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Tottenham Hotspur squandered a chance to gain ground on Manchester United for one last push toward a Champions League place after losing at home to Manchester City, 0-1.

It was a battle between the two top goal scorers this season, Kane and Aguero, but it would be Aguero to find paydirt and White Hart Lane. Tottenham created some chances and had some nice moments from Erik Lamela and Eric Dier, but once they conceded the opener, it was City's defending that told the story. Kane is now two goals behind Aguero for the Golden Boot but should he fall short of that accomplishment, it has still been an amazing season well beyond anyone's expectations.
Source: NBC Sports
May 3 - 1:12 PM

Sergio Aguero continued to give Tottenham nightmares as he scored the only goal of the match to snap Manchester City's road losing streak in a 0-1 final.

The now-former champions of the Premier League did not let Chelsea's title clinch earlier in the day and their poor road form stop them. Above all of that is Sergio Aguero's goal rate against Spurs, whom he has had more success against than any other opponent. A swift counter-attack in the 22nd minute provided the only goal of the match. David Silva had loads of space as he entered the final third of Spurs and timed a perfect pass to Aguero sprinting into the box. At a tight angle, he smashed it inside the near post for his 23rd goal of the season. In addition, their defending was as effective as it has been in recent memory, shutting down some decent chances by Tottenham. Now two goals ahead of Kane for the Golden Boot, Kun will be licking his chops with a home match against QPR next.
Source: NBC Sports
May 3 - 1:01 PM

A hand injury forced Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker off at Anfield in GW35 as a late Steven Gerrard winner all but sealed the fate of Rangers’ who are now 7–points from safety with an inferior goal difference.

Caulker suffered a suspected fractured hand and his injury provided Suk-Young Yun with a chance of a return having missed the previous month after suffering from concussion against West Brom. The Korean international is the player most likely to be tasked with keeping Sergio Aguero quiet in GW36 if Caulker is ruled out although he may be able wear a protective cast. The availability of Rio Ferdinand is not currently known – the defender has battled his way back to full fitness but is now on compassionate leave after the player announced his wife – Rebecca - had lost her short battle with breast cancer.
May 3 - 12:03 PM

John O’Shea ended his record of being the only Premier League player to have participated in every single minute of every game this season after failing to recover from a couple of early knocks against Southampton.

O’Shea required treatment following a collision with Shane Long before a rib injury ended his afternoon on the half hour mark as Santiago Vergini partnered Sebastian Coates in the heart of defence. Having won 3-points at the Stadium of Light Sunderland have given themselves a real chance of survival with a game in hand and Dick Advocaat will be sweating on the availability of his skipper. Wes Brown [knee] is expected to join the main group early next week but after almost 2-months out the defender may not be ready for a start.
May 3 - 11:05 AM

Crystal Palace became the latest club to suffer at the hands of Chelsea, as the Eagles could not punch their way through a tough defense and lose 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Considering a win for Chelsea would crown them champions while Palace had little motivation to achieve a positive result, they still carried themselves well and played tight with the title winners. On the half hour mark, Jason Puncheon took a shot that John Terry was able to block, though questions will remain as to whether he knowingly committed handball. Regardless, Terry played like a true captain today, throwing himself in front of many a ball and protecting his keeper. Palace remain 12th in the table with a finish no higher than 11th looking likely.
Source: NBC Sports
May 3 - 10:52 AM

Chelsea edged Crystal Palace 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, clinching the Premier League title.

Champions of England for the fifth time, Chelsea went wire to wire at the top of the table, clinching their fate with three matches to spare. The only goal of the game came at the end of the first half, when James McArthur fouled Eden Hazard in the area. Hazard, the best player in the league this season, stepped up to take it. It was a poor effort, stopped by Julian Speroni, but Hazard followed up the rebound to head home his 14th league goal of the season. Stamford Bridge is rocking right now, and there is nothing boring about it.
Source: NBC Sports
May 3 - 10:31 AM

Mike Williamson has issued a public apology to his Newcastle teammates and the club’s supporters but notably there was no mention of John Carver following the defenders sending-off at Leicester City.

Williamson took the unusual step of going public in response to the managers post-match comments at the King Power on Saturday after another demoralising – their seventh consecutive – defeat in the Premier League. Carver confirmed that the pair had exchanged words during the half-time interval and the interim boss insinuated that Williamson had gotten himself sent-off deliberately as his rash challenge on Jamie Vardy happened while both the ball and player were off the pitch. Williamson has refuted those claims but regardless the defender will serve a 2-game ban and may not be seen again in a black and white shirt. Daryl Janmaat is another definite absentee for the West Brom match [suspension]; skipper Fabricio Coloccini will be assessed after picking up a minor problem late in the game.
Source: beIN Sports
May 3 - 10:16 AM

Garry Monk has confirmed Nelson Oliveira will be assessed after the striker was forced off having failed to recover from a "heavy" Ryan Shawcross challenge during the win over Stoke on Saturday.

Oliveira has been struggling with a niggling problem for the past few weeks but the ferocity of the tackle rolled his ankle and the striker was unable to continue. Swansea [and the player] are hopeful the injury is not too serious although a thorough assessment won’t be carried out until Tuesday when hopefully the swelling subsides. Oliveira has 3-games to prove his worth and secure a permanent deal at the Liberty while Garry Monk is currently lacking an out-and-out striker with Bafetimbi Gomis [hamstring] out. Marvin Emnes or Modou Barrow are options to lead the line although neither are ideally suited.
May 3 - 9:45 AM

West Brom defeated Manchester United 0-1 at Old Trafford through a Jonal Olsson goal.

The return of van Persie wasn't enough for Manchester as they couldn't find the back of the net against West Brom. Jonas Olsson's second half goal secured three very important points for the Baggies as they looked solid throughout the entire match and were able to hold off United late. The Red Devils had a 26-6 shot advantage including a 9-3 shot on target advantage, but they failed to make West Brom pay with some poor finishing and a great performance from goalkeeper Boaz Myhill. The Baggies are now seven points in front of the relegation zone and can relax a bit for the remainder of the season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 2 - 2:29 PM

Marc Wilson was shown his second yellow card in the 84th minute which effectively ended the tie as the Potter dropped a 2-0 decision at the Liberty Stadium.

Tony Pulis would be horrified to realize that this was the first time all season that Stoke City have gone down to 10 men. Marc Wilson's 84th minute yellow card, his second of the match, saw Swansea gain a man advantage. They took advantage in stoppage time to double their lead as Stoke City continued to press for an equalizer. The loss didn't mean much to the Potters' season but it does put them at risk of falling out of the top half with Everton still only three points behind them in 11th.
Source: espnfc.com
May 2 - 1:03 PM

Jonjo Shelvey assisted on both goals as Swansea dispatched Stoke City 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Jonjo Shelvey is one of those players that can look brilliant on his day but can also look rather foolish and immature on other days. Saturday was one of the good days as Shelvey provided good assists on the only two goals of the match and had a strong drive from outside the box tipped just over the net. Shelvey's first assist came when he dribbled to the edge of the box and crossed into the box for Jefferson Montero who scored his first goal in the Premier League. The second came from the other side of the box as he set up Ki Sung-yueng for a side-footed insurance goal as stoppage time approached.
Source: espnfc.com
May 2 - 12:58 PM

Leroy Fer scored a goal, had one disallowed and had another well-saved by Simon Mignolet but he couldn't stop QPR from dropping a 2-1 decision at Anfield.

The writing is on the wall for QPR. With Leicester City, Sunderland and Aston Villa all picking up three points in Week 35 the Rs failure to even pick up a point looks like it may doom them to relegation. With three matches to play, Chris Ramsey's men sit 7 points from safety. Probably time for Leroy Fer and Charlie Austin to start looking for new clubs for next season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 2 - 12:52 PM

Steven Gerrard missed a penalty but recovered to score a late winner as Liverpool overcame QPR at Anfield 2-1.

It was an up and down match for Gerrard but it ended in a storybook way for the Liverpool legend as he scored the Reds' winner at the Kop End. It didn't come on his last appearance at the hallowed ground but the winner may serve as a final special memory on the pitch as the captain once again led his club to victory when it looked like they might have to settle for a draw. Gerrard's score came in the 88th minute after Philippe Coutinho and Leroy Fer scored on either side of halftime. Nedum Onuoha was sent off after he collected his second yellow card.
Source: espnfc.com
May 2 - 12:45 PM

Gael Clichy could reclaim his starting spot from Aleksandar Kolarov as soon as Week 35 against Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Clichy has been out with a minor injury leaving Kolarov to get a few starts in a row. Clichy was widely criticized for his performance in City's Manchester Derby loss to local rivals Manchester United. He was particularly poor attempting to mark Marouane Fellaini. On the basis of that poor performance it remains to be seen if Clichy is restored immediately to the starting line-up.
Source: espnfc.com
May 2 - 12:36 PM

Samir Nasri has been out in recent weeks but he should be available for City's Sunday match at White Hart Lane.

While Nasri may be healthy enough to participate, it seems unlikely that he will start against Spurs. He has primarily been a reserve when he has been available and when he has been given an extended opportunity to play he hasn't been great. Even with Yaya Toure out for the week, it is probably best to look elsewhere for points from City's midfield.
Source: espnfc.com
May 2 - 12:33 PM




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