Gameweek 37 would see the penultimate set of Premier League fixtures, with several sides having two matches in order to catch up following missed games due to the FA Cup. There were some vital matches at the bottom, with Southampton facing Swansea in Wales knowing that realistically they would need a win to secure survival. Elsewhere, Chelsea’s matches against Liverpool and Huddersfield could push the top four battle to the final day. Champions Manchester City faced Huddersfield and then Brighton as they break records in this most successful of seasons. Anyway, here’s the FPL Updates Gameweek 37 FPL Review…
Adrian – West Ham United have been struggling of late, however a short run of good form last month seemed to all but secure their Premier League survival. Their first match of the week came against Leicester City at the King Power. David Moyes has so far rotated goalkeepers, however Adrian got the nod ahead of England stopper Joe Hart for this clash. Claude Puel had been given the dreaded vote of confidence by the Foxes board, and their poor form continued as they turned in a sub-par performance in front of a disappointed home faithful.
Jan Vertonghen – Spurs travelled to West Bromwich Albion in their first match of the gameweek and were stunned as Darren Moore’s side snatched a winner deep into injury time to give the Baggies hope for a few more days. Spurs were beginning to sweat as their chances of a top four finish seemed to hang in the balance. However, they all but assured their Champions League place as they beat Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle side 1-0 at Wembley courtesy of a Harry Kane goal. They will be looking forward to moving into their new ground next season.
Marcos Alonso – Chelsea faced Liverpool knowing that they would need a win to give themselves a chance of a top four finish heading into the final match. They did so, recording a 1-0 win as Olivier Giroud headed home the winner from a Victor Moses delivery. This meant that they would just need to beat Huddersfield at home in order to go into the final match level on points with the Reds. However, a Laurent Depoitre goal put the Terriers in front, and despite managing an equaliser through Marcos Alonso, the point means the Blues will need a favour from Brighton on the final day.
Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac – Arsenal are coming to the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign, and after their exit from the Europa League it’s confirmed that the Gunners will finish trophy less. They recorded a 5-0 home win over Burnley to confirm sixth place. However, they may finish the season having gone without an away point since January as a poor performance saw the North-Londoners lose 2-1 at out-of-form Leicester City. Their final match will be away at Huddersfield Town as Arsene Wenger looks to leave on a victory.
Angelo Ogbonna – West Ham United kicked off their double gameweek with a match against Leicester City at the King Power. They took the lead when Joao Mario tapped home from Marko Arnautovic’s square ball. As the home crowd began to grow frustrated the Hammers struck yet again as Mark Noble thundered a volley in off the post from long-range. The win secured the Hammers survival and their delight was clear as the players ran to celebrate their second goal in front of the overjoyed away fans.
Leroy Sané and Fernandinho – Manchester City began their week with a home match against Huddersfield Town. The champions could have been forgiven for taking their foot off the gas after a dominant season in the Premier League, and they laboured to a 0-0 draw against a side battling for survival. Their second match was better, as they ran out 3-1 winners over Brighton and Hove Albion courtesy of goals from Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva and Danilo. They will be looking to continue breaking records by ending their season on a win against Southampton.
Joao Mario and Mark Noble – West Ham’s second game of week had little pressure. They were safe themselves, while they hosted a Manchester United side that knew they would almost definitely finish in second position in the Premier League. So, nobody was shocked as the sides played out a 0-0 draw at the London Stadium. The major talking point of the match was Mark Noble’s reaction to a Paul Pogba challenge, with the Hammers captain lucky to escape a red card as he wrapped his hands round the Frenchman’s neck.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang – Arsenal’s Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been bang in form in recent weeks, and he was their star man during their two matches of the week. He netted a brace against Burnley in a 5-0 victory, before levelling against Leicester in a match that they would eventually go on to lose. They will wonder if they might have been able to get past Atletico had the former Dortmund man not been cup-tied due to his appearances for the German side earlier in the competition.
Written by Ryan Nevin (@RNevin7)