The Barclays Premier League: Talking points from the Round 32

Aakarsh / 04 April 2016

The Premier League was back in action this weekend after two long weeks of International break and with just a handful of game to go, the games will have a huge impact on the outcome of the points table come to the end of the season.

From Leicester City’s heroics against Southampton to Chelsea’s 4-for against Villa, there was plenty of action this weekend. Here are 10 talking points from the Premier League Round 32:

  1. Chelsea take Villa to the cleaners:

Aston Villa, without a manager, were humiliated in their own ground by an accomplished performance from Chelsea as they put 4 past the home side. Pato, the summer signing got a goal in his first appearance for the club as Hiddink continued his excellent run of form in the Premier League.

  1. West Ham lose ground:

The Hammers dropped two points against Crystal Palace this weekend and allowed Manchester United to climb above them in the points table this weekend. At 6th place, 4 points away from a top-4 spot, the Hammers are still in the race but they will have to be at the top of their game to stand a chance come to the end of the season.

  1. De Bruyne lifts Manchester City:

After a series of ordinary performances, Manchester City were back on track as they beat the Cherries 4-0 on a comfortable night at Bournemouth. Kevin de Bruyne, who came back from injury showed his class as he played a role in almost every goal and helped the Citizens to a stronger position in the 4th points table.

  1. Norwich City dump the Magpies:

The crucial game at the bottom of the table ended in a thrilling 3-2 victory for the Canaries who have now moved 4 points away from the relegation zone. This loss leaves Newcastle lingering at the 19th place, 6 points away from safety, leaving Rafa Benitez a lot of work to do to get them to safety this season.

  1. Stoke City held by Swansea:

Just as the Potters looked like they will give a good shot at European football, they dropped a couple of points against Swansea City this weekend. This draw leaves Stoke in 8th place, 4 points away from a European spot with just 6 games left to play.

  1. Gunner back on track:

Arsenal were all over the Hornets this weekend as they put 4 past Sanchez Flores’ side in one of the best games for the Gunners this season. They were in control right from the start of the game and never allowed the visitors to dominate the game at the Emirates. This win takes Arsenal to within 11 points off Leicester City with a game in hand.

  1. Sunderland hold on to an important point:

With the end of the season almost upon us, Sunderland need every point they can take until the end of the season and they will be happy with a point they took against the Baggies this weekend. Neither team could break the deadlock on the night as the Black Cats now find themselves 4 points away from safety with a game in hand over Norwich City.

  1. Spurs drop 2 crucial points:

A draw at Anfield is never a bad result but Tottenham Hotspur with the 1-1 draw against Liverpool have lost ground in the race to the title. They have loads of work to do from now to the end of the season if they want to lift the league title in more than 50 years.

  1. Foxes just 12 points away from history:

A solitary goal from skipper Wes Morgan was enough to see off the Saints as Leicester City opened up a 7 point gap at the top of the table. They have 6 games left in the season and need just 12 points to make sure that the dream of a league title will come true for the first time in the club’s history.

  1. United keep up the pressure on Man City:

The Red Devils snatched a 1 goal victory over Everton this weekend as striker Anthony Martial scored the only goal of the game taking Manchester United a step closer to a top-4 spot. They moved to the 5th place in the table with this victory and will hope to find results consistently from now to the end of the season.