In the Premier League over the weekend we have definitely seen some great drama that affects teams, not only in the top half, but the bottom half as well.
We saw a thrilling 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in the London derby between Chelsea and West Ham United which keeps the Hammers hopes of a place in next season’s Champions League alive, while Arsenal proved their is a glimmer of hope for title glory after an impressive 2-0 victory against Everton at Goodison Park.
Elsewhere, Leicester City are over the moon that they’re still five points clear at the top of the table after the Foxes 1-0 win at Selhurst Park, while Norwich City survival hopes have been boosted after a 1-0 win away at West Bromwich Albion.
Sunday saw some more drama which will affect the table in a massive way. So, here are the five questions answered from today’s fixtures involving Tottenham Hotspur, AFC Bournemouth, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Southampton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
We answer the questions of this Sunday’s magnificent football feast..
After Jermain Defoe gave Sunderland the lead at the end of the first half, depressed faces amongst the home faithful as they looked like staring down the relegation barrel. However, the second half saw improvement from the Magpies as Aleksander Mitrovic rescued Benitez record of not losing his first home game as manager of any club he has managed in the 82nd minute. The hopes have definitely been raised amongst the Newcastle supporters with Beitez at the helm.
Allardyce was brought into the Stadium of Light in order to steady the rocky ship on Wearside.
The Black Cats have now conceded 39 away goals, more than any other team in the Premier League. Despite the Sunderland backline showing positive signs of solidarity, Sunderland are still conceding sloppy goals and losing valuable points. With Norwich City improving recently, this could be the first season that Allardyce gets relegated as a manager.
It’s obvious that Pep Guardiola would want to manage Manchester City in the Champions League. However, this is now becoming more and more unlikely.
Despite the mega stars at the club, the Citizens inconsistency throughout the campaign is the main reason why they have fell out of the title race and risk losing a top four place to either West Ham United or bitter rivals Manchester United, or recently defeated Manuel Pellegrini’s side thanks to Marcus Rashford’s brilliance and the derisory performances of Martin Demichelis.
The Red Devils are out of the Europa League, have no chance of picking up the title and are struggling for a place in the top four.
However, with Louis Van Gaal coming under recent scrutiny, United are definitely on the up after the victory against City at the Etihad stadium. Once more, with the resurgence of the race to the top four more realistic, as well as the chance to still lift the FA Cup, their is still plenty to play for at United.
Despite Leicester City sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League and are five points ahead of the Lilywhites, many are still tipping Spurs to topple the Foxes and lift the title.
As Leicester are extremely inexperienced at the top level of England’s top flight, Spurs squad rotation proved to strong for AFC Bournemouth in the 3-0 loss of the Cherries with Harry Kane spearheading the title charge by bagging a brace, there is a distinct possibility that Tottenham will break Leicester’s hearts.