Football Review: EPL, Laliga, Fa Cup, Caf CL, LMC NPFL

Barclays EPL

Due to FA cup actions last weekend, the week 28 fixtures of the EPL had 5 of its possible 10 postponed. The likes of Arsenal, Man city, Tottenham, Chelsea and Man utd were all busy with the F.A cup quarterfinal matches. Liverpool, Everton stole the opportunity to maintain and close-in on the contest for the prestigious top 4 spots on the log. Liverpool defeated Burnley in a tough encounter to extend the gap between them and their rivals. Liverpool presently sits 4hth establishing a 5 and 6 point gap between Arsenal and Man utd respectively. Arsenal are 5th with 2 games at hand while Man united is 6th also with 2 games at hand.

Everton also disciplined Westbrom (3-0) to reduce the 5points gap between them and Man utd. The victory also see them mounting pressure on the Man utd with only 2points behind them now. The top 4 teams this week remains unshaken with Chelsea(66) leading all the way even with a game at hand. Both with one game at hand, Tottenham(56) and Man city(56) takes  second and third place respectively. Liverpool (50)maintains the 4th spot with no outstanding game.

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Results

AFC Bournemouth 3-2    Stoke City

Everton                    3-0  West Brom

Hull city                   2-1  Swansea city

Liverpool                 2-1  Burnleys

Arsenal                     PP  Leicester city

Southampton           PP  Man united

Chelsea                         PP                Watford

Middlesbrough           PP                Sunderland

Crytal Palace               PP               Tottenham

Emirates FA CUP.

The quarterfinals of the most prestigious tournament in England took center stage on Saturday and Sunday as all remaining 8 teams slog it out for the chance to play in the semis at the Wembley Stadium. The results so far saw Arsenal, Man city and Tottenham through to Semis. Man city edged Middlesbrough 2-0 on saturday`to become the first to go through: Arsenal followed suit by defeating Lincoln 5-0. On Sunday, Tottenham white washed Milwall 6-0. The only quarterfinal tie yet to be played is the Big match between Chelsea and Man united to hold later tonight.

Another expectation to behold is the Semi Final Fa cup draws which will hold immediately after the Chelsea- Man united Clash on Stamford Bridge. All semi final actions will be set for the Wembley showdown on April 22 and April 23.

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Results and fixtures

Middlesbrough       2-0          Man city

Arsenal                     5-0          Lincoln

Tottenham               6-0          Millwall

Chelsea                VS           Man united (tonight)

Laliga Satander.

Barcelona may have surmounted a record 5 days ago in the UCL with their controversial 6-1 comeback against PSG, it is however disappointing to see that the Spanish giant were unable to scale through the huddles of Depotivo La coruna(17th) in the league only 4 days after. Image result for la liga imagesThe 2-1 defeat made them slip off the top of the table as Real Madrid retains the spot with one game at hand. Real Madrid waited till the 84th min to get a winner. Captain Ramos and C. Ronaldo again became the savior after Keylor Navas had committed an own goal in 24min of the game. Ronaldo stroke on 48th to become R.madrid all time leading top scorer before Ramos made it 2-1 in the 84th min.

 

After 27 games, R. Madrid (62), With one outstanding game, now tops the table above Barcelona(60).

LMC NPFL.

Week 13 of the Nigerian Professional football league (NPFL) went down across the country. Enyimba Fc, on Saturday, continues to be the shadow of their very self as they still search for a home victory after so many home games. The peoples’ elephant were unable to run past the raging MFM of Lagos in Calabar as they were held to a 1-1 draw. Enyimba sits 12th on the log. In the same fate, Gombe United were also stalled to a 1-1 draw with Shooting stars of Ibadan. Apart from the 2 draws this week, every other home side won their games. On Sunday, Remo stars of Shagamu defeated ABS of Ilorin 3-0. Kano pillars were also defeated 2-0 by Plateau United away from home.

With the victory, Plateau United(25) moves to the top of the log. El Kanemi warriors(24) are second while MFM Fc (20), with 2 outstanding games, are third. Kano pillars(20) and ABS(20) both with one outstanding game each retains 4th and 5th spot respectively.

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Results

Enyimba             1-1        MFM

Remo Stars Fc   3-0       ABS Fc

Plateau united    2-0      Kano pillars Fc

Gombe united     1-1       Shooting stars

Abia warriors      2-1       Lobi stars

Nasarawa united 2-0     fc ifeanyi ubah

El kanemi   2-0    Niger tornadoes

Akwa united  3-1  Sunshine stars

CAF CL.
zamalek         4-1 Rangers FC

Rivers united 3-0 Al-Merich

Things aint looking too rosy for d NPFL champions in d champions league. After suffering a massive away defeat from Zamalek yesternight, their chances of qualifying for d group stage is very slim.

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Moreover, in football, anything is possible. if Barcelona can over turn a 4-0 first defeat to qualify (6-5 on aggr) in the European Champions league, what stops the Rangers from ranging higher with even an away goal. We can only but pray and hope f0r d best.

The flying antelopes will host d North African giant in Enugu for d second leg. In the other result, Rivers United defeated Al Merik 3-0 in port Harcourt giving them a edge going into d second leg.

Goodluck to both teams, Nigerians are solidly behind you.

 

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