April 3rd and 4th - As we edge closer to the return of fans to games, Man City moved closer to regaining the title from Liverpool. A two-nil win away to Leicester came courtesy of goals from Mendy and Jesus (appropriate he got on the end of a cross on Easter weekend...).

The race for fourth spot took an interesting twist. West Brom went Stamford Bridge and beat Chelsea five-two in a modern Easter miracle. Chelsea were ahead but following Thiago Silva's sending off there were two goals apiece for Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson as Sam Allardyce's side recorde one of the shock results of the season. Liverpool hauled themselves back into contention for a top four finish with an emphatic three-nil win at Arsenal on Saturday night. Diogo Jota came off the bench to score twice with Mo Salah adding another. With a Champions League quarter final gainst Real Madrid to come midweek, things suddenly look a lot brighter for Jurgen Klopp's side.

At the bottom, Newcastle rescued a point at home to Tottenham with a late equaliser from Joe Willock earning a two-all draw. That point looked even more valuable when Fulham surrendered a lead at Aston Villa, conceding three goals in the last ten minutes to put a serious dent in their survival prospects. Scott Parker's side are now three points from safety having played a game more than the sides above them.

Elsewhere at the weekend, Leeds still have a chance of a top ten finish. They're level on points with Arsenal after a two-one win at home to Sheffield United. Southampton came from two down to pick up a vital three points with a three-two win. Nathan Redmond scored a second half winner at St Marys for the FA Cup semi-finalists. Sunday's action concluded with Man United beating Brighton two-one at Old Trafford. Danny Welbeck scored on his return to his former club but second half goals from Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood ensured United went four points clear of Leicester in the battle to finish second.

We have joint leaders after the first round of matches in April - Anastas Popov and David Lavelle share the lead on 46 points. They're two points clear of Javier Suarez and Roisin Joyce - full details below:

 

April 10th and 11th - Ten man Leeds United earned a shock three points at Man City. Stuart Dallas scored both goals, either side of a Liam Cooper red card and a Feran Torres equaliser to put a halt to the Champions elect gallop. Man United cut the lead at the top to eleven points on Sunday when they won three-one at Spurs. Heung-Min Son had the hosts ahead but once again Jose Mourinho's side failed to hold onto the lead. Second half goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side consolidate second place.

Brendan Rodger's Leicester side seem to be having another wobble towards the end of the season. From a seemingly guaranteed top four finish just a few weeks back, a run of poor results has them looking over the shoulder again. Jesse Lingard scored twice as West Ham inflicted another defeat on the Foxes. The Hammers are now in fourth spot, just a point behind Leicester.

Wins for Liverpool and Chelsea suggest it could be two teams from four for the final Champions League spot. Liverpool earned their first win at Anfield since mid-December when they came from behind to beat Aston Villa. Second half goals from Mo Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold kept the Merseysiders in touch. Chelsea then strolled to victory at Crystal Palace to move back into the top four for 24 hours - Christian Pulisic scored twice in that one. A few tough looking games for each of the four teams in the run in suggest the top four battle might go down to the last game.

At the bottom of the table, Newcastle picked up a huge three points to move six points clear of the relegation zone. They came from one down at half time to beat Burnley. Fulham had their hearts broken by Adama Traore's 93rd minute winner on Friday night and are quickly running out of games to save their season. The weekend's action was rounded off by Arsenal picking up a much needed three points in a three-nil win at Sheffield United.

A score of 47 points sees Ciaran Nelson move into the lead in the April competition. He's fourteen points clear of Davy Doyle and Eamon Fox who share second place. Fourth place is shared by David Lavelle, Richard Johnston and Roisin Joyce - full details below:

 

April 16th to 18th - Most of the drama was off the pitch as talk resurfaced of a breakaway European Super League. It was quite ironic to see football attempting to eat itself from the inside out as UEFA and Sky Sports were the ones leading the protests if you think back to almost 30 years ago when they were the very ones setting up the modern game as we know it. No doubt it will all be settled amicably financially with the clubs gaining a little on TV rights and UEFA agreeing to a change in the format of the existing competition.

On the pitch, Man United cut Man City's lead to eight points when they beat Burnley three-one on Sunday. Mason Greenwood scored twice for the hosts in a hard fought win. All this just after Man City's hopes of a quadruple were ended by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals. If City don't beat Aston Villa on Wednesday night then they might just have a wobble to make the end of the league season a little more interesting.

Sheffield United's relegation was confirmed after their defeat at Wolves. Fulham's lingering hopes of avoding the drop were dealt another hammer blow with Arsenal equalising in the 97th minute at the Emirates. Newcastle's win at home to West Ham on Saturday probably made that result irrelevant anyway. It did inject a little life into the top four race though.

Everton and Tottenham drew two-all on Friday night - a result which did neither a favour in their quest for a top four finish. Harry Kane scored twice for the visitors with Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring twice for the hosts.

Ciaran Nelson is still the person to catch in the April competition. His lead however is just two points from Victoria Reid who picked up an excellent 39 points since the last update. David Lavelle is in third place, three points further back. Joe Behan and Eamon Fox complete the top five:


April 23rd to 25th - Despite not having a league match this weekend, Man City moved a step closer to becoming league champions. A win away to Crystal Palace next Saturday would send them thirteen points clear and the top and leave Man United with no room for error at home to Liverpool next Sunday. A defeat will see City crowned champions. United are currently ten points off the lead following their scoreless draw at Leeds on Sunday.

Chelsea took a big step towards a top four finish with a one-nil win at West Ham thanks to Timo Werner's first half goal. That leaves them three points clear of the Hammers with five games to go. Liverpool coughed up two one-goal leads in the final few minutes this week to leave their top four prospects looking highly unlikely. A draw at Leeds was followed by a one-all draw at home to Newcastle on Saturday where they missed enough chances to win the Champions League, nevermind just qualify for it. The inevitable Toon equaliser followed in the 95th minute when Joe Willock fired home. The soon to be dethroned champions are now four points off the top four and quickly running out of games.

Teams often relax once they're relegated and that proved to be the case for Sheffield United who beat Brighton one-nil thanks to David McGoldrick's goal. Elsewhere, Everton still have a chance of a top four finish after a one-nil win at Arsenal - Richarlison scoring the only goal in that one. If the Toffees beat Aston Villa in their game in hand they'll be just three points off the top four. Chris Wood scored a first half hat-trick as Burnley won four-nil at Wolves. A late equaliser for Aston Villa in the Midlands Derby against West Brom looks like a fatal blow to the Baggies survival hopes. Sam Allardyce's side are now nine points from safety with just five games to go.

Eamon Fox has moved into the lead heading into the final week of April. He has a one point lead over Niall Murray. The top four is separated by just three points with Wayne Donovan and Victoria Reid also in contention. Davy Doyle completes the top five - full details below:

 

April 30th - The month ended with Southampton and Leicester City playing out a one-all draw at St Marys. James Ward-Prowse opened the scoring for the Saints with Jonny Evans scoring a quick reply for the visitors. It was a much improved performance for Southampton compared to the last time Leicester were the visitors!

Wayne Donovan picked up a ten pointer from Leicester's win at home to Crystal Palace on Monday night. That was enough to earn him victory in the April competition by the finest of fine margins. He has just one point to spare over Victoria Reid in second place. Eamon Fox finished third with Niall Murray and Ciaran Nelson completing the top five - full details below:


Premier League 2020-2021 - April Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
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1
3
2
Wayne Donovan
Sixth Senseless
138
128
10






2
4
2
Victoria Reid
Tristan's Titans
137
127
10
3
1
-2
Eamon Fox
Goals Very Important In Life
135
130
5
4
2
-2
Niall Murray
Book Ake
134
129
5
5
7
2
Ciaran Nelson
Nelson Utd
131
121
10
6
5
-1
Davy Doyle
FC Twente Benson
130
125
5
7
6
-1
David Cooney
Frank's Silvalinings
127
122
5
8
10
2
Richard Johnston
The Corporation Lads FC
126
116
10
9
8
-1
David Lavelle
Gers Abu
124
119
5
10
24
14
Paul Prendergast
The Untouchables
124
109
15
11
9
-2
Joe Behan
MT-09
122
117
5
12
17
5
Roisin Joyce
Roisin Joyce
122
112
10
13
19
6
Eoghan Farrelly
Last Chance Saloon
120
110
10
14
11
-3
Kevin Philpott
Phillys Phylers
120
115
5
15
21
6
Kris Stainton
Da Love Be Beek
120
110
10
16
12
-4
Lionel Knott
Red Abbey Reds
120
115
5
17
43
26
Bobby Hynes
Born To Run
119
99
20
18
13
-5
Brian Haughton
Klopp's Achievers
119
114
5
19
38
19
Joe Turner
#blocklivesmatter
119
104
15
20
14
-6
Andy Dunne
Peter Crouch Rangers
117
112
5
21
25
4
Ciaran O'Hart
Riverchapel Plate
117
107
10
22
15
-7
Javier Suarez
Hendo's Boys
117
112
5
23
16
-7
Philip Jordan
Frankie's Army
117
112
5
24
26
2
Alan White
Al White XI
116
106
10
25
18
-7
Derek Brady
Liverpool
115
110
5
26
20
-6
Gerry Draper
Everton10
115
110
5
27
22
-5
Fiachra O'Brolachain
Tallacticos
114
109
5
28
23
-5
George McGettigan
Right Up The Jimmy
114
109
5
29
48
19
Niall Carroll
19
114
94
20
30
27
-3
Phil Doyle
FC Muertos Errantes
111
106
5
31
28
-3
Aidan White
Saved By A Goalline Technology Failure
110
105
5
32
29
-3
Dean White
Armchair 11
110
105
5
33
30
-3
Gerard McCluskey
Breffni Blues
110
105
5
34
31
-3
Graham Goodwin
2021 Pls
110
105
5
35
32
-3
Ralph Goodwin
Sky Blue Champions
110
105
5
36
33
-3
Robert Manley
Alisson Wonderland
110
105
5
37
34
-3
Brian Prendergast
Mista Dobalina
109
104
5
38
35
-3
Con McSweeney
Dowtcha_Boys
109
104
5
39
36
-3
David McGinley
Reservoir Dubs
109
104
5
40
37
-3
Gary Fitzpatrick
Timo Werner Is A Hurensohn
109
104
5
41
39
-2
Joseph Kavanagh
Joey's Invincibles
109
104
5
42
40
-2
Liam Keohan
Invincibles
109
104
5
43
41
-2
Craig Calvert
Proper FC
108
103
5
44
42
-2
Jonathan Fox
Kilppety Klopp All The Way To The Top
108
103
5
45
51
6
Frank McSweeney
Poolabu
105
90
15
46
44
-2
Brendan Maguire
Cantthinkofone
101
96
5
47
50
3
Brian Mullen
Mothers Milk
100
90
10
48
45
-3
Cathal Thornton
Horse's Heroes
100
95
5
49
46
-3
John Brophy
Carrig United
100
95
5
50
47
-3
Anastas Popov
Strong Saints
99
94
5
51
49
-2
Gavin Goodwin
Gorey United
98
93
5
52
52
0
Gareth Pierpoint
Alisson Wonderland
95
90
5
53
53
0
Liam Geraghty
Is There Any Hope?
95
90
5
54
54
0
Micheal Joyce
Pure Whites
94
89
5
55
55
0
Kev Dalton
Show Me De Mane
91
86
5
56
56
0
Sean O'Mairtin
Creweless
91
86
5
57
57
0
Caroline Carroll
Prince
90
85
5
58
58
0
Gary McGurk
This Is Our Year
90
85
5
59
59
0
Darragh Kenny
The Sporting Wing
88
83
5
60
60
0
Aidan Scanlon
Kilflynn Santos
87
82
5
61
61
0
Gavin Morgan
Bristol Fashion
85
80
5
62
62
0
Paul Moore
Bobby Dazzler
84
79
5
63
63
0
Robert Hynes
Charlton
84
79
5
64
64
0
Gerry Moore
Mikel's Maestros
75
70
5
65
65
0
Trevor Byrne
Noddy's 11
71
66
5
66
66
0
Christina Morgan
Return of the Red Dwarf
54
49
5
67
67
0
John O'Driscoll
The Botchments
14
14
0
68
68
0
Niall Cannon
TAA Very Much
14
14
0
69
69
0
Callum Dunne
The Keita Success
12
12
0
70
70
0
Gary Donnelly
Audrey's + 1
12
12
0
71
71
0
Patrick Mifsud
Red & Black Brigade
10
10
0
72
72
0
Ben Creasey
#1
8
8
0
73
73
0
Calvin McGettigan
Average Joe 1.0
8
8
0
74
74
0
Drew Armstrong
Army's All Stars
8
8
0
75
75
0
Michael Kenaney
Expected Toulouse
8
8
0