Premier League MANual - 13th Feb
With only Manchester City left to play from this round of fixtures, it's beginning to look like the title is won and it's a five-way battle for the remaining Champions League places. Whilst Chelsea stuttered against a resilient Burnley, Spurs slipped up to put Liverpool firmly back in the race. At the other end of the league, a relegation six-pointer in Wales saw Leicester slip further towards being the first top-flight team to be relegated after winning the league since Manchester City in 1936!
It's Looking Bleak For Leicester
It's getting to the point that Vardy & co at Leicester seriously have to consider that if they don't start playing, they're going to go down. Another round of fixtures in 2017 has seen last season's record-breakers break another: they're now the only team in England without a win this calendar year. Sitting one point above the relegation zone with a tough game against Liverpool up next, it's starting to look very bleak. They were 5000/1 to win the league last season, what are the odds that they'll be swapping the Champions League for the Championship come May?
Chelsea Stutter At The Turf
It's becoming a common theme, the League's big hitters travelling to Lancashire and struggling to put Burnley into submission. Chelsea were seemingly walking their way to the title and were expected to sweep the clarets aside this weekend, especially after cutting through the defences to take a 7th minute lead. Up steps Robbie Brady on his home debut to smash in a stunning free kick allowing Burnley to do what they do best and some fine rearguard action ensured a share of the spoils. Turf Moor is beginning to become the hardest away day in England.
Mane Is Back With A Bang
Liverpool fans rejoice, Saido Mane is back from the African Cup of Nations and is back with a bang. Everybody expected Saturday's game to be a much tighter affair and likely Spurs to come out on top, but a quick-fire double from the Liverpool man ensured that the Kop took all three points and ensured that the Red's are firmly back in the race for a top-four place. Aside form a sublime save from Mignolet to deny Son, Spurs didn't have much to shout about for the rest of the game which begs the question, where would they be if Kane & Ali stopped performing.
Big Sam's Big Excuse
This week, everybody's favourite England manager Sam Allardyce openly admitted that he thought it would be an easier job at Crystal Palace. A loss against Stoke at the weekend further solidified their place at the foot of the table and put's Big Sam's team in jeopardy. With nearly £30m spent in January, it's about time the Eagles dragged themselves out of trouble but questions are being asked as to whether Big Sam can do it. So maybe he was expecting an easier time, but is that just another excuse?
Arsenal Need Alexis
Whilst we may be stating the obvious, Arsenal need Alexis Sanchez more than you would believe. Another game went by this weekend and without their Chilean talisman, they'd be falling out of the top four. Whilst his contract negotiations apparently grumble on, Arsenal fans everywhere will be hoping that Wenger pins down the attacker to a contract that will keep him at the Emirates until retirement. Any neutral fans of the Premier League will be hoping for exactly the same thing.