The Premier League Match Day 36 fixtures commenced and ended with joy for the winners, sadness for the losers and maybe, mixed feelings for the neutrals. Every section of the Premier League table was affected by the results of the fixtures that took place on Friday, over the weekend and on Monday. The title race saw a dramatic turn, the relegation battle raged on and the top 4 aside Chelsea and Spurs is yet to be decided.
The Match Day kicked off on Friday as West Ham emerged victorious over Tottenham Hotspur in a London Derby on a Friday night through the feet of the Argentine, Manuel Lanzini. Tottenham Hotspur saw their momentum in the chase to overtake Chelsea and win the Premier League crash as they faltered under pressure.
Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger finally had one over his touchline rival, Jose Mourinho as his side ran out 2 nil winners to keep their hopes of a top 4 finish and subsequent qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League alive.
David Moyes’ Sunderland who had nothing to play for but pride assumed the role of spoilers as they beat Hull City 2 goals to nil at the KC stadium to put Hull in danger of not being in the Premier League next season.
Manchester City routed Crystal Palace whose recent form seems to have waned by 5 un-replied goals to give themselves more cushion in the top 4 places. Liverpool failed to beat Southampton having played one game more than other top 4 contenders as they were held to a goalless draw by the Saints.
Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester City routed Watford by 3 goals to nil. We wait to see if he’ll be handed a full-time contract
Swansea made a huge step out of the relegation places, albeit for now, with a Llorente inspired 1 nil win against Everton who can’t seem to find their scoring boots recently. Bournemouth and Stoke played out a 2 all draw with Josh King continuing his scoring run. Burnley could only get a point off West Brom at Turf Moor as they were made to wait for the additional two points at a later date to secure their stay in the PL next season.
The league leaders, Chelsea expectedly extended their lead over Tottenham with an impressive 3 nil win over Middlesbrough, thus confirming Boro’s relegation status. One more win and Chelsea will be the champions of England after a horror show last season
All in all, interesting games on the Match Day and the numbers from the Match Day are mentioned below:
- West Ham’s 3-4-2-1 ensured their victory over Tottenham who deployed 4-2-3-1 effectively ending their winning run
- Arsenal’s 3-4-2-1 ensured Wenger had the last laugh this season over Mourinho’s Man United who opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation
- Southampton’s 4-2-3-1 annulled Liverpool’s 4-3-3 as they played out a goalless draw at Anfield
- Swansea’s 4-3-1-2 powered them to a one nil victory over Everton who deployed a 4-3-3 formation
- Leicester’s 4-4-2 outclassed Watford’s 3-5-2
- Burnley’s 4-4-2 ensured they shared the spoils with West Brom’s 4-1-4-1
- Bournemouth’s 4-2-3-1 cancelled out Stoke’s 4-2-3-1 as they played out a 2 all draw
- Manchester City’s 4-1-4-1 was too strong for Crystal Palace who deployed a 4-3-3 formation
- Sunderland’s 4-3-3 formation ensured they spoiled the survival chances of hull Citywho used a 4-4-2 formation
- Chelsea’s 3-4-2-1 consigned Middlesbrough who deployed a 4-1-4-1 formation to relegation
- 25 goals were scored on the Match Day
- The away sides contributed 6 of the goals while the home sides scored 19
- The most used formation was 4-2-3-1 by 4 teams
- 9 sides kept clean sheets
- 27 yellow cards were brandished. No reds
- 1 penalty was awarded, and it was missed by James Milner for Liverpool
- 2 own goals were scored and they came in one fixture. Bournemouth’s Lys Mousset and Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross contributed the goals.
- Only 1 brace was recorded on the Match Day and it was scored by Burnley’s Sam Vokes
- The pass masters were Chelsea with 619 passes. The least passes were made by Crystal Palace – 266
- The possession masters were Manchester City with 69%
- Most shots on target were made by Man City with 12. Boro and Southampton had no shot on target.
- Middlesbrough committed the most fouls – 21. Least fouls were made by Southampton – 4
These are interesting numbers from Match Day 36. We wait for the next Match day to see if the Premier League tile will be decided, if top 4 ides will consolidate their positions or if the final relegation place will be confirmed