As the finish line comes into focus in the Premier League, there was another pulsating weekend of action in England’s top flight.
Leicester City showed incredible spirit to rescue a draw with West Ham United, Sunderland and Newcastle United recorded potentially priceless wins, while Aston Villa were finally doomed to relegation.
The results caused another altercation between Stan Collymore and Joleon Lescott, while Jon Moss – the referee in charge of the Leicester game – will be keeping his head down this week after his performance.
It was an incredible weekend, here’s what we learned from the latest installment of action:
Sunderland Kept The Relegation Battle Alive
The weekend’s first game was arguably the most important of the weekend.
Sunderland had to beat Norwich City to keep the relegation battle alive, otherwise they’d have been seven points adrift of the Canaries with five games to go.
Sam Allardyce’s side picked up the points thanks to goals from Jermain Defoe, Duncan Watmore and Fabio Borini, and ensured there is just three points separating the three teams fighting for survival.
It’s going down to the wire.
Manchester United Are Still Boring
If there was an absolute banker of a result this weekend, it was Manchester United winning at home to Aston Villa.
Win they did, but the 1-0 result hardly proved that United are close to ridding themselves of the boring style that has drawn so much criticism over the course of the season.
Villa have shipped six against Liverpool, as well as four against both Manchester City and Chelsea, but Marcus Rashford’s goal was all United managed against Villa, who were relegated after the defeat.
Louis van Gaal said after the game that it was tough because ‘Aston Villa are a defensively organised team’. This is the same Villa that have conceded 65 goals in 34 games.
Give it up, Louis.
Manchester City Are Hitting Top Form
Since their mini collapse around March time, Man City seem to be finding their groove once again.
The return of Kevin De Bruyne and Samir Nasri has been vital, and they were excellent against Chelsea this weekend, who seem to be going through a rough patch themselves.
Sergio Aguero’s stunning hat-trick moved City above Arsenal into third in the table, just at the right time with the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid coming up.
With Aguero in this form, City are capable of giving Manuel Pellegrini the perfect send off by reaching the final in Milan.
The Klopp Effect Is Taking Over
After their incredible victory over Borussia Dortmund last week, Jurgen Klopp rang the changes for the game against Bournemouth.
Klopp made 10 alterations for the trip to the Vitality Stadium, with youngsters Sheyi Ojo, Kevin Stewart and Danny Ward getting a rare start in the Premier League.
They did the business though, thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino, proving that Klopp’s impact on the Reds is showing no signs of slowing.
Leicester Are Staggering Towards The Finish Line
The visit of West Ham was always going to be tough for Leicester, but with ten men it became an absolute thriller.
Jamie Vardy’s controversial sending off sent the game into meltdown, as referee Jon Moss pretty much made up his own rules when it came to awarding penalties.
Andy Carroll scored from the spot, before conceding a last minute penalty himself – and allowing Leonardo Ulloa to score a priceless equaliser and keep Leicester’s title tilt on track. Just.
What is it about champions grinding out last minute results again?