Thursday, 17 May 2012

Gameweek 38 Summary

City's late late finish lets them clinch the title in sensational fashion

Michael Thomas move over.  On Sunday we witnessed the most amazing end to a top flight season.  1-0 up you would think that Mancini's men would cruise to a comfortable finish.  Not so as Cisse bagged an equaliser and things then became oddly complicated with Barton's red card.  Mackie defied the odds to make it 1-2.  With 90 minutes on the clock the title was heading to United, but some how City's never say never attitude came to the fore as Dzeko and then Aguero sensationally scored to make it 3-2.  With that City won their first top flight title since 1968 and first ever Premier League title.  QPR didn't get relegated despite the defeat as results elsewhere went in their favour.

United win against Sunderland but fail to win the title

Fergie's men knew that they had to win against Sunderland and hope that QPR could shock City to win the title.  Rooney's solitary goal gave United victory and as the whistle blew at the Stadium of Light, City were 1-2 down with United on course for the title. QPR certainly shocked City till the 90th minute, but it wasn't enough as City claimed victory in injury time.  The title was decided on goal difference. To think that the Reds held an 8 point lead before their failure to defeat Wigan, Everton and City.  Fergie's men end the season trophy-less and will know that they can't afford any more slip ups next season, as City become rampant.

Relegated Rovers end season with defeat at Stamford Bridge

With an eye on the Champions League final, Chelsea rested some of their key players as they were not playing for league position.  Goals from Terry and Meireles ensured a 12th league home victory as Blackburn lost their 11th away match of the season and finished 19th.

Geordies become stuck against terrific Toffees

Newcastle's slight hopes of Champions League football came crashing as they lost to Everton and results went against them elsewhere.  Jelavic got on the score sheet again and helped Everton extend their unbeaten run to 9, where as Newcastle ended the season with back to back defeats.

Villa's bad form continues as Canaries win

Norwich continued their fine season form with victory to allow them to finish 12th.  Unsung hero Grant Holt scored again, before Jackson added a second.  It meant that Villa failed to win in their last 10 matches of the season and ended up in 16th place.  Villa's poor form proved costly and McLeish has subsequently been sacked.

Bolton are relegated after only achieving a draw against Stoke

They battled hard in the end, but it wasn't enough to save them.  A win was a must with the two Davies' giving them some hope, but Walters cancelled them out on each occasion.  Their ultimate failure was their inability to win.  They should have won their penultimate match of the season and they failed again on the final hurdle.  As a consequence Bolton were relegated and will now be in the Championship next season.

Cool Swans add to Liverpool's league woes

Call them Barcelona Lite or Swancelona.  The superlatives to describe Swansea's creative style of play and results are endless.  They were marked for the drop by many at the start of the season yet finish 11th after a 1-0 victory against a timid Liverpool team.  Kenny's men may have won the League Cup and ended up as FA cup runners up, but their league form in turn has been disastrous.  So much so that Dalglish has now been removed as the manager of Liverpool.

Tottenham regain form to reactivate their Champions League hopes

A comfortable 2-0 win against Fulham in the end secured victory and 4th spot for Spurs.  Their finish could have been all the more easier had they not let their form spiral out of control from mid-February to April.  To think that they held a 11 point lead over Arsenal, yet finished 1 point behind them is remarkable.  Despite finishing 4th Spurs could lose out on a Champions League spot, if Chelsea can secure victory in the Champions League final.

Hodgson's reign at WBA ends in a 5 goal thriller defeat

Arsenal had to work hard to secure 3rd spot as they narrowly beat West Brom 2-3.  Van Persie failed to add to his season's tally, but that didn't stop the Gunners scoring 3. The defeat will not do any damage to WBA.  In the space of a year and a half Hodgson transformed his men from relegation near certainties to a Top 10 team.  As for Arsenal, it will be interesting to see if they can keep hold of Van Persie and secure another Top 4 finish for next season.

Boyce's brace is ace as Wigan hit three past Wolves


Wigan ended their season on a high with a 3-2 victory against Wolves.  The win meant that they won 7 of their last 10 matches and finish 15th, despite being in the bottom 3 for the majority of the season.  Questions remain on whether Martinez will stay as manager at Wigan and if he doesn't will Wigan escape the drop again next season?

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The final Gameweek of the season was bad for the FPLH Blog Team.  Firstly, our recommended player doesn't start, nor is on the bench.  Thus the -4 calculated risk backfires.  Walker hobbles off injured on the 49th minute, which meant that I lost 5 more points.  Caulker and Evans are rooted to my bench and score 14 points between them, where as my choice of Gibbs and Clichy score 1 each.  Apart from my captain Aguero (16) bailing me out, as well as assists from RVP and VDV, nothing good came from my team.  My team slipped in the overall rankings from 73rd to 110th following this awful Gameweek.  Looking on the bright side, the FPLH Blog Team had a decent finish following excellent results in recent weeks.  With hindsight it was job well done considering our recent FPL form and in turn securing a very respectable overall ranking.  In summary, this season has been productive and as a result a high benchmark has been set for next season.