Leicester moon rising – Wk 24

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Garde’s Villa left in a right Moss.

Hypothetical Premier League result in brackets, official real-life score first.

Games with an HPL scoreline change in red.

Tuesday, February 2

Arsenal 0-0 Southampton (0-0) Referee: Lee Mason
Giroud’s ripped shirt suggests penalty but it also could be argued the Arsenal kit is not as tough as it once was. Nobody even mentions the incident post-match, so it’s the ref’s call here.
Let’s face it, these incidents are nothing new in our game.  However, I am convinced this is where a video review or challenge system would be excellent in eventually eradicating defending with the arms, hauling and tugging the attacker’s body to prevent him making his move at a corner or free kick. It’s really so utterly boring and, as we’ve seen of late, can lead to nasty retaliatory red card elbows in a defender’s face. Now, the more this blatant fouling at set pieces is picked up by camera and penalised by a video ref, the faster it disappears and becomes a dead issue
Unless, that is, we want this defensive wrestling to be allowed because it has happened forever. Personally, I don’t subscribe to that sort of argument. We could, however, enjoy a great discussion on what should and  should not be permitted at set-pieces and then, once agreed, enforce the law fairly – with the aid of video reviews.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Bournemouth (1-2) Referee: Mike Jones

Leicester 2-0 Liverpool (2-0) Referee: Andre Marriner
This win means the Foxes are only one point behind free-falling Arsenal, and five adrift of HPL leaders City. They play both in the next fortnight, starting with the latter!

Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City (3-0) Referee: Roger East

Norwich 0-3 Tottenham (0-3) Referee: Kevin Friend
Tad soft that one when Alli is bundled into by Bassong but Friend says penalty and it’s 2-0 to Spurs. “Probably, the softest I’ve seen all season,” complains Canaries boss Alex Neil. But MOTD special guest, Garry Monk refuses to slate the official. “I can see why it’s given.’ chips in the ex-Swansea boss. Dermot Gallagher, meanwhile, is unsure even after several private viewings. What HPL says is if you give that one then the shove on Naismith later in he first half should also be a penalty to Norwich. But, hey, nobody even talks about this on the highlights reel, so we won’t either!

Sunderland 0-1 Manchester City (0-1) Referee: Stuart Atwell

West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa (2-0) Referee: Jonathan Moss
Poor Remi Garde. Abandoned on Villa’s sinking ship by the club’s cowardly moneymen, the Frenchman then comes across a man in black, well yellow, called Moss. The referee gets the sending off right for Ayew’s elbow but, going by the rest of his lop-sided performance at Upton Park, one must imagine the assistant with the perfect view deserves the credit. As for the early Villa penalty shout for handball, BT TV Ref Webb says: ‘Yes’, and HPL agrees. Sadly, for Villa, Moss doesn’t and neither does Monk. Here is a great example of player versus referee verdict on a penalty appeal. Dermot reckons this also proves why we need to iron out what is handball and what is not. Bang on, Mr Gallagher. Meanwhile, Moss fails to book Hammers skipper Noble until his third yellow card offence, late in second half. Webb doesn’t make too much of this as he estimates Noble is too clever to have made the third challenge if already booked. Fair enough, not that it redeems Moss’ display.

West Brom 0-1 Swansea City (0-1) Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Wednesday, February 3

Everton 3-0 Newcastle (3-0) Referee: Craig Pawson
Spend £25million, get thumped by a team not going great themselves. Both Everton penalties are as indisputable as they come.

Watford 0-0 Chelsea (0-0) Referee: Mike Dean
For the record Deano receives a big thumbs up from BT’s resident ref Webb and Sky Sports/TalkSPORT’s equivalent, albeit original, Dermot G, for his handling of Costa throughout. .

 

Hypothetical Premier League table wk 24 (up to and including Wed, Feb 3)

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts PL (Pts)
1 Manchester City 24 15 4 5 46 23 23 49 2nd (47)
2 Arsenal 24 14 3 7 39 24 15 45 4th (45)
3 Leicester City 24 11 11 2 42 30 12 44 1st (50)
4 Tottenham 24 11 10 3 41 18 23 43 3rd(45)
5 West Ham United 24 11 8 5 39 28 11 41 6th (39)
6 Manchester United 24 10 7 7 31 24 7 37 5th (40)
7 Southampton 24 8 11 5 32 25 7 35 7th (34)
8 Everton 24 8 10 6 43 33 10 34 11th (32)
9 Watford 24 8 8 8 25 25 0 32 9th (33)
10 Liverpool 24 9 5 10 30 35 -5 32 8th (34)
11 Chelsea 24 8 7 9 36 35 1 31 13th (29)
12 Crystal Palace 24 8 6 10 24 29 -5 30 12th (31)
13 Bournemouth 24 8 5 11 31 42 -11 29 15th (28)
14 Stoke City 24 6 9 9 21 30 -9 27 10th (33)
15 Swansea City 24 7 5 12 24 30 -6 26 16th (26)
16 Norwich City 24 7 5 12 33 44 -11 26 17th (23)
17 West Brom 24 5 10 9 23 33 -10 25 14th (29)
18 Newcastle United 24 6 7 11 27 44 -17 25 18th (21)
19 Sunderland 24 6 5 13 29 45 -16 23 19th (19)
20 Aston Villa 24 3 6 15 19 42 -23 15 20th (13)

Week 23 table, reports, results.

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