Five Things The Premier League Taught Us This Weekend

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After the boring week that was international friendly week, the Premier League returned with a bang this weekend, and there was plenty to talk about.

Dimitri Payet scored another screamer of a free kick, Aston Villa shipped another tonne of goals at home, and Leicester City continued their march towards the title with another 1-0 win.

There was plenty of drama, but what lessons did we learn?

Here are five of them:

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Rafa Won’t Save Newcastle

Since taking charge for the final ten games of the season, Rafa Benitez always had his hands full at St James’ Park.

If the Magpies were to stay up, they needed to beat Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, but instead lost 3-2 to a last minute Martin Olsson goal.

Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic twice pulled his side level, but his team’s total inability to defend meant the Canaries took the points and moved closer to survival themselves.

Newcastle are now six points from safety with seven games remaining, and look absolutely fucked.

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Eric Black Has The Most Unwanted Job In World Football

When Aston Villa’s hierarchy attempted to bury Remi Garde’s dismissal in the middle of an England match on Tuesday night, it was the latest bollock in a long line for the Villans.

Villa sacked the Frenchman and installed assistant Eric Black as head coach until the end of the season, a position he couldn’t fancy any less.

Sometimes a managerial change has an instant impact, but not when the entire squad have given up and don’t give a fuck between them.

Chelsea cruised to a 4-0 win with a much changed team, and even Alexandre Pato got on the score sheet – three months after signing on loan and earning a mint in the process.

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The Media Will Soon Be Asking How Good Alex Iwobi Could Have Been For England

In fairness, some have already started.

Iwobi is the latest off the Arsenal production line, and two goals in his last two games had seen the typical premature calls that he could be an outside bet for the England Euro 2016 squad.

Marcus Rashford has suffered similar pressure, but with Iwobi holding his place in an Arsenal team that has plenty of options on the wing, he looks a real talent.

However, the 19-year-old has opted to play for Nigeria, and represented the Super Eagles during the international break.

Looks like England will have to rely on Theo Walcott for the time being.

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Wes Morgan Picks His Time To Score Goals

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan has 20 goals in over 500 league games, but popped up with the most important of those against Southampton.

Tottenham Hotspur had failed to close the gap on Saturday as they drew with Liverpool, so Leicester had the chance to go seven clear at the top with six games remaining.

It was tight against the Saints, but Morgan headed home the only goal of the game to earn the Foxes their fourth successive 1-0 win, and move himself closer to lifting the Premier League trophy in May.

The fairytale continues.


Sunderland vs West Brom Was As Exciting As It Sounded

Looking through the fixtures on Saturday, this one made even the most die hard football fan think about doing overtime at work.

Two of the dullest teams in the Premier League dulled out a 0-0 draw, which was fucking dull.

Lee Cattermole on one side, and Tony Pulis in charge of the other – this one was a dead cert for last on Match of the Day.

Somehow, the BBC bosses put it on ahead of Chelsea’s mauling of Aston Villa, giving us all a ten minute power nap halfway through the show.

How nice of them.