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Premier League is over

24 May
Liverpool paid tribute to defender Sami Hyypia in his last game for the club.

Liverpool paid tribute to defender Sami Hyypia in his last game for the club.

  • Newcastle, Middlesbrough and West Brom will be playing championship football next year.
  • Everton, Aston Villa, and Fulham will all be playing in the Europa Cup next season.
  • Liverpool finished second, four points back from MU.  Chelsea was third and Arsenal fourth.
  • Sami Hyypia played his last game for Liverpool today in a 3-1 win over Tottenham.  He’s played 10 seasons for the Reds and will be headed to Bayern Leverkusen on a two-year deal.
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Relegation battle at the forefront of final Premier League weekend

22 May

premier-league-badgeIt’s the final weekend of the Premier League season.  =( After the weekend, there’s no more Premier League football til August and that makes me sad. Anyways, action this weekend will be heavily focused on the bottom of the table to see which two teams will join West Brom and play championship football next season. West Brom became the first club to go down after losing to Liverpool last week. Newcastle, Sunderland, Hull City and Middlesbrough will all fight to stay in the top flight. I’m not going to try to explain the various scenarios, it’s way too complicated – just read them all here. MU wrapped up the title last weekend so there’s not much drama in the top half.  Aston Villa will be fighting for fifth while Fulham looks to secure the seventh Europa Cup spot against Everton.

Sunday, May 24
Arsenal vs. Stoke City
Aston Villa vs. Newcastle
Blackburn vs. West Brom
Fulham vs. Everton
Hull City vs. Manchester United – Fox Soccer Channel – 11 a.m. ET (Live)
Liverpool vs. Tottenham
Manchester City vs. Bolton
Sunderland vs. Chelsea
West Ham vs. Middlesbrough  – Fox Soccer Channel – 1 p.m. ET (Live)
Wigan vs. Portsmouth

*On a side note, it bugs me that FSC is showing a replay of Manchester United vs. Tottenham on Saturday and then showing their game against Hull live on Sunday.  I know they are champs, but I’m slightly sick of the MU love.  The live game I can understand because it’s an important game in the relegation battle (as is the West Ham/Boro game that will also be shown).  It’s the replay on Saturday that really grinds my gears (it wasn’t even a great game!).

Premier League Schedule for May 16-18

15 May

Saturday, May 16

Manchester United vs. Arsenal – MU can wrap up the title (sigh) with a win or draw.  Go Gunners.

Bolton vs. Hull City – Hull desperately need to win if they want to stay in the top flight.

Everton vs. West Ham – West Ham needs a win if they want a shot at the 7th and final Europa Cup spot. (Fox Soccer Channel – 11:30 a.m. ET Live)

Middlesbrough vs. Aston Villa – Boro need a win to keep hope of staying up alive, Villa just needs to end the season on a good note.

Newcastle vs. Fulham – A win for Newcastle would most likely keep them in the Premier League another season.

Stoke City vs. Wigan – Not too much to play for as both teams are mid-table. (Fox Soccer Channel – 6:30 p.m. ET Delayed)

Tottenham vs. Manchester City – Both teams are making a push for Europe as the season winds down. (Fox Soccer Channel – 10 a.m. ET Live)

Sunday, May 17

West Brom vs. Liverpool – West Brom desperately need a win if they hope to stay up.  Might not matter much for Liverpool depending on Saturday’s results.

Chelsea vs. Blackburn – Likely to see more whining from Chelsea in this one – that’s how they roll. (Fox Soccer Channel – 11 a.m. ET Live)

Monday, May 18

Portsmouth vs. Sunderland – A win for Sunderland would greatly ease any fears of relegation.

Sigh, Liverpool needs a lot of help

15 May

Quick hits from the past week:

  • I ran a half marathon Saturday, so pardon the lack of posts. 
  • Liverpool beat West Ham, 3-0, behind a brace from captain Steven Gerrard to keep their slim title hopes alive.  The Reds need Arsenal and Hull to pull off HUGE upsets of ManU if there is any hope for the title.
  • Manchester United defeated Manchester City at the weekend, 2-0, and Wigan on Wednesday, 2-1, to take a six point lead at the top of the table.  The Red Devils only need one more point from their remaining two games (at home to Arsenal, away to Hull) to win the league title for the third straight year.
  • Newcastle defeated Middlesbrough, 3-1, to move out of the relegation zone.  Hull City, Boro and West Brom are currently headed down.
  • As the season winds down, the transfer talk gets louder, but I will not address it much unless something actually happens.  Currently, the rumour of Liverpool’s Xabio Alonso to Arsenal is my least favorite.
  • Steven Gerrard was named the 2009 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers Association, an award he clearly deserves.  He beat out MU’s Ryan Giggs (who scooped the PFA award) and Rio Ferdinand for the honor.  Chairman of the FWA Steve Bates, chief football writer for The People, said, “Steven’s performances this season have been of the highest quality.  His drive and desire have underpinned Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge and ensured a tight finish to the season.  Steven is clearly in his prime and quite rightly rated one of the finest midfield players of his generation, and the FWA are delighted to honour his contribution to club and country.”

Manchester United stays top, Champions League back in action this week

5 May

Manchester United defeated Middlesbrough 2-0 to stay at the top of the Premier League.  Liverpool stayed close with a 3-0 win over Newcastle.  Boro, Newcastle and West Brom are all currently in the bottom three with only three games remaining.  Newcastle and Boro play each other at the weekend and it could be a crucial battle to determine who stays and who goes.

In the Champions League, Manchester United and Arsenal play the second leg of their semifinal today beginning at 2:30 ET.  The game can be seen on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com.  The Red Devils have a 1-0 lead going into the Emirates today.  On Wednesday, Chelsea hosts Barcelona after the two sides played to a scoreless draw at Camp Nou.  That match can also be seen on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com.

Premier League Schedule for April 25-26

24 Apr

Saturday, April 25

Bolton vs. Aston Villa – 4:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer Channel (Delayed)
Everton vs. Manchester City
Fulham vs. Stoke City
Hull vs. Liverpool
West Brom vs. Sunderland
West Ham vs. Chelsea – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Channel (Live)
Manchester United vs. Tottenham – 12:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer Channel (Live)

Sunday, April 26

Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough
Blackburn vs. Wigan – 11 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Channel (Live)

Premier League & FA Cup Results – April 17 and 18

19 Apr

Tim Howard saves Rio Ferdinand's penalty in the FA Cup semifinal.

Tim Howard saves Rio Ferdinand's penalty in the FA Cup semifinal.

FA Cup

Everton ended Manchester United’s chance for a quintuple* with a 4-2 shootout victory in the FA Cup semifinal today.  Tim Howard was the hero for Everton, saving penalties from Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand.  Everton will face Chelsea in the final after the Blues defeated Arsenal 2-1 on Saturday, thanks to an 84th minute Didier Drogba goal.

Premier League

Middlesbrough 0
Fulham 0

Portsmouth 1 (Kanu 76)
Bolton 0

Stoke 1 (Lawrence 75)
Blackburn 0

Sunderland 1 (Cisse 45)
Hull City 0

Aston Villa 1 (Heskey 11)
West Ham 1 (Tristan 85)

Tottenham 1 (Bent 24)
Newcastle 0

Manchester City 4 (Robinho 8, Onuoha 21, Elano 56 – pen, Sturridge 90)
West Brom 2 (Brunt 37, 54)

*Everyone was referring to the Manchester United bid to win the Club World Cup, Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and the Carling Cup.  They’ve already won the Club World Cup and the Carling Cup.  HOWEVER, I refuse to recognize ManU as “world champions” because the best teams in the world did not participate in the Club World Cup.  Not that it really matters anymore since they lost in the FA Cup semis.  There is no more chance at the so-called “quintuple”.  The thought of Manchester United winning all that makes me want to barf.