City clattered by Spurs – Wk 26

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Leicester undone at Emirates. Wk 26.

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

Games with an HPL scoreline change in red.

Saturday, February 13

Bournemouth 1-3 Stoke City (1-3) Referee: Graham Scott
Scotty comes in from the cold sooner than anyone thought possible, and, though not without occasional dicey moments, escapes further damage to recently battered reputation.

Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle (5-1) Referee: Roger East

Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford (1-2) Referee: Robert Madley
Watford sure love him Madley after the ref penalises Palace skipper Jedinak for pulling down Deeney at a corner. Now, as Shearer rightly points out, these are never given even though it is a penalty. Rob Madley tops the giving pens category in real life. The HPL has been awarding these types all season wherever possible. Dermot Gallagher supports that by rightly saying on SSNHQ, the more refs give them, the more they fade away, but admits spotting them is terribly tough. Madley also surpasses expectations with cool handling of Palace red card. The player’s name slips my mind. It’s a bad tackle!

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Everton 0-1 West Brom (0-1) Referee: Michael Oliver

Norwich 2-2 West Ham (2-2) Referee: Mike Jones

Swansea 0-1 Southampton (0-1) Referee: Jonathan Moss
Why Pelle’s effort is disallowed early in second half is unclear. Is it for a foul by the Italian striker or by Saints skipper Fonte heading the ball out of Fab’s hands? Who knows?  The Saints win anyway, making it nine hours without conceding in the process. Moss then waves away Swansea a penalty appeal for Yoshida’s clumsy challenge. Visiting boss Ronald Koeman admits: “We may have got lucky.’ Opposite number Francesco Guidolin only says: “I don’t like to talk about referees. It’s not part of my culture. “ Nor Match of the Day’s on this occasion. The Liberty Stadium press room, including myself, thought Moss got something right for once.

Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United (2-1) Referee: Andre Marriner
Dermot G gets Marriner off the hook by ruling on SSNews HQ that the ref is right twice not to award penalties for handball.

Sunday, February 14

Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City (2-1) Referee: Martin Atkinson
“He was a little severe with us,” says Claudio Ranieiri on the referee. Maybe, but he does award a penalty to the visitors, one which Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger suggests left his dressing room in a state of shock at half-time so harsh is it. Most pundits, from Stuart Pearce on TalkSPORT  to Thierry and Jamie C. on Sky, reckon Vardy buys the foul from Monreal but that it is a penalty. Work that out, we can’t, but result stands. Ref’s call.

Aston Villa 0-6 Liverpool (0-6) Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Swarbrick misses a straight red-card sitter, failing to dismiss Villa’s Westwood over an late, angry lunge on Origi. 

Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham (1-1) Referee: Mark Clattenburg
The game begins with Niall Quinn singing Mark Clattenburg’s praises and inevitably ends with everyone pointing the finger at him over the Spurs penalty that never is. If Rose’s cross it does brush Sterling’s arm after hitting his chest it is still not ‘deliberate’ handball. Henry, Carragher and Quinny all stick the boot into Clattenburg for guessing when he clearly doesn’t know. I’d say one possible line of defence for Clattenburg is a ball bouncing that quickly off different parts of a body can play tricks on the eyes. Anyway, this title showdown ends in stalemate in HPL world.

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The Hypothetical Premier League Table Wk 26 (up to and including Sun, Feb 14)

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts PLPos (Pts)
1 Arsenal 26 16 3 7 43 25 18 51 3rd (51)
2 Manchester City 26 15 5 6 47 27 20 50 4th (47)
3 Tottenham 26 12 11 3 43 19 24 47 2nd (51)
4 Leicester City 26 12 11 3 46 32 14 47 1st (53)
5 West Ham United 26 11 9 6 41 31 10 42 7th (40)
6 Southampton 26 10 11 5 34 25 9 41 6th (40)
7 Manchester United 26 10 8 8 33 27 6 38 5th (41)
8 Everton 26 9 10 7 46 34 12 37 11th (35)
9 Liverpool 26 10 6 10 38 37 1 36 8th (38)
10 Chelsea 26 9 8 9 42 37 5 35 12th (33)
11 Watford 26 9 8 9 27 27 0 35 9th (36)
12 Crystal Palace 26 8 7 11 26 32 -6 31 13th (32)
13 Stoke City 26 7 9 10 24 34 -10 30 10th (36)
14 Bournemouth 26 8 5 13 32 47 -15 29 15th (28)
15 West Brom 26 6 10 10 24 34 -10 28 14th (32)
16 Newcastle United 26 7 7 12 29 49 -20 28 18th (24)
17 Swansea City 26 7 6 13 25 32 -7 27 16th (27)
18 Norwich City 26 7 6 13 35 48 -13 27 17th (24)
19 Sunderland 26 7 6 13 33 48 -15 27 19th (23)
20 Aston Villa 26 4 6 16 21 48 -27 18 20th (16)

 

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