This Weekend’s Premier League Winners And Losers
Leicester extend lead, Norwich and Newcastle slip
Yalla’s Liverpool watcher “isn’t going to say ‘We’re going to win the league’, as it is a little far-fetched. We played better with ten men, maybe that’s what we need every week.” A controversial last minute penalty saw the Reds run out 2-1 winners at Crystal Palace. The office Sunderland fan was all about the football this weekend, even though he saw his side take only a point away from Southampton, when they’d arguably done enough to win. The real joy was in watching Newcastle lose 3-1 at home to Bournemouth, and Norwich lose 1-0 on the road at Swansea. “The problem is that Newcastle will probably sack McClaren now. A new manager in place for our game against them is the last thing I want.” The bottom of the table looks like this:
At the top, Leicester won at Watford, and with Spurs and Arsenal playing out an entertaining 2-2 draw, the Foxes go five points clear, with nine games remaining. Yalla’s Arsenal fan was just relieved to take a point with ten men. The impossible dream remains a possibility for Leicester. Manchester United’s return to form was checked by West Brom who beat them 1-0, and City registered a routine 4-0 demolition of Aston Villa. Stoke drew at Chelsea and West Ham beat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park.
Over in Spain, there were wins for the top three. Ronaldo scored four in the 7-1 rout of Celta de Vigo, and Barcelona put away four without reply at Eibar, Messi scoring twice. Atlético Madrid piled more pressure on Valencia with a 3-1 away win, but the title looks to be Barcelona bound, after a run of eleven straight victories.
Athletic Bibao won 2-0 at Sporting de Gijón and Sevilla drew 1-1 at Getafe. Real Betis beat Granada 2-0, Real Sociedad drew 1-1 with Levante. Deportivo de La Coruña played hosts to Malaga, sharing the points and the goals in a 3-3 thriller. Las Palmas registered a valuable 1-0 win away to Villareal, pulling them further away from the trouble at the bottom.