The Barclays Premier League points table is taking shape slowly and teams from all over the nation will have to find some consistency to reach the targets set for the end of the season. This week of the Premier League produced some sensational games which kept the viewers glued to the screens.
Here are 10 thins we learnt from the 23rd round of Premier League fixtures:
1. Liverpool own Norwich City:
Even as Norwich City were leading 3-1, Liverpool who have not lost against the Canaries came back to lead 4-3 then again to 5-4 and literally snatched away all three points from the home side on Saturday. The Reds are now unbeaten in the last 12 outing since 1993 against he Canaries.
2. Garde making Villa solid:
Aston Villa showed a sense of solidarity at the back against the Baggies and though their striking woes are still evident, they did really well to hold onto to a point and are now 7 points away from safety. They however will have to improve to avoid relegations this season.
3. Black Cats claw a point:
The Cherries led with a early goal from Afobe but an equalizer in the dying minutes of the first half by Van Aanholt gave Sunderland an important point in the relegation battle. This result has now left the Cherries just 4 points above the relegation zone.
4. Hornets sink Magpies deeper:
Sanches Florez’ side took all three points from a struggling Newcastle side that now see themselves firmly in the drop zone, two points away from safety. They will have to improve on their performances quickly if they are to stay safe at the end of the season.
5. Fans sack Louis van Gaal:
The atmosphere inside the Old Trafford was clearly marred with the 1-0 loss to the Saints in Sunday. Manager Louis van Gaal who has been under immense criticism recently has once again lost a game but has not been relieved of his duties. However, the Old Trafford faithful seem to have given up on the Dutchman and are now completely against him. It might just be a matter of time before van Gaal is sacked or resigns from his post.
6. Leicester going to Europe, possible title challenge?
In this season of inconsistent results, Leicester City took all three points against Stoke City and regained their status at the top of the table after the last league game in January. It is no easy feat to top the BPL table and Ranieri’ side now look a serious Champions League outfit and might also put in a title challenge if they can stay consistent.
7. Spurs surprise title contenders?
Pochettino’s side have been just incredible this season and find themselves just 5 points away from the Premier League title. They have been the most consistent side in recent times and will be disappointed if they don’t play in the Champions League next season. However, they are now also capable of launching a serious title bid.
8. Hammers hold the Citizens:
Manchester City have to seriously catch up ground at the top of the table if they are to win the title this season. They were outplayed by West Ham on the night and were lucky to get a point after trailing twice on the night. They will have to improve on their game to entertain a title bid.
9. Guidolin kicks off with a victory:
Swansea City did really well to hold on to a 2-1 victory at the Goodison Park in their new manager Guidolin’s first game incharge of the side. They did not look great going forward but did exceptionally well to hold on to the narrow lead and take three important points that gives them some breathing space at the 15th place.
10. Wenger hates Chelsea:
Arsenal have now not beaten Chelsea in the last 8 games and have failed to score a goal against the Blues in the last 5. They have picked up 3 red cards in the two league games this season and have failed to take even a point. It is safe to say that Arsene Wenger just hates the sight of a Chelsea crest even when Mourinho is not at its helm.