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Blog - ESPN FC United

 By Nick Miller

Premier League: Top 10 memorable moments of the season

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said his side's 3-0 defeat to West Brom was due to winning the Premier League title too early and lack of competition from top contenders.

The final round of games in the Premier League are nearly upon us, so there's no better time to sit back, take stock, and look at 10 of the finest moments witnessed this season:

Bobby Zamora's dinked goal

One weekend in April saw some extraordinary goals, from Charlie Adam's 65-yarder to Jermain Defoe's thunderbolt against Newcastle. However, arguably the best came from Bobby Zamora against West Brom, chip-volleying over a bewildered Ben Foster with the outside of his left foot, even gently kissing the bar on the way in.

Nigel Pearson holds down James McArthur

While he has guided Leicester to safety, it's been an interesting season for Nigel Pearson. He got involved in an argument with a fan, called a reporter an 'ostrich' and, perhaps most famously, seemed to get Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur in a chokehold on the touchline, an incident that nearly cost him his job.

Sadio Mane's rapid hat-trick

It's a record that has stood for over two decades, but in the 6-1 win over Aston Villa, Sadio Mane not only beat Robbie Fowler's mark for the quickest Premier League hat trick, he obliterated it. Admittedly, a couple of the goals were tap-ins, but three in two minutes and 56 seconds is rather impressive.

Chelsea winning the league

You can call them grimly pragmatic if you like, but there is little doubt that Chelsea have been streets ahead of everyone else in the Premier League this season. They have the best defender in John Terry and the best creative player in Eden Hazard and, like it or not, the best manager too -- Jose Mourinho.

Southampton 8-0 Sunderland

There have been plenty of highlights and lowlights for Southampton and Sunderland respectively this season, but this demolition in October is up there for both. The goals were shared around, and even featured a slapstick own-goal from Santiago Vergini, rifling into his own net from 20 yards.

John Carver accuses Mike Williamson

If there was one thing to sum up the absolute disintegration of Newcastle, it was their 3-0 defeat to Leicester in May. Mike Williamson was sent off for two yellow cards, and was accused by John Carver after the game of being dismissed deliberately. 'I thought he'd done that on purpose,' said Carver.

Newcastle fans protest

On the other hand, if there is hope it lies in the stands. Given that there were about 35,000 at St James's Park for Newcastle's game against Spurs in April, it might not seem like much of a protest, but for a ground in which 47,000 are usually crammed, it was a show of strength and defiance from the fans to Mike Ashley.

Tottenham 5-3 Chelsea

There aren't too many candidates for game of the season, but Tottenham's 5-3 demolition of Chelsea on New Year's Day is probably the stand-out. Ultimately it didn't mean much in the wider scheme of things, but it was still an exhilarating performance in which the champions were blown away.

Steven Gerrard's red card against Manchester United

For his last season at Liverpool, Steven Gerrard has looked desperate to make a mark. He certainly did that against Manchester United in March, sent off for a stamp on Ander Herrera after just 38 seconds. And, so hyped was Gerrard, it was a mild surprise it took that long.

Harry Kane's North London derby...

 By James Dall

Will Hull or Newcastle survive in Premier League relegation battle?

Newcastle United head coach John Carver discussed English Premier League survival and Sunday's last-day visit of West Ham United.

Premier League Spotlight previews the weekend's top-flight fixtures, highlighting the key points to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.

Weekend fixtures

Sunday
Arsenal vs. West Brom
Aston Villa vs. Burnley
Chelsea vs. Sunderland
Crystal Palace vs. Swansea
Everton vs. Tottenham
Hull vs. Man Utd
Leicester vs. QPR
Man City vs. Southampton
Newcastle vs. West Ham
Stoke vs. Liverpool

Battle(s) of the Weekend: Hull vs. Man United/Newcastle vs. West Ham

Relegation from the Premier League is not the worst thing ever. Really, it isn't. Sure, it stings and forces an adult's eyes to leak, but then after unburying your red face from the safety of your scarf you realise you're headed for arguably a better, purer place. The Championship is a very...

Alessandro Del Piero talks Champions League, MLS and his Juventus legacy

Alessandro Del Piero spent 19 trophy-laden seasons with Juventus before setting off for pastures new.

When Juventus last appeared in the Champions League final, the team was captained by Alessandro Del Piero. The year was 2003, Del Piero was appearing in his fourth European Cup final in seven years and Juventus seemed destined to contend for European titles for years to come.

But Juve's fortunes turned with the Calciopoli scandal in 2006, in which the club was relegated to Italy's Serie B as a result of allegedly manipulating referee selections. The club failed to reach another Champions League...

Newly crowned La Liga champions Barcelona lead Power Rankings

The ESPN FC crew discuss the latest power rankings which see Barcelona and Juventus on top, as Chelsea slide down the list following their 3-0 loss to West Brom.
ESPN FC's Sid Lowe discusses Barcelona's sixth La Liga title in 10 years, citing the early season struggles allowed Luis Enrique's side to band together.

As Europe's domestic seasons draw near a close, titles are being handed out thick and fast. Now adorning the Liga crown, it's no surprise that Barcelona once again tops Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings.

1. Barcelona (no change)

Twelve months ago, Barcelona were forced to watch Atletico Madrid celebrate their La Liga title at the Camp Nou on the final day of the season. Sunday, the Catalans returned the favour as their 1-0 win at the Vicente Calderon ensured the Liga trophy would return to Barcelona.

2....

Juventus come through final test against Lazio with Coppa Italia win

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down Juventus' enthralling 2-1 Coppa Italia final victory over Lazio.

In 1958, Juventus president Umberto Agnelli asked the Italian Football Federation if they could commemorate the fact his side had won their 10th Scudetti by stitching a gold star on their shirts. A tradition was born. Fifty seven years later, his son Andrea will now request that they inaugurate a silver one to mark the club's 10th Coppa Italia.

La Decima, as Tuttosport were calling it on Thursday morning, has been a long time coming. Twice the Old Lady had to file away her application for the stella...

Chelsea win Premier League, but which season has been the greatest ever?

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised his side's title rivals for failing to provide a decent challenge this season.

It's hardly the climax to the season that was promised, or one that seemed to have been set up. At one point in the second half of the 2014-15 campaign, Chelsea and Manchester City were dead level in every respect. The race for the Champions League involved minimal differences among a quartet of clubs, and it looked like there could be as many as eight sides trying to avoid three relegation spots.

But Chelsea have won the title with games to spare, the top four is decided and there's just one matter...