This week, the Barclays Premier League points table took many turns with some shocking results from all over the country. From Arsenal’s win at the Emirates to Sunderland’s win against Manchester United, there have been a lot of things to talk about this weekend.
Here are 10 things to we learnt from the 26th round of the Premier League fixtures:
1. Top 4 gone for United, Black Cats may still have a lifeline:
The first game of the week was an important one and Sunderland did themselves great favors by beating Manchester United on the night and moving within 2 points of safety. This loss now sees United 6 points away from a Champions League spot and with the present form, it is hard to think that the Red Devils can snatch a top 4 spot before the end of the season.
2. Saints in Europe:
A late goal from Shane Long was enough to settle that encounter against Swansea city who now find themselves just 4 points away from the drop zone. Southampton on the other end have been solid since the turn of the year and will surely eye a European spot before the end of the season.
3. Stoke back to winning ways:
After a run of bad results, the Potters found a way past the Cherries away from home as they finally took all three points and moved back into the top half of the table. The Cherries are now just 4 points away from relegation while Stoke need just 4 points to get back into a European spot.
4. Troy Deeney seals it for Watford:
A closely contested game between the Hornets and the Eagles ended in a 2-1 victory for Watford thanks to a brace from Troy Deeney who took away the game from Palace. Both teams are in the middle of the points table and as Watford now rose into the first half of the table after this victory.
5. The Canaries take an important point, should have had three:
Leading 2-0 after 70 minutes, Norwich City managed to let two goals slip in a matter of 2 minutes to draw the home game against the Hammers this weekend. Noble and Payet pulled it back for the visitors as Norwich City now find themselves a point away from relegation with just 12 games to go. They need to finish off matches like these if they want to play in the Premier League next season.
6. The Toffees dealt a blow:
Just as Everton were finding some consistency, they were beaten by the Baggies from a solitary goal by Rondon early in the game. The Toffees had their share of chances but were never able to trouble the visitors who ran away with all three points from the game.
7. Blues continue their revival:
Chelsea who are yet to be beaten under Guus Hiddink were simply unplayable this weekend as they put 5 past a helpless Newcastle side at the Bridge. It was a strong performance and a very big statement right before the Champions League games to come to this mid-week. Newcastle on the other end are now in the drop zone just a point away from safety.
8. Villa statistically in, practically, not so much:
The result of the Liverpool game, a resounding 6-0 shows the lack of quality in the Villa side who now are bottom placed, 8 points away from safety. Statistically, they need at least another 16 points to stay safe in 12 games and though it is achievable, this results will not give them hope and without a miracle, Villa will start their next season in the Championship.
9. Arsenal back in the race:
A late winner from substitute Danny Welbeck saw off the Foxes who still are at the top of the table. But Arsenal are just 2 points away from them and will be hoping for more such results to take them to the top of the table. With just 3 points separating 3 teams at the top, this season will surely go down to the wire.
10. Spurs stun the Etihad:
Manchester City were just not present on the day as Tottenham Hotspur run ragged and ran away with all three points thanks to a winner from C Eriksen late in the game. The home side were not comfortable on the ball and just could not get their game going but the visitors showed their pedigree and with victory see themselves in the 2nd place, just two points away from the top of the table.