Skiddle's open goal: A weekly roundup of football news and events

Here's the latest news from the weekend's Premier League games.

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 16th May 2023

For most teams, there are now only two games left this season in the Premier League. It looks like Arsenal's title charge is over after they lost at home 3-0 to Brighton. The Seagulls have had a brilliant campaign and have played some stunning football, constantly outplaying some of the best sides in the league.

They were brilliant at The Emirates, one of the hardest stadiums to visit this season and made Arsenal look very uncomfortable. The North London side bottled it from a comfortable-looking position but with some smart summer deals, they can surely challenge again with more squad depth. 

The Manchester City machine keeps on rolling as they cruised to a win over Everton with Roy Keane quick to point out Jordan Pickford's poor performance in goal, flapping at a free kick and letting Haaland score a header that was aimed at the middle of the goal. The treble looks on for City, Everton on the other hand are on the brink of falling back into the relegation zone but can be thankful that Leeds and Leicester still don't look like winning and they have winnable-looking fixtures coming up.

There was some slight hope for Leeds as they managed to get a 2-2 draw at home to Newcastle. They went ahead and could have gone further ahead but Bamford missed a penalty with the stadium seemingly never believing that he was going to score. It gave Newcastle the initiative to get back into the game and they were 2-1 up before Kristensen got a deflected equaliser. Firpo was then sent off for a second yellow but that is a blessing in disguise for Leeds as he's a complete liability.

Tottenham continued their miserable form with only Harry Kane playing well. He grabbed a goal back as Spurs were beaten 2-1 away at Aston Villa who now move level on points with them as they look for a European spot. Nottingham Forest fought bravely against Chelsea with Awoniyi grabbing a double at Stamford Bridge to earn the struggling team a draw and a valuable point.

Manchester United eased fears that Liverpool will nab the last Champions League place by beating Wolves at home comfortably 2-0, they need to win just two games now with Liverpool on their backs. Southampton's relegation to the Championship was confirmed by a limp and lifeless loss to Fulham who grabbed a 2-0 away win.

It was a performance that summed up The Saints' season as they offered no fight or goalscoring threat and it looked like they just wanted the game to end. Monday night football saw Leicester take on Liverpool who have been on a roll recently. Leicester crumbled after twenty minutes when Curtis Jones swept in at the back post. Two minutes later, Jones scored again with a brilliant touch and volley.

The scouser has been key to Liverpool's recent resurgence after it looked like his career had stalled at the club after injury. Salah bagged a hat-trick of assists as he rolled the ball to Alexander-Arnold to strike from a free-kick in the second half to sink Leicester. After the second goal, Leicester looked completely deflated and the lack of confidence in the squad is there for all to see. It looks as though they are down.


An Audience With Gordon Strachan


When: Friday 30th June

Where: Barras Art and Design, Glasgow

Former Scotland manager, and player Gordon Strachan will be in conversation at this event. Put on by A Celtic State of Mind, they will be quizzing the club legend all about his time as manager of the club and what he thinks of Ange Postecoglu's current title-winning side. 


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Middlesborough Vs Coventry


When: Wednesday 17th May

Where: Kasbah, Coventry

The Championship is full of surprises and just a few months ago few would have guessed that Middlesborough would have been challenging but they're enjoying a renaissance under Michael Carrick. The Sky Blues are looking to make the step up into the Premier League however and you can cheer them on with other Coventry fans at this live screening.


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Champions League Final Live Screening


When: Saturday 10th June

Where: Vauxhall Food and Beer Garden, London

The Champions League final will be taking place in June this year and we are yet to see who will make it but we'll find out within the next couple of days. AC Milan have a mountain to climb against their neighbours Inter and Real Madrid vs Manchester City is finely poised but the general feeling is that City will grab the win. You can watch a screening of the event here.


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