English Premier League & La Liga Round Up
Leicester – the “crazy season” keeps on getting crazier
A head to head in the Yalla office ended in a draw, with Liverpool blowing a two goal lead, allowing Sunderland to equalise with two goals in the last ten minutes. There is plenty of speculation that a walkout by about 10,000 Liverpool fans on the 77th minute my have had an impact on the players. Supporters were protesting the increase in price of some tickets next season. “I’m glad that we conceded the two goals after the walkout,” said Yalla’s Liverpool fan, while the office Sunderland fan muttered something about the Superbowl.
The team of the weekend was once again Leicester City who took a poor Manchester City apart, winning 3-0 at the City of Manchester Stadium. Manager Claudio Ranieri still won’t accept that his team are favourites to win the league. “I am sorry, but this victory means another three points, it does not yet mean we can talk about the title,” said the man widely tipped to be the first manager sacked as the league began. “This is a crazy league and a crazy season, I don’t want to make any predictions, but we are still alive and ready to fight again in the next game.”
Spurs capitalised on City’s loss, moving into second place with a 1-0 over Watford. Aston Villa registered a rare victory, pulling Norwich into the relegation battle, after Newcastle’s win over West Brom lifted them to fourth bottom. Everton moved up to eighth with a 3-0 demolition of Stoke, and Southampton closed the gap on West Ham in sixth with a 1-0 win at home. Swansea and Crystal Palace played out a 1-1 draw.
On Sunday, Arsenal ended their winless streak and claimed third in the table after beating Bournemouth. “Ooooh, amazing, finally after four games of shooting blanks, its good to be back, even if Spurs are second!” was the passionate response of the Yalla Gooner. Diego Costa struck late to give Chelsea a share of the points against Manchester United.
In La Liga, Malaga started the weekend with a 3-0 win over fellow mid-table side Getafe. Athletico Madrid saw off Yalla favourites Eibar, keeping a hold on second place, even as neighbours Real were lucky to beat strugglers Granada. One member of the Yalla office said he was satisfied to see Zidane continuing to have such a positive impact. However, Barcelona end the weekend 3 points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand, having won at bottom Levante. Valencia lost again, this time at Real Betis – can Gary Neville hold on as manager?