There were some fantastic games in the Premier League this weekend, and some potentially decisive results too. The relegation battle is alive and well, and as a fierce as ever, while there were some significant developments in the race for Champions League spots. Read on for our review of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures:
Everton 2 – 0 Man City
Man City all but ceded the title as they were beaten but the ten man Toffees at Goodison Park. Steven Pienaar was sent off for a second yellow card, but that didn’t stop Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic from helping Everton to a fantastic win against the league champions. This win sees Everton breathing down Arsenal’s neck and if results go their way, Everton still have a faint chance of Champions League football next season.
Aston Villa 3 -2 QPR
The archetypal basement battle at Villa Park saw the Villains take a big step towards safety by defeating QPR. It was all square heading towards the games conclusion, with goals from Agbonlahor and Weimann for Villa and Jenas and Townsend for Rangers, but then up stepped Christian Benteke to break QPR hearts. Villa will believe they can beat the drop, but time is running out for QPR.
Southampton 3 – 1 Liverpool
Liverpool started sloppily and were 2-0 down to the Saints within 30 minutes of the clash at St Marys. Southampton took the lead courtesy of a strike from Schneiderlin and Ricky Lambert doubled the lead with a goal in the 33rd minute. Coutinho gave the Reds hope by reducing the deficit, but Jay Rodriguez stepped up in the 80th minute to seal a vital three points for Southampton.
Stoke 0 – 0 West Brom
A mid-table clash at the Britannia ended up in a goalless draw – not exactly a result that any of us would have bet against. Neither side has much to play for for the rest of the season and seemed to struggle for motivation.
Swansea 0 – 2 Arsenal
Second half goals from Monreal and Gervinho helped to seal a difficult win at the Liberty Stadium. Arsenal had the better of the play, but Swansea made it difficult for them with Michu looking his lively self. Arsenal will now be pushing hard for the Champions League spots, while Swansea need to rediscover their motivation if they want to progress up the league this season.
Man Utd 1 – 0 Reading
Wayne Rooney’s goal was the difference between the two sides at Old Trafford as the Red Devils continue to cruise towards a record 20th Premier League title. Many are criticizing Man Utd at the moment, but ultimately they’re still winning, and with a 15-point lead, they’re not going to be caught. Reading are in big trouble and it doesn’t get any easier, with a fixture away at a resurgent Arsenal after the international break.
Sunderland 1 – 1 Norwich
Controversy reigned supreme at the Stadium of Light as Norwich keeper Mark Bunn was given his marching orders for handling the ball outside the area before Sunderland were awarded another penalty for handball. Craig Gardner duly converted to level the scores after Wes Hoolahan had struck 40 minutes earlier. Both sides will probably take a point, but Sunderland need a few wins to take them to safety, and with Man Utd, Chelsea and Newcastle up next, it’s likely they’ll be embroiled in the relegation dogfight for a while yet.
Tottenham 0 – 1 Fulham
Ex-Spurs superstar Dimitar Berbatov struck as Fulham gained a good three points at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon. This was Tottenham’s third successive loss, and they’ll now be very keen to avoid a collapse similar to last year that ended up costing them Champions League qualification.
Chelsea 2 – 0 West Ham
Frank Lampard took his Chelsea tally to 200 as Chelsea vanquished the Hammers at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard set up Lampard’s strike and added his own on the 50-minute mark to put significant pressure on their London rivals Tottenham. Chelsea now reside in 3rd with a game in hand on Spurs, and they now look favourites to clinch that third spot and guarantee automatic Champions League qualification.
Wigan 2 – 1 Newcastle
The Latics put some distance between themselves on the bottom two teams with a great win against the Magpies at the DW Stadium. Aroune Kone struck in the 90th minutes to seal the 3 points for Wigan, and you’d have to say that if Wigan can keep playing like this then they have every chance of staying up.