Five things we learnt from this weekend of Premier League football

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It was a jampacked weekend of top-flight football which included a derby, goals and comebacks.

 

Everything is still to play for, unless you’re Huddersfield or Fulham (sorry fans of those clubs, but it’s Championship football for you next season); the title race is still on, the battle for European places is still on and the dogfight to stay out of the bottom three is still on.

 

So, what did we learn this weekend?

 

Cardiff are still fighting for Neil Warnock

 

cardiff.jpgCardiff have given themselves a chance of beating the drop.

After three defeats in a row, there were whispers that the Bluebirds players had given up on their veteran manager.

 

With Warnock’s blue-eyed boy Sol Bamba having been ruled out for the rest of the season, most people expected West Ham to roll over their Welsh counterparts.

 

However, Junior Hoilett and Victor Camarasa both scored to secure all three points, keeping alive Cardiff fans’ hopes of maintaining their Premier League status for another season.

 

Now only three points from safety, could keeping his side up be the Yorkshireman’s biggest career achievement?

 

Jordan Pickford learns the lesson that you should never gloat too early

 

pickford.jpgPickford escaped a red card for his rugby style tackle.

A former Sunderland goalkeeper turning up at St. James’ Park was always going to be in for some stick. However, England’s No.1 certainly did not help himself on Saturday afternoon.

 

With Everton 1-0 up, Pickford - with what can only be described as a rugby tackle on Salomon Rondon - gave away a penalty. Somehow, he escaped a red card and, to rub salt into Geordie wounds, he saved Matt Ritchie’s effort.

71 seconds later Richarlison made it 2-0.

 

Later in the game, a missed chance from the Magpies caused Pickford to stick his tongue out at the opposition fans.

 

But he ended up looking very silly when, in the second-half, their opponents mounted an unlikely comeback with goals in the 65th, 81st and 84th minute.

 

Oh Jordan, leave the gloating until the final whistle.

 

Spurs are being Spursy

 

skysports-yan-valery-southampton_4602537.jpgYan Valery scored the Saints' equaliser.

It was only two weeks ago that Tottenham travelled to Burnley looking for a win that would have propelled them into a position to seriously to challenge for the title.

 

They lost.

 

They followed that up with a defeat to Chelsea, a draw in the North London Derby and, despite beating Borussia Dortmund over two-legs in the Champions League, another defeat to Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

So, now they’re not only out the title race, but they could conceivably lose out on a top-four place.

 

The word Spursy comes to mind… in other words, they’re bottling it.

 

There have been questions of how long their stars will stay without trophies. Champions League football had been their saving grace, without it the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli might have to find it somewhere else.

 

Losing their Champions League spot to one of the chasing pack (Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal) could spell disaster for Spurs.

 

Chelsea couldn’t take advantage

 

skysports-raul-jimenez-wolves_4603697.jpgRaul Jimenez put Wolves ahead.

It wasn’t long ago that Maurizio Sarri’s days seemed to be numbered at Stamford Bridge. However, the League Cup final loss to Manchester City strangely seemed to breathe new life into the Blues.

 

Three wins on the spin followed against Tottenham, Fulham and Dynamo Kiev, with a game in hand giving them the advantage in the race for fourth place.

 

Then Wolves poured cold water on the high moral, keeping Chelsea at bay until Hazard’s driven shot stole a point in injury time. And it was stolen, the team from the Midlands looked the better side for most of the game.

 

The Belgian must feel like a camel in the desert with the amount of deadweight he has to carry on his shoulders.

 

The title race is looking like it’ll go down to the wire

 

skysports-liverpool-mane-premier-league_4603507.jpgSadio Mane helped Liverpool close the gap to one point.

Manchester City took the initiative, they played first on Saturday evening and, despite some controversy, took all three points. Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick earned the Citizens a four-point gap, despite his first effort clearly being offside.

 

The ball was now squarely in Liverpool’s court.

 

After some inconsistent results, Burnley felt like a potential banana skin for the Reds, but they stepped up to the plate. They went 1-0 down to an Ashley Westwood effort, but Roberto Firmino and Saido Mane didn’t take it lying down and put their side 3-1 up.

 

A late consolation from Johan Berg Gudmundsson was followed by an even later Mane goal to finish off the game. There is still only one point between City and Liverpool and they just can’t be pulled apart it seems.

 

What was your highlight of the weekend?



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Scott Francis
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