- 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
Sky Ref keeps Arsenal top. Toon safe! Wk 37
- Updated: 22/05/2016
Arsenal cling on thanks to Dermot Gallagher. Rafa’s Toon are safe (well, they should be).
The Hypothetical Premier League, using video refs for the crunch calls.
Matches with HPL score change in red always (real-life result in brackets).
Saturday, May 8
Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle Utd Referee Robert Madley
Bournemouth 1-1 West Brom Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Leicester City 3-1 Everton Referee: Andre Marriner.
Both penalties awarded to the real-life champions Leicester seem spot on – even if the second is blasted high over bar by FWA Play of the Year, Vardy. So an EPL and HPL Double remains a distinct possibility for Claudio’s Kings.
Norwich 1-1 Manchester United (0-1) Referee: Craig Pawson
Carrick pull down Brady in first half…is that a penalty? HPL thinks so. Yes Brady made a meal of it after he is tugged back but fact is Carrick does this in order to get ahead of the Norwich player and then clears the cross which is meant for his opponent.
Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea Referee: Mike Jones
Mr Jones sends Terry for an early bath and ends the skipper’s Chelsea career prematurely.
West Ham 1-3 Swansea City (1-4) Referee: Michael Oliver
Routledge is so offside when scoring Swansea’s opener it is stupid. What a hammer blow to the Irons’ HPL hopes…talk about cracking when the stakes get high.
Sunday, May 8
Liverpool 2-1 Watford Referee: Lee Mason
Manchester City 2-3 Arsenal (2-2) Referee: Anthony Taylor
Dermot Gallagher on SSNHQ Ref watch gives the game away by admitting it should be a penalty when Giroud and Sanchez are fouled in the City (pictured above) area at the same corner but that Taylor is right not to give it as ‘it’s week 37 and you can’t start giving them one week before the season ends.’ Fair enough, only the HPL has been giving these for the last 36 weeks and we’re not stopping now. Fair enough? And while we are giving Dermot the boot in a week;’s time we can’t do that now without wrecking 38 week’ work. So Gunners stay top, by a point – with one match to go.
Tottenham 1-2 Southampton Referee: Jonathan Moss
Tuesday, May 10
West Ham 3-2 Manchester United Referee: Mike Dean
Loads of fireworks but, amazingly none to do with Dean as Bilic’s men move to within two points of leaders Arsenal. While here, did anyone see a day earlier, Dermot Gallagher defend Dean over that straight red card for that poor Brighton striker Stevens on Saturday in the crunch Championship showdown versus Boro. Dermot cannot be considered reliable after this season if he persists in such worrying fashion. He suggests Dean is right to get the yellow out at first and then change his mind and the colour to red after seeing blood on the injured Middlesbrough player Ramirez. That is the most mindless piece of nonsense heard all season from anybody on anything. Luckily, SSNHQ pundits, Peter Taylor and Stuart Pearce both later speak out to decry Gallagher’s flagrant, unashamed love-in with Mr. Dean. Not for the first time this season, he has behaved like this. Hence, it will be a red for DG for next year.
Wednesday, May 11
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea Referee: Michael Oliver
Norwich 4-2 Watford Referee: Roger East
Sunderland 3-0 Everton Referee: Anthony Taylor
The Hypothetical Premier League table Week 37 – football with TV refs.
|2||Leicester City||37||19||14||4||68||41||27||71||1st (80)|
|3||West Ham United||37||20||10||7||67||47||20||70||6th (62)|
|5||Manchester City||37||19||7||11||69||42||27||64||4th (65)|
|7||Manchester United||37||16||10||11||48||39||9||58||5th (63)|
|12||Swansea City||37||12||7||18||41||48||-7||43||11th (46)|
|14||Stoke City||37||11||10||16||36||58||-22||43||10th (48)|
|16||Newcastle United||37||10||12||15||42||62||-20||42||18th (34)|
|17||Crystal Palace||37||9||12||16||37||50||-13||39||14th (42)|
|18||Norwich City||37||9||11||17||45||62||-17||38||19th (34)|
|19||West Brom||37||7||16||14||34||50||-16||37||15th (42)|
|20||Aston Villa||37||4||7||26||28||74||-46||19||20th (17)|