Sunday, 11 May 2014

EPL - Final Day LIVE:

Hello again everyone and welcome to my latest blog post where I have LIVE Coverage of the final day unfolding in the Premier League.

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All 20 teams are in action, in what could be another dramatic final day this season. If City lose to West Ham, and Liverpool beat Newcastle, Liverpool will win the title. 

If City win against West Ham, all bets are off and they will regain the title they famously won on goal-difference with an Aguero winner in the dying seconds in 2012.

The Premier League title is currently at The Ethiad, as it stands they are league champions
Here is what has already happened, what could happen and what has been confirmed this season:

  • Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have all qualified for next season's Champions League
  • The title will either go to City or Liverpool based on today's results
  • Fulham and Cardiff have been relegated to the nPower Championship while Leicester City and Burnley have been promoted
  • Hull City will play in the Europa League next season whether they beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final next week or not
  • Manuel Pellegrini will finish the season with the Premier League title and a Capita
  • Manchester United will end the season with their worst league points total in over 20 years, without Champions League and possibly also Europa League football aswell
  • Norwich will join Fulham and Cardiff in the Championship next season unless they can beat Arsenal by a 17-goal margin today

Here are the matches being played:

Cardiff City vs Chelsea
Fulham vs Crystal Palace
Hull City vs Everton
Liverpool vs Newcastle United
Manchester City vs West Ham United
Norwich City vs Arsenal
Southampton vs Manchester United
Sunderland vs Swansea City
Tottenham vs Aston Villa
West Brom vs Stoke

15:00 - All the stadiums are full, players are ready to kickstart the last game of the season in their respective matches.

I will be focussing on: Manchester vs West Ham, Liverpool vs Newcastle and Norwich vs Arsenal, but will have goal alerts across all matches being played. 

15:07 - GOAL! The first goal of the day goes to Swansea as they take a 1-0 lead away from home against Sunderland in the 7th minute thanks to a cooly-taken finish from winger Nathan Dyer after good link-up play with fellow winger Wayne Routledge.

15:09 - GOAL! Everton have already qualified for Europa League football next season and have broken the deadlock against Hull away from home thanks to a first league goal of the season for midfielder James McCarthy despite .

1-0 up: McCarthy celebrates his first league goal of the season with his team-mates
15:10 - Safe to say that City are dominating in the early stages of the match at The Ethiad, a quick turn over to the Liverpool game at Anfield where they know they have to win today and hope that West Ham can pull an upset if they are going to end the season with a dramatic finish, and a possible EPL trophy.

15:14 - GOAL ALERT! Sunderland 0 Swansea 2:
Wilfried Bony sets him up and fellow striker Marvin Emnes smashes the ball into the net to double Swansea's early lead at The Stadium of Light. Sunderland look jaded and out of ideas.

15:15 - GOAL ALERT! Tottenham 1 Aston Villa 0:
Spurs break the deadlock thanks to a rebounded strike from Paulinho after his initial effort was parried away by goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Laugh it off: Paulinho celebrates his opener with team-mate Harry Kane
Tim Sherwood's celebration says it all, he knows how much this game means to Tottenham's future, whether he is a part of it or not.

15:16 - GOAL! Cardiff City 1 Chelsea 0:
Bellamy opens the scoring for the already-relegated Cardiff side! 1-0 at home thanks to a 30-yard strike that deflected off Azpilicueta and wrong-foots Schwarzer. If only they could grind out results like this earlier on in the season.

Deflected strike: Bellamy's shot deflected off Azpilicueta to give Cardiff the lead.
15:20 - Unexpected turn of events at Anfield, as the game has seen its first goal! Newcastle take the lead thanks to a deflected strike by Gouffran is turned into the net past Mignolet by none other than.... Martin Skrtel.

Wrong net: Skrtel deflected an effort from Gouffran into his own net to give Newcastle the lead
His 4th own goal of the season gives the hosts something to worry about, City are not leading but now neither are they.

15:23 - Another own goal today, this time in the match between Stoke and West Brom. 

West Brom defender Gareth McAuley marks his 100th Premier League appearance with an unfortunate own goal, after a low cross into the box by Marko Arunautovic was side-footed into the net past Foster. 1-0, two own goals in the space of three minutes.

Taking advantage: Arnautovic celebrates after his cross was turned in by McAuley

15:28 - GOAL! It's deserved after some promising attacking play from the hosts, as United trail away from home against Southampton. 

English striker Rickie Lambert breaks the deadlock in the 28th minute after accidentally elbowing Nemanja Vidic, before latching onto a precise through ball pass from midfielder Steven Davis to get past his marker and smash the ball past de Gea into the bottom corner of the net.

Clinical: Lambert celebrates his finish to break the deadlock at home against United
Painful: Vidic recieves treatment after being whacked in the face by Lambert in the build-up
15:29 - GOAL! Goals are coming thick and fast now, the deadlock has been broken at Craven Cottage where Fulham host Crystal Palace:

1-0 to Palace, a dangerous cross from outside the box was whipped into the 18-yard box by Joel Ward, Gayle does well to beat his marker and tap the ball past Stockdale from close range to score his third goal in two matches. 

From close range: Gayle scores his 3rd goal in 2 matches to open the scoring
Lucky for Fulham that they are already relegated, eh? 

15:36 - GOAL! Yet another own goal, the third in just over 35 minutes. 

2-0 to Tottenham at home, a cross into the box by left-back Danny Rose towards Adebayor bounces off young Villa defender Nathan Baker into the net. Same scenario as the Stoke goal earlier.

15:38 - Aston Villa commit footballing suicide. First, concede an own goal. Then, concede a penalty thanks to a handball. Makes you wonder whether they want to win the game or not.

Garbiel Agbonlahor handled in the box, referee had no choice but to point to the spot. Adebayor steps up to take it.... SCORES! Smashes down the middle into the roof of the net, and Spurs are in full control.

3 and easy: Adebayor celebrates his 14th goal in all competitions this season.
15:40 - GOAL! A pivotal one in the title race, City have taken full control of the match against West Ham and eventually made them pay, with 5 minutes left until half-time.

A great strike from Nasri from 25 yards out left Adrian scrambling with no chance of stopping it, and you cannot say that it is not deserved. 1-0 to City, as it stands they have won the title! Liverpool currently losing aswell at home to Newcastle. 

1-0: Nasri puts City in the driving seat before half-time with a well-taken strike
Race for the title: Nasri celebrates his goal; he knows how much it means to City
15:46 - Most of the matches have blown for half-time, here are the latest scores:

Cardiff City 1 Chelsea 0
Fulham 0 Crystal Palace 1
Hull 0 Everton 1
Liverpool 0 Newcastle 1
Manchester City 1 West Ham 0
Norwich 0 Arsenal 0
Southampton 1 Manchester United 0
Sunderland 0 Swansea City 2
Tottenham 3 Aston Villa 0 
West Brom 0 Stoke 1

15:47 - So as it stands, the match at Carrow Road is the only game today which is goal-less. Arsenal already safe for 4th place, 0-0 at Norwich who are relegated unless they can somehow muster 17 goals in 45 minutes.

15:48 - United have been struggling defence-wise at Southampton, Lallana and Shaw are literally running rings around the defence and looking impressive on the counter attack.

Meanwhile, Everton look comfortable in possession but would like to kill off the game in the early stages of the second-half and Cardiff have shown some bright football against Chelsea, a sense of what should have been played throughout the season instead of in small stages. 

15:50 - It's been a great Premier League season, and the final day has already lived up to expectation. 3 own goals, 12 goals in the first-half, drama and penalties already.

Football fans will be relieved that the World Cup in Brazil starts in a month on Friday, because otherwise it would be a long summer without the Premier League on show.

16:00 - Major transfer news at the moment:

  • Lallana is reportedly set to join Liverpool in the transfer window for £20million pounds
  • Sagna has revealed that he is set to leave Arsenal after the FA Cup final next week - "I'm out of contract, as everyone knows. I still consider myself as an Arsenal player at present but actually we had a small problem to agree with the club, and I don't think I'll stay at Arsenal at the end of the season."
  • Galatasaray, Inter Milan, PSG and Manchester City are among those who are interested in the Frenchman.
  • Meanwhile, Micah Richards is also expected to depart a Premier League club at the end of the season - Manchester City!
  • Liverpool and Arsenal are among the teams who have voiced their interest in him, City have said he is "surplus to requirements"

16:02 - Second halves beginning now.. 

16:04 - GOAL! Exactly what I said a few minutes ago.. Everton needed to kill off the game to be even more comfortable, and it's virtually sealed the three points.

A nice passing move, an inviting ball from Osman falls to Lukaku who slots past McGregor. 

Could be his last game for the club, Lukaku shines again. Hopefully, Everton could raise funds from advertising, and the fact that they are in the Europa League to sign Lukaku on a permanent transfer. He looks happy there, and could leave Chelsea...

16:07 - GOAL! And that goal could seal the title!!!! City double the lead after a corner is not cleared, falls to the captain Vincent Kompany who has no problem in firing the ball past a helpless Adrian to make it 2-0.

Pounce: Kompany pounces as West Ham fail to clear, to make it 2-0.
Title's ours? Kompany wheels away to celebrate doubling City's lead
16:08 - GOAL! Sunderland halve the deficit thanks to a headed goal from on-loan striker Fabio Borini! Interesting second-half ahead.

16:09 - WHAT A GOAL! Arsenal open the scoring at Carrow Road after a lacklustre first-half for both sides, and what a goal to break the deadlock! 

Aaron Ramsey with a fantastic volley inside the area after a good pass across the box from Giroud, smashed past Ruddy into the top corner. 

Did you see that? Ramsey's well executed volley flew into the top corner to give Arsenal the lead
Two amazing goals scored by Arsenal against Norwich this season. Wow. You need to see that! 
Click on the link below to watch Ramsey's stunner:

16:09 - GOAL! Not as interesting anymore for Sunderland, Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony scores with a low shot which bounces off the post and trickles into the net to make it 3-1 to Swansea.
Back to two goals ahead: Bony celebrates his goal to make it 3-1 to Swansea
16:12 - GOAL! United back in the game, thanks to another super strike of the day, this time from midfielder Juan Mata with a free-kick 20 yards out. Chelsea are literally longing for him right now, but he equalises for the visitors.

16:19 - GOAL! The Gunners double their lead! Clinically finished off by Jenkinson, to score his first senior goal for The Gunners, the club that he grew up supporting as a small boy. He celebrates like he's score the winner in the FA Cup final, emotional stuff at Carrow Road as the visitors chant "Jenko is a Gunner."

16:20 - Elsewhere, there have been goals for West Brom against Stoke (Sessegnon, 1-1) and Fulham against Palace (Woodrow, 1-1).

16:21 - It's a first senior goal for young Woodrow, while Sessegnon gives West Brom an equaliser which they arguably deserve. McAuley will be slightly relieved now after his earlier mistake cost his team an own goal. 

First goal for Fulham: Woodrow celebrates his goal to equalise for the hosts
16:22 - GOAL! Liverpool have scored two in the space of two minutes, first Daniel Agger with an aerial tap-in at the back post from Gerrard's free-kick before almost a replica with Sturridge tapping the ball past Krul to make it 2-1! 

That was quick: Agger equalised for Liverpool after latching onto Gerrard's free-kick delivery
Deja vu: Sturridge does the exact same thing a minute later to give Liverpool the lead
Was quick, but they need to hope that somehow West Ham can score 3 goals against City and beat them if they stand any chance of winning their first league title in over 20 years. 

16:24 - RED CARD! Something that looked like nothing has obviously escalated, Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi given two yellow cards from the restart as the referee has seen something he does not like.

16:25 - Ameobi appeared to argue with the referee, probably said something so the dismissal will have to go down as "verbal abuse" and "unsportsmanlike conduct" - unneeded. 

16:35 - GOAL! Chelsea make a mini comeback, just as Liverpool did! Marshall makes a good save to deny Azpilicueta's header, before Schurrle scores the rebound to equalise. 

Then, Torres wins the ball from a Schurrle header before going on the counter attack and takes a touch to score from close range with a curled finesse shot. 2-1.

16:36 - Meanwhile, French defensive-midfielder Abou Diaby has come onto the pitch for Arsenal as a substitute.
His first appearance for the first-team in 15 months since his injury-plagued career took a turn for the worse last year.

16:41 - GOAL! Palace are back in the lead, in dramatic fashion! Just over 5 minutes to play, Gayle steps up to take a free-kick from 20 yards out and his curling effort beats Stockdale into the corner of the net, out of reach. 

That's his 4th goal in two games, what a week for him! Palace fans go wild, rightly so. As it stands they'll finish the season with 45 points, in 11th place.

16:43 - Some interesting developements at White Hart Lane, Spurs' fans have voiced their discontent over the fact that Tim Sherwood is still their manager after not qualifying for the Champions League given the amount of money the club was given to invest in players (especially the Bale transfer), and he's had enough!

A fan chanted "you're getting sacked in the morning", so Sherwood points at him gesticulating to come towards him. He gets out of his seat, Sherwood gives him his gilet and invites him to sit in his own seat on the bench! 

The supporter takes the gilet and sits next to Les Ferdinand, shocked that this is actually happening! Wow!

16:45 - Charlie Adam has given Stoke the lead again at The Hawthorns, while substitute Paul Dummett has been sent off after a rash challenge on Suarez. Newcastle down to nine men in the closing stages.


Cardiff City 1 Chelsea 2
Fulham 2 Crystal Palace 2
Hull 0 Everton 2
Liverpool 2 Newcastle 1
Manchester City 2 West Ham 0 
Norwich 0 Arsenal 2
Southampton 1 Manchester United 1
Sunderland 1 Swansea 3
Tottenham 3 Aston Villa 0 
West Brom 1 Stoke 2

16:51 - So there you have it. The title goes to Manchester City after a season of twists and turns. You could argue whether they deserved to win it or not, but they got the job done and you cannot say fairer than that.

Unity: City players celebrate after the Palace game last week, when Liverpool lost
Champions once again: Kompany lifts the trophy aloft after the win against West Ham
Good squad depth: City have overcome the odds to win their second league title in 3 years
It just highlights how important a team with quality and squad depth is, if you are going to play a league season with potentially over 50 matches in 9 months (domestically, FA Cup, Capital One Cup, Champions League and Europa League)

Aguero, Silva, Yaya Toure, Dzeko, Hart and Kompany among others did their bit for the team, when it mattered.