Who benefited from this weekend’s Premier League action?
After yet another thrilling weekend in the Premier League, we take a look at who came out of the schedule as winners, and who came out as losers.
With all 20 teams featuring over Saturday and Sunday, there was plenty of action to watch for us football fans, starting with eight games on Saturday and then followed by a Super Sunday featuring Everton vs Manchester United and Arsenal vs Chelsea.
But first, lets look into the winners and losers of Saturdays action.
Leicester City: What a weekend and what a run for Nigel Pearson’s men. Four wins on the bounce for The Foxes has seen them rise from bottom of the table to 17th and just above the drop. After wins against West Ham, West Brom and Swansea, a tough trip to Burnley followed but they got the job done at Turf Moor and won the game 1-0. With a game in hand over their relegation-rivals, Leicester could possibly avoid the drop.
Hull City: With a horrible set of fixtures still to come, Steve Bruce’s men need to pick up points and fast. Three points on Saturday helped them massively as it puts them in 16th and a point above the drop. Going to Selhurst Park is never easy, but with Alan Pardew’s men playing for nothing, it was a comfortable 2-0 victory for The Tigers.
Manchester City: At the time it was just seen as a predictable result for City and nothing short of expectations. However, following Sunday’s results, the three points against Aston Villa were crucial. Both United and Arsenal dropped points which allowed City to leapfrog above them both from fourth to second in the table.
Burnley: With Leicester City being winners, it’s only right that Burnley are the losers. Their 1-0 home defeat could be costly as it now places them bottom of the table and five points from safety. One win in their last 10-games could be the downfall for Sean Dyche’s men as a swift return to the Championship looks likely.
Liverpool: A 0-0 draw away at West Brom simply isn’t good enough for Brendan Rodgers and the draw was made even worse by Sunday’s results. If The Reds beat The Baggies, they would have been five points behind United with a game in hand, so their Champions League dream could have still been alive. However, the draw keeps them seven behind their fierce-rivals.
Newcastle United: Another loss for The Magpies and because of their shocking form recently, they could be classed as in the relegation battle. Only five points above the drop zone, but the team in 18th place have a game in hand so that could easily be cut to just two points. Eight defeats in their last 10 games and seven of them coming in a row has really dampened the season at St James Park.
Chelsea: They went for a draw and they came away with a draw. Jose Mourinho set his team up perfectly against Arsenal yesterday and they came away with a 0-0 draw that puts them a step closer to the Premier League title. Still 10-points clear of their main rivals and with just five games left, it’s looking likely that it’s blue ribbons going on the trophy.
Manchester United: A costly defeat to Everton means United are now behind their fierce-rivals Manchester City and also behind Arsenal, who have a game in hand over them. Luckily for Louis Van Gaal’s men Liverpool only drew on Saturday so it looks like they are guaranteed a top-four spot, but the 3-0 loss will raise alarms.
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Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles