WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates with team-mate Carlos Tevez after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at Molineux on April 22, 2012 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Premier League, Week 35: City Win, But Wolves Are Relegated

Manchester City beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Molineux to set-up a massive Manchester Derby, but it's a sad day for Wolves, who go down to the Championship.

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Liverpool Vs. West Bromwich Albion, 2012 Premier League: Final Score 1-0 Baggies, Liverpool Stunned

Roy Hodgson's return to Anfield was a happy one - but not for Liverpool, who were consigned to yet another bizarre home defeat. No fewer than thirty shots were fired at the West Bromwich Albion goal over the course of the match, including two that rattled Ben Foster's woodwork and several chances that came following spills by the big goalkeeper, but Liverpool simply could not force the ball home.

West Brom had their chances too - a fine save from Pepe Reina in the 28th minute against Chris Brunt kept the visitors from going ahead against the run of play, but as the match continued and Liverpool's attempts to grab the opener continued to fall somewhere between futility and hilarity, it looked increasingly likely that the Baggies would be able to snatch something on the break.

So it proved in the 75th minute, when Youssuf Mulumbu intercepted a too-clever pass from right back Glen Johnson and fed Peter Odemwingie at the edge of the box. The striker had been a non-factor in the match up to that point, but he made no mistake in blasting past a helpless Reina to give West Brom the lead.

They would not relinquish it. It's difficult to say whether it was awful luck or abysmal finishing from Liverpool's point of view - some of the shots the hosts contrived to miss with seemed guided by a particularly malicious deity - but whatever it was, it wasn't good enough.


Arsenal Vs. Chelsea, 2012 Premier League: Final Score, No Goals In Poor Match

Arsenal and Chelsea were supposed to play an entertaining clash in their fight for Champions League places, but they instead decided to play one of the most dire matches of the Premier League season. Neither team was at their best, and it seemed very obvious that Chelsea were looking ahead to Barcelona and that Arsenal's best midfielders were missing. The biggest events were blocked shots and bad misses in a poor 0-0 draw.

The first half was mostly controlled by Chelsea, though Arsenal had the only two clear-cut chances of the period. Robin van Persie failed to make the most of a great free kick by Theo Walcott in the 13th minute, missing badly at the far post. Arsenal's other good opportunity of the half also came on a free kick, with Laurent Koscielny hitting a header off the crossbar.

Things didn't get much more interesting in the second half. Here is a summary of Robin van Persie's performance on the afternoon.


Unfortunately for Arsenal, the biggest event of this game was probably an injury. Early in the second half, Theo Walcott pulled up with a hamstring problem. He attempted to continue, but pulled up lame again and appeared to make his injury worse in the process. He was replaced by Gervinho in the 60th minute, and Arsenal could be without him for a couple of games.

Chelsea did have one good attack late in the game, created by Juan Mata who came on as a substitute, but some great defending by Koscielny prevented it from ever being dangerous. In the 87th minute, the ball fell to Daniel Sturridge in the penalty area, but Koscielny got across for a great block.


In a poorly played and uneventful match that was basically devoid of highlights, Koscielny's play was almost certainly the highlight of the match. A man of the match award has to go to someone even in terribly poor games, and he was consistently the best player on the pitch in the game. Unfortunately for the Gunners, none of the players in front of Koscielny did much at all.

Arsenal are now six points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur for third, but Spurs have two games in hand. Spurs and Newcastle have one game in hand on Chelsea, and both now lead them by one point.

You can find all of our game coverage in our Arsenal vs. Chelsea StoryStream. For more on the two teams, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History and Arsenal FC blog The Short Fuse.

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