English Premier League 2022/23 Season Discussion

FT: West Ham 1 - 0 Man Utd

Liverpool back in top 4 race thanks to De Gea.
FT: West Ham 1 - 0 Man Utd

Liverpool back in top 4 race thanks to De Gea.

FT: West Ham 1-0 Man Utd

David Moyes punches the air in celebration and waves towards the directors box before marching onto the pitch to hug his players.

The bubble machines are working at full pelt. This is a night to remember for West Ham...but what about Manchester United?


A howler from David de Gea gifted West Ham victory over Manchester United to boost their chances of Premier League survival and deal a blow to the Red Devils' top-four hopes.

De Gea let a tame Said Benrahma effort from distance slip through his grasp to put the Hammers in front midway through the first half.

The win moved David Moyes' side seven points clear of the relegation zone with a superior goal difference to all the sides below them.

Fourth-placed Manchester United missed the chance to move above Newcastle into third as they remain just a point ahead of Liverpool in fifth, with a game in hand.

Tomas Soucek twice went close for the home side after the break as they pushed for a second, while Michail Antonio had a goal disallowed for a foul on De Gea.

Marcus Rashford and Antony both struck the post early on for the visitors, who started the brighter of the two teams but faded after the opening goal.

Substitute Anthony Martial came closest to an equaliser in stoppage time, but Lukasz Fabianski palmed away his rasping effort from a tight angle.


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Leicester have been abysmal so far against Fulham.

Watching their performance at the moment must give Leeds, Everton and Forest some hope.
Fulham 5-3 Leicester

All over! An entertaining game with eight goals but despite the second-half fight back relegation concerns grow for Leicester.
Leicester City's Premier League survival hopes suffered a blow as they were beaten 5-3 by Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The hosts opened the scoring through a Willian free-kick before strikes from Carlos Vinicius and Tom Cairney powered them into a 3-0 half-time lead.

Cairney added another after the restart before Harvey Barnes pulled a goal back for the visitors, who then saw Jamie Vardy miss a penalty in the 66th minute.

Willian re-established Fulham's four-goal lead with another fine strike before James Maddison netted Leicester's second with an 81st-minute spot-kick.

Barnes scored a late third but the struggling Foxes slumped to an underwhelming defeat.

Leicester remain just above the drop zone on goal difference with relegation rivals Nottingham Forest and Everton both playing later on Monday.

Fulham ended a three-match winless run and remain 10th, two points behind west London rivals Brentford.

Woeful Leicester booed off at half-time

Leicester are desperate for points and, with matches against Liverpool and Newcastle still to come, Foxes fans would have circled Fulham away as a must-win fixture in their battle to avoid the drop.

But against a side who had lost three of their past four matches at home, Leicester were woeful in the first half.

The Foxes fell behind in the 10th minute when keeper Daniel Iversen misjudged Willian's wide free-kick and the ball bounced underneath him before nestling in the bottom corner.

Vinicius' goal finished off a fine counter-attacking move before Cairney scored on just his third league start of the season with an impressive curling finish.

Trailing by three goals at the break, Leicester were booed off by the visiting fans and the mood only got bleaker when Cairney added Fulham's fourth in the 51st minute.

However, Barnes gave his side a glimmer of hope, before Vardy was caught by Bernd Leno midway through the second half - but when the striker missed the resulting spot-kick, any unlikely thoughts of a comeback ended.

Fulham soon added a fifth against a porous defence - and Leicester have now failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their past 20 games, an unwanted Premier League record.

There were ironic jeers when Maddison found the bottom corner from the spot in the 81st minute after he had been caught by Joao Palhinha in the box.

Barnes' 89th-minute strike made the scoreline look more respectable, but in truth the Foxes never looked like securing anything from the match.

Leicester could have gone three points clear of the drop zone with a win, but instead they remain 16th - level on points with Leeds and Nottingham Forest who are 17th and 18th.

Superb Fulham equal club record
Inspired by their impressive first-half showing, Fulham have equalled a club record of 14 wins in a single Premier League season.

There was a party atmosphere at a sun-kissed Craven Cottage as Marco Silva's side bounced back from narrow defeats to Aston Villa, Manchester City and Liverpool.

The Cottagers completed a top-flight double over Leicester for the first time since 2004, thanks mainly to the excellent attacking work of Willian and Cairney.

Fulham need five points from their final three games to equal their record top-flight points tally of 53, from the 2008-09 campaign.

They face Southampton away in their next match on Saturday before taking on Crystal Palace and Manchester United, while Leicester host Liverpool next Monday.

Brighton 1-5 Everton

Everton have hammered Brighton. It's a huge three points in their quest to avoid relegation.

Brighton lose some ground on their top four hopes.
Everton produced a superb display of counter-attacking to climb out of the Premier League relegation zone with a stunning victory that dented Brighton's European ambitions.

An extraordinary first half saw the visitors go ahead after just 34 seconds, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin squaring for Abdoulaye Doucoure to tap in after Seagulls captain Lewis Dunk had been badly caught out.

Mali midfielder Doucoure added Everton's second just before the half-hour mark with a precise volley, into the right corner from Dwight McNeil's cross.

McNeil was then heavily involved as Sean Dyche's side extended their lead, driving towards the byeline and seeing his low cross deflect off the foot of Brighton goalkeeper Jason Steele into the back of the net.

A shambolic first period saw Brighton booed off at the interval, fortunate not to have suffered the embarrassment of being four goals down, with Dunk blocking James Garner's close-range effort on the stroke of half-time.

A mightily impressive performance from Everton, who repeatedly threatened on the break during the first half and defended stoutly in the second, saw them add their fourth when McNeil raced on to Alex Iwobi's incisive pass to round Steele and slot into an empty net.

Roberto de Zerbi's side, who were much improved after making four half-time changes, saw substitute Evan Ferguson (twice) and Alexis Mac Allister hit the woodwork, before they finally managed a scrappy consolation with Kaoru Mitoma's sliding effort rebounding off the post and bouncing in off Mac Allister.

A wonderful McNeil effort in added time, that flew into the top corner, ensured Everton had the final say as they moved out of the drop zone in style, to sit 16th in the table after leapfrogging Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Leicester City.

Forest host bottom side Southampton at 20:00 BST on Monday.

Nottingham Forest boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation in the Premier League with a crucial victory over bottom club Southampton.

In an exhilarating seven-goal thriller, Taiwo Awoniyi's double gave Forest early control at the City Ground.

Southampton responded through Carlos Alcaraz but Morgan Gibbs-White made it 3-1 to Forest from the penalty spot.

Southampton's Lyanco and James Ward-Prowse then netted either side of Forest's Danilo, but the hosts held on.

Having seen Everton jump out of the bottom three with a stunning victory over Brighton earlier on Monday, Forest knew they needed to do the same and have now climbed up to 16th, above the Toffees.

Defeat is hugely damaging for Southampton, who must make up an eight-point gap with three games remaining to avoid going down.
What a great season this has been!

1 1 half time Leeds and Newcastle.

Leeds messing up by missing a penalty.
Leeds 2-2 Newcastle

All over at Elland Road. A topsy-turvy game with some huge moments. Leeds threw away a lead but managed to get a late equaliser.

It's a vital point for them. Will it be enough to keep them up? Newcastle's grip on Champions League qualification is still not tight.
Southampton's 11-year stay in the Premier League ended in tame fashion as their relegation was confirmed with defeat at home by Fulham.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, making his return from an eight-game ban for pushing referee Chris Kavanagh, sealed Saints' fate with a stooping header after Carlos Vinicius' opener.

The hosts could have few complaints about the outcome after producing a muted performance despite knowing they had to win to have any chance of pulling off an unlikely survival mission.

They did have a Carlos Alcaraz strike disallowed for a marginal offside just before Vinicius broke the deadlock but the confident Cottagers were comfortably the better side.

Willian's first-half volley was cleared off the line by fellow Brazilian Lyanco, who had earlier been fortunate to escape a video assistant referee's penalty check for handball.

But Vinicius tucked home after Lyanco's clearance ricocheted to him kindly off Harrison Reed and Mitrovic nodded in his 12th league goal of the season from Harry Wilson's cross.

Southampton, lethargic throughout, had no response after falling behind and will be playing Championship football next season for the first time since 2012.
Manchester United bounced back from consecutive Premier League defeats by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford to strengthen their bid for a top-four finish.

Erik ten Hag's side had lost to Brighton and West Ham to give Liverpool - who were one point behind in fourth at the start of the day - hope of snatching a Champions League spot at their expense.

But Anthony Martial opened the scoring in the first half before Alejandro Garnacho added a second in stoppage time to secure a win that moved Manchester United four points clear of the Reds with three games remaining.

With Marcus Rashford out through injury, it looked like being a difficult day in front of goal for the hosts as they missed a number of decent chances, particularly through Antony.

The winger curled an effort just wide after racing into space before sending a header over from close range when unmarked.

But Antony provided the assist for the first-half breakthrough when he was played in by Bruno Fernandes and he unselfishly squared to Martial for the tap-in.

Antony had another opportunity to get on the scoresheet in the second half but he drove a shot just wide of the post after being set up by a Fernandes backheel.

However, substitute Garnacho finally got Manchester United's second when he raced through in the fifth minute of stoppage time before firing past Dan Bentley in the Wolves goal.

The visitors rarely threatened as they finished the game without a shot on target.

Manchester United remain fourth but are level on 66 points with Newcastle in third. Wolves, meanwhile, are 13th.
Taiwo Awoniyi scored twice as Nottingham Forest claimed a valuable point against Chelsea in their fight against Premier League relegation in a match that came alive in the second half.

Forest took an early lead when Awoniyi, who scored twice in Monday's 4-3 win against Southampton, got in front of recalled Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to head in Renan Lodi's cross.

Raheem Sterling equalised after the break when he swept home Trevoh Chalobah's cutback then seven minutes later the England winger turned inside Felipe before curling the ball beyond Keylor Navas.

But Frank Lampard's side led for just four minutes as Awoniyi flicked home Orel Mangala's delicate lob into the six-yard box to secure an impressive draw at Stamford Bridge.

It ended a run of seven successive league away defeats for Steve Cooper's men and leaves them three points above third-bottom Leeds United with two games remaining.

Forest, who had taken just six away points from a possible 51 this season before the game, face Arsenal at home next Saturday then travel to Crystal Palace on the final day of the campaign.

Chelsea, who are now winless in seven home games in all competitions, stay 11th and face three of the top four within a week - Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle United - to end their miserable season.
Back in 2005 Southampton relegated after 2-1 defeat by Utd,with Ryan Giggs sealing their fate and it took an age for the Saints to establish themselves back in EPL and now back to square 1, for foreseeable future they won't make it again with players leaving and wage cuts however first thing they should do is sack the executives who made a mess of it
So City will drop points and Arsenal will saunter to a win against Brighton.

Title's in the bag. :)
City looking very average so far whilst Everton look threatening on the counter

This will be far from an easy win for City
City score twice in a minute. 2-0 and title is pretty much done
Gundogan available on a free in summer, quality player.
Everton 0-2 Man City

Manchester City look like they could be heading four points clear at the top of the table thanks to Ilkay Gundogan's goal of the season contender and Erling Haaland's header.
Gundogan again, guy turns it on when needed. Arsenal should be looking at him on a free to replace xhaka

3-0 city
Everton 0-3 Man City

It's all over as Manchester City go four points clear for a few hours at least.

Six more wins away from the Treble. No injuries either for the Real Madrid game.

Everton remain in deep relegation trouble. If Leicester beat Liverpool tomorrow, the Toffees will drop into the bottom three.


Manchester City require two victories to retain the Premier League title after despatching relegation-threatened Everton at Goodison Park.

Pep Guardiola's side will be guaranteed their third title in a row with six points from their remaining games against Chelsea, Brighton and Brentford.

But the Toffees were made to pay a heavy price for Mason Holgate's glaring miss when unmarked at the far post, the defender somehow hooking over from a couple of yards.

City were second best up until that point but showcased how clinical they are in front of goal by going to the other end and netted twice in the space of two minutes.

Ilkay Gundogan was the star of the show, involved in all three of City's goals with a sublime flicked finish before providing the cross for Erling Haaland's close range header.

The midfielder curled in a glorious free-kick from the edge of the area in the second half as City moved four points clear at the top, though Arsenal can claw back the deficit with victory over Brighton later on Sunday.

The loss for Everton leaves them looking nervously over their shoulders with two games remaining, hovering just one point above the relegation zone.
Brentford's superb Premier League season continued with a comfortable win over an abject West Ham United.

The Bees, without 20-goal leading scorer Ivan Toney because of a hamstring injury, went ahead when Bryan Mbeumo swept under Lukasz Fabianski.

They won the ball back high in the West Ham half and worked an overload on the right wing for the Cameroon international to slot home his seventh goal of the season.

Thomas Frank's side dominated throughout and deservedly doubled their lead just before half-time when Ben Mee flicked a long throw on for Yoane Wissa to head home.

West Ham made seven changes from their 1-0 win over Manchester United last weekend with eyes on Thursday's Europa Conference League semi-final second leg against AZ Alkmaar.

Should they get through, it would be their first European final since 1976, offering the chance of their first major trophy since 1980.

While David Moyes' side are not yet mathematically safe from relegation, they are far enough above the bottom three that the manager was willing to prioritise.

He introduced Declan Rice and Said Benrahma just before the hour mark and it did bring about an improvement with Danny Ings having a goal ruled out for handball in the build-up.

They remain 15th, six points clear of safety, while Brentford climb above Fulham into ninth.
Arsenal 0-0 Brighton

And that's half time.

Goalless at the break.
What a team Brighton are.

I know Man City etc will get all the attention at the end of the season, but Brighton have been absolutely magnificent.

They are a joy to watch.


Arsenal 0-3 Brighton

It's all over and Manchester City are on the cusp of winning the Premier League title.

A defeat for Arsenal against Nottingham Forest next Saturday will ensure Pep Guardiola's side take the title.

Failing that, City just need to match Arsenal's result against Forest when they play Chelsea on Sunday to become champions.
Arsenal's fading title hopes were dealt a devastating blow after losing to Brighton to leave leaders Manchester City one win from a fifth Premier League title in six seasons.

The Gunners needed to respond after City's 3-0 win over Everton earlier on Sunday left Mikel Arteta's side trailing by four points in the race for the title.

On a deeply frustrating day for Arsenal, Leandro Trossard hit the bar against his former club while Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka both went close before Julio Enciso's close-range header put Brighton ahead.

Substitute Deniz Undav doubled the lead after lobbing Aaron Ramsdale in the 86th minute before Pervis Estupinan added to Arsenal's misery with Brighton's third in the 96th minute.

City will win the Premier League title next Sunday in front of their own fans if they beat Chelsea at home (16:00 BST), even if Arsenal defeat Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday (17:30).

However, City will be confirmed champions without playing on Saturday if the Gunners lose at Forest.

In a game littered with niggly fouls, Arsenal lost Brazil forward Gabriel Martinelli to injury in the first half after a foul by Brighton's Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo, who the Gunners tried to sign in January.

Brighton, who are chasing a place in Europe for the first time, had gone close through Enciso before the Paraguay forward stunned the Emirates with his 51st-minute goal.

The win lifted the Seagulls above both Aston Villa and Tottenham into sixth on 58 points, four behind fifth-placed Liverpool with one game in hand.

The maximum number of points Arsenal can score is 87, while City have 85 with matches against Chelsea (home), Brighton (away) and Brentford (away) to come.
Important match coming up tonight. Liverpool to boost their top four hopes while putting Leicester perilously close to relegation.
Significant team news for Leicester sees defender Jonny Evans return to the side following a long-term hamstring injury to make his first start since November and he captains the side.

Ricardo Pereira is back from a hamstring problem of his own and Wilfred Ndidi also comes in to the side with Caglar Soyuncu, Victor Kristiansen and Dennis Praet dropping out.

Leicester XI: Iversen, Castagne, Faes, Evans, Pereira, Ndidi, Tielemans, Soumare, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.


Liverpool make two changes to the side that beat Brentford 1-0 last time out.

Skipper Jordan Henderson comes into the side and Luis Diaz gets a start too with Diogo Jota dropping to the bench and Darwin Nunez missing out completely.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Jones, Gakpo, Diaz, Salah.
Curtis Jones scored twice as in-form Liverpool brushed aside hapless Leicester to maintain their recent winning streak and push the Foxes closer to Premier League relegation.

Jurgen Klopp's side have won their last seven games to bolster their push for a top-four finish and now lie a point behind Newcastle and Manchester United, albeit having played a game more.

Another dismal loss for Leicester leaves the 2016 Premier League champions firmly rooted in danger in 19th position, two points adrift of safety with only two games remaining.

The Reds scored twice in the space of three first-half minutes through the same combination, Mohamed Salah twice feeding Jones who finished confidently to claim his first Premier League double.

It should have been 3-0 before half-time but home goalkeeper Daniel Iversen made a superb reaction save to deny Cody Gakpo from close range.

Salah claimed his third assist in the second period by laying off a free-kick for Trent Alexander-Arnold to curl a sublime finish into the top corner.
Worried for united. Big games on weekend. Hopefully villa take points of Liverpool and Brighton beat Newcastle.
Our away form is shocking
Newcastle 1-0 Brighton so far

And to think this Brighton team thrashed Arsenal!
Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

A big cheer from the home fans as they acknowledge an utterly dominant first-half display by their side.
Newcastle United moved another step closer to Champions League qualification with a deserved Premier League win against fellow European hopefuls Brighton and Hove Albion.

The hosts took the lead when Brighton forward Deniz Undav flicked Kieran Trippier's corner into his own net, before the Magpies skipper picked out Dan Burn from a free-kick to head in the second.

Miguel Almiron was denied a third for Newcastle at the start of the second half by Brighton keeper Jason Steele's smart stop and, just 45 seconds later, Undav slotted in at the right end to give the visitors hope.

Suddenly, after being in complete control for 50 minutes, Newcastle had to dig in.

But the home team managed the game professionally and eased any lingering tension through Callum Wilson's composed late finish.

The mood turned even more celebratory when Bruno Guimaraes emphatically converted Wilson's pass in injury time.

The win puts Newcastle on the cusp of a return to the Champions League for the first time since they were knocked out at the qualifying stage in 2003-04.

Eddie Howe's side, who consolidated third position in the table, know one win in their final two games will secure a top-four finish.

The Magpies are three points clear of fourth-placed Manchester United, who have played a game fewer, and four ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool, who also have two games left.

Brighton remain sixth and qualifying for the Europa League - which would be their first taste of European competition - remains in their own hands with three matches left.
Brentford is something else!

Tottenham 1-1 Brentford
FT: Tottenham 1-3 Brentford

A superb double from Bryan Mbeumo helped Brentford come from behind to win and spoil Tottenham's final home game of a miserable season.

Mbeumo struck two fine efforts into the far corner early in the second half, before team-mate Yoane Wissa capped things off, as Brentford overturned Tottenham's first-half lead which had come via captain Harry Kane.

Just days after strike partner Ivan Toney was banned for eight months for breaking Football Association betting rules, Mbeumo showed Brentford fans they can count on him to deliver the goals.

It had been a moment of magic from Kane, whose future at Spurs remains in question, when he curled the ball beautifully into the top corner from a free-kick.

It galvanised his team-mates and they played with confidence and flair, creating numerous chances which they should have put away.

Their lack of ruthlessness was punished though as Brentford responded immediately in the second half - Mbeumo taking his chances, firing past goalkeeper Fraser Forster twice in 12 minutes.

Any chance of a late equaliser by Tottenham evaporated when substitute Shandon Baptise robbed Oliver Skipp of possession and Mbeumo teed up Wissa for a comfortable finish.

It was another performance which summed up Tottenham's season - moments of promise before a crushing result.

Their extremely slim hope of European qualification is fading rapidly, while Brentford know they will finish a successful season inside the Premier League's top 10.
Roberto Firmino scored an 89th-minute equaliser to salvage a draw against Aston Villa and keep alive Liverpool's faint hopes of a top-four Premier League finish.

Jurgen Klopp's side are three points behind Newcastle United and Manchester United with one game remaining, meaning their two rivals need just one point from their final two games to secure Champions League qualification for next season.

The fact it remains mathematically possible, if perhaps unlikely, is down to the departing Firmino sneaking in at the near post to convert Mohamed Salah's low cross.

The visitors will be disappointed not to have claimed all three points after an impressive display.

They had a golden opportunity to lead midway through the first half when Ibrahima Konate tripped Ollie Watkins in the box, but the striker sent his penalty wide.

Unai Emery's men continued to push on and grabbed a deserved first-half goal through Jacob Ramsey's sweet guided volley at the back post from Douglas Luiz's cross.

Liverpool - with Klopp watching from the stands as he begins his touchline ban - improved thereafter and thought they had equalised when Cody Gakpo converted following a scramble, but the effort was ruled out for offside in the build-up.

Villa maintain their European aspirations by moving up to seventh after the draw, but missed out on going sixth as a result of the late equaliser.

Everton's fight to avoid the drop into the Championship will go down to the final day of the season despite Yerry Mina snatching a dramatic equaliser deep into stoppage time at Wolves.

The Toffees looked on course for a damaging defeat until Mina pounced in a goalmouth scramble in the final seconds of nine minutes of additional time to give Sean Dyche's side what might prove to be a priceless point.

Everton must now anxiously await how other results pan out to discover the full extent of their task when they face Bournemouth at Goodison Park.

Wolves went ahead in a scrappy encounter after 34 minutes when Hwang Hee-Chan scored from a rebound after Everton keeper Jordan Pickford had pushed out Adama Traore's shot.

Everton's best opportunities came with two first-half headers from Dominic Calvert-Lewin but they suffered a severe blow when the injury-plagued striker was forced to limp off with his latest problem on the stroke of half-time.

It now rests on that crucial clash with Bournemouth as Everton attempt to avoid their first relegation from the top tier since 1951 but this may yet be the point that helps to maintain their Premier League status.
Nottm Forest 1-0 Arsenal

Advantage Nottingham Forest at half time and the hosts are 45 minutes away from securing their Premier League status if they can hold on for the win.

That result would also confirm Manchester City as Premier League champions before they take to the pitch against Chelsea tomorrow.
Casemiro's stunning overhead kick edged Manchester United a step closer to a top-four finish as they secured a narrow Premier League victory over Bournemouth.

The Red Devils need just one point from their final two games against Chelsea and Fulham to secure Champions League football at Old Trafford next season.

In a game lacking in clear-cut opportunities a piece of magic from Casemiro proved the difference at the Vitality Stadium.

The Brazilian midfielder picked up a beautifully weighted pass from Christian Eriksen and turned away from Marcos Senesi to acrobatically hammer home.

Without their top goal scorer this season, Marcus Rashford, who was absent from the squad with illness and missed the opportunity to equal his best tally of 17 goals in a single campaign, United struggled to mount regular goal threats.

But Casemiro's ninth-minute strike, combined with Liverpool's draw against Aston Villa, were enough to move United one point away from guaranteeing a top-four spot.
FULL-TIME - Nottingham Forest are staying in the Premier League!
Nottm Forest 1-0 Arsenal

Nottingham Forest beat Arsenal at the City Ground to secure their Premier League survival and crown Manchester City as champions.

Taiwo Awoniyi's 19th-minute goal was enough to seal victory and spark jubilant scenes from the home supporters at the final whistle.

Arsenal dominated possession but Mikel Arteta's men could not find a way through Forest's spirited defence in order to force City to win a fifth title in six years themselves.

Not that Forest and their noisy supporters were bothered about Pep Guardiola and his team.

After what must have seemed like an age as he paced up and down his technical area, waiting for seven minutes of injury time to pass and the loss of goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the very last seconds, Forest boss Steve Cooper was able to celebrate survival.

In the stand above, owner Evangelos Marinakis was also hugged by those around him, having been rewarded for keeping faith with Cooper during a tumultuous campaign.

West Ham 3-1 Leeds

All over and West Ham fans celebrate an ultimately comfortable win.

Leeds now head into the final day of the season needing to beat Tottenham and hope results elsewhere go in their favour if they are to avoid relegation.
Leeds United missed the chance to climb out of the Premier League relegation zone as West Ham United fought back to claim a comfortable win at London Stadium.

The Whites could have leapfrogged 17th-placed Everton with a win but are instead guaranteed to go into the final weekend of the Premier League in the bottom three.

They made the perfect start when Rodrigo put them in front with a thumping volley from Weston McKennie's long throw.

But Declan Rice levelled for West Ham before half-time and goals after the break from Jarrod Bowen and Manuel Lanzini sealed the points.
Brighton 3-1 Southampton

Victory for Brighton - and European football is theirs!

Jubilant scenes in the crowd, as the players embrace on the pitch.

A huge achievement for the club. Yes, the Seagulls are going on a European tour!

Evan Ferguson scored twice in the first half as Brighton beat Southampton in the Premier League to secure European football for the first time in their history.

The 18-year-old forward opened the scoring with a powerful low shot past Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy before doubling the Seagulls' advantage with a first-time finish from inside the area.

Mohamed Elyounoussi's glancing header offered the visitors brief hope of a comeback but Pascal Gross fired in a third to seal victory for the hosts.

Brighton strengthened their grip on sixth place in the table and have all-but qualified for next season's Europa League because of their superior goal difference over seventh-placed Aston Villa.

A point from their two remaining matches will confirm a sixth-placed finish but victory over their south-coast rivals assures Brighton of a Europa Conference League spot at the very least.

Southampton, whose relegation was confirmed with their defeat by Fulham last time out, will finish their top-flight campaign against Liverpool at St Mary's next Sunday.
Man City 1-0 Chelsea

The celebrations can begin!

The players are quickly hurried off the pitch as a pitch invasion ensues.
Manchester City celebrated a third successive Premier League title triumph with victory over Chelsea in a relaxed party atmosphere at Etihad Stadium.

City were confirmed as champions without even playing after Nottingham Forest's win against Arsenal on Saturday, allowing manager Pep Guardiola to make nine changes from the side that thrashed Real Madrid to reach the Champions League final.

Erling Haaland was rested but Julian Alvarez provided the cutting edge in his absence with a clinical finish to put City ahead after 12 minutes, as their jubilant fans basked in warm sunshine waiting for the trophy presentations and celebrations.

Chelsea had some of the better chances as the game went on, with City's deputy keeper Stefan Ortega saving from Raheem Sterling when clean through and Conor Gallagher heading against the post.

Kalvin Phillips headed against the woodwork for City as they closed out another win in the relentless run that has brought them the title and the chance of a Treble, with the FA Cup final at Wembley and Champions League final in Istanbul to come.

Newcastle v Leicester (20:00 BST)

Some huge breaking team news from St James' Park, which we will come on to.

Newcastle make just one change from the side that beat Brighton 4-1 last time out. Sean Longstaff replaces Joe Willock.

Newcastle XI: Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, S Longstaff, Guimaraes, Joelinton, Almiron, Isak, Wilson.

Both James Maddison AND Harvey Barnes are on the bench for Leicester, which is a massive surprise considering the position the Foxes are in.

We wait to see if it's because of injury or a tactical decision from Dean Smith.

There are three changes in all with Ricardo Pereira dropping out too. Harry Souttar, Luke Thomas and Kelechi Iheanacho come in.

Leicester XI: Iversen, Castagne, Souttar, Faes, Evans, Thomas, Soumare, Ndidi, Tielemans, Iheanacho, Vardy.
Newcastle claimed the point needed to secure a top-four Premier League finish with a goalless draw against relegation-threated Leicester, whose fate is now out of their own hands.

Eddie Howe's side failed to break the deadlock in a match they dominated, striking the post three times, but the result was sufficient for the Magpies to make a return to the Champions League next season.

Newcastle's are four points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool heading into Sunday's final day of the season, while Leicester remain in the relegation zone, two points adrift of safety.

The hosts had 81% possession during the contest and initially found it difficult to make inroads, but Callum Wilson hooked an effort against the post and saw his follow-up effort headed off the line by Wilfred Ndidi.

Three minutes before half-time the hosts rattled the post again through Miguel Almiron, while in the second half visiting goalkeeper Daniel Iversen acrobatically tipped over Alexander Isak's effort from distance.

Bruno Guimaraes also hit the woodwork with a header from almost on the goal-line in the second period, but Leicester almost won it in injury time when Nick Pope kept out Timothy Castagne's acrobatic effort.

Foxes boss Dean Smith started England internationals James Maddison and Harvey Barnes on the bench but neither was able to inject any impetus into their dull performance after coming on.
Team news - Man City name strong line-up

Brighton v Man City (20:00 BST)

Brighton make four changes to the side that secured European football by beating Southampton 3-1 last time out.

Jan Paul van Hecke, Danny Welbeck, Billy Gilmour and 18-year-old Facundo Buonanotte all come into the side.

They replace Jole Veltman, Lewis Dunk, Alexis Mac Allister and Evan Ferguson, who scored two at the weekend, who all drop to the bench.

Brighton XI: Steele; Caicedo, Van Hecke, Colwill, Estupinan; Gross, Gilmour; Buonanotte, Enciso, Mitoma; Welbeck.

Subs: McGill, Webster, Dunk, Mac Allister, Undav, Ayari, Ferguson, Veltman, Peupion.

After making nine changes ahead of their 1-0 win over Chelsea, only Stefan Ortega, Rico Lewis, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden keep their places for the Manchester City.

The champions have put out a formidable line-up.

Manchester City XI: Ortega; Walker, Stones, Lewis; Rodri, Gundoagn; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden; Haaland.

Subs: Ederson, Phillips, Alvarez, Gomez, Charles, O'Reilly, Palmer, Robertson, Knight.
Brighton's Julio Enciso scored a fantastic equaliser as the Seagulls confirmed Europa League qualification with an entertaining draw against champions Manchester City.

Phil Foden opened the scoring for Treble-chasing City, squeezing the ball beyond Brighton defender Jan Paul van Hecke on the goalline after Erling Haaland's assist left goalkeeper Jason Steele stranded.

The Seagulls deservedly levelled through 19-year-old Enciso's stunning strike, which arrowed into the top corner from 25 yards.

Haaland had a goal ruled out for a pull on his marker in 79th minute following a video assistant referee review, as Brighton held on for a draw that ends City's 12-match winning run in the Premier League.

As for Brighton, the hard-earned point seals a top-six finish and cements a place in next season's Europa League group stage.
Brighton are so good to watch.

They play some lovely football - they'll lose some players at the end of the season, but they keep finding these young gems from around the world.
Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea

Goals from Casemiro and Anthony Martial have Manchester United 2-0 ahead at the break and heading into the Champions League.

However, it's not all been good news for the hosts with Antony carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury.

Chelsea have been good at times, right up to the final ball or shot.
After playing in the Europa League this season, it is Champions League football on the menu at Old Trafford for 2023-24.

Goals from Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford take United back to the top table of European football.

Joao Felix with a bright moment for Chelsea late on, but it's another horrible day for Chelsea.
Luton Town completed their journey from non-league to Premier League as they beat Coventry City 6-5 on penalties to win the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Gustavo Hamer equalised for Coventry to cancel out a first-half strike from Jordan Clark as the game finished in a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.

Both goals came after Luton lost captain Tom Lockyer early on after he collapsed on the pitch but the defender was taken to hospital where the club have confirmed that he is "responsive and talking" to his family, who are with him.

Coventry's Fankaty Dabo blasted the 12th penalty kick in the shootout over the crossbar to send the happy Hatters to the Premier League for the first time.

Having last been in English football's top flight in 1992, the year the Premier League began, Luton have waited 31 years to take their place at the top table.

But they were still in the fifth tier only nine years ago after a decade of financial hardship.

And, in becoming the first side to go all the way from the top tier to non-league and back, it completed a remarkable achievement for Luton boss Rob Edwards, who began this season as manager of the Hatters fierce local rivals Watford.

Just a year on from managing Forest Green to the League Two title, Edwards won his second successive promotion.

He left Forest Green to take on the Watford job at the end of last season, but was then sacked in late September.

He then returned to management in November when Nathan Jones walked out on Luton for a second time - and Edwards has now masterminded the completion of one of football's great journeys.
Congratulations to Luton Town!

English football is the best in the world. :)

This is how you enter the away end at Luton...atm. :))

Leicester winning and currently staying up, as Everton drawing, Leeds losing.
One of the craziest stories of English football! Can Haaland do it on a cold rainy night in Luton :ssa2

Ive never been to this ground, will check it out when Liverpool play away.

The last match I can remember Luton in the top flight, they played on an artifical surface. :afridi
Ive never been to this ground, will check it out when Liverpool play away.

The last match I can remember Luton in the top flight, they played on an artifical surface. :afridi

Yeah last time they were in top division, it was old division 1 and Leeds won title that season.

I remember season before Luton beat Liverpool 3-1 on plastic pitch and Kenny daglish left Liverpool 😂
Leicester 2-0 up, so all depends now if bournemouth score at Everton
Brentford lead 1-0 vs man city

Actually doing the double over them.

Arsenal have been slapped 12 games in a row vs man city.
Southampton bid goodbye to the Premier League with a thrilling 4-4 draw against Liverpool at St Mary's.

Liverpool opened the scoring through Diogo Jota who punished Romeo Lavia's poor pass before Roberto Firmino made it 2-0 after 14 minutes, scoring in his final match for the Reds.

The Saints pulled a goal back through James Ward-Prowse and were level in the 28th minute when Kamaldeen Sulemana netted his first goal for the club.

Sulemana completed the turnaround just after half-time and Adam Armstrong put the hosts 4-2 up in the 64th minute.

But Liverpool responded with Cody Gakpo's 72nd-minute tap-in, and Diogo Jota levelled the fixture with his second a minute later.

Mohamed Salah then hit the post for Liverpool in the final 15 minutes with a lobbed effort, but neither side was able to find a fifth in a hugely entertaining affair.

Bottom club Southampton's relegation after 11 years in the Premier League was confirmed on 13 May after a 2-0 loss to Fulham.

The Saints have had a torrid season but departed the top flight on a positive note, ending a five-match losing run.

They finished 20th, 11 points off Premier League safety, while Liverpool ended their campaign in fifth and qualifying for the Europa League.
Ward-Prowse, whose future with the Hampshire club remains in doubt, was given a standing ovation when he was substituted in the 87th minute.

Theo Walcott, who announced he would be leaving the Saints on Twitter earlier on Sunday, was also given a warm reception by the home fans.

Firmino netted on his final appearance for Liverpool. The Brazilian is departing the Anfield club along with England midfielder James Milner this summer.
Newcastle United and Chelsea played out an entertaining draw to bring down a contrasting season for both sides at Stamford Bridge.

Anthony Gordon opened his account for the Magpies before Kieran Trippier put through his own net to level it up.

The result means Champions League-bound Newcastle finish fourth, while Chelsea end up in 12th and in the bottom half for the first time since 1995-96.

Newcastle took the lead inside nine minutes. Allan Saint-Maximin found Elliot Anderson on the overlap, and he crossed for Gordon to force home his first goal since a January move from Everton.

Chelsea then restored parity 18 minutes later. Enzo Fernandez's quick free kick released Raheem Sterling and his drilled cross from the right was deflected home by the unfortunate Trippier.

Before half time, Newcastle's Miguel Almiron drew a fine save from Kepa Arrizabalaga and Dubravka denied Chelsea's Sterling before Matt Targett cleared off the line.

The home side began to assert themselves in the second half, but Dubravka was largely untested, with Noni Madueke, Lewis Hall and Sterling all shooting over.

Newcastle hit the bar through 17-year-old substitute Lewis Miley, on his Premier League debut, but both teams deserved a point.
It’s a shame to lose Leicester to the championship. If they stayed up and Coventry won the play off, it could have been the golden era of midlands footy [MENTION=43583]KingKhanWC[/MENTION] :yk

- Villa
- Wolves
- Nottingham Forrest

- Leicester
- Coventry

Maybe next season