Barclays Premier League Review – April 2015

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For most teams, there are just four games left to play, and the title is all but wrapped up after a few crucial games in April. But the battle at the bottom suddenly became incredibly close, and that’s where attentions will lie in May following a few shock results.

The table on April 1st
The table on April 1st
The table on May 1st
The table on May 1st

What we can see from the table

  • Chelsea’s gap at the top of the table continued to increase (to 13), they are now just one win away from being confirmed as Champions.
  • A relative gap has opened up between the top four and the chasing pack, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton being made to settle for spots in the Europa League.
  • West Ham’s poor form and Everton’s good run means the Toffees are now in the top ten at the Hammers’ expense.
  • Leicester City went from bottom of the league to 17th, being replaced in 20th by Burnley.
  • Sunderland have dropped into the relegation zone, with every team from West Brom downwards not yet mathematically safe.

Player of the Month

Jamie Vardy – Leicester City

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Like Everton, Leicester have had a poor season for the majority of it, but their fortunes have also turned recently, with striker Jamie Vardy spearheading the charge to survive relegation. He got the assist for Andy King’s goal that beat West Ham 2-1 at the start of month, and then got on the score sheet himself, grabbing a dramatic late winner in the 3-2 win at West Brom. Two weeks later he was the hero again, netting the only goal against Burnley to secure a fourth win in a row for Leicester. They nearly got a fifth, taking the lead against Chelsea through Marc Albrighton (Vardy got the assist), but although it wasn’t to be, Nigel Pearson’s side finished the month outside the drop zone in 17th. With two goals, Vardy doubled his tally for the entire campaign in just one month.

2nd – Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace)

3rd – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Manager of the Month

Roberto Martinez – Everton

Everton Training and Press Conference

It’s been a poor season for Everton and Roberto Martinez in general, but they appear to be ending it on a high note. After beginning the month in 13th place (eight places below where they finished last season), three wins and a draw lifted the Toffees to 10th by the end of April. They started with a 1-0 win over high-flying Southampton thanks to a Phil Jagielka goal, before going ahead at Swansea yet having to settle for a 1-1 draw. Another 1-0 win followed, this time against Burnley, and then they saved their best performance of the month, and probably the season, until last. In-form Manchester United visited Goodison, but were turned over 3-0, with goals from McCarthy, Stones and Mirallas. Martinez won’t earn the plaudits he did last season, but it is an achievement guiding Everton to their first unbeaten month of the season.

2nd – Nigel Pearson (Leicester City)

3rd – Jose Mourinho (Chelsea)

Goal of the Month

Charlie Adam vs Chelsea

 

2nd – Jermain Defoe vs Newcastle

3rd – Bobby Zamora vs West Brom

It is worth mentioning that all three goals all came in the same weekend, which could have pretty much held it’s own goal of the season competition, with other wonder strikes from Wayne Rooney, Alexis Sanchez and Bafetimbi Gomis. 

Game of the Month

West Brom 2-3 Leicester

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Bottom club Leicester gave their hopes of escaping relegation a big fillip as Jamie Vardy scored a late winner at West Brom. Leicester, three points off safety, conceded first as Darren Fletcher escaped his man to head in. David Nugent poked home to level but the Foxes fell behind again as Craig Gardner’s deflected volley bobbled in. But the visitors’ hard work after the break paid off as Robert Huth nodded in and Vardy scored a 90th-minute winner. Read the full report here.

2nd – Manchester City 3-2 Aston Villa

Read the full report here.

3rd – Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City

Read the full report here.

Managerial Sackings

No managers were sacked last month, as Premier League chairmen decided to keep the faith with a month of the season to go.

Games to look forward to in May

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  • Tottenham vs Manchester City (03/05)
  • Hull vs Burnley (09/05)
  • Chelsea vs Liverpool (10/05)
  • Manchester United vs Arsenal (17/05)
  • Leicester vs QPR (24/05)
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