Premier League Results: Analysis for Everton vs. Man City, and All the Matches

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 3, 2014

Premier League Results: Analysis for Everton vs. Man City, and All the Matches

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    The Premier League title race has reached critical point with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool all hunting down the trophy.

    The big game of the weekend was at Goodison Park on Saturday, where Liverpool were hoping neighbours Everton could do them a favour by taking points off Manchester City.

    Chelsea were looking to bounce back from their midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid with three points against struggling Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

    Liverpool round off the weekend programme when they travel to Crystal Palace on Monday.

    Elsewhere, Ryan Giggs continued his tenure as interim Manchester United manager with the visit of Sunderland on Saturday.

     

    All statistics provided by WhoScored.com.

Arsenal 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

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    Arsenal marked their top-four finish in the Premier League with an underwhelming single-goal win over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

    Olivier Giroud headed home from a Santi Cazorla corner in the 14th minute in a disappointing end-of-season match.

    The lacklustre nature of the game was all the more surprising with the Gunners looking to end the season on a high ahead of the FA Cup final.

    But West Brom also produced a disappointing display, despite Pepe Mel's team still not being quite safe from relegation.

    Shots: 15-11

    On target: 4-1

    Passing: 87%-80%

    Possession: 60%-40%

Everton 2-3 Manchester City

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    Manchester City took over top spot and grabbed control of the Premier League title race with an exciting 3-2 victory at Everton on Saturday.

    Ross Barkley put Everton ahead with a wondergoal in the 11th minute, but City pulled ahead at half-time via goals from Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko. The latter scored his second early in the second half to give City a 3-1 lead, moments after goalkeeper Joe Hart made a fine save to keep out Everton.

    The Toffees pulled a goal back through Romelu Lukaku midway through the second half, but were unable to equalise.

    As BT Sport's Ian Darke tweeted, Saturday's performance showed "all sides" of Man City, from erasing an early deficit to showing defensive vulnerability.

    With the win, Manchester City moved onto 80 points and took over first place ahead of Liverpool on goal difference. Everton remained fifth and are now unable to catch Arsenal for the Premier League's final UEFA Champions League spot.

    Regardless of who wins the Premier League, this season's title race has been perhaps the most fascinating in the league's history. Per Martyn Ziegler of the Daily Mail, the lead atop the table had shifted from one team to another 22 times before Saturday, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all having runs at the head of the pack.

    Saturday's result ensured that nothing can be decided until the final day, but with two matches remaining, City must now be considered favourites. If Manuel Pellegrini's side win their two remaining games, they cannot finish lower than Liverpool—and would almost certainly take the title by virtue of their superior goal differential.

     

    Shots: 9-18

    On Target: 4-6

    Passing: 89%-85%

    Possession: 59%-41%

Manchester United 0-1 Sunderland

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    Sunderland produced another fighting display to put a spoke in the Ryan Giggs bandwagon at Manchester United.

    Sebastian Larsson scored the only goal of the game on the half-hour mark to propel the Black Cats further away from the drop zone, and ensured Cardiff and Fulham would be relegated.

    United were not without opportunities in the match, but they could not turn their dominance of possession into an equaliser.

    It was a disappointing result for interim manager Giggs in his second match in charge after the sacking of David Moyes.

    But there was some consolation for Old Trafford fans with the return of Robin van Persie from injury as a second-half substitute.

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet praised his team after the match, telling PremierLeague.com: "I said a long time ago that we would fight to the end, and what a game of football we played today."

    Poyet added: "I don't know how many records have changed this season, we have been down there all season but if we win and stay up it's an incredible season. We done so many things right but it's been so difficult."

     

    Shots: 17-8

    On target: 2-1

    Passing: 85%-75%

    Possession: 63%-37%

Newcastle United 3-0 Cardiff City

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    Late goals by Loic Remy and Steven Taylor helped to condemn Cardiff City back to the championship as Newcastle United defeated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team 3-0.

    The Magpies had got their just desserts for dominating the opening stages of the game in the 18th minute with a Shola Ameobi diving header from Moussa Sissoko's cross into the area.

    But the game was notable for the departure of many Newcastle fans in the 69th minute, in a move designed as a protest at manager Alan Pardew and the board.

    There was agony for Cardiff in the 76th minute when Fabricio Coloccini cleared an Aron Gunnarsson effort off the line.

    The Bluebirds were made to pay for that miss when Remy added a second in the 87th minute before Taylor rounded off the win in injury time.

     

    Shots: 22-16

    On target: 6-3

    Passing: 81%-71%

    Possession: 54%-46%

Stoke City 4-1 Fulham

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    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes sent his former club Fulham crashing into the championship with the help of a 4-1 win at the Britannia Stadium.

    Goals from Peter Odemwingie, Marko Arnautovic, Oussama Assaidi and Jon Walters were enough to earn the win for the Potters.

    Stoke took the lead in the 38th minute through Odemwingie. Arnautovic cut the ball back to Stephen Ireland, whose strike hit the crossbar. But the Potters winger was a yard from goal to turn the rebound home.

    Odemwingie turned provider in the 54th minute when his cross was expertly fired home by Arnautovic to leave Fulham on the verge of the drop.

    Fulham's defeat was confirmed in the 72nd minute as Assaidi added a third for Stoke.

    Richardson pulled a goal back for the Cottagers with 10 minutes remaining, but two minutes later Walters restored the home side's three-goal lead.

     

    Shots: 23-10

    On target: 8-2

    Passing: 87%-76%

    Possession: 64%-36%

West Ham United 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

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    Andy Carroll proved the inspiration as West Ham United secured their Premier League status with a comfortable 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park.

    The former Liverpool and Newcastle forward was a constant menace to the Spurs' defence, and his 25th-minute header deflected off Harry Kane to give the Hammers the lead.

    Stewart Downing added the second just before half-time with his free-kick, which was allowed through a weak Tottenham wall by Paulinho and Emmanuel Adebayor turning away from the strike.

    Spurs were not helped by the 24th-minute dismissal of Younes Kaboul for a last-man challenge on Downing, but West Ham were rarely troubled throughout the game.

    Indeed, if it wasn't for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris making a host of great saves, Tim Sherwood's team could have been on the end of an embarrassing defeat.

    The White Hart Lane club are now also in danger of missing out on European football as a result of the defeat.

     

    Shots: 20-12

    On target: 8-3

    Passing: 77%-75%

    Possession: 47%-53%

Aston Villa 3-1 Hull City

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    Andreas Weimann was in no mood to surrender Villa's top-flight position, scoring twice as Aston Villa ensured their Premier League status with a 3-1 win over Hull City at Villa Park.

    Villa got off to a flying start when Ashley Westwood opened the scoring in the first minute after Marc Albrighton pushed the ball into his path at the edge of the area.

    In the 28th minute, Hull leveled with controversial strike. Tom Huddlestone played a free-kick to Liam Rosenior, who appeared to be in an offside position, and his cross was turned into his own net by Jordan Bowery under pressure from Nikica Jelavic.

    Four minutes before the break, Villa again took the lead. After seeing Nathan Baker twice head against the crossbar, Weimann was on hand to slot home after a poor Jelavic clearance.

    Weimann was again on target in first-half injury-time when he headed home Bowery's cross.

     

    Shots: 15-7

    On target: 9-2

    Passing: 68%-80%

    Possession: 44%-56%

Swansea City 0-1 Southampton

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    England striker Rickie Lambert offered a timely World Cup reminder of his qualities by scoring a deserved 90th-minute for Southampton at Swansea City.

    Sam Gallagher and Wilfried Bony had both gone close for their respective teams through the game.

    But it was not until the closing seconds before the deadlock was broken when Lambert took advantage of an Ashley Williams error to earn the three points for the Saints.

    Shots: 12-18

    On target: 3-4

    Passing: 76%-84%

    Possession: 38%-62%

Other Fixtures

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    All kick-off times BST

    Saturday

    Everton vs. Manchester City, 5:30 p.m.

     

    Sunday

    Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion, 1:30 p.m.

    Chelsea vs. Norwich City, 4 p.m.

     

    Monday

    Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool, 8 p.m.