As the curtains of the Barclays Premier League slowly start drawing towards a close, the pressure to perform is magnified. The ones in the top half battle ferociously and hurry to make any and every last minute amends that can land them a Champions League spot. The runt of the litter tries to force its way upward and shy away from the wretched relegation zone. This particular weekend in England made for a hugely entertaining one, with some of the results surprising in their very being. Here is a lowdown of how exactly things unfolded this weekend in the BPL.
The matchup that stole the show was between Arsenal and Liverpool. The clash when teams in the top 6 lock horns is always worth the wait, but this was one for the highlight reel. Going into the weekend, Liverpool and Arsenal both were on a glorious run of form, with the match being pitted as one with few surprises. But obviously, Arsenal had other thoughts in mind. In their 4-1 thrashing of the Reds, 4 of the playing 11 made the score sheet, with a goal apiece. Liverpool’s only consolation came through a Jordan Henderson penalty with 14 minutes left on the clock. While the Gunners started with their usual high intensity in the first 10 minutes of the match, the visitors started creating problems soon after that with Sterling and Henderson leading the attack of the team from the Merseyside. But it just wasn’t to stay. Hector Bellerin opened the tally for the Gunners, with Ozil and Sanchez joining the party in the few minutes that followed. After Bellerin’s goal at 37’, the flood gates opened and Liverpool FC saw themselves 3-0 down halfway through the game. The second half was a more settled one, with Henderson getting one back for the travelling team, but Giroud then completed the massacre at the 90’ minute.
Meanwhile, in the other parts of London, the league leaders Chelsea found some of their lost intensity against Stoke City and grabbed all the three points, in a 2-1 win, in spite of a tremendous 65 yard goal from Charlie Adam for Stoke.
Manchester United also recorded a 3-1 win against Aston Villa though dropping behind Arsenal to the third spot on the table.
The other surprise was the defeat of Manchester City at the hands of crystal palace who under the new manager Alan Pardew have seen a great run of form while his counterpart Manuel Pellegrini is seeking his title hopes disappear quickly.
On the other end of the table, Leicester City got three points from their game against West Ham though they still lie at the bottom. QPR won comfortably against West Brom and brought home all 3 points with a comfortable 4-1 win.
Tottenham drew against Burnley in a match that saw no goals scored, as they still play catch up with the top 4 Burnley on the other hand still struggle to get out of the relegation zone.
Aston Villa float just above the zone, though they lost on their visit to Old Trafford.
The Premier League is only about to get more interesting in the coming weeks, as the top four are separated with just a point between them, except for the leaders of course who still can hold a 9 point lead at the top. But with Chelsea’s recent form a bit shaky, the ones behind them will be looking to make the most of it and steal that title away in a last month heist. Stay tuned people…