Entertaining, the only word that can describe the action in the Premier League this season. With just over a month and a half left in the season, the stakes are higher in every game and there were plenty of games that have had a say on the points table.
From the thrilling North London derby to the Baggies victory against United, there was plenty to talk about from this weekend. Here are 10 talking points from the 29th round of Premier League fixtures:
- Arsenal hate playing with 11 men in big games:
The Gunners have picked up a bad habit of losing players in big games. Against United, Chelsea and Barcelona and now against Tottenham, Arsenal were shown a red card reducing them to 10 men. This was the first game they took a point from and will not be gutted with the end result.
- Remi Garde’s time at Villa is up:
Villa showed no resilience at the Etihad as they were shoved away with 4 goals by Manchester City. They are definitely going down this season and the manager will have a tough time convincing the board that he can lead the side back into the Premier League this season. Surely his time at Villa Park is all but over.
- The Magpies have all to do with the rest of the season:
Newcastle lost to the Cherries this weekend at home in a result that will see them put in the 19th place in the points table. They are close to relegation but are just a point away from safety. They will have to fight hard for the rest of the season to stay in the top flight for the next campaign.
- Sigurdsson sends the Swans clear of relegation:
The 1-0 victory over relegation threatened Norwich City took the Irish outfit to 33 points in the 16th position 9 points away from the drop zone. They are surely safe for this season and will need to finish off the season strongly to go into the next one on a high.
- Diouf rescues a point for Stoke:
The Potters looked down and out of the game at Stamford Bridge but a late header from Diouf saw both teams share a point from this weekend. Chelsea are now unbeaten in their last 12 league games and find themselves 10th in the points table.
- Sunderland happy with a point:
The Black Cats opened the scoring late at the St Marys and looked like taking away all three points before Van Djik equalized for the home side. However, the relegation threatened Sunderland will embrace the points that takes them clear of the drop zone by just a point.
- Hammers compile a stunning come-back:
After two goals in the less than an hour, Everton looked like they took the Hammers to the cleaners but Slaven Bilic’s side came back into the game and took away all three points with three goals in the last 12 minutes of the game. Antonio, Sakho and Payet gave the Hammers a memorable win in a thrilling encounter this weekend.
- Celebrations begin in Leicester:
A solitary goal from golden-man Riyad Mahrez was enough for the Foxes to see out the Baggies on Sunday as Leicester City opened up a 5 point gap over Tottenham after the end of this weekend. 5 points in this season is a lot to cover and barring any last minute slip-ups, Leicester City are set to lift the title for the first time this season.
- Three in three for Liverpool:
Since the 2-2 draw against Sunderland, Liverpool have scored 11 goals and conceded just one winning all the three games that they played the latest being against Palace. A late controversial Christian Benteke gave Liverpool all three points after they were a goal and a man down even before the hour mark. They need to stay consistent till the end of the season to entertain thoughts of European football.
- Damaging defeat for Louis van Gaal:
The recent results have seen the Red Devils find some form in an important time of the season but Juan Mata’s suspension gave United little to work with as they were dumped by a solitary goal from Rondon this Sunday. They are now 6th in the table three points away from a top-4 spot.