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England Premier League 2015-2016 Week27 Review

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In the midst of euphoria for Manchester City, who claimed the first title of the season in Capital One Cup, there is enough action to follow around as teams battled hard in the English Premier League (EPL) matchday 27. And the action was riveting with so many talking points.

 

You can win with kids!

Manchester United has proved once in the past that you indeed can win with kids in your line-up. Almost on cue to prove it again, the Red Devils humbled their arch rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford 3-2 with a team boasting of kids.

More than the score and the points, it is the manner in which the hosts played the game that caught the eye. Memphis Depay, Jessie Lingard and Juan Mata were relentless in their pursuit for goals but it was the teenager Marcus Rashford that lit Old Trafford up.

For the second time in the week, Rashford scored a brace and lifted his side struggling to accommodate injuries to key players. For Arsenal, it was another case of slipping in the title race. It would now take a miracle (and a huge one at that) for the Gunners to win the PL title this year.

Leicester show the resolve of Champions

Leicester City continue to baffle critics after picking up full points against the visiting Norwich City. That they were able to break the tight defence of the visitors is a credit in itself as Norwich shut shop in the hope of snatching one point.

The hosts left it late and had to rely on an almost-last-minute goal by substitute Leonardo Ulloa. With the season nearing an end and chasers closer than ever, Leicester needed these three points to avoid losing further ground after last matchday loss to Arsenal.

For Norwich, it was a case of ‘so near yet so far’ as they continue to flirt with relegation. They would need to buckle up and perform, else would perish.

Spurs aren’t far behind!

The only reason why Leicester haven’t won the title yet is Tottenham. The side continued its remarkable journey this season by overcoming Swansea City at home 2-1.

Goals from Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose helped them claw back to being two points behind leaders Leicester. With the North Londoners showing incredible amalgam of resilience and skill, it is tough to rule out the prospect of Spurs lifting the title.

Swansea would hope that this letup won’t affect them in the long run, considering how perilously close they are to the bottom.

Other matches…

Crystal Palace tumbled to another loss, this time away to West Brom and the fans must be wondering if they would be pulled into relegation fight. Their worries are genuine as Palace have now picked just three points from their last ten games. But, the comforting factor is that they practically need eight points for safety, which should be achievable.

One team which is looking sure to get relegated is Aston Villa who lost another match, 2-1 away to Stoke City. Sunderland are doing their best to join them in relegation after losing a tight match to West Ham United.

Chelsea continued their mini-resurgence by winning 2-1 away at Southampton. Not that it would boost their hopes of European qualification but the defending Champions should finish in the top half.

 

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