Leicester and Mahrez in clear – Wk 35

mahrez v swansea

Pundits put Leicester and Mahrez in clear. Nothing to save North London pair.  Refs enjoy howler free weekend. 

The Hypothetical Premier League – making the wrongs right with TV refs.

Saturday, April 23

Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea Referee: Roger East

Aston Villa 2-4 Southampton Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Liverpool 2-2 Newcastle Utd Referee: Andre Marriner
Keown says ‘no penalty’ when Sturridge goes tumbling from Tiote challenge – supporting the ref’s decision, making any other verdict irrelevant.

Manchester City 4-0 Stoke City Referee: Robert Madley
Was anyone else shocked by Martin Keown’s merciless slaughter of Ryan Shawcross? Guilty of some poor defending for the City penalty, Shawcross is basically destroyed by the ex-Arsenal defender, who declares him utterly mediocre and below international standard.

Sunday, April 24

Sunderland 0-0 Arsenal Referee: Mike Dean
Penalty to Sunderland after Mertesacker’s two-arm block denies Defoe’s first-half rocket? If it is deliberate, then the Gunners’ BFG is a load faster than he has been letting on for the last three years. Dermot Gallagher says ‘no penalty’ on Sky Sports News HQ. That’s good enough for us. As for the one down the other end, it’s not even worth a look – as the Arsenal shot deflects off another Sunderland defender first.

Leicester City 4-0 Swansea City Referee: Mark Clattenburg
A suspicion of handball by Mahrez (pictured above) as he controls before scoring Leicester’s opener is ruled out by every pundit, ex-ref or player. The Foxes march on.

Monday, April 25

Tottenham 1-1 West Brom Referee Mike Jones
Mike Jones is charged with not spoiling a perfect weekend for the referees. Save failing to clamp down on Baggies’ rough tactics, which no doubt leads to Alli punching Yacob, Mr Jones just about survives.

The Hypothetical Premier League table Wk 35 (up to and including April 25)

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts PLPos (Pts)
1 Leicester City 35 18 13 4 63 38 25 67 1st (76)
2 Arsenal 35 20 6 9 62 36 26 66 4th (64)
3 Tottenham 35 17 14 4 62 25 37 65 2nd (69)
4 Manchester City 35 19 7 9 65 35 30 64 3rd (64)
5 West Ham United 34 18 10 6 60 42 18 64 6th (56)
6 Manchester United 34 16 8 10 43 33 10 56 5th (59)
7 Southampton 35 14 13 8 51 38 13 55 8th (54)
8 Liverpool 34 14 9 11 56 47 9 51 7th (55)
9 Chelsea 34 13 9 11 56 47 9 48 9th (47)
10 Everton 34 10 13 11 53 47 6 43 11th (41)
11 Bournemouth 35 12 6 16 45 64 -19 43 14th (41)
12 Stoke City 35 11 9 14 33 52 -19 42 10th (47)
13 Watford 34 10 10 14 31 38 -7 40 12th (41)
14 Newcastle United 35 9 11 15 41 62 -21 38 19th (30)
15 Swansea City 35 10 7 18 35 46 -11 37 15th (30)
16 Crystal Palace 35 8 12 15 35 48 -13 36 16th (39)
17 West Brom 35 7 15 12 33 46 -13 36 13th (41)
18 Sunderland 34 8 11 15 40 56 -16 35 17th (31)
19 Norwich City 34 8 10 16 40 58 -18 34 18th (31)
20 Aston Villa 35 4 6 25 26 71 -45 18 20th (16)

 

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