Match Thread: Wolves vs Brighton & HA
Brighton travel to Molineux today in a desperate search for points to raise them from 17th position in the Premiership, and ease the threat of relegation, whilst Wolves will seek to re-establish themselves in 7th spot
A Double For Pedro Sets Up Victory
It was alright on the night, as the hosts secured a place in the last four, and in scoring their fourth goal, they made it to one hundred goals from a rollercoaster season. When they took a four-one lead, an eight goals demolition seemed on the cards, as Giroud and the speedy Pedro ran riot. However, Chelsea wouldn't be Chelsea if they didn't then do their very best impersonation of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In the second half, the home team put in a nervous performance, spooked by two long-range strikes from the Czechs which temporarily threatened a massive upset. Their third goal was a majestic thunderbolt, but it was a false dawn for the away team. In the end, Chelsea held on for a semi-final double header against surprise package, Eintracht Frankfurt. However, the sooner Rudiger returns to the defence, the better.
Barnsley 4 - 2 Fleetwood
This match will be remembered for all the wrong reasons as Fleetwood boss Joey Barton allegedly assaulted Daniel Stendel in tunnel afterwards. We wish Stendel a speedy recovery from his injuries and if Barton is found guilty then there is surely no place in football for him after this but that is not what we want to focus on in this article.
Arsenal Win In A Mad 2 Minutes Player Ratings v Hornets
After a mad two minutes where Aubameyang tackled Foster to score and Deeney was sent off after catching Torreira with a stray arm, you would've thought we'd have been comfortable, but it was anything but as Watford pushed us all of the way.
An encouraging run of four successive victories was halted, as Chelsea lost on Merseyside for the second time this spring, each time conceding two second half goals. The ploy of fielding Hazard in a false number nine position once more backfired. Our record against the top teams is now a running sore, as the strategy is increasingly a cautious and negative one. Silly Sarri stated that he felt that his team played well in the first half, but how can no goals and a small share of possession and a failure to work the opposition goalkeeper amount to a terribly cosmic effort? Surely Conte or Mourinho wouldn't have been so contented. The loss of the speedy Rudiger just before half time was a blow. Hopefully he will be back before the end of the season. The Blues can still finish in the top four but there is no margin for error now, especially as their three rivals have a game in hand. Maybe just maybe Chelsea will assert themselves more when they visit unconvincing ManUre in two weeks' time.
Burnley 2 Cardiff City 0
Chris Wood's double secures crucial win as Clarets go 11 points clear. On a day when winning was everything, the Clarets got the job done to all but secure a fourth successive season in the Premier League.
Match Thread Southampton FC vs Wolves
After Wolves FA Cup bubble burst at Wembley they now travel to Southampton seeking to re-establish themselves in 7th spot in the Premiership.
Up and coming fixtures
After a couple of disappointing results in the Premier League and Champions League, United entertain West Ham United on Saturday evening in the 5.30 kick off. It is a game the red devils need to win to have any chance of competing for a top four finish. OGS seems to think 15 points from the last 6 league games will guarantee a top three spot, so there is everything to play for. After West Ham at Old Trafford, Manchester United head to Barcelona facing a difficult task in overturning a 0-1 reversal. But it has been done before.
Arsenal v Napoli game of two halves Player Ratings
The first half was pretty special as we blew away a poor Napoli side, scored two and could've scored a few more. The second half was rather more edgy as Napoli improved slightly and caused problems down our left with us starting to get nervous, but we kept a vital clean sheet and had some big chances, which we will hope don't cost us.
Alonso Heads Home Precious Winner
This was yet another unconvincing performance but a most welcome result. After the first eleven hit the heights with an impressive conquest of West Ham three nights ago, the periphery players cooked up a largely mediocre effort. However the team warmed to their task as the evening wore on, and a fine cross from Willian was converted from close range by the lurking Alonso. The visitors now have one foot in the semi finals, but know that this fare will not suffice against Liverfools this Sunday, but then fortunately many of these turkeys will be warming the bench instead.