Thursday 22 February 2018 / 07:43 AM

QPR, Reading Look Set To Drop

Reading 0 – 2 Southampton

It now looks nigh on impossible for Reading to escape the drop after a dreadful home defeat against their relegation rivals Southampton on Saturday afternoon. It was a well-deserved result for the Saints with goals from Rodriguez and Lallana sealing the points, and this result goes a long way towards securing Premier League safety for the side from the South. Conversely, barring a miracle, Reading will be playing Championship football next season

Norwich 2 – 2 Swansea

Norwich are not totally out of the woods yet, but the Canaries should be happy with a point against a good Swansea side. Snodgrass and Michu netted for Norwich and Swansea respectively during a lively first half at Carrow Road. Norwich took the lead through Turner in the 60th minute, but Luke Moore struck back 15 minutes later to secure a point for the Welsh side. Norwich travel to Arsenal next week before 3 games against fellow relegation candidates. If they emerge from those games with a decent amount of points then they’re likely to be safe for another year.

Stoke 1 – 3 Aston Villa

Stoke seemed to be going along relatively nicely at their own steady pace this season; but the last few weeks have seen some poor results and consequently also seen the Potters sliding into the relegation mire. This was a very poor result for Stoke against the Villains and with a trip to Man Utd to look forward to next week; this was not a good day for Tony Pulis’s side to come unstuck. Villa are out of the relegation zone, and will fancy their chances of survival, but Stoke really need to start putting in some better performances if they want to play Premiership football next season.

West Brom 1 – 2 Arsenal

Arsenal were able to keep up the pressure on their North-London rivals Tottenham with a good win at the Hawthorns. Tomas Rosicky grabbed both goals for the Gunners with the Baggies goal coming from a James Morrison penalty. Arsenal can now foreseeably go above Tottenham if they win their game in hand and given Tottenham’s lacklustre form of late, Arsenal and Chelsea taking 3rd and 4th must be viewed as a very real possibility.

Liverpool 0 – 0 West Ham

Liverpool and West Ham played out a largely disappointing goalless draw at Anfield. This may damage Liverpool’s chances of European football; consequently limiting their ability to attract top-quality players.

Tottenham 2 – 2 Everton

Given the way they played, it seems very likely that Everton came to White Hart Lane happy to take a point and in the end they’ll be glad to be heading back up north with a point. Tottenham were very much in the ascendency, but sadly struggle to convert their opportunities into goals. Adebayor opened the scoring before Phil Jagielka equalled the scores. Kevin Mirallas took the lead for Everton in the 54th minute and Gylfi Sigurdsson rescued a point for Spurs with 3 minutes to go. Spurs are struggling without Bale, and if they can’t work out a way to win without him, we could well see Tottenham’s form continue to be under-par.

Chelsea 2 – 1 Sunderland

More bad news for Tottenham as Chelsea prevailed at Stamford Bridge. The Blues actually went 1-0 down after Azpilicueta turned to ball into his own net, but fortunes turned around for Chelsea; Kilgallon scoring an own goal of his own before Ivanovic got the winner in the 56th minute. Chelsea now look in pole position to take 3rd, and leave Tottenham and Arsenal to struggle for the final Champions League qualifying spot.

Newcastle 1 – 0 Fulham

Papiss Cisse appears to be regaining some of his magical late season form from last year, and he shone again today for the Magpies, scoring an injury time winner to help take Newcastle a safe difference from the relegation zone. Fulham don’t have much to play for, and that showed with a relatively insipid performance from the London club.

QPR 1 – 1 Wigan

This was a true basement clash, and QPR must have thought they’d gained a valuable 3 points when Loic Remy scored in the 86th minute. Shaun Maloney struck with a freekick in the 94th minute to square things up. Both sides really need a couple of wins to have any chance of survival, and if you take Harry’s comments this week on face value, he doesn’t seem to hold out much hope for surivival this season.

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