Five Things The Premier League Taught Us This Week


It was a rare midweek matchday this week, with all 20 teams facing off as the Premier League season continued to twist and turn towards a conclusion.

Liverpool and Manchester City clashed for the second time in four days, while Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur continued their push towards an unlikely Premier League.

There was also a couple of shocking injuries, with two teeth knocked out and a concussed fourth official making sure the top flight continued to churn out the drama.

Here’s what we learnt from the latest instalment of action:

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No One Wants To Win It

After Leicester dropped points at home to West Brom on Tuesday night, the chasing pack had the chance to put serious pressure on the Foxes on Wednesday.

Spurs would have gone top had they beat London rivals West Ham, while Arsenal could have recovered from their weekend loss at Manchester United in the perfect way, by moving within three points of Leicester.

But both sides bottled it, ensuring we’re no closer to knowing who’s going to claim the title in May.

In the end, Leicester stretched their lead to three points at the summit and could go further clear on Saturday, should Arsenal and Spurs stop each other from closing the gap.

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Jurgen Klopp gained revenge for Liverpool’s Capital One Cup final loss to Man City, by thrashing the former champions at Anfield.

Adam Lallana’s long distance opener was the perfect payback for his clash with Yaya Toure on Sunday, and further goals from James Milner and Roberto Firmino ensured Liverpool completed a league double over City.

It all made for one of the best post match interviews of the season, as Klopp summed up his team’s performance perfectly and managed to get a dig at Bayern Munich in there while he was at it.

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Man United Don’t Always Rely On Rashford

For the first time in three games, Manchester United won a game without the help of Marcus Rashford.

The 18-year-old was thwarted by Watford at Old Trafford, but Juan Mata was on hand to ensure United’s good form continued.

They nearly threw it away though, as Hornets striker Odion Ighalo wasted a number of chances to bring Louis van Gaal’s side back down to earth.

But United held on and are now level on points with Man City in fifth, meaning a late push for a Champions League place isn’t completely out of the question.

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Newcastle’s 18 Day Break Was Pointless

After having their game against Man City postponed as Manuel Pellegrini’s side won the Capital One Cup, Newcastle jetted off to Spain for a warm weather training camp.

The idea was to recharge and work on their troubles but against Stoke, it was hardly noticeable.

They’d have been better training in a wind tunnel to best replicate the conditions at the Britannia, as they struggled to beat both their opponents and the forces.

Xherdan Shaqiri delivered the killer blow, firing in from 25 yards after Mame Diouf’s layoff, consigning Newcastle to another damaging defeat as the teams around them picked up vital points.

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People Need To Be More Careful

Tuesday was the night of bizarre injuries in the Premier League, as a couple of incidents caught the eye (or forehead).

First, at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium, fourth official Kevin Friend smacked his head off the dugout and collapsed. Referee Mike Dean stopped the game, and Friend was taken to hospital as a precaution after losing consciousness.

Minutes later, during Norwich’s 1-2 defeat to Chelsea, Canaries pair Gary O’Neil and Robbie Brady went up for a header and clashed, leaving both needing treatment.

O’Neil had a huge gash on his forehead thanks to colliding with Brady’s teeth, which were subsequently knocked out during the collision.