The Premier League teams ineptitude index 2018-19

Its awards time for the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who cant take throw-ins to others who revel in needless yellow cards Welcome to the Guardians fifth annual index of ineptitude, a catalogue of calamity, a prospectus of the piss-poor. As each season draws to a close, the best moments, players and teams of the year are all charted, celebrated and cheered. Which means that what comprises most of the rest of the Premier League experience is missed. So here is a (not always serious) commemoration of cackhandedness: heres where to cheer goalkeepers who help the opposition, those who cant score from 12 yards, players given cards for removing their shirts, and professionals who cant even …

Newcastle all but safe thanks to Ayoze Prezs header at Leicester

Newcastle United took a big step towards Premier League safety after Ayoze Prezs header gave them a 1-0 win at Leicester Rafael Bentez wrote the script and Brendan Rodgers had no answer to it. This was a textbook away win for Newcastle and it means, barring a freakish series of results, that they will finish above the Premier Leagues relegation places for a second season in a row. Bentez aims higher than that and wants pledges of investment from the clubs owner, Mike Ashley, before committing his future to Newcastle. But here, at least, Bentez and his team celebrated a deserved win, sealed by Ayoze Prezs first-half header. Leicester remain seventh but their European ambitions were damaged by this defeat, …

Mohamed Salah downs Chelsea and keeps Liverpool ahead of City

Sadio Man and Mohamed Salah scored second-half goals as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 to stay two points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League It was an arrow into the top corner of Chelseas goal and potentially the hearts of Manchester City from Mohamed Salah. The great players rise with pressure and the striker chose his moment and his spot to perfection to drive Liverpool over the most daunting hurdle remaining in their pursuit of the title. We can finally close the slipping book, Jrgen Klopp reflected. A greater sense of closure is tantalisingly within reach should City falter now. Parallels with the Chelsea visit that derailed Liverpools title pursuit in 2014 ran only as far …

Leroy San fires Manchester City past United to tip scales in title race

Manchester City replaced Liverpool at the top of the Premier League after Bernardo Silva and Leroy San scored in a 2-0 win at Manchester United Every season there is always one game in the title race when the team who are going to win the Premier League know it is going to be their year. One game when everything turns in their favour, all the hard work comes together and the supporters can think it is going to be a season to cherish. For Manchester City, was this that night? It certainly felt that way even if they still have to negotiate a tricky assignment at Burnley on Sunday before closing their season with a home game against Leicester and …

Own goal costs dear as Wolves rip into Manchester Uniteds top-four bid

An own goal from Manchester Uniteds Chris Smalling gave Wolves a deserved 2-1 win at Molineux Ole Gunnar Solskjr must be sick of the sight of Wolves. Only 17 days after being dumped out of the FA Cup quarter-finals by Nuno Esprito Santos increasingly impressive team, Manchester United suffered a defeat that could have severe ramifications for their hopes of finishing in the top four. A match that could not have got off to a better start, after Scott McTominay scored in only 13 minutes, ended with a third defeat in four matches and Solskjrs first since he was appointed the clubs permanent manager. That United were their own worst enemies compounded Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe Was this helpful? …

Liverpools title charge driven by Champions League pain, says Klopp

Jrgen Klopp believes his Liverpool team are fired by their Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid last season rather than a league slip-up against Chelsea five years ago Liverpool are driven in their pursuit of the Premier League title by the pain of last seasons 2-0 defeat derailed the title ambitions of Brendan Rodgers team. Klopp admits a determination to make amends is a factor in Liverpools challenge this season but cited defeat by Real Madrid last May as the source, not a different team under a different manager falling into Jos Mourinhos trap. It is not important to talk about what happened. It is too long ago, the Liverpool manager said. We have enough reasons to be positive …

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekends action

Neil Warnock cuts out the moaning, Jordan Henderson scythes through Chelsea and injuries may leave Spurs midfield blunted 1) Henderson relishing his licence to roam After 76 minutes, when he was withdrawn to a deafening ovation, Jordan Hendersons work was done. A lung-busting display by the Liverpool captain set the tone for a vital victory, a relentless performance typified by the moment when he burst to the byline and supplied a hanging cross for Sadio Man to convert. Henderson asked Jrgen Klopp if he could play further forward in a more natural No 8 role one he has impressed in for his country and he flourished there against Chelsea. Mohamed Salahs rocket, another peerless defensive display by Virgil van Dijk …

Jrgen Klopp blown away by Mohamed Salahs thunderbolt against Chelsea

The Liverpool manager said Mohamed Salahs goal was an outstanding finish Jrgen Klopp was blown away by the brilliance of Mohamed Salahs strike against Chelsea as he urged Liverpool to produce a flawless finish to the Premier League title race. Salah struck an astounding goal 142 seconds after Sadio Man opened the scoring at Anfield as Liverpool retook a two-point lead over Manchester City with Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Huddersfield relegated after Milivojevic puts Crystal Palace on way to win

Huddersfield became only the second Premier League team relegated before the end of March after Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt gave Crystal Palace a 2-0 win In the end there was a strange sense of symmetry about it all. A penalty from Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholts late goal sealed Huddersfields relegation at the ground where their adventure at this level began a little more than 18 months ago with a Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Liverpool get out of jail as Alderweirelds late own goal earns win over Spurs

Toby Alderweirelds 90th-minute own goal got Liverpool out of jail at Anfield as they edged to a crucial 2-1 win over Tottenham The clock was seconds away from the 90-minute mark when the final, decisive blow sparked euphoric scenes at Anfield. Liverpool were a few minutes of stoppage-time away from a result that who knows? could have been a grievous setback. But then the ball was aimed high towards Mohamed Salah at the far post and what happened next, put bluntly, changed everything. Suddenly it did not seem quite so important that Salah had played so far below his point of maximum expression. Hugo Lloris, who can be surprisingly error-prone for a World Cup-winning goalkeeper, had not been able to …

Son Heung-min christens new stadium with first Spurs goal in win over Palace

Son Heung-min scored the first ever goal at Tottenhams new stadium in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace a victory which helped Spurs regain third place They had come to marvel and to party but what the Tottenham hordes truly wanted from the night when their jawdropping new stadium was unveiled was a win: a tonic to reenergise their faltering push for a top-four finish. The nervous excitement crackled, particularly during a helter-skelter first half, and there were times when Daniel Levy, the big boss as Mauricio Pochettino had called him on Tuesday, might have given his 1bn kingdom for a goal. Further dropped points were not a part of his script. Then it happened. The honour of marking this …

Mohamed Salah misses reflect Liverpool forwards loss of edge | Jonathan Wilson

The solidity of Jrgen Klopps team in defence has come at a cost in attack and against Everton they passed up five decent chances in a draw that kept them off the top Another Sunday away against a local rival, another goalless draw, and another point that will either be what ended up winning Liverpool the league or that ended up costing them the title. Thats the problem with games like these: it can never be said an away point in such an environment is a bad result, but equally too many of such outcomes could be costly. And again there is the underlying thought that something has gone wrong with the forward line, that just when Liverpool could have …

Aubameyang atones from spot to help Arsenal leapfrog Manchester United

Granit Xhaka and a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal a 2-0 win over Manchester United to go fourth in the Premier League After the the euphoria of Paris Manchester United tasted Premier League defeat for the first time under Ole Gunnar Solskjr. This topsy-turvy season continues to confound and, as the dust settled, the fight for third and fourth places in the top-flight table could not be more tantalisingly poised. Arsenal had been abject in the 3-1 defeat in France on Thursday in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 but they found a way to maintain their imposing form at the Emirates Stadium. It was not a vintage display but one in which they laboured for …

Man and Firmino lead Liverpools 4-2 win over Burnley to keep City in sight

Liverpool kept the gap behind the Premier League leaders, Manchester City, to a point with a 4-2 win against Burnley with two goals each from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Man It would be too simplistic to say Liverpool responded to the test of nerve set by Manchester City. Jrgen Klopps contenders have been doing that since the first day of this enthralling title race. This was a test of nerve, quality and composure set by Burnley, the match officials plus the elements and they delivered on all counts to remind the champions that, as Klopp defiantly put it, nobody gets rid of us. Liverpool remain on Citys shoulder courtesy of an impressive but far from routine home victory over Sean …

Romelu Lukaku strikes twice as Manchester United beat Southampton

Romelu Lukakus late winner secured a thrilling 3-2 victory for Manchester United over Southampton at Old Trafford Ole Gunnar Solskjrs 10th win in 12 Premier League games did not come without a scare Manchester United trailed at the interval to Yan Valerys stunning strike and had to overcome spirited resistance when Southampton fought back to 2-2 late in the second half but two goals from a rejuvenated Romelu Lukaku kept their revival on the road. Paul Pogba missed the chance to give the scoreline a flattering gloss when he saw a stoppage-time penalty saved, though going down to four goals would have been very hard on a spirited Southampton. Romelu is a quality striker with a goalscorers instincts, Solskjr said. …