FOOTBALL – Everton’s elimination by Dynamo Kyiv means that thee are no English teams left in Europe this season. For the first time in 22 years, there will not be a single English club in the quarterfinals of the various European cup competitions. Ever since 1992/93, England have always sent at least one representative to the last eight in Europe. The seven English sides that embarked on their European adventure this season were Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City.
FOOTBALL – 61 days ago – today is day 62 – Tottenham Hotspur lined up in Turkey to play their final Europa League group match against Besiktas which they went on to lose 1-0. Two days earlier, Liverpool drew 1-1 with FC Basel in what was their final Champions League match of the season. This evening, the two clubs play each other and for both, it will be their 17th match of the last nine weeks, the most played by any European club over that period.
With 17 matches remaining in this season’s Premier League, the race to the title currently involves just two teams, one of which has around twice the chance of the other of ending the season as 2014/2015 Premier League champions. Five more clubs have a realistic chance of a top-4 spot whilst eight teams are currently involved in the relegation battle. This leaves just five – West Ham, Swansea City, Stoke City, Newcastle United and Everton – without much left to play for.
FOOTBALL – Arsenal can clinch their 11th FA Cup trophy as they take on Hull City in the final at Wembley on Saturday. A win would bring the Gunners level with record holders Manchester United. Arsenal have won the FA Cup 10 times. They have not won a single trophy since they last lifted the FA Cup in 2005. Click HERE to check out our infographic on Arsenal’s trophy hunt.
FOOTBALL – Hull City defeated Fulham 6-0, after a 0-0 half time score, in their Premier League matchup on Saturday.
- Hull recorded their biggest-ever top fight win and their biggest League win since a 7-1 Division Two (third tier) home win v Crewe on October 29th 1994.
- Hull scored more than three goals in a PL match for the first time in their history.
- Fulham conceded six goals in a top-flight match for the first time since Feb 1968 – their 7-2 away defeat at West Ham.
- Fulham conceded six in a League fixture for the first time since their 6-4 Division Two (third tier) defeat at Exeter in November 1993.
- Fulham suffered their worst PL defeat – and second-worst in the top-flight after a 9-0 Division One defeat at Wolves in September 1959.
- Fulham suffered their worst League defeat (any division) since their 7-0 Division Three (third tier) defeat at Chester City in April 1989.
- This is the first time a side scored six PL goals in one half of football in almost exactly a year – since Arsenal scored six second-half goals in their 7-3 PL home win v Newcastle on Dec 29th 2012.