It was a round of fixtures everyone was excited for, especially after Man City and Liverpool’s fantastic performances in their respective midweek European knockout fixtures.
Let’s have a look at how the biggies fared in the Premier League over the weekend
Chelsea v Man City (Result Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City)
This was one very disappointing result from Chelsea’s perspective. They were solidly outplayed by City and after 33 games, now have a record of 11 won, 11 drawn and 11 lost. Prior to the game, Chelsea’s odds of 17/10 at Tonybet looked pretty decent, especially as City were expected to focus on the Champions League, but Guus Hiddink’s side were woeful at the Bridge, and their fans, paying top money to attend fixtures, were rightly disgusted. Has there been a worse title defence in the league’s history? Probably not.
Hiddink has already admitted that even the Europa League is out of sight for the Blues and his players might be choosing to conserve energy for the European Championships. In such a scenario, it might not be a bad option to blood more youngsters, especially from the team that just won the UEFA Youth Cup by beating PSG 2-1.
Manchester United v Aston Villa (Result Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa)
Villa were officially relegated after this result (the first time they’ve gone down since 1987), but even United fans weren’t feeling too chipper regarding their side’s performance. They just about managed a 1-0 win, and the sight of their players time wasting at the corner flag towards the end against what many pundits consider to be the worst Villa side in history was pretty sad to see.
Leicester v West Ham (Result Leicester 2-2 West Ham)
Leicester are running straight to the Premier League title but they suffered a small blip of sorts in this fixture as they were held to a 2-2 draw by West Ham. Controversy all over, especially regarding referee Jonathan Moss’s decisions. Moss decided to send Vardy off for simulation and then awarded the Foxes a contentious penalty at the death that allowed them a precious point, and was subject to abuse from fans of both teams at the final whistle. Telegraph writer Henry Winter even said it was the worst refereeing performance he had seen since Tom Henning Ovrebo at the Bridge in 2009.
Vardy sent off and Ulloa penalty- controversial decisions from Jonathan Moss
Stoke v Tottenham Hotspur (Result Stoke 0-4 Spurs)
Spurs reduced the deficit between them and leaders Leicester to five points after this commanding win over Stoke at the Britannia on Monday night. Harry Kane and Dele Alli scored two apiece- Kane now has the same number of goals as the whole Villa side put together, and Alli became the youngest midfielder to score 10+ goals in a single Premier League season.
On paper Spurs have the easier run in to the title and should Leicester slip up (a la Barca in Spain currently), the Lilywhites will be ready to pounce.