West Ham hefty penalty – Wk 31

West Ham 4 points adrift with game in hand

West Ham are unluckiest at top after Bridge trip.

The Hypothetical Premier League, using video referees for the crunch calls.

Matches with HPL scoreline change in red (real-life result in brackets).

Saturday, March 20

Antonio clips Loftus-Cheek outside box

Chelsea 1-2 West Ham (2-2) Referee: Robert Madley
Tough call at full throttle but replays show Loftus-Cheek is fouled outside the area by Antonio (pictured above). Everybody says no penalty, so here at HPL we do too. The Hammers’ title hopes are very much alive in our parallel universe. With a game in hand, they are FOUR points behind leaders Leicester. Little wonder manager Slaven Bilic, co-owner David Sullivan and noisy son Jack are complaining. As we know, this is not the first time West Ham  have been crippled by a whistleblower. 

Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester City (0-1) Referee: Mike Jones
That’s surely a Leicester penalty when Huth has his shirt removed by Dann, albeit it slips off very swiftly. Ref watch on SSN HQ agrees.

shirt-less Huth appeals v Palace

Huth appeals after losing shirt on back

West Brom 0-1 Norwich Referee: Anthony Taylor

Everton 0-3 Arsenal (0-2) Referee Mark Clattenburg
Sanchez is fouled – probably twice – in the box and BT Sport’s TV ref Howard Webb is quick to point to the spot. Gallagher gives the same verdict.

Arsenal’s Sanchez sent flying at Everton

Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa Referee: Mike Dean
Is there a new directive stating two bookings does not equal red? Dean must think so after not sending off Cissokho for two of the clearest cautionary offences.

Watford 1-2 Stoke City Referee: Craig Pawson
You have to go with lino’s call that Arnautovic’s ponytail strays offside. Haircut for the Stoke man.

Sunday, March 21

Manchester City 1-2 Manchester United (0-1) Referee: Michael Oliver
It’s a City penalty when Mangala is bundled over in box. Dermot Gallagher backs this up in Ref Watch. Yes, they happen all the time but they would soon fade if caught by CKTV – that’s Corner Kick TV. However, two wrongs soon make a right when Demichelis brings down Rashford and Michael ‘I’m in meltdown’ Oliver fails to award anything. “he will be beating himself up over that,” admits DG. The guy needs a break, further highlighted by him not sending off Smalling for two bookings.

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland Referee: Martin Atkinson

Southampton 4-2 Liverpool (3-2) Referee: Roger East
Lovren’s shove in Long’s is a clear penalty for the Saints. It’s 0-0 at the time. Luckily for Mr East, it does not affect the result, courtesy of Liverpool’s absurd late collapse.

Tottenham 3-0 Bournemouth Referee: Neil Swarbrick

 

HPL Table Week 31 (up to and including Sunday, March 20)

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts PLPos (Pts)
1 Leicester City 31 15 13 3 53 35 18 58 1st (66)
2 Tottenham 31 15 12 4 52 23 29 57 2nd (61)
3 Arsenal 30 17 5 8 51 31 20 56 3rd (55)
4 Manchester City 30 16 6 8 52 32 20 54 4th (51)
5 West Ham United 30 15 9 6 48 34 14 54 5th (50)
6 Southampton 31 12 12 7 43 33 10 48 7th (47)
7 Manchester United 30 13 8 9 39 31 8 47 6th (50)
8 Chelsea 30 11 9 10 48 42 6 42 10th (41)
9 Liverpool 29 12 6 11 45 42 3 42 9th (44)
10 Everton 30 10 10 9 51 40 11 40 12th (38)
11 Stoke City 31 10 9 11 30 38 -8 39 8th (46)
12 Bournemouth 31 11 6 14 40 53 -13 39 13th (38)
13 Watford 30 9 9 12 28 30 -2 36 14th (37)
14 Swansea City 31 9 7 15 33 37 -4 34 15th (36)
15 Crystal Palace 30 8 9 13 31 41 -10 33 16th (33)
16 West Brom 30 7 12 10 30 40 -10 33 11th (39)
17 Norwich City 31 8 8 15 37 52 -15 32 17th (28)
18 Sunderland 30 7 9 14 37 53 -16 30 18th (26)
19 Newcastle United 30 7 9 14 32 55 -23 30 19th (25)
20 Aston Villa 31 4 6 21 23 60 -37 18 20th (16)

 

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