Sky Ref keeps Arsenal top. Toon safe! Wk 37

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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.  

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts PLPos (Pts)
1 Arsenal 37 22 6 9 66 38 28 72 3rd (68)
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)
4 Tottenham 37 17 15 5 65 29 36 66 2nd (70)
5 Manchester City 37 19 7 11 69 42 27 64 4th (65)
6 Southampton 37 16 13 8 57 41 16 61 7th (60)
7 Manchester United 37 16 10 11 48 39 9 58 5th (63)
8 Liverpool 37 15 10 12 60 52 8 55 8th (59)
9 Chelsea 37 13 11 13 61 53 8 50 9th (49)
10 Everton 37 11 13 13 56 54 2 46 12th (44)
11 Bournemouth 37 12 8 17 47 67 -20 44 16th (42)
12 Swansea City 37 12 7 18 41 48 -7 43 11th (46)
13 Watford 37 11 10 16 37 46 -9 43 13th (44)
14 Stoke City 37 11 10 16 36 58 -22 43 10th (48)
15 Sunderland 37 10 12 15 47 59 -12 42 17th (38)
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)

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