Leicester consolidate at the top
It is now time that we stop calling Leicester as the surprise of the season. With more than 60% of the season dusted, the Foxes are top of the table consolidating their lead with a 2-0 win over Liverpool.
Jamie Vardy got back to his scoring ways and in some way! His goal would be a contender for the ‘goal of the season’ while he looks good for the ‘Golden Boot. More than the goal, the way Claudio Ranieri’s men dominated the game showed that this team could continue to lead the table. Next up is the top-of-the-table clash at Manchester City.
For Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp it is another sad chapter in their inconsistency season. Champions League qualification? Impossible! Europa League qualification? Difficult!
City know how to win even when they are playing bad
Manuel Pellegrini knows how to pick up points even when his side is playing poor. He continued the trend as City picked up a vital win against Sunderland. The veteran Chile manager is making way for Pep Guardiola at the end of this season but he is still challenging for four titles. The fitness of Sergio Aguero still remains the key if City wants to overcome the Foxes in the Premier League title race.
For Sunderland…well, the Stadium of Light is looking more and more despair as the race for relegation heats up.
Arsenal spurning a golden chance?
The same old story for Arsene Wenger! Instead of mounting a challenge to the title, they now find themselves five points off the lead and in fourth position.
Southampton owed their point to the heroics of Fraser Forster but with all due regards to his performance, Arsenal were flat on the pitch. With Leicester, Manchester City and even Tottenham showing no signs of relenting, it could take a monumental effort from here, for Wenger to win the League title.
Spurs, the underdog?
There is something about Mauricio Pochettino’s sides that keeps you hooked to their matches. This Spurs side has overcome its self-doubts to silently become the underdog for title challenge. With Harry Kane continuing his goal scoring, who knows what’s in store!
Too little too late from Van Gaal?
The fall from grace under Louis Van Gaal has been so bad that even a virtuoso performance against Stoke City hasn’t got their supporters purring. With none of the top four looking bad to relinquish their quest, it looks like ‘game over’ for Van Gaal as far as top four is considered.
At the other end, Aston Villa continue to struggle for answers while Newcastle, Norwich City and Swansea City look destined to take the relegation fight to the last day. And yeah, Chelsea continue to pick up draws!