EPL Results Week 31: Most Surprising Premier League Scores

Dan BrettContributor IIIMarch 23, 2014

Chelsea's Mohamed Salah, hidden, is surrounded by team mates as he celebrates scoring a goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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A six-goal thriller presented itself at Stamford Bridge in Week 31, as Chelsea coasted their way to an easy victory over Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Norwich and Hull gave their respective survival hopes a boost with two-goal victories.

So, with the Gunners' title aspirations receiving a big dent and the battle against the drop simmering nicely, let's take a look at the most surprising scorelines from Week 31.

Premier League Week 31: Results
Home TeamResultAway Team
Chelsea6-0Arsenal
Norwich2-0Sunderland
Everton3-2Swansea
Cardiff3-6Liverpool
Man City5-0Fulham
Newcastle1-0Crystal Palace
Hull2-0West Brom
West Ham0-2Man United
BBC Sport

 

Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal

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With tributes heaped on Arsene Wenger for his 1,000th game as Arsenal manager, nobody could have foreseen a six-goal drubbing.

The Frenchman took full responsibility following the defeat, speaking with BBC Sport:

This is my fault. We got a good hiding. You don't prepare all week to experience that. I don't think there's too much need to talk about the mistakes we made. It's how we respond now on Tuesday night [against Swansea] and the best way is not to explain too much the mistakes.

Strikes from Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schurrle gave the Blues a 2-0 lead after just seven minutes.

Kieran Gibbs was wrongly dismissed by referee Andre Marriner after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handled in the box. The resulting penalty saw Eden Hazard make it three, with Oscar adding a fourth just before half-time.

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The Brazilian added his second and Chelsea's fifth of the match on 66 minutes, with Mohammed Salah making it six to round off a horrid afternoon for the Gunners.

Stewart Robson, who made 150 appearances for Arsenal, blamed Wenger for the defeat and felt that the club's title chances were now over, per BBC Sport:

He (Wenger) said this is the most important game of the season. But did the players look like they were up for the biggest game of the season? Did he look like he got the tactics right for one that would define their championship chase?

It was an embarrassing and hapless performance, but one I've seen for the last few years. There is no chance for Arsenal now. It was shown again that when pressure is put on by big teams they are not tactically or physically up for it.

The morale-crushing loss was the joint-heaviest margin of defeat for Wenger at Arsenal. It was also Jose Mourinho's biggest league victory as Chelsea manager, per BBC Sport.

 

Norwich 2-0 Sunderland

NORWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Sebastien Bassong of Norwich City applauds the Norwich fans after the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Sunderland at Carrow Road on March 22, 2014 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Image
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Canaries boss Chris Hughton needed a big response after 4-2 defeat at Southampton last week.

The side hadn't won in their three previous games, which included a 4-1 defeat at Aston Villa and a 1-1 draw against Stoke.

And a reaction is exactly what Hughton got after Robert Snodgrass netted to give his side the lead after just 20 minutes.

It wasn't long until it was two, just 12 minutes, in fact, as Alexander Tettey scored a screamer, as highlighted by Eurosport.com EN:

The result propels Norwich up to 13th, with a seven-point gap ahead of the drop zone.

However, the match leaves Sunderland in 18th, though the Black Cats have two games in hand over the two teams immediately above them and three games in hand over Cardiff in 19th and bottom-placed Fulham.

Per WhoScored.com, Sunderland managed just two shots on target compared to Norwich's eight accurate strikes.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (2nd L) of Norwich City reacts after missing a chance during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Sunderland at Carrow Road on March 22, 2014 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Alex Bro
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With just 46 per cent possession, the Black Cats also failed to impose their passing style on the game.

More is needed from Guy Poyet's men if they're to avoid the drop, particularly from the side's strikers.

Jozy Altidore struck just two efforts on goal at Carrow Road, despite playing the full match as a lone striker.

 

Hull 2-0 West Brom

HULL, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Liam Rosenior of Hull City celebrates scoring the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and West Bromwich Albion at the KC Stadium on March 22, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Tim Keeton/Getty I
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The most surprising result of the weekend came at the KC Stadium, as Hull won their first home match against the Baggies in four attempts.

The Tigers last overcame West Brom on home turf with a 1-0 win in 1992.

But Steve Bruce's side were worthy victors against Pepe Mel's men and could have been 3-0 up after 38 minutes.

Liam Rosenior gave the hosts a 31st-minute lead following Nikica Jelavic's missed penalty.

HULL, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Shane Long of Hull City is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and West Bromwich Albion at the KC Stadium on March 22, 2014 in Hull, England.
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Former Baggies striker Shane Long then doubled Hull's advantage on 38 minutes on an afternoon that saw West Brom fail to score despite having 17 attempts on goal, per WhoScored.com.

Mel brought on Matej Vydra after 61 mins, Saido Berahino on 76 minutes and Scott Sinclair with 10 minutes to go.

HULL, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  West Bromwich Albion Manager Pepe Mel looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and West Bromwich Albion at the KC Stadium on March 22, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
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The trio managed just one shot between them, and the result leaves West Brom level on points with 17th-placed Crystal Palace—just three points above the drop zone. With 18th-placed Sunderland holding two games in hand, Mel must turn it around, and fast.

The Baggies are still to play Cardiff, Norwich and Sunderland, so their survival remains in their own hands.

But with fixtures against Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal also coming up, the side must treat every fixture as a cup final if they are to avoid the drop.