This weekend saw plenty of action, with the Premier League title up for grabs and progress made in the battle for survival.
- Liverpool felt the hangover of last week’s Champions League clash against Manchester City with a 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby. Jurgen Klopp fielded a weakened side as he looked to rest key players for Tuesday’s second leg.
- Everton, on the other hand, missed a chance against a weakened Liverpool side. It was more of the same for Big Sam, who came under fire for once again opting for cautious tactics.
- Newcastle continued their fine run under Rafa Benitez, and now sit in the top half of the Premier League table. It’s been an outstanding turnaround for a side many had nailed on for relegation.
- The bottom three fail to win again, with a point for West Brom and losses for Southampton and Stoke.
- It’s really not looking good for Soton. They’re three points from safety, albeit with a game in hand, but face a tough run in. Leicester, Everton and Manchester City are all to come, as well as well as relegation rivals Swansea.
- Chelsea failed to win a league game at home under Antonio Conte in which they led at half-time for the first time – ending an 18-match run.
Most of the focus this weekend was on the Manchester derby, as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City looked to secure the title in a memorable way against cross-city rivals United.
Jose Mourinho had other ideas, though, and a superb comeback saw United win the game 3-2.
It means that Pep must wait to get his hands on his first Premier League trophy, although it is a matter of when not if, with only three points needed to be crowned Champions.
This collapse, coupled with the comprehensive loss against Liverpool last week, suggests that Pep’s City are far from the finished article. When the pressure has mounted, they have shown frailties, which will not please the Spaniard.
They’ll still be crowned Premier League champions, but City have stumbled this week when many thought they’d prosper.
Goal of the weekend
Arsenal and Southampton produced an abundance of goals in Sunday’s tie at the Emirates, but it was Danny Welback who stole the show.
He grabbed two goals – ending a goalless run of 16 Premier League games – and an assist in the 3-2 win over Soton.
One of his two goals was a great example of his power and determination, cutting in from the left-hand side and firing the ball into the top left-hand corner of the goal. There’s a hint of a deflection, but the whole move was Welbeck’s making and he deserved it for his endeavour.
Danny Welbeck goal vs. Southampton. pic.twitter.com/60WmczmYV7
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