The Premier League his weekend once again produced some enthralling results which have now changed the course of the points table going into the business end of the season. Results at King Power and Old Trafford have completely changed the look at the top of the points table.
Here are 8 things we learnt from this week in the Premier League:
1. Sunderland have a mountain to climb:
The Black Cats fell to a limbering 1-0 defeat against the Hammers who now find themselves just 4 points away from a top 4 spot. Sunderland, on the other hand, are in the middle of the relegation zone with a point away from safety. With tough games ahead, the Black Cats have a huge task ahead of them to stay safe in this top flight of English football.
2. Villa going down?
The Potters were back to winning ways this weekend when they beat Aston Villa 2-1 thanks to a 6-minute brace from Arnautovic. This loss sees the Villains at the bottom of the points table with just 16 points from 27 games. They are 8 points away from safety and are increasingly looking like they will not play in the Premier League next season barring a miracle.
3. Cherries hold on to the Hornets:
Bournemouth took an important point against Watford City this weekend in a game that was closely matched between the two sides. Both sides had chances to open the scoring but the lack of finishing from both sides saw the game end in a goalless draw. A point was shared by both sides and the Cherries will be happy with the result as they keep climbing up the table.
4. Hiddink has turned things around:
Chelsea are now un-beaten in their last 11 league games and the recent victory against Southampton this weekend sees them climb up to 11th in the points table. They are now just 4 points away from a Europa league spot and the manager is to thank for all the progress made by the club recently.
5. No one is stopping Leicester:
Though the Spurs are giving a run for their money in the Premier League title race, the Foxes have been impeccable picking up points whenever they are on-offer after they beat Norwich City thanks to a late striker from Ulloa. Ranieri has got his team taking points even from close games and this might be the difference at the end of the season on the road to the title.
6. Baggies take all three points from a close game:
After 3 first half goals, West Bromwich Albion looked like they sealed the game but a second half brace from Wickham saw the home side hold on to their lead for the last 10 minutes with some scrappy defending. This win will give the Baggies plenty of confidence going into the remainder of this season for a strong finish.
7. Spurs keep the title race honest:
Pochettino’s men once again impressed in their 2-1 victory against Swansea at White Hart Lane, showing why the title is within reach for the London club this season. They have played some scintillating football this season and may well end up with the honors this season but they will have to be consistent like they have been all season to grab their chance.
8. Rashford announces himself:
After a brace in the Europa League victory over Midtjyland on Thursday, the United youngster seized his opportunity in a big game against the Gunners as he once again found the net twice in United’s 3-2 victory. It was a great week for the 18-year old who has now taken a lot of pressure off his manager’s shoulders after the recent performances from his senior side. Surely, the Red Devils have found an exciting youngster who can set the Premier League alight in years to come.