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Premier League season reviews: Clubs 20-15

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With the 2017/18 Premier League season now done and dusted, it’s time to review the campaign for all 20 clubs.

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Below we kick off our season reviews by analyzing the key moments, the star men and how the managers performed for the teams who finished 20th to 15th in the PL table.

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Here we go…


West Bromwich Albion

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Final place: 20th with 31 points (relegated to Championship)
Defining moment: Hiring Alan Pardew and then winning just one of their next 21 PL games.
Biggest victory: Away at Manchester United 1-0 to not only keep their survival hopes alive for a few more games but also hand the PL title to Man City.
Low point: A stretch of eight-straight defeats from February to March when all but ended any hope of survival.
Star man: Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon was a beast up top, scored 10 goals in all competitions and has a $25 million release clause in his contract so we will likely see him in the Premier League next season.
Manager(s) marks out of 10: Tony Pulis (4/10), Alan Pardew (1/10), Darren Moore (7/10)
Grade for the season: F


Stoke City

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Final place: 19th with 33 points (relegated to Championship)
Defining moment: The worst defensive record in the league, a 7-2 hammering at Man City underlined just how bad this Stoke defense was. Yes, they were playing City, but the way they were dismantled unearthed all of their issues.
Biggest victory: Not many to choose from but it was probably the early season 1-0 win at home against Arsenal as Jese scored the winner. Man, that seems like a long time ago.
Low point: They got ahead several times in games late in the campaign but couldn’t hold onto leads. Specifically the way they crumbled to lose at home to Palace, after leading, stands out. Jack Butland‘s tears will be the enduring image of a sad, sad season.
Star man: There is no way Xherdan Shaqiri will still be at Stoke next season and a big World Cup for the Swiss winger should seal a move elsewhere in the PL or to a top club overseas. He had eight goals and seven assists but couldn’t drag the Potters to safety.
Manager(s) marks out of 10: Mark Hughes (3/10), Paul Lambert (2/10)
Grade for the season: F


Swansea City

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Final place: 18th with 33 points (relegated to the Championship)
Defining moment: Following their 4-1 win against West Ham, it seemed as though everyone at Swansea relaxed after their shocking start to the season. The Swans rose to 13th and everything was looking rosy.
Biggest victory: Beating Liverpool at home in January was a huge boost and the Swans were in full flow at that point after Carvalhal’s arrival in late December. They beat Arsenal in the next home game and had a run of four wins in six as they looked almost safe from relegation…
Low point: Losing at home to Southampton in the final week of the season. A draw would’ve probably done the trick but the Swans didn’t show up and all but sealed their fate by losing 1-0.
Star man: Lukasz Fabianski was a machine in goal all season long as the Polish international was in tears on the final day once relegated had been confirmed.
Manager(s) marks out of 10: Paul Clement (3/10), Carlos Carvalhal (5/10)
Grade for the season: F


Southampton

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Final place: 17th with 36 points
Defining moment: Beating Bournemouth at home with four games to go reignited hope they could save themselves from relegation. Mark Hughes had liftoff after being put in charge for the final eight games of the season as nobody really gave Saints a chance.
Biggest victory: The win away at Swansea during the final week of the season in what had basically become a relegation playoff. Saints held their nerve and Manolo Gabbiadini‘s late strike all-but secured their safety. The relief on the face of Hughes and his players at the final whistle said it all.
Low point: A run of just one win in 21 games under Mauricio Pellegrino as the club stuck with the Argentine coach as long as they could but the players just never responded to his defensive tactics.
Star man: Alex McCarthy came in midway through the season to replace Fraser Forster in goal and didn’t put a foot wrong as he was crowned Southampton’s player of the season. Dusan Tadic was also big down the stretch with his two goals against Bournemouth crucial.
Manager(s) marks out of 10: Mauricio Pellegrino (2/10), Mark Hughes (8/10)
Grade for the season: D


Huddersfield Town

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Final place: 16th with 37 points
Defining moment: Digging deep to draw 0-0 at both Manchester City and Chelsea in the final week of the season to secure their status in the Premier League. Remarkable resolve.
Biggest victory: Beating Manchester United at home early in the season gave David Wagner‘s men plenty of belief that they belonged in the top-flight.
Low point: A run of five-straight defeats in January and early February which saw them slump from midtable into the relegation zone.
Star man: Jonas Lossl must get a shout out for his performances in goal, especially late in the season, but throughout the campaign Aaron Mooy was the man who made the Terriers tick. They missed him badly when he was out injured.
Manager marks out of 10: David Wagner (9/10)
Grade for the season: A


Brighton & Hove Albion

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Final place: 15th with 40 points
Defining moment: Three home wins on the spin in February and March which culminated by beating Arsenal. Chris Hughton‘s side were almost safe from that point on.
Biggest victory: Beating Manchester United at home in the final week of the season to finally secure PL safety.
Low point: Four defeats in five around November/December time which saw the Seagulls drop back into the relegation discussion. That was pretty much it.
Star man: Pascal Gross had a fine season with the German playmaker scoring seven goals and added eight assists, while you have to applaud the defensive duo of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk at the heart of the Seagulls defense.
Manager marks out of 10: Chris Hughton (8/10)
Grade for the season: B+

The final Premier League table for 2017-18

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Here’s the final Premier League table for the 2017-18 season.

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Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Manchester City 38 32 4 2 106 27 79 16-2-1 16-2-1 100
 Manchester United 38 25 6 7 68 28 40 15-2-2 10-4-5 81
 Tottenham Hotspur 38 23 8 7 74 36 38 13-4-2 10-4-5 77
 Liverpool 38 21 12 5 84 38 46 12-7-0 9-5-5 75
 Chelsea 38 21 7 10 62 38 24 11-4-4 10-3-6 70
 Arsenal 38 19 6 13 74 51 23 15-2-2 4-4-11 63
 Burnley 38 14 12 12 36 39 -3 7-5-7 7-7-5 54
 Everton 38 13 10 15 44 58 -14 10-4-5 3-6-10 49
 Leicester City 38 12 11 15 56 60 -4 7-6-6 5-5-9 47
 Newcastle United 38 12 8 18 39 47 -8 8-4-7 4-4-11 44
 Crystal Palace 38 11 11 16 45 55 -10 7-5-7 4-6-9 44
 Bournemouth 38 11 11 16 45 61 -16 7-5-7 4-6-9 44
 West Ham United 38 10 12 16 48 68 -20 7-6-6 3-6-10 42
 Watford 38 11 8 19 44 64 -20 7-6-6 4-2-13 41
 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 9 13 16 34 54 -20 7-8-4 2-5-12 40
 Huddersfield Town 38 9 10 19 28 58 -30 6-5-8 3-5-11 37
 Southampton 38 7 15 16 37 56 -19 4-7-8 3-8-8 36

 Swansea City 38 8 9 21 28 56 -28 6-3-10 2-6-11 33
 Stoke City 38 7 12 19 35 68 -33 5-5-9 2-7-10 33
 West Bromwich Albion 38 6 13 19 31 56 -25 3-9-7 3-4-12 31

Liverpool 4-0 Brighton: Top four finish secure

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  • Salah sets new PL record for most goals in a 38-game season
  • Liverpool finish fourth
  • Brighton finish 15th

Liverpool beat Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday to secure their place in the UEFA Champions League for next season.

Mohamed Salah set Liverpool in their way and goals from Dejan Lovren and Dominic Solanke either side of half time, plus a late strike from Andrew Robertson, gave the Reds the win they ended to secure a top four spot.

With the victory Liverpool finished the season on 75 points and in fourth place, while Brighton finish in 15th.

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Liverpool had two early shouts for handballs in the box with Anthony Knockaert looking guilty of handling in the box but no penalty kick was given.

Salah then went down in the box under a heavy challenge from Shane Duffy and it looked like a certain penalty kick but, once again, no penalty was awarded.

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Sadio Mane then had a glorious chance as he raced through but shot right at Mat Ryan instead of slotting the ball to Roberto Firmino to tap home, but soon Liverpool had the lead.

Dominic Solanke played in Salah and he finished superbly for his 32nd Premier League goal of the season (his 44th of the season in all competitions) to set a new record for the most goals scored in a 38-game season.

The chances kept coming for Liverpool with Firmino, Salah and Wijnaldum denied as Brighton struggled to get out of their own half. Before the break Lovren headed home Robertson’s brilliant cross to make it 2-0 to all but seal Liverpool’s spot in the top four.

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After the break that man Salah raced clear and he teed up Solanke who smashed home his first goal as a Liverpool player to make it 3-0.

Salah kept creating chances for Liverpool as Firmino went close but Ryan saved well and Liverpool then saw out the win easily.

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Robertson added a fourth late on as he scored his first goal of the Premier League season to seal the 4-0 win.

With a two week break until the Champions League final, Klopp’s men had the perfect finish to the season.

Man City 3-1 Brighton and Hove Albion: Scoring record falls

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Danilo, Bernardo Silva, and Fernandinho scored as Manchester City broke the Premier League single season scoring record in a 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

The Premier League record-breaking goal came courtesy of Silva, and City finished the day with 105 goals on the season.

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Danilo finished off a long break for City as they took a 1-0 lead.

Bravo made a mistake as Brighton leveled the score, heading into no man’s land without conviction. Ulloa headed an ensuing cross home.

That’s when Bernardo Silva broke the record, drifting to the top of the box and belting a low shot inside the near post for 2-1 and 104 goals on the league season.

Fernandinho netted 105 as the match neared the final whistle.

 

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Premier League Weds. preview: Top Four, relegation implications

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The penultimate steps in the relegation and Top Four races arrive Wednesday in a quartet of make-up games.

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Chelsea vs. Huddersfield Town — 2:45 p.m. ET NBCSN [ STREAM ]

There’s an alternate world in which this game is the snooziest of late season affairs, with Chelsea having sewn up a Top Four spot and Town grimacing after a one-and-done campaign in the top flight.

But the Blues have underachieved and, depending on your viewpoint, the Terriers have punched about their weight. A single point for Town means Swansea is going down. A win for Chelsea puts pressure on Liverpool and Tottenham’s Sundays.

Man City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion — 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]

Chris Hughton and Brighton are safe, and cheers to them. Now they may become fodder for the cannon used for Manchester City’s assault on the record books. City is two goals shy of standing alone for the most in a single Premier League season (amongst a bevy of other possibilities) and was shut out last match. Yep, this could be a rough one.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle Utd — 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]

Spurs control their own destiny when it comes to finishing third, and have a bit of “late season meaningless game” payback to proffer Newcastle from the finale two seasons ago. A loss and Spurs could well finish fifth. A draw and they’ll control their own Top Four destiny on Sunday.

Leicester City vs. Arsenal — 2:45 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]

Speaking of alternate realities, not too long ago, this one could’ve been for seventh. Now Arsenal is safe in sixth, Leicester won’t finish higher than ninth, and we’re just wondering whether Arsene Wenger is going to opt for two- or three-piece suit at the King Power Stadium.