The battle for 4th Place Hots Up!

18th April 2022

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There were plenty of important Premier League games at the weekend but we will start with the FA Cup and the 150th year of the competition (141st edition) and the final will take placed between Liverpool and Chelsea. 

The quadruple is on for Jurgen Klopp's side who reached the final by beating the current Premier League champions Manchester City and at one point it was done in style as the Reds raced into a 3-0 lead. Liverpool were clinical and efficient and City were unusually a shambles. It didn't help that some regulars were forced to the bench including Kevin De Bruyne who had suffered a foot injury in the clubs Champions League match against Atletico Madrid. While Pep Guardiola did make changes one has to question how many you can realistically make against a side as strong as Liverpool. One glaring moment was the poor error from goal keeper Zack Steffan that allowed Liverpool to race into a 2-0 lead, there is a reason that Ederson starts most games. City did fight back in the 2nd half and pulled 2 goals back but not many could complain with the final result of 3-2 to Liverpool, and the better side, the one that wanted it more went through.

Chelsea were the strong favourites to beat Crystal Palace but this is the cup and you never know. Palace had also shown strong form in the league but the Blues came through and won 2-0 in what has been quite a season for the club as they enter a new era after Roman Abramovich was forced to sell the club. Ruben Loftus-Cheek opened the scoring and Mason Mount who has found form lately wrapped up the game. 

In the league it is a question of who wants to finish 4th? Tottenham were stunned at home against Brighton a club who are only playing for pride. No one would have expected that defeat for Antonio Conte's team who were scoring goals and were in brilliant form coming into that game. That meant the weekend was all set up for Arsenal, who could have re claimed 4th with a visit to Southampton, but the Gunners lost their 3rd game in a row. There has to be serious question marks over Mikel Arteta's side now who seem to be imploding at the wrong moment, but the chance for a Champions League place is still on. It is also for Manchester United who beat Norwich 3-2 after a superb Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick. And yet the club, as ever, faced a scare when their two goal lead was pegged back by the Canaries, currently the bottom side in the league. Fourth place has been such a genuine interest this season and the excitement is building.

To finish in 4th place: Tottenham 1.50, Arsenal 3.25, Manchester United 8.00, West Ham 101.00

 

In the battle for survival Everton didn't play at the weekend but Burnley and Watford did. Watford's hearts were broken at the death as they lost 2-1 against Brentford and their relegation does seem sealed now. As for Burnley they drew against West Ham 1-1 but they would have left that game disappointed as they were leading as the game was coming into its final stages. The club are 3 points behind Everton and have sacked Sean Dyche last week. Was that a genius move or one of the worst in recent memory? We will find out over the coming month.

To be relegated: Burnley 1.44, Everton 3.25, Leeds 12.00



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