Wk 20 table, reports, results

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Happy New Year unless you’re a Fox!

HPL result is shown in brackets, with official real-life score first.

Games with an HPL scoreline change in red.

Saturday, January 2

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle (1-0) Referee: Anthony Taylor

Leicester City 1-0 Bournemouth (0-0) Referee: Andre Marriner
Penalty missed by Mahrez after Francis’ tackle on Vardy is penalised, wrongly so, with a spot kick and red card. “It’s a brilliant tackle, one of the tackles of the season, he gets a touch on ball. For me, it is not a penalty kick,” says Eddie Howe, the Cherries boss. And Alan Shearer agrees on MOTD. So Leicester are still getting lucky at the start of the New Year but fail to take advantage – even against ten men. However, according to Shearer, they are unlucky that Marriner fails to award a penalty when Vardy is grounded at the death. Goals on Sunday host Chris Kamara also takes this view. But Sky Sports News HQ’s resident referee expert, Dermot Gallagher, disagrees (as does HPL but our vote doesn’t count here.)

Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City (2-1) Referee: Jonathan Moss

Norwich 2-0 Southampton (2-0) Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Sunderland 3-1 Aston Villa (3-1) Referee: Craig Pawson

Watford 1-2 Manchester City (1-3) Referee: Martin Atkinson
Fernandinho appeals for penalty, claiming Capoue impedes him as he goes for a flicked-on corner midway through second half. No chance of it being given in real life because it is Martin Atkinson with the whistle. HPL, though, can address it and point to the spot – even if MOTD fail to review it and the initial, therefore unreliable take of the channel’s commentator, Jonathan Pearce, is ‘no’ penalty.

West Brom 2-1 Stoke City (2-1) Referee: Lee Mason

West Ham 2-0 Liverpool (2-0) Referee: Robert Madley
Howard Webb, BT’s resident TV ref, reckons Liverpool are ‘unlucky’ to concede first goal as it was a foul on Moreno at the other end of the pitch. Maybe it was. But let’s not go down this sort of review route as there would be no flow to any game if we start looking at such incidents, and it is not as if Liverpool didn’t have a chance to stop the Hammers breaking the deadlock. This remains the thorniest of issues with the debate surrounding TV refereeing. Hence, best steer clear of it.

Sunday, January 3

Crystal Palace 3-0 Chelsea (3-0) Referee: Kevin Friend

Everton 1-1 Tottenham (1-1) Referee: Michael Oliver

 

HPL Table Week 20

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts PLPos (Pts)
1 Arsenal 20 14 1 5 37 18 19 43 1st (42)
2 Manchester City 20 12 3 5 40 20 20 39 3rd(39)
3 Tottenham 20 8 10 2 31 15 16 34 4th (36)
4 West Ham 20 9 7 4 31 23 8 34 6th(32)
5 Leicester City 20 8 10 2 35 29 6 34 2nd (40)
6 Manchester United 20 8 7 5 24 19 5 31 5th (33)
7 Watford 20 8 6 6 24 21 3 30 9th (29)
8 Crystal Palace 20 8 6 6 22 19 3 30 7th (31)
9 Everton 20 6 10 4 36 28 8 28 11th (27)
10 Chelsea 20 7 5 8 30 30 0 26 14th (23)
11 Norwich City 20 7 5 8 28 31 -3 26 15th (23)
12 Liverpool 20 7 5 8 22 26 -4 26 8th(30)
13 Southampton 20 5 10 5 26 25 1 25 13th (24)
14 West Brom 20 5 9 6 21 26 -5 24 12th (26)
15 Stoke City 20 5 8 7 19 23 -4 23 10th (29)
16 Bournemouth 20 6 4 10 24 37 -13 22 16th (21)
17 Sunderland 20 5 4 11 24 38 -14 19 19th (15)
18 Newcastle United 20 4 6 10 20 36 -16 18 18th (17)
19 Swansea City 20 4 5 11 19 26 -7 17 17th (19)
20 Aston Villa 20 1 5 14 16 39 -23 8 20th (8)

Wenger wonders – Snapshot Wk 20

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