It seems that every week Leicester are expected to fail, or fall short, or drop points. Watford, away from home, was billed as a banana skin, yet on a weekend where Leicester’s two closest challengers drew with each other, the Foxes once again claimed 3 points to move five points clear at the top (meaning they are guaranteed top spot for at least one more week).
Tottenham vs Arsenal was billed as vital for both sides and whilst Spurs remain three points ahead of their North London rivals, it must gall them to have failed to take maximum points from a winning position, especially with a numerical advantage. Arsenal will be the happier team, but not by much, as they are now eight points adrift of Leicester.
Two points behind Arsenal come Manchester City, who thumped a listless Aston Villa side who must now be wondering when, rather than if, they’ll be relegated. City needed a good result after their Anfield hammering, and Villa (who have been fodder for most teams this season) dutifully provided one. City’s win moves them three points clear of Man Utd once more, after Utd limped to defeat at West Brom.
Utd’s loss means West Ham move a point above them into fifth, and the Hammers may yet even fancy Champions League qualification, not something to be ruled out in this insane season.
Liverpool won for the third successive time, albeit somewhat fortunately, away to Crystal Palace. That result moves them three points behind Utd, with a game in hand. Liverpool and Utd go head to head in the Europa League in midweek, in the first leg of a game that could define their seasons – if either side goes on to win the Europa League, they get a berth in the Champions League next season.
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