Weekend Review in Sports

Weekend Review in Sports

As the summer weather begins to slowly peep its head around the door, the world of sport continues to reverberate with the intensity of heated competition. For all of the major headlines from this weekend in sport, look no further.

Premier League

The Premier League continued to prove categorically why it is the strongest league in the world. Over the course of the weekend’s fixtures, Tottenham’s 1-1 smash and grab against title challengers Liverpool was arguably the significant result of the weekend as Jurgen Klopp’s side stumbled in their Premier League title chase. Liverpool’s failure to get a result worsened when Manchester City breezed past a resurgent Newcastle 5-0, clearly their Champions League semi-final exit hasn’t wobbled the Cityzens much.

Chelsea continued their unstable form, dropping points in the last minute against a Wolves side without Bruno Lage on the sidelines. Arsenal’s victory over ten-men Leeds puts Arteta’s side within one point of Chelsea with three games to go; the Gunners still have Spurs to play, with the winner most likely to finish in the final Champions League places.

Did you notice we managed to write two paragraphs on Premier League football and not mention Manchester United, who would’ve thought? Anyway, the Manchester United circus continued to perform, this time suffering a 4-0 defeat to the south coast’s suave Brighton. The Seagulls are now on track for their highest ever finish in the Premier League.

West Ham also managed to put European disappointment behind them with a 4-0 win against the yellow yo-yo, Norwich. The relegation battle continued in full-effect, with Frank Lampard’s Everton side dragging themselves out of the relegation zone following a turgid 2-1 win over a slightly bereft Leicester side. Crystal Palace beat already relegated Watford 1-0, Brentford put Southampton to the sword winning 3-0 at home whilst Aston Villa put three past relegation contenders Burnley with the 3-1 away win.

Football League

Bournemouth secured promotion with a 1-0 win over spirited Millwall side who, due to this result, have missed out on a play-off place. In major play-off news, Luton secured the final place in the play-off places with a 1-0 win over Reading. Preston’s 4-1 win over play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough all but put an end to hopes of a Premier League return for the northeastern giants.

Already promoted Fulham may already be on holiday following a 4-0 loss to former Premier League side Sheffield United. West Brom beat Barnsley 4-0, Peterborough slammed Blackpool 5-0, and finally, Derby County’s 1-0 loss to Cardiff all but secured a season in League One for the Rams.

Following April 30th, League One has been relatively quiet. Despite inconsistent form in their last five games, Wigan Athletic will be returning to the Championship as League One Champions. Rotherham qualified for automatic promotion in second place, whilst MK Dons, Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland, and Wycombe Wanderers will all be competing in the play-offs for the final spot in the Championship.

In League Two, Forest Green Rovers managed to edge past Exeter in the championship race on goal difference despite both teams finishing on 84 pints. Northampton town will have to deal with a set of play-off matches having finished on the same points, 80, as third place and already promoted Bristol Rovers after The Pirate’s astonishing 7-0 over Scunthorpe, catapulting them into automatic promotion.

Women’s Super League

The major news coming out of the WSL is that Chelsea have once again finished the season as champions following a 4-2 win over Manchester United. Sam Kerr’s performance was outstanding, with her long range volley arguably the goal of the weekend. Emma Hayes continues to demonstrate her tactical quality and managerial diversity as Chelsea finish one point ahead of rivals Arsenal and nine points ahead of a dwindling Manchester City.

Birmingham’s 1-0 derby win over Aston Villa was not enough to keep them in the Super League, whilst Liverpool secured the Championship, forcing their way back into the Super League, with many expecting them to continue along their development over the next few seasons.

F1

Max Verstappen wins the inaugural Miami F1 despite a close run from Charles Leclerc. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell excited viewers throughout practice, yet their performances, whilst spirited, were once again below expectations following a car change late Friday night. Verstappen’s win was the first time any driver has won back-to-back races this year, yet, Leclerc remains top of the standings on 104 points, with Verstappen chasing on 85 and Sergio Perez in third on 66 points. Plenty of time to go, but the drama looks likely to continually cascade until the season finishes.

Boxing

Mexican behemoth Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez suffered a relatively shock defeat at the hands of Dmitry Bivol. Canelo is regarded as one of the finest boxers of his generation, being the undisputed World Super-Middleweight Champion, whilst Bivol is yet to lose a fight going 20 undefeated so far. Despite the political unrest, with many voicing unhappiness that Bivol was allowed to compete given the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a rematch looks on the cards as one would expect Canelo will not take this defeat overly well.

In other boxing news, Liverpool’s Paul Butler WBO Bantamweight World Champion after john Riel Casimero stripped of his title having failed to appear for a title defence in over two years.

Words by Jai Mcintosh of The Essential Journal

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