Leicester is the real deal!
It’s an all-too-familiar script for the naysayers. Many critics have been eager to write-off the chances of Leicester at the first available moment. But game after game, the Foxes have proved that they can hold their own in the title race.
In a season where the margins are too tight, this weekend victory which put them five points ahead of challengers could end up being the differential. It’s a sin to write-off any team in Premier League, especially this season, but after the win at Watford the Foxes would have won even the most ardent of its critics.
North London derby draw – good to watch but bad for the teams
It was round the corner. Tottenham and Arsenal ended up playing a wonderful derby to share the spoils but the result spoiled both their chances. Spurs now have to get their campaign back on track and hope that Leicester falter somewhere down the line.
And for Arsenal, it is another season of lost chances. Arsene Wenger should count himself lucky to be still staying in the top four – thanks to the other faltering giants. They still remain in the title hunt mathematically but that is just about it for them!
Can Hammers gatecrash the top four?
The focus outside the trophy challengers has always been on who could challenge for a spot in the top four. But almost alien to this conversation and making a mockery of all the analysts has been West Ham United.
Continuing what has been a wonderful season, the Hammers stunned Goodison Park by overcoming a 2-0 deficit to defeat Everton 3-2. The result puts them just one point behind fourth placed Manchester City.
But the challenge for West Ham is bigger in the coming rounds. With Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester City waiting in wings, the next five fixtures could decide where West Ham would eventually end in the league.
End of the road for Manchester United
The red card to Juan Mata against West Brom summed up the season for Manchester United. The chance to finish in the top four are now dusted – if they are not by now. For Albion though, the three points pull them closer to safety.
Revenge for Liverpool
For second game in succession, Liverpool earned revenge – this time against their regular nemesis Crystal Palace. For large parts of the game, it looked as if Palace would gain a point at least but a farcical last minute penalty from Benteke earned a sweet revenge for Jurgen Klopp’s side. They still are within an earshot of top four and don’t count them out!
Relegation threatened Aston Villa are now closer to Championship having succumbed to another demoralizing loss at Manchester City.
Newcastle seems to be finding new ways of killing their fans’ morale and stooping to new lows. Their loss at home to Bournemouth typified the same. Sunderland should have closed out the game against Southampton and may yet rue the loss of two points. Norwich too looks troubled and it could be two of these sides which could join Aston Villa in the relegation pile. </p