After a grueling domestic cup run for the English football franchise’s the top flight football league was back with a full round of fixtures testing the steel in every club. Most of the top half of the table had some good time this week as a number of brilliant performances were there for view all over the country.
Here are 10 things we learnt from the 24th round of the Premier League fixtures:
1. Hammers staying strong:
In this tipsy topsy season in the Premier League, Slaven Bilic has found some consistent results and the 2-0 victory over struggling Aston Villa sees the London club in 6th place just 6 points away from a top 4 finish. If such results follow, European football is a surety for the Hammers next season.
2. Vardy for Puskas?
In a dull game with both teams finding it hard to open the account at King Power, Jamie Vardy pulled out a sensational bit of skill to beat Mignolet, who was slightly out of his line with a volley from 40 yards out. He also added another 11 minutes later to seal all three points against Liverpool and open up a 3 point gap at the top of the table.
3. The Black Cats were unlucky:
The Etihad was a nervous place when Sunderland almost took City to the edge but the Citizens were lucky to hold on to all three points from a solitary goal by Aguero early in the game. City are now just 3 points off the top of the table but Sunderland find themselves 4 point away from safety after this loss.
4. Gunners sliding down:
Though the Saints took a point from this game, Arsenal had enough chances to have come out victorious at the Emirates this mid-week. The Arsenal front line was wasteful on the night as the Saints did well to hold on to a point sending Arsenal down to the 4th spot just two weeks after leading the table.
5. Pochettino can take the Spurs to a title?
Surely, Tottenham are now in the midst of the title race in this Premier League season. With just 4 points between Leicester and the Spurs, Pochettino will surely be eyeing some similar results to the 3-0 victory at Carrow Road this mid-week and will hope to push on to a late title charge this season.
6. The Cherries pushing themselves up:
A hard fought victory against Palace this mid-week sees newly promoted Bournemouth move to the 15th place, 7 points away from the drop zone. They came back from behind after an early goal from Scott Dann to take all three points and Eddie Howe will hope to collect some vital points from the coming games.
7. Wayne Rooney finding form:
With 7 goals in this year already, United skipper Wayne Rooney seems to have hit a purple patch off late as he is now scoring for fun. He blasted in the 3rd goal in the 3-0 victory over Stoke City at Old Trafford and seems to be easing some pressure off his Dutch manager.
8. Rondon steals a point from the Swans:
Swansea City looked like taking all three points from the Hawthorns with an early goal from Sigurdsson but an injury time equalizer from Rondon gave the Baggies a point from this game. The Irish outfit missed a chance to go clear from the drop zone but now find themselves just 5 points away from it.
9. Hiddink grinding results out:
Chelsea have been un beaten under their new manager for over a month now but do not look a side that can get back to Europe next season. They still lack the cutting edge that they showed last season but what is good for the London franchise is that the manager is able to grind some results out and is keeping the club moving upwards.
10. Everton end 5 match winless streak:
The Toffees last won a Premier League game back in December and interestingly against Newcastle, the same opponents they beat in this week’s Premier League fixture. A late brace from Barkley capped off an impressive performance as Roberto Martinez will hope to find some consistency in these results.