“Pathetic performance. Tired legs all around. I am afraid there goes the EPL title for us.”
Liverpool went top of the Premier League after a 4-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. Luis Suárez scored a club record 29th goal of the season. Liverpool have won eight games in a row and are unbeaten in 2014.
An own goal from John Terry saw Chelsea suffer a shock 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. Manchester City missed the opportunity to go second in the Premier League after being held 1-1 at Arsenal.
A brace from Wayne Rooney powered Manchester United to a 4-1 win over Aston Villa. Everton maintained the pressure on fourth place Arsenal with a 3-1 win against Fulham.
Manchester United 4 Aston Villa 1 – 12.45pm, KO Saturday
Manchester United beat Aston Villa 4-1, amidst anti Moyes protests at Old Trafford. The Red Devils in fact found themselves trailing as Ashley Westwood fired a free kick in the 13th minute.
Seven minutes later a Shinji Kagawa cross was steered into the net by Wayne Rooney to level the score.
Rooney scored his second from the penalty spot to become the 4th highest goal scorer in Premier League history.
In the 57th minute, Mata clinically fired home his first goal for United since joining in January. In stoppage time Javier Hernandez converted Adnan Januzaj’s cross to make it 4-1.
“The crowd was great, it was brilliant the way they got behind the club and the team,” said a relieved David Moyes.
Crystal Palace 1 Chelsea 0 – 3pm Saturday
Chelsea boss, José Mourinho felt his sides chances of winning the Premier League were all but over after their shock 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace.
John Terry headed an own goal to give Crystal Palace the lead in the 52nd minute. As the game opened up both teams had chances, but keeper Julian Speroni kept Palace in the game with a couple of fine saves.
Chelsea huffed and puffed, but came up against a resilient Palace defence as they failed to break them down.
The Eagles held on until the final whistle to gain three vital points and claim their first win in six games.
At the end Mourinho said only mathematics can give Chelsea their first English Premier League title since 2009/2010.
A Chelsea fan from Pakistan, commenting on Facebook said: “Pathetic performance. Tired legs all around. I am afraid there goes the EPL title for us.”
Arsenal 1 Manchester City 1 – 5.30pm Saturday
Manchester City failed to capitalise on Chelsea’s defeat early in the day as they settled for a 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium
David Silva gave Manchester City the lead in the 18th minute, before Arsenal got the equaliser through Mathieu Flamini in the 53rd minute.
The volume was raised with the Gunners in no mood to capitulate like in previous games. Both teams had opportunities to win the game but in the end a draw was a fair result.
Manchester City failed to leap frog Chelsea and Arsenal lost pace on their rivals.
Fulham 1 Everton 3 – 1.30pm Sunday
Everton beat Shahid Khan’s Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage to remain in contention for a Champions League spot.
Substitute Steven Naismith’s shot was deflected off David Stockdale to give Everton the lead in the 50th minute. Ashkan Dejagah drilled home an equaliser twenty-one minutes later for the hosts.
But two goals inside ten minutes sealed victory for Everton as Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith both found the net.
Everton now lie in fifth position, four points adrift of Arsenal with a game in hand. Arsenal play a crucial match against The Toffees next week.
Speaking about the battle for fourth place, Everton manager, Roberto Martinez said:
“Being in this position gives us an understanding of what a good season we’ve had. With the points we have, we have a realistic chance to fight for that aim (Champions League).”
Liverpool 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 4pm Sunday
Liverpool climbed to the top of Premier League after dismantling Tottenham Hotspur for a second time this season.
Liverpool’s quest to lead the Premier League table began with a touch of luck. Spurs Younes Kaboul diverted the ball into his own net in the 2nd minute.
The hosts doubled the lead in the 25th minute, courtesy of a great run and finish from Luis Suárez. This was the Uruguayan’s 29th goal of the season as he broke Robbie Fowler’s (28) Liverpool Premier League record for most goals in a single season.
In the 55th minute, Phillipe Coutinho made it 3-0, following an assist from Jon Flanagan. Liverpool’s annihilation continued as Jordan Henderson’s free kick in the 75th minute made it 4-0 for the Reds.
The game ended on this score, as Liverpool went top of the Premier League. With six games to go, a title win is very much possible now for Liverpool, especially if they beat Chelsea and Manchester City at Anfield.
Elsewhere Southampton continued their excellent season as they defeated Newcastle United 3-0. Stoke City beat Hull City 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium.
Swansea City pushed Norwich City closer to the drop zone after a comprehensive 3-0 win. West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City drew 3-3 in a breath taking game at the Hawthorns.
This is promising to be a nail biting end to the season. The title could very well be decided in the final week.