Gunners top, Foxes slip, Irons poised – Wk 36

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The Hypothetical Premier League – using video refs for the crunch calls.

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

Saturday, April 30

Arsenal 1-0 Norwich Referee: Mike Jones

Everton 2-1 Bournemouth Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Newcastle Utd 1-0 Crystal Palace Referee: Mike Dean
Cisse handball or not? Well, Cabaye’s failure to convert Mike Dean’s controversial penalty award for Palace renders the entire debate pointless – much like the visitors, who in the HPL are far from safe. Meanwhile, Rafa’s Newcastle continue to climb. They are now five points clear of danger.

Stoke City 1-1 Sunderland Referee: Craig Pawson
Another late handball, this time correctly punished with a Sunderland penalty – coolly converted by Defoe.

West Brom 0-3 West Ham Referee: Lee Mason

Watford 3-2 Aston Villa Referee: Anthony Taylor

Sunday, May 1

Manchester United 2-2 Leicester City (1-1) Referee: Michael Oliver.
Mahrez is clearly fouled in the first half. No penalty given by still haphazard Oliver. Then Drinkwater fouls Martial inside the area in the second half. Oliver sends off the Leicester man but fails to point to the spot, wrongly awarding a free kick instead. The only blessing is two wrongs make it all alright – though a point  for Leicester means Arsenal are back on top.

Southampton 4-2 Manchester City Referee: Andre Marriner

Swansea 3-1 Liverpool Referee: Roger East

Monday, May 2

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Referee: Mark Clattenburg
A crackling, red-hot, vicious derby with the soon-to-be deposed champions hell-bent on preventing their north London rivals succeeding them. Tough game for Clotto. With video refs there would have been at least three Spurs red cards – for Lamela (stamp on Fabregas), for Dier (shocker on Hazard) and for Dembele (eye poke on Costa). Clattenburg saw the Dier horror foul but played advantage to Chelsea and never returned to the crime. Weird. As it is, Spurs continue to lose ground on the HPL leaders.

The Hypothetical Premier League table Week 36 (up to and including May 2)

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts PLPos (Pts)
1 Arsenal 36 21 6 9 63 36 27 69 3rd (67)
2 Leicester City 36 18 14 4 65 40 25 68 1st (77)
3 West Ham United 35 19 10 6 63 42 21 67 6th (59)
4 Tottenham 36 17 15 4 64 27 37 66 2nd (70)
5 Manchester City 36 19 7 10 67 39 28 64 4th (64)
6 Southampton 36 15 13 8 55 40 15 58 7th (57)
7 Manchester United 35 16 9 10 45 35 10 57 5th (60)
8 Liverpool 35 14 9 12 57 50 7 51 8th (55)
9 Chelsea 35 13 10 12 58 49 9 49 9th (48)
10 Everton 35 11 13 11 55 48 7 46 11th (44)
11 Watford 35 11 10 14 34 40 -6 43 12th (44)
12 Stoke City 36 11 10 14 34 53 -19 43 10th (48)
13 Bournemouth 36 12 6 17 46 66 -20 43 15th (41)
14 Newcastle United 36 10 11 15 42 62 -20 41 17th (33)
15 Swansea City 36 11 7 18 38 47 -9 40 13th (43)
16 Crystal Palace 36 8 12 16 35 49 -14 36 16th (39)
17 Sunderland 35 8 12 15 41 57 -16 36 18th (32)
18 West Brom 36 7 15 13 33 49 -16 36 14th (41)
19 Norwich City 35 8 10 17 40 59 -19 34 19th (31)
20 Aston Villa 36 4 6 26 28 74 -46 18 20th (16)

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