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EPL Match Day 22: What we learned
Match Day 22 is just about in the books in the EPL, with one match later today yet to be played (Watford vs. Swansea). Let's recap the weekend's action. Rooney won't quit You just can't count that man out. He's now scored in four consecutive matches for United and is keeping this team afloat on his own, answering critics left, right, and center. United weren't great in their 1-0 win over Liverpool (Rooney's goal was actually their only shot on goal), but they played extremely well defensively, as they have done for most of the season, and Rooney knocked in a scramble off a corner kick from good work by Fellaini to steal the win late on. Tough loss for Liverpool, who just have not gotten enough results recently. They can pretty much say goodbye to their top-4 hopes. City are reemerging as favorites Does anyone actually want to win the title? Arsenal and Leicester continue to drop points (both are winless in their last two), leaving the top of the table open again for Manchester City to climb their way back. After their 4-0 shellacking of Palace (sigh), they are within 1 point of joint leaders Leicester and Arsenal. Kun Aguero looked the best he has all season in this one and it's time that we start really looking at City as one of the favorites - not just handing it to Arsenal. Game on. The relegation battle is on This is the time in each season when it feels like even the teams at the very bottom start to put together some form and work to fight their way out of the basement. It's true of Villa, who now have four points in their past two matches (though they are still 8 points from safety); it's true of Newcastle, who surprisingly beat West Ham 2-1 to move up to 17th; and it's true of Bournemouth, who look like they may be staying up after all, especially after a big 3-0 win over rivals Norwich. I love watching the teams at the bottom of the table scrap for points, and today's Watford - Swansea match is a huge won for the Welsh side. Did you see any of the matches this weekend? @InPlainSight @AbdulrahmanSaad @trinityarcangel @thefeels @MarcusJiles @DerekGumtow @havic @yaakattackk @bnzatton @SherzTYCi @krishntejanand @addri @mishthi @andwas @NimishMathur @Sydsocquet @starli @kyleatekwana @BenjiPhilip @Eduardo14 @AshfakEjaaz @EmanueleYagoda
[25th-Apr-15] Match Preview: Newcastle - Swansea
Siem de Jong is fit for Newcastle leaving no injury concerns for manager John Carver. Swansea are without Klye Naughton and Bafetimbi Gomis, the latter of whom will return sometime next month. Defender Neail Taylor is also suspended for the Swans. Background Swansea are in a bit of a lull. Southampton are 9 points clear of them in 7th and Gomis has been nothing but quality for a side that would definitely benefit from his return. Swansea also need a draw from their remaining 5 games to set a club record for points in the Premier League. Newcastle are in a state of worry. Yes their 7 point cushion above relegation is nice, but with 5 to play it still could evaporate. Their defeat to Sunderland their 5th in a row to their fiercest rivals a few weeks ago and just one in a series of 6 straight,. Head-To-Head Newcastle have lost 6 straight matches, the first time since 1977 they were on such a poor run. John Carver has won only 2 of the 15 matches he has been in charge of and Newcastle have only managed 3 goals in their last 8 games in the Premier League. The Magpies have also lost 3 straight home games while having the 2nd worst defense in the league, their 54 goals only better than QPR's 59. they have just 1 win and 2 draws for 5 points total in their last 10 games. Swansea have won only 2 of their last 6 games but have scored in 9 of their previous 11 matches away from the Liberty Stadium. Despite being 8th, the Swans have had only 7 goalscorers all season, tied for the worst with Burnley. Prediction: I think the Swans attack fizzles out a bit with Gomis missing but Newcastle are so poor it shouldn't matter. Newcastle 0-1 Swansea