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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

Huddersfield Town 0-1 Arsenal: Auba sends Arsene off right

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  • Wenger bids adieu with win
  • Aubameyang nabs 10th PL goal
  • Scores 37 between BVB, Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang scored the final goal of Arsene Wenger‘s illustrious Arsenal career as the Gunners beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 on Championship Sunday at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Arsenal finished sixth with 63 points, while Huddersfield Town’s 37 leave them 17th.

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Aubameyang capped off a free-flowing move fitting of Wenger’s final match in charge, converting an Aaron Ramsey pass to give the Gunners the advantage.

And the Gabonese striker also became the fastest Gunner to 10 Premier League goals, netting in his 13th match.

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Top Premier League Storylines – Championship Sunday

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We’ve come so far, and yet there’s still something to play for. Whether it’s near the top of the table, near the bottom, or bidding a legend farewell, there’s plenty to take in on the final day of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

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Arsene Wenger bids Arsenal a farewell after 22 seasons, while there is still a Champions League place and Premier League safety to be confirmed as everything comes to a head all at once this coming Sunday.

Liverpool looks to hold off Chelsea for Champions League spot
Liverpool vs. Brighton – 10:00 a.m. ET Sunday on NBC
Newcastle vs. Chelsea – 10:00 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN

Thanks to Chelsea’s flop against Huddersfield at home midweek, the Reds need just a single point to confirm a Champions League place next season. A Liverpool draw and Chelsea win would see them level on points, but the Reds have a goal difference superiority of 15, so the Blues effectively need Liverpool to lose.

Liverpool, more than holding Chelsea off, will want to turn around its recent league form and head into the Champions League final on a high note. They have looked toothless over the last few weeks, with a 0-0 draw against relegated Stoke City setting the stage for their near-disaster at Roma in the Champions League semifinals. They followed that up with a 1-0 loss at Chelsea last weekend, and the players could really use something positive before the big game.

Chelsea, meanwhile, will need plenty of help to shock the Premier League. The Blues seemed dead in the water a few weeks ago, with Antonio Conte a dead man walking. Last time out is a big mo-killer, but nevertheless, it’s surprising to see Chelsea with even a mathematical chance on the season’s final matchday.

Arsene Wenger’s farewell
Huddersfield Town vs. Arsenal – 10:00 a.m. ET Sunday on MSNBC

This is it. The time has come. Arsene Wenger’s final game in charge of Arsenal is nearly upon us. It is one of those moments we never thought would actually happen, and yet here we are.

Whether you’re in the #WengerOut or #WengerIn crew, all should give him a positive send-off for what he’s given Arsenal, the Premier League, and soccer as a whole. Still, Huddersfield Town won’t roll over and die to appease a legend, and David Wagner will want his group to finish a successful season strong. Can Wenger go out on a high note and avoid a double-digit deficit to Chelsea above them in the table?

Spurs England crew limping to finish line
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City – 10:00 a.m. ET Sunday on Bravo

Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and the rest of Spurs’ England internationals have limped to the Premier League finish line. With the World Cup just on the horizon, these players will want to pick up the pace rather than ease into the summer. Spurs have two wins in their last five league games, and while Harry Kane has grabbed three goals in those five matches, his countrymates have not supported behind. There are plenty of stereotypes for English players to break, and they could put the foot on the gas pedal Sunday.

Huddersfield Town raves of survival: “We have always come back”

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Within a span of four days, Huddersfield Town scrapped draws against Manchester City and Chelsea.

Terrier mentality. Fitting.

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Manager David Wagner, a former USMNT player, led the way for Town from Moment No. 1 and will be tipped for bigger jobs. He’s happy at the John Smith’s Stadium. From the BBC:

“My English is not good enough to give the players the credit they deserve. If you have the passion, desire and spirit you can compete with top top quality and you saw today that we can do it. We had luck, no doubt about it, but if any players deserve it it’s this set of players.

“I never doubted their mental strength. We have so many experiences, the play-offs, the final, some very big dips in the season, five defeats in a row. We have always come back.”

“The people in Huddersfield, and the town and supporters and this football club, to describe them, they are humble but they are ambitious. They have the spirit to work and to fight, and this is exactly what this football team has shown in this season.”

Couldn’t put it better ourselves.

Town deserves every bit of its survival, even if goalkeeper Jonas Lossl should never buy anything in town again following an unreal save on

“This was definitely the most important save in my career, no doubt about it,” he said.

Like fellow promoted sides Newcastle and Brighton, it’ll be down to finding a fine striker if the next step is coming next season.

Town has its midfielder/playmaker/hard-edged man in Aaron Mooy, and he’s quite happy after moving from Man City. He says his manager is a difference maker.

“We knew it was going to be tough, Chelsea have so many talented players,” Mooy said. “We had to get close to them and make it difficult. … David Wagner has kept a level head all season, he has done an amazing job. He gives us belief and confidence.”

And perhaps no one put it better than this line on NBCSN courtesy Laurent Depoitre.

“It was very hard, we ran a lot.”

They don’t call him the best color man in the biz for nothing.