premier league matchday 38 roundup

Premier League Matchday 38: A Fitting end to an Intriguing Season

With nothing else to play for and the Europa League final on the horizon, Jose Mourinho opted to utilise youngsters in Manchester United’s final Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace, and it paid off in more ways than one.

Josh Harrop, who was handed an opportunity to prove himself in the Premier League opened the scoring with a sublime effort in the 15th-minute as he drove into Palace’s 18-year-area after receiving a pass from Paul Pogba before releasing a well-placed strike.

Pogba also got his name on the scoresheet in the 19th-minute as he got on the end of a quick breakaway which Palace poorly defended against.

Wayne Rooney had a decent game, but there were some instances where he could’ve done a lot more. The match is widely tipped to have been his last Premier League game for United with clubs in China and Everton reportedly keen on his signature in the summer.

United ended the season in 6th-place, but should they win the Europa League, they’ll secure automatic qualification into next season’s Champions League.

Willian, Eden Hazard, Pedro and Michy Batshuayi (brace) were all on target as Chelsea secured a 5-1 win over Sunderland on Sunday.

Knowing fully well that their chances of a top-four finish were slim, Arsenal brought the fight to Everton at the Emirates and won 3-1.

Hector Bellerin opened the scoring in the 8th-minute, but Laurent Koscielny was shown a red card six minutes later which put Arsenal on edge.

The Gunners weren’t fazed, though, as they went about their business in typical fashion with Alexis Sanchez doubling their lead in the 27th-minute.

The second half saw Romelu Lukaku pull one back before Aaron Ramsey closed the scoring in the 90th-minute.

Arsenal ended up failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years as both Manchester City and Liverpool recorded wins on Sunday.

Watford played host to Manchester City who could not afford to draw the game.

The visitors began the tie on the front foot with Vincent Kompany finding the back of the net in the 5th-minute. Aguero bagged a brace in the 24th and 36th minutes before Fernandinho found the back of the net in the closing stages of the first half.

Guardiola’s side looked to have won the game by the end of the first 45 as they boasted of a 4-0 lead. The second half saw Gabriel Jesus increase City’s tally to five goals in the 58th-minute as the Citizens successfully thumped Watford 5-0.

Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum, Phillipe Coutinho and Adam Lallana helped Liverpool to a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.

Leicester and Bournemouth played out a 1-1 draw with goals from Junior Stanislas and Jamie Vardy cancelling each other out.

Hull City lacked motivation as they succumbed to a 7-1 defeat at home to Tottenham in what can be described as a statement win ahead of next season.

Harry Kane opened the scoring in the 11th-minute before bagging another in the 13th-minute. Dele Alli, who has been superb for Spurs this term, notched a goal right before half time.

Hull pulled one back through Sam Clucas in the 66th-minute, but Victor Wanyama issued a quick response with a goal of his own in the 69th-minute. Kane completed his hat-trick three minutes later whilst Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld closed the scoring.

A goal from Peter Crouch helped Stoke City to a 1-0 win away at Southampton whilst goals from Jordan Ayew and Fernando Llorente saw Swansea beat West Brom 2-1 with the Baggies’ goal coming courtesy of Johnny Evans.

Sam Vokes’ goal was not enough as West Ham beat Burnley 2-1 courtesy of Sofiane Feghouli and Andre Ayew.

End of Season Premier League Table​

premier league matchday 38

Highlights of Premier League Matchday 38 Games

Chelsea  vs Sunderland

 

Hull City vs Tottenham

 

Liverpool vs Middlesbrough

 

Arsenal vs Everton

 

Watford vs Manchester City

 

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

 

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He's well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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