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Premier League Wednesday A Few Quick Thoughts

  • Now I was going to add some audio thoughts also like in Yesterday’s trial version which you can find here
  • But unfortunately time has got away from me so you will have to do make do with written form this time around
  • Where else to start then Stamford Bridge as Chelsea keep hold of their 7 point lead after getting the better of Manchester City
  • Antonio Conte does the double over Pep Guardiola as the Stamford Bridge outfit move one step closer to the title
  • There was perhaps elements of fortunes to both of Eden Hazard’s goals last night but when you are at the top the luck always seems to go your way
  • City did have opportunities to draw level for a second time and snatch a point and it was their centre back pairing which arguably had the best chances
  • Vincent Kompany who played his first game since January saw a looping header come back off the bar while John Stones arguably should have done better when presented with a late chance to steal a point and open out the title race further
  • Many will feel that after bouncing back from Saturday’s blip that Chelsea have now done enough to secure the title but there is definitely one club that is going to keep them honest
  • And that club is Tottenham
  • What an incredible turnaround at The Liberty Stadium last night and just what bearing will this have on both Swansea and Spurs
  • Paul Clement’s side had not won in three before last night and that run was looking like coming to an end after Wayne Routledge put the home side ahead on 11 minutes
  • But this a Tottenham side with extra resilience and Dele Alli broke Swansea’s hearts on 89 minutes to give Mauricio Pochettino’s men what looked like a hard earned draw
  • Only his players had other ideas on mind. If Swansea’s hearts were broken on 89 minutes they would have been shattered a minute later when Heung min-Son prodded home to give Tottenham the win.
  • It was then almost cruel to see Christian Eriksen score a third as Spurs marched on in remarkable circumstances
  • That also means that not only have they kept the title race alive but they have also solidified second place in the table
  • That is thanks to Liverpool slipping up at home to Bournemouth. After going behind to Benik Afobe’s early strike, the Reds looked like they were on their way to victory after overturning the early deficit
  • But Josh King had the last laugh and managed to snatch a point for Eddie Howe’s men who are now unbeaten in their last five.
  • That point moves them a step closer to Premier League safety, they’ve already done Tottenham one favour this week can they do another but taking points off of Chelsea on Saturday evening.
  • Arsenal have strengthened their hopes of a top four finish with a comfortable win over West Ham at The Emirates
  • The win buys Arsene Wenger some more time as his future is still unannounced and he will no doubt be glad that the talk of his new contract can be delayed until at least Monday when they face Crystal Palace.
  • West Ham are in a spot of bother though, it is now 5 defeats in a row for Slaven Bilic’s men and they now find themselves 5 points clear of the drop zone
  • But they will have to thank Tottenham for their late come back as had Swansea held out they would have been just 3 clear
  • And who do West Ham face this weekend? Swansea, another 6 pointer is on the horizon
  • A 6 pointer was exactly what it was at The KCOM Stadium as Hull got the better of Middlesbrough and now they find themselves out of the bottom three at the expense of Swansea
  • Middlesbrough may have done the rare thing of scoring, not just once but twice but unfortunately for them Hull scored four
  • Two huge wins for Marco Silva’ side at home, they now have to hope they can get something away at Manchester City on Saturday
  • Middlesbrough are now 7 points from safety and they like Sunderland must have to start planning for life in The Championship
  • Crystal Palace will be perhaps looking over their shoulder as they failed to make it 5 wins in a row last night
  • It looked as if it was to be the case at one point but Southampton ended up with all three points thanks to a late Maya Yoshida winner
  • It’s a win that takes The Saints up to 9th and it also shows just how congested that middle section of the table is
  • Palace now have to wait until Monday and hope that West Ham and Swansea can take points off each other
  • There are still plenty of twists in the battle to beat the drop

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