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Match Of The Day a few quick thoughts

  • I’ve already covered West Ham vs Tottenham in some detail – which you can read here
  • Leicester were the big winners of the Midweek fixtures even though they drew, they must have been fearing the worst when they could only draw at home to West Brom on Tuesday night but thankfully for them results went their way in the best possible way
  • Defeats for Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City has somehow increased their lead at the top. It seems as if lady luck is shining on the King Power stadium at the moment
  • If Leicester’s luck is in then it certainly isn’t for Arsenal
  • Going ahead at home to Swansea last night and then ending up being served their second defeat in a row. How costly will the hamstring pull by Petr Cech be for Arsenal. He now misses Saturday’s North London Derby
  • Of course you can’t and shouldn’t rule out Arsenal but when optimism was high after beating Leicester it’s now at a low. The rumbles of discontent swirl around The Emirates once more
  • For Manchester City after the highs of winning a trophy on Sunday they have the lows of seemingly being out of the title race or at least making the job even harder
  • Liverpool exacted their revenge and Adam Llalana turned in a rare Man Of The Match performance as they cruised to victory
  • A miserable night for Raheem Sterling who was hauled off at half time and now City instead of looking forward now have to look over their shoulders as they are is a chasing pack of teams who are now way out of the hunt for 4th place just yet
  • The momentum is certainly with Manchester United at the moment, now level on points with cross city rivals City although having played a game more. All of a sudden everything seems a bit calmer at Old Trafford. Funny how they’ve got better since Wayne Rooney has been injured. Coincidence?
  • From almost out of nowhere Chelsea are saving their season and not just that are making a late push for the European places. Now 12 games unbeaten and Guus Hiddink yet to taste domestic defeat, the form they are do not be surprised if they end up finishing in the Top 6 come the end of the season
  • As for their opponents on Tuesday Norwich, they are in the midst of horrendous run, it’s now 8 games without a win and on this form you have to feel they will go down. A lot of money was spent in January but it seems as if it’s been spent in the wrong places
  • Norwich’s defeat coupled with wins for both Swansea and Bournemouth means you have to think it’s 2 from 3 for the final relegation places. Villa, Norwich and one club from the North East
  • On current evidence you would have to think it’s Newcastle. Another defeat for them sees The Magpies fall into the drop zone after Fabio Borini’s stunning late equaliser at The Stadium Of Light. Out of the two sides it is certainly Sunderland that have the forward momentum
  • If Sunderland have forward momentum then Crystal Palace have the negative kind, still no win since December 19th. Not even Connor Wickham’s brace against his former club was enough to snatch a victory. They have enough of a buffer at the moment but if they keep this up they could be dragged right into it
  • As for someone who would love to be dragged out of it Aston Villa. More Midlands misery on Tuesday, another mass protest. If this was a Dog it would have been put down a long time ago
  • As for Everton another win since the new shareholder has been announced, eases the pressure on Roberto Martinez slightly but they are going to have to finish higher than 11th if they don’t want the season classed as a failure

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