An exciting weekend of football that confirmed three certainties, albeit the third one not being that much consequential except between the rival fans in North London. The Premier League Match Day 35 saw Chelsea confirm their automatic qualification to the UEFA Champions League next season.
A return to the competition the blue boys missed out on due to shambolic displays, mostly, last season. The match day confirmed the relegation of David Moyes’ Sunderland to the EFL Championship. And lastly, the match day saw Tottenham Hotspur maintain their fine run and guarantee themselves a finish against Arsenal.
However, the Premier League title winner is yet to be confirmed as Chelsea and Spurs are still battling for who gets to lift the trophy this season. Relegation battles are still raging on, and the battle for a top 4 finish is still as exciting as ever.
The weekend produced lots of exciting action. The laces in Lukaku’s scoring boots were literally untied as he was shut out by the Chelsea defence. Dele Alli scored – well, the sky is blue. Crystal Palace were given a reality check by Burnley.
Swansea stunned Old Trafford. Who knows, it may be because Jose Mourinho didn’t put on a jersey and walk into the pitch to play as he had suggested before the game. Middlesbrough ensured Guardiola was not going to have a sound sleep at night as his side’s finish in top 4 places isn’t guaranteed yet.
Liverpool navigated the Vicarage Road waters succesfully as they beat Watford by a lone goal. Emre Can did his side the favor with a beautifully taken goal. They’ll still need other top 4 contenders to slip up for them to land a top 4 place as they have played more games.
Nevertheless, there were interesting numbers on the match day:
- Tottenham’s 4-2-3-1 proved too strong for Arsenal’s 3-4-2-1
- Chelsea’s 3-4-2-1 ensured they routed Everton who deployed a 4-2-3-1
- Middlesbrough’s 4-3-3 was enough to annul Man City’s 3-4-1-2 as they played out a 2 all draw
- Swansea’s 4-3-1-2 canceled out Man United’s 4-3-2-1 as they played a 1 all draw
- Crystal Palace’s 4-3-3 succumbed to Burnley’s 4-4-2 in a 2 nil defeat
- Southampton and Hull City both deployed a 4-2-3-1 as they canceled each other out in a goalless draw
- Stoke’s 4-2-3-1 couldn’t make any headway against West Ham’s 3-4-1-2
- Bournemouth’s 4-4-1-1 officially relegated Sunderland who deployed a 4-1-3-2 formation
- Leicester’s 4-4-2 gathered the spoil in a 1:0 win over West Brom with their 4-5-1
- Watford’s 3-5-2 withered under pressure against Liverpool’s 4-3-3
- 16 goals were scored on the match day
- 5 goals were scored by the home sides while the away sides contributed 11 goals. A match day for the away sides.
- 4 draws and 6 wins
- 9 sides kept clean sheets as they conceded no goals
- 41 yellow cards were brandished on the day. The rough match day!
- No red cards were given
- 4 penalties were awarded. 3 were scored by Kane, Rooney, and Aguero for Spurs, Man United and Man City respectively. Dusan Tadic missed one for Southampton
- Man City were the pass masters with 542 passes
- Least passes were made by Middlesbrough – 257
- Possession masters were Man City with 68%
- Most shots on goal was made by Tottenham Hotspur – 11
- Least shot made was 1 – Hull City and Leicester, albeit Leicester’s 1 shot resulted in the winning goal of the encounter on the day
- Most fouls – Arsenal with 15
- Least fouls – West Ham with 3
These are the numbers from match day 35 of the 2016/2017 Premier League. 4 games to go before the end of the season. More exciting weeks of football in England to watch out for in the upcoming weeks.