So no change at the top of the Premier League as all the contenders won in mid-week.
Chelsea stay five points clear with a game in hand and on course for a first title in five years. Eden Hazard, probably their best player, certainly the most inventive, scored with a header – Can you name the other 2 Premier League games he has scored from a header?
Manchester City rolled over Leicester 2-0 with goals from David Silva and James Milner. It was a routine if non-vintage performance against a side seemingly destined to go down and just not good enough across defence, midfield or attack.
Goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal a victory at QPR. Charlie Austin got one back, his 15th of the campaign – surely a big football club must snap him up for 2015-16? It was an impressive second half display by the Gunners.
Liverpool continued their pursuit of a Champions League place with a comfortable win over strugglers Burnley. Jordan Henderson, growing into the captaincy, scoring and setting up a goal for Daniel Sturridge to finish with a precise header. Liverpool are now fifth, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United. They have extended their unbeaten run to 12 games, winning seven out of their last eight in the league. The Reds certainly have momentum and have Manchester United at Anfield on March 22, a crunch game. Expect a sell-out, both of tickets and executive corporate hospitality packages.
Tottenham were paying tribute to Double-winning captain Dave Mackay, who died on Tuesday at the age of 80, with a minute’s applause before kick-off.
The Scotsman was an outstanding and inspiring player who graced White Hart Lane at a time Spurs were in their pomp. Potchettinos men went on to earn a 3-2 victory thanks to goals from Chadli, Mason and Townsend.
Manchester United were dominant at St James Park but lacked composure in the final third. Yes, there were chances at both ends, and Manchester United just about deserved their 1-0 success provided by an Ashley Young goal. Newcastle were playing on the break which tells you all about their lack of ambition. The Old Trafford side are totting up victories even in the tough away games.
Elsewhere Christian Benteke casually slotted home a penalty deep in stoppage time to earn new Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood his first points in a much-needed 2-1 victory over local rivals West Bromwich Albion. Villa were without a Barclays Premier League win since December 7, but moved three points clear of the bottom three amid exuberant celebrations among the crowd and from Sherwood on the touchline. Benteke kept his cool in the 93rd minute, moments after West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster had brought down Matthew Lowton. Gabriel Agbonlahor ended a 14-match goal drought to open the scoring in the 22nd minute as Villa dominated the opening half. Nerves set in after Saido Berahino’s 66th-minute equaliser, but Villa gathered themselves to launch a decisive late rally and boost their survival prospects.
A switch of focus now with the FA Cup taking centre stage this weekend – Who do you think can go on to win the cup?
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