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Premier League Game Week 25 Review

Manchester City vs Leicester City

All the talk is of Leicester City and why not after they stunned nearest rivals Manchester City with a convincing 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

And Jamie Vardy didn’t even get on the scoresheet.

Utterly remarkable – Leicester just refuse to blow up despite all the pundits’ predictions.

Yet could Tottenham come through on the inside and pinch the title themselves – now second in the table and performing impressively.

What a strange Premier League season this is.

There was no hospitality on offer from Leicester as big centre half Robert Huth headed two from set pieces – and Riyad Mahrez showed why he is so coveted with a classy step-over and finish.

Sergio Aguero replied for Man City.

Surprisingly Man City, with wonderful players at their disposal, rarely looked like breaking down the visitors’ defence, a defence that has done an amazing job all season, happy to stay under the radar, leaving the glory to Vardy and Mahrez. Meanwhile the Man City back line, despite big money purchases, proves fallible all too often.

Is the announcement that Pep Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini next season threating to de-rail Man City’s challenge? It really should instead be inspiring the players to great deeds.

As for Leicester … the dream continues on.

Claudio Ranieri’s side travel to Arsenal next weekend but from there have a relatively easy run-in with just Chelsea and Manchester United away games as the major obstacles.

It should be a great game.

Bournemouth vs Arsenal

Arsenal, after a recent form wobble, came out of the blocks fast and put away Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners scored twice in 88 first-half seconds midway through the first half to move level on points with London rivals Tottenham.

Mesut Ozil lashed the ball home from 12 yards for the Gunners’ opener, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drifted in from the right and scored with a low shot.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford 

Kieran Trippier’s first goal for Spurs sealed a White Hart Lane win over an oddly out of sorts Watford.

The former Burnley full-back was in the right place to tap in substitute Dele Alli’s low cross.

Spurs were always in control but were continually thwarted by their former goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

The Hornets failed to record a shot on target. Manager Quique Sanchez Flores chose to split up his 20-goal strike partnership of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, with Deeney tired after a gruelling run of games and only coming on at the break.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, is certainly not getting ahead of himself.

He told BBC Sport: “I feel very proud of the players.

“We need to be calm. We are in a very good position in the league but the philosophy from the beginning of the season has been to go step by step. We are a very young squad so it is important to keep going and take every game and competition and be ready to compete.

“We still need to be more clinical, we created a lot of chances but need to score more.”

Again, the pundits will say you can’t win the title with such a young squad. But Manchester United’s Class of ’92 proved that to be hogwash.

Chelsea vs Manchester United 

A 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge was not much use to either Chelsea or Manchester United.

Jesse Lingard scored an excellent goal for United while Diego Costa managed a late equaliser.

It leaves Chelsea in 13th position, nearer the relegation zone than the top four, while United are six points off a Champions League place.

United are a bit more like the United of old but one fears they may increasingly be destabilised as rumours persist that Jose Mourinho will take over from Louis van Gaal at the end of the season.

Liverpool vs Sunderland

Thousands of Liverpool fans walked out of Anfield in protest at ticket prices as struggling Sunderland came from 2-0 behind to secure a point.

Or perhaps it was really because the fare has been so turgid this season.

Liverpool should be thrashing teams like Sunderland with their eyes closed.

Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana scored for the home side. Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe were on the button for the Wearsiders.

Liverpool’s inconsistent form is testing the patience of supporters, some of the most loyal in the land, and no doubt that of manager Jurgen Klopp too.

He didn’t have to witness the latest disappointment – prone with appendicitis. Maybe it was a grumbling appendix in sympathy with those in the stands!