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Blue Monday

By london_dan Last edited 142 months ago
Blue Monday
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Should Arsenal fail to beat their North London rivals Spurs tonight (kick-off 8pm live on yer Sky) then Chelsea will finally be confirmed as champions of the Premiership. The Blues beat Fulham 3-1 on Saturday to move one step closer to that championship in a game that was far more even than the scoreline suggested.

Fulham pushed Chelsea all the way, with Collins John equalising Joe Cole's opener before half time. But second half goals from Lampard and Gudjohnsen sealed the win for the Blues, although it didn't stop José Mourinho from moaning: "a team that plays at 8pm on Wednesday night and then has to play at 1245 on Saturday - it is too much." Yes José, fancy having to play two games of football in a week. The poor lambs.

Down at the bottom Crystal Palace have managed to haul themselves out of the relegation zone thanks to a superb 1-0 win at home to Liverpool. Andy Johnson scored his 20th goal of the season while Gabor Kiraly continued his fantastic season by keeping everything safe at the back.

Although the Eagles won't have been too pleased with their South London rivals Charlton continuing their traditional end-of-season freefall down the division by losing 1-0 to Norwich. "It's been a disappointing recent period but overall we've not been out of the top 10 all season," said Addicks boss Alan Curbishley. "But this is the fifth year this has happened to us. Maybe we need to look at how we attack the final 10 games in the future."

Answers on a postcard.

In Division Two West Ham moved into the play-off zone despite only managing to get a point away at Brighton. Goals from Nigel Reo-Cocker and Marlon Harewood were not enough for the Hammers as Brighton came back twice through Dean Hammond, scoring the second equaliser in the dying minutes of the game.

At the bottom Watford edged one point closer to safety in a more entertaining game against Sheffield United than the 0-0 scoreline suggests. The right set of results will see the Hornets safe on Saturday which will be some relief to the fans after a horribly traumatic couple of months at Vicarage Road.

The season might be over in any meaningful way for Millwall and QPR, but that didn't stop the pair of them from getting great results at the weekend. Millwall beat play-off contenders Preston 2-1, while QPR got a creditable 0-0 draw away to automatic-promotion chasers Wigan.

In the Third, Brentford had their play-off spot nicked from them as they lost 1-0 at home to play-off rivals Huddersfield. Despite being the dominant team for the majority of the match, the Bees couldn't make their possession count after Huddersfield scored the decisive goal after 26 minutes.

And in the Fourth, Leyton Orient cemented their mid-table spot with an easy 2-0 win over Chester who were down to nine men by the finish after having two players sent off.

Last Updated 25 April 2005