Premier League Finale…26/07/2020

The 2019/2020 Premier League season reached it’s conclusion this Sunday afternoon. With Liverpool already crowned champions and Manchester City assured of the runners-up position, the focus at the top end of the table falls on the battle for the third to sixth positions which ensure Champions and Europa League qualification.
Top of the Bill was the King Power Stadium meeting of fifth place Leicester City and third place Manchester United who were separated by one point. The visitors secured a two nil victory which ensured their respective positions remained unchanged. Fourth place Chelsea secured their position with a two nil victory over their visitors Wolverhampton Wanderers and Matt Doherty who played the opening hour at Stamford Bridge. Tottenham Hotspur leapfrogged Wolves into sixth place on goal difference following their one all draw at Crystal Palace for whom James McCarthy completed the full 90 minutes.

At the foot of the table, Aston Villa and Conor Hourihane avoided relegation with a one all draw at West Ham United. Already relegated Norwich City introduced Adam Idah in the 77th minute of their five nil defeat at Manchester City while AFC Bournemouth defeated their hosts Everton and Seamus Coleman by three goals to one at Goodison Park but it was not enough to avoid the drop where they are joined by Watford who went down to a three two defeat by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.  

There was last day disappointment for Burnley who went down to a two one home defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion for whom Aaron Connolly started and scored the winning goal.  Kevin Long started for the ‘Clarets’ while Robbie Brady was a 75th minute substitute with Jimmy Dunne an unused substitute. Southampton came from behind to defeat visitors Sheffield United by three goals to one at St Mary’s Stadium where Will Smallbone was a 30th minute substitute while Shane Long and Michael Obafemi were very late substitutes. John Egan and Enda Stevens both started for the visiting ‘Blades’.