The Barclays Premier League was once again at its best this weekend with teams from all over the country fighting it out for different goals come to the end of the season.
Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur continued their dominance at the top of the table while the relegation strugglers could not change much this weekend. There were a number of interesting games and even better stories to talk about in all the 10 games that were played over two days in the Premier League.
Here are 10 talking points from the 33rd round of Premier League fixtures:
- Arsenal’s title dream hammered by the Hammers:
A late strike from Koscielny cancelled out a 9-minute hat-trick from Andy Carroll in Arsenal’s last trip to the Upton Park this week. Ozil and Sanchez also found the back of the net but a tie meant that the Gunners are now in third place, 13 points away from Leicester City with a game in hand and far away from a shot at the Premier League title.
- Aston Villa practically relegated:
The Villa Park franchise could not get the better of the Cherries who managed to take the game away with a 2-1 lead at the final whistle. This loss leaves Villa with almost no chance of getting back to a safe position away from the relegation zone.
- Puncheon saves Palace blushes:
The recent form of the Eagles has seen them move closer to the relegation zone than to a top half finish after a good start to the campaign. They have fallen down to the 16th place but this victory over Norwich City has seen them move 10 points away from the drop zone and has left the Canaries fighting for a top-flight status right till the end of the season.
- Samir Nasri keeps City in top-4:
Manchester City needed a late strike from returning forward Samir Nasri to take all three points from a gritty Baggies side. An early goal from the visitors was cancelled out by Aguero’s penalty in the first half before Nasri settled the tie with a tap-in from 4 yards. This victory leaves City 4 point ahead of Manchester United in 5th place.
- Rafa Benitez not doing enough:
The Magpies were once against thrashed away from home this time at the St Marys by an in-form Southampton side this weekend. Goals from Long, Pelle and Wanyama gave the Saints a 3-1 victory leaving the Magpies closer to relegation. Benitez, the current Newcastle manager still has a lot of work to do if he is to save them from relegation this season.
- Sigurdsson ends Hiddink’s run:
Ever since taking over the Stamford Bridge outfit, Guss Hiddink has not lost a game in the Premier League but all of it changed on Saturday when Swansea City handed the Blues a 1-0 defeat at the Libert stadium. This result will not affect the points table but will affect Chelsea’s chances of finishing the season on a strong note.
- Everton fans want Martinez gone:
After a 3-game winless streak, the Toffees supporters unfurled a banner asking the club to sack current coach Roberto Martinez during the game at Vicarage road that ended in a 1-1 draw. Everton started the season strongly but have fallen out of favor and have nothing to play for this season. It will, however, be interesting to see if Martinez is sacked this summer.
- Perfect warm-up or Liverpool:
With the second leg against Borussia Dortmund on the horizon, Liverpool played out a relatively comfortable game against Stoke City as they took away all three points with a 4-1 victory. Though a number of changes were made, Milner, Allen, and Origi, three of the players who might start on Thursday were superb on the night and the squad will be full of confidence going into that crunch game.
- The Foxes continue their dominance:
Leicester City were once again clinical on the night at the Britannia stadium as they dumped the Black Cats to a 2-0 victory. This win takes Leicester City to 72 points, 7 away from Tottenham Hotspur in second place. This leaves Sunderland in the relegation zone 4 points away from safety with a game in hand.
- Spurs keep title hopes alive in a 7-minute dash:
Just as the game between Untied and Spurs at the White Hart Lane looked like ending in a 0-0 draw, Alli, Alderweireld and Lamela all found the back of the net in the space of 7 minutes to give the Spurs three important points. This win takes them to 65 points in a second place just 7 away from Leicester at the top of the table.