighting against a Chelsea side intent on beating Bayern next Saturday or they will be confined to the Europa League.
Suspended players John Terry and Raul Meireles both scored for The Blues to give Roberto Di Matteo a boost while striker Yakubu scored his 17th goal of the season as a consolation for his efforts this season.

Everton 3 Newcastle 1

Both sides have been playing amazing football throughout the season, but the home side outplayed CL hopefuls Newcastle 3-1, and scored all 4 goals with defender Hibbert getting an own goal.
Jelavic and Pienaar both got one goal each for their record collection while midfielder Tim Cahill got sent off in the last minute. 


Norwich 2 Aston Villa 0


Norwich capped off a great season with a comfortable 2-0 win against Aston Villa at home, while Aston Villa capped off a horrid season coming in 16th place, only 2 points above the relegation zone.


Stoke City 2 Bolton 2


This was Bolton's last match in the EPL before they go into the Coca-Cola Championship, and they only knew this after the match after they failed to beat Stoke.


Sunderland 0 Manchester United 1 


United had the chance to retain their EPL crown, ut really they knew from the start that it was out of their hands. They had to pray that QPR would 
stop City from winning at The Ethiad to win.
Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the match from a header in the 25th minute.
This happened, until the 93rd minute when Sergio Aguero scored a late winner for rivals City to give them the title. 


Wigan 3 Wolves 2

This was Wolves' last match before going down to the Championship and they wanted to go down in style or at least fighting. 
They were denied that by an Emmerson Boyce brace which gave relegation survivors Wigan all three points despite a late comeback from Stephen Fletcher.




Swansea City 1 Liverpool 0

Striker Danny Graham will be getting congratulated after scoring a late winner for the home side at The Liberty Stadium in the 86th minute.
He scored his 12th goal of the season while:

Liverpool summed up their season with this result. Poor.



SUMMARY:


Manchester City have WON the EPL title after a late 3-2 win over QPR.

Do the Poznan: The City fans celebrate their first Premier League title since 1968 after a dramatic 3-2 win against QPR.

This was the highlight: Midfielder Joey Barton is sent off after violent conduct on Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez.



Blackburn, Bolton and Wolves have all been relegated. 

Arsenal and Tottenham came 3rd and 4th respectively.

Newcastle and Liverpool have confirmed their spots in the Europa League next season.