Leicester and Manchester City win, Villa and Sunderland Lose
Jamie Vardy scored a 25 metre screamer to secure all three points for Leicester against Liverpool at the King Power Stadium, maintaining their lead at the top of the table.
Yalla’s resident Liverpool fan trotted his usual mantra, “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; if you can’t score goals, you can’t win games.” Sitting across the office, the Sunderland fan cut this reporter off before he could be asked about his team’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City. “I’m really getting into watching chess these days,” he said.
City’s neighbours Manchester United thrashed old boy Mark Hughes’s Stoke 3-0 at Old Trafford, and Arsenal played out an entertaining goalless draw with Southampton. Spurs enjoyed a 3-0 at Norwich, while Aston Villa’s awful season continued with a two goal defeat at West Ham’s Boleyn Ground.
Bournemouth’s quest for survival was helped with a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace, and West Brom and Swansea drew nil all.
In Spain Gary Neville’s nightmare deepened, as Barcelona thrashed Valencia 7-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final. Valencia are yet to win in La Liga under Neville’s management, but had been enjoying a cup run – which is almost certainly over before the return leg. Neville described the defeat as his ‘worst moment in football’, and has been subjected to many calls to resign.