- The HPL 2015-16 review
- Arsenal champs. West Brom down – Wk 38
- Sky Ref keeps Arsenal top. Toon safe! Wk 37
- Gunners top, Foxes slip, Irons poised – Wk 36
- Leicester and Mahrez in clear – Wk 35
- Vardy in red card Moss – Wk 34
- Carroll elbow kills Arsenal – Wk 33
- Norwich up Newcastle down – Wk 32
- Bilic spot on over Irons hard luck
- West Ham hefty penalty – Wk 31
- Hand of Wes escapes – Wk 30
- The Hypothetical Premier League
- Foxes top for first time – Wk 29
- Top four so tight – Wk 28
- LVG floors Arsene title bid – Wk 27
- Time’s up for LVG’s United – Wk 25
- TV Eye, TV Refs
- Newcastle and Villa ripped off – Wk 23
- Martinez after Instant Karma
- Wk 21/22 table, reports, results
- Wenger Wonders
- Wk 20 table, reports, results
- Wk 19 table, reports, results
- Wk 18 table, reports, results
- Wk 17 table, reports, results
Norwich up Newcastle down – Wk 32
- Updated: 05/04/2016
Missed handball gives Norwich lift over relegation rivals Newcastle. Leicester stroll on amid Simpson controversy.
The Hypothetical Premier League, using video referees for the crunch calls.
Matches with HPL scoreline change in red (real-life result in brackets).
Saturday, April 2.
Arsenal 4-0 Watford Referee: Anthony Taylor
Aston Villa 0-4 Chelsea Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Bournemouth 0-4 Manchester City Referee: Robert Madley
Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham Referee: Jonathan Moss
Norwich 2-2 Newcastle Utd (3-2) Referee: Mike Dean
The pundits reckon there is a double handball before Olsson smashes in the Canaries’ late winner. So it’s a draw in the HPL.
Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City (2-2) Referee: Martin Atkinson
Mark Hughes suggests Sigurdsson, in an offside position, moves out of the way of Swansea’s equalising strike – and the video review proves the point. As for his claim his Stoke don’t get these sort of decisions – hahahahaha! Even taking this injustice into account, the Potters have FIVE points too many in real life!
Sunderland 0-0 West Brom Referee: Roger East
Late Sunderland strike ruled offside (pic below), brilliantly so by the linesman, who gets no name check whatsoever. An unsung hero for Norwich and Newcastle.
West Ham 2-2 Crystal Palace Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Kouyate sending off, which changed the second half flow heavily in Palace’s favour, is never a straight red, according to the majority of pundits. Hasty Mark Clattenburg goes to his top pocket almost before the lunge is complete. It should have been a booking and is rescinded two days later but that is decant consolation to the unhappy Hammers after a wretched run of bad decisions.
Sunday, April 3.
Leicester City 1-0 Southampton Referee: Michael Oliver
So MOTD2’s Kev Kilbane reckons it is a penalty when Simpson arm stops Mane’s shot at 0-0 (main picture). But Dermot G does not because the Leicester defender is running and his arm is in a natural position. So it’s over to Andy Townsend and Chris Sutton on BBC5Live but they say ‘yes’ and ‘no’, respectively. This is an HPL potential title-decider decision – and right now we are going with Oliver as there is no clear proof it’s deliberate – unlike, for example, Morgan two weeks earlier v Newcastle. As for Huth’s late handball, it strikes his left arm from close range and, rightly, is ignored by Oliver.
Manchester United 1-0 Everton Referee: Andre Marriner
The HPL Table Wk 32 (up to and including Sunday, April 3)
|1||Leicester City||32||16||13||3||54||35||19||61||1st (69)|
|4||Manchester City||31||17||6||8||56||32||24||57||4th (54)|
|5||West Ham United||31||15||10||6||50||36||14||55||6th (51)|
|6||Manchester United||31||14||8||9||40||31||9||50||5th (53)|
|10||Stoke City||32||11||9||11||32||39||-7||42||8th (47)|
|14||Swansea City||32||9||7||16||34||39||-5||34||15th (37)|
|15||Crystal Palace||31||8||10||13||33||43||-10||34||16th (34)|
|16||West Brom||31||7||13||10||30||40||-10||34||11th (40)|
|17||Norwich City||32||8||9||15||39||54||-15||33||17th (31)|
|19||Newcastle United||31||7||10||14||34||57||-23||31||19th (25)|
|20||Aston Villa||32||4||6||22||23||64||-41||18||20th (16)|