Here at UNILAD Football, we like to recognise the big winners and losers of the weekend’s football.
No, we’re not talking about Riyad Mahrez claiming the PFA Player of the Year award or even Dele Alli winning the Young Player of the Year gong, we’re talking about real awards.
Ones like injury of the week, comeback of the month and bastard of the year. Real stuff.
Without further ado, here are this week’s winners:
Player Of The Week: Leonardo Ulloa
With Jamie Vardy suspended for his ‘dive’, the pressure was on Leicester City to fill the goalscoring void left by the former FC Halifax Town striker.
Luckily for them, people seem to have forgotten that Ulloa is quite good.
The Argentine striker helped himself to two goals, and Leicester kept up their charge towards the Premier League title with a 4-0 crushing of struggling Swansea City.
With Vardy potentially sidelined for next week’s game against Manchester United depending on the outcome of his FA hearing, Ulloa has proved that he is more than capable of leading the Leicester line in his fellow striker’s absence.
Manager Of The Week: Rafa Benitez
Returning to Anfield was always going to be a tough ask for Rafa.
Liverpool are bang in form under Jurgen Klopp and proved as much as Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana scored to give the Reds a 2-0 lead at half time.
But Benitez does half-time team talks quite well, and his side roared back to claim a valuable point with goals from Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback.
The result leaves it even tighter at the bottom, with three teams fighting to avoid the drop going into the final four games.
The ‘At Least You Tried’ Of The Week: Aston Villa
Everyone knows Aston Villa have been totally shite this season, and roll over most weeks without so much as trying to fight for a point.
But this week, they at least scored. Twice!
Ashley Westwood’s brace was arguably the most pointless two-goal haul in Premier League history, but at least it gave the Villa fans something to cheer in between their constant boos.
Maybe Westwood will bag a few more in the Championship next season.
The Game No One Gave A Shit About Of The Week: Crystal Palace vs Watford
It takes a lot for no one to be interested in an FA Cup semi-final, but these two sides managed it.
Two out of form teams, scrapping over a cup final appearance like two tramps coming to blows over a bag of chips, weren’t helped by kick-off being just 15 minutes before Leicester’s game against Swansea.
As it went, Palace claimed a place in the final thanks to Connor Wickham’s goal, but everyone was busy watching Leicester romp to a 4-0 win over Swansea.
Proof that no one loves Alan Pardew quite as much as Alan Pardew.
The Much Needed Performance Of The Week: Eden Hazard
For 34 games, Hazard has been woeful.
But against Bournemouth, the Belgian winger popped up with two goals to remind everyone that he’s still alive and playing.
Granted, it was against a team who have already achieved survival and have nothing to play for, not to mention cost less combined than Hazard did when he joined from Lille, but still.
Well done Eden, that’s bumped up your price tag for when PSG come to buy you in the summer.