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By Nick Boardman – Summer Staff Writer
It’s a day that’s been a long time coming. 352 days ago Premier League teams began their quest to win the 2019-20 Premier League and only now has the season ended. A season of two phases: pre- and post-coronavirus pause. This season will ultimately go down in history as the one broken up by a global pandemic, but Liverpool fans will remember it very differently. Last week, the Liverpool squad lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time in the club’s history. Keep reading to see what else happened in the past seven days in the Prem!
The final table’s most important positions:
Champions League: Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea
Europa League: Leicester City, Tottenham, Wolves (if Arsenal do not beat Chelsea in the FA Cup Final)
Relegation: Bournemouth, Watford, Norwich City
If you missed last Monday’s recap, be sure to check it out so you can stay up to date on all things Premier League. Also, take a look at the predictions from our season restart preview in comparison with the final table to see how our predictions panned out now that the season is done.
Sheffield United 0-1 Everton (Highlights)
Despite finding some success in the past couple of matches, Sheffield’s overall poor form since the restart continued in this 1-0 loss to Everton. Richarlison’s header just 57 seconds into the second half capped off the scoring on the day – the Brazilian found himself unmarked inside Sheffield’s box off a free kick and made no mistake with the header.
Brighton 0-0 Newcastle (Highlights)
A combined four shots on target in this match says it all: each time had a couple half decent chances but nothing extraordinary. Goalkeepers Mat Ryan and Martin Dúbravka both made sure their teams secured a point in this match.
Wolves 2-0 Crystal Palace (Highlights)
Wolves got an important three points to keep their hunt for European football alive. Daniel Podence’s header late in the first half and Jonny’s turnaround finish in the 68th minute were enough to give Wolves a win. Crystal Palace extended their losing streak since the pause.
Watford 0-4 Manchester City (Highlights)
In desperate need of points to survive relegation from the Premier League, Watford surprisingly sacked their manager with just two games remaining. In this match, the first of their final two, Manchester City completely outgunned the Hornets as City bagged two goals in each half.
Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal (Highlights)
Villa shocked Arsenal in this match just a few days after Arsenal defeated Manchester City in the FA Cup Semi-Finals. The surprise win gives Villa hope going into the final weekend of the Premier League against West Ham, while Arsenal seem to have lost out on a top seven finish in the league this year.
Manchester United 1-1 West Ham (Highlights)
Manchester United were looking to jump to 3rd place with a win in this match, but West Ham had Premier League survival in their sights. A point and results elsewhere would render them safe for next season, and that’s exactly what they got. West Ham forward Michail Antonio continued his fine form for the Hammers and scored late in the first half.
Liverpool 5-3 Chelsea (Highlights)
The 5-3 scoreline says it all: this was an absolutely insane match, topped off with some drama between managers Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard. American Christian Pulisic came off the bench for Chelsea and turned a 4-1 scoreline into a 4-3 scoreline within 15 minutes, but Chelsea ultimately couldn’t get the job done against the champions. They’ll fight for their Champions League hopes against Wolves on Saturday.
Chelsea 2-0 Wolves (Highlights)
To earn a place in the 2020-21 Champions League, all Chelsea had to do was not lose to Wolves. The Blues were able to do that thanks to two first half stoppage time goals, one brilliant free kick from Mason Mount and one hard-working goal from Olivier Giroud. Chelsea ended the season in 4th and still have the FA Cup Final to play against Arsenal. Wolves will have their eye on that match – after finishing in 7th, if Arsenal loses the FA Cup Final, Wolves will get the Premier League’s final bid to the Europa League qualifiers.
Leicester City 0-2 Manchester United (Highlights)
Manchester United recovered from their poor form at the beginning of the season and finished in 3rd place thanks to this 2-0 win over Leicester, who dropped to 5th. Bruno Fernandes scored his 8th Premier League goal for United since joining the club in January. Leicester striker Jamie Vardy became the oldest Golden Boot winner at age 33, having scored 23 goals throughout the season.
Southampton 3-1 Sheffield United (Highlights)
Since the end of November, Southampton have been one of the most successful teams in the Premier League (5th place if the season started November 23!) – and today, they showed that fine form. Danny Ings scored his 22nd goal of the season to kill the game in the 84th minute, good for second place in the Golden Boot race.
Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool (Highlights)
Liverpool capped off their historic Premier League season with a come-from-behind 3-1 win against Newcastle. The home side got off to a strong start, scoring in the 1st minute through Dwight Gayle. But goals from Virgil Van Dijk, Divock Origi, and Sadio Mané left the Reds on 99 points for the season.
West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa (Highlights)
Villa pulled off a miracle survival campaign following the coronavirus pause and this game capped off their fight for survival. Club captain Jack Grealish scored the crucial goal in the 84th minute, but Villa made it hard for themselves by conceding a goal just a minute later. Thanks to results elsewhere, the extra point means that Villa will play in the Premier League next season.
Burnley 1-2 Brighton (Highlights)
This was one of the few games which meant little in the final table of the Premier League – both teams were safe from relegation, and neither were fighting for European competition. Brighton ultimately came up on top in this one thanks to goals from Yves Bissouma (a beautiful goal) and Aaron Connolly, putting them in 15th for the season. Burnley finished the season in a very respectable 10th place.
Arsenal 3-2 Watford (Highlights)
Watford needed at least a point to survive relegation from the Premier League and they nearly got it. Things were bleak for the Hornets early, as they went down 3-0 by the 33rd minute. Watford had it turned around to 3-2 by the 66th minute, but just couldn’t find that crucial goal to keep them in the Premier League.
Manchester City 5-0 Norwich City (Highlights)
In David Silva’s final game in the sky blue of Manchester City, his squad absolutely demolished last place Norwich City. Kevin De Bruyne scored two slick goals and equalled the Premier League record for assists in a season with 20. Raheem Sterling also scored to get his 20th of the season.
Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham (Highlights)
With results going their way, Tottenham was able to leapfrog Wolves into 6th place in the Premier League thanks to a 1-1 draw versus Crystal Palace. Harry Kane scored his 18th goal of the season in just his 29th appearance – he could’ve challenged for the golden boot without the injury he sustained before the pause.
Everton 1-3 Bournemouth (Highlights)
To survive relegation, Bournemouth needed to win and hope that both Watford and Aston Villa would lose. Survival ultimately didn’t pan out for them, but they did their part thanks to goals from Joshua King, Dominic Solanke, and Junior Stanislas.
So, The Premier League is done – the table is determined and we now know who will be playing in the Champions League, Europa League, and Championship next season. The next couple of months will be bleak without the Premier League, but we don’t have to wait too long as the 2020-21 Premier League season is scheduled to begin on September 12! Until then, that’s all for the Blitz’s coverage of the Premier League.
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