1) Chelsea stay on the skin wanting in
Had Chelsea crushed Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, they’d have climbed into the prime four and edge nearer to securing a spot in subsequent season’s Champions League. However, a goalless draw leaves Thomas Tuchel’s aspect fifth within the desk, and they are often backed at 1.738/11 to finish in the top four.
It may have been worse for the Blues who had a nervous second within the first half as United appealed for a penalty for handball towards Callum Hudson-Odoi, however VAR dominated in Chelsea’s favour. As for the sport itself, it was one other sport between the highest sides that lacked clear-cut probabilities and a objective.
Chelsea take their 10-game unbeaten run to Liverpool on Thursday the place victory will maintain alive their hopes of qualifying for subsequent season’s Champions League through the league.
The subsequent two video games for the Blues, at Liverpool on Thursday and at dwelling to Everton on Sunday, may outline their season.
2) Brilliant Bale finds type on the proper time for Spurs
Gareth Bale turned in his finest efficiency since returning to Tottenham as he helped Spurs beat Burnley 4-0. The midfielder, on mortgage from Real Madrid, scored twice and performed an element in his aspect’s different two objectives in a win that retains alive Hotspur’s hopes of taking part in European soccer subsequent season.
Tottenham followers will understandably ask why Bale hasn’t proven this manner prior to now and maybe their ambitions can be a lot loftier. Spurs’ primary objective now’s to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League and their finest hope of that appears to be to win the Europa League at 5/1.
As for their league programme, their win over Sean Dyche’s Burnley lifted them to eighth within the desk, six factors off fourth spot with a sport in hand. A trip to Fulham on Thursday and a house sport with inconsistent Crystal Palace on Sunday is an opportunity for Jose Mourinho’s aspect to enhance their league place additional.
If Bale can proceed his spectacular type, then Spurs, who may be backed at 2.265/4 to finish in the top six, may end the season with a flourish.
Mourinho was starting to really feel the warmth in north London, however Bale may assist his boss maintain his job, particularly if the Welshman can play this nicely towards Manchester City within the closing of the Carabao Cup on the finish of March. Mourinho can be the primary supervisor to win Spurs a trophy since Juande Ramos received the League Cup in 2008.
3) Increasing damage checklist may scupper Foxes’ prime two hopes
What seemed like being an awesome season for Leicester is at risk of turning right into a season of missed alternatives. A 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on the King Power Stadium meant the Foxes missed the possibility to use some strain on Manchester United within the battle for second spot. Leicester closed the weekend some extent behind United after the Red Devils drew 0-0 at Chelsea.
The loss proved to be a pricey one in phrases of accidents. Already lacking key midfielder James Maddison for the Gunners sport, defender Jonny Evans and midfielder Harvey Barnes, who was stretchered off, picked up additional accidents which may scupper Leicester’s hopes of success this season. Maddison and Barnes have mixed for 17 objectives this season and they are going to be missed.
Eliminated from the Europa League final week, Leicester will hope to have some of their injured gamers again in time for their FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United on March 21. They can be backed at 13.012/1 to win the FA Cup for the primary time within the Foxes’ historical past.
Finishing in the top four would nonetheless be a great season for Brendan Rodgers’ aspect and they are often backed at 1.834/5, however lacking out on second place will probably be laborious to take.
4) Liverpool again within the combine for prime four spot
The fixture laptop was type to Liverpool who had been introduced with a visit to basement aspect Sheffield United to finish their dismal run of type. A 2-0 win at Bramall Lane ended a run of four successive defeats for the defending champions.
It remains to be seen if the victory is sufficient to kickstart their faltering marketing campaign that has seen their title defence flip right into a battle to complete within the prime four. Second half objectives from Curtis Jones and Roberto Firmino – whose objective was Liverpool’s 7,000th within the prime flight – had been sufficient to get the Reds again to successful methods.
The win, with yet one more new centre-half partnership, was simply what Jurgen Klopp wanted after doubts had been raised about his future at Anfield.
There continues to be rather a lot of work for the Reds to do, however proper now, they are often backed at 1.748/11 to secure a top four finish.
5) Brighton pay penalty for Hawthorns nightmare
Brighton’s journey to West Brom on Saturday will go down as one of probably the most weird video games of the season. And they solely have themselves responsible following their 1-0 loss which leaves them at risk of being dragged right into a relegation battle. They are simply three factors clear of the drop zone.
Graham Potter’s aspect missed a penalty in every half on the Hawthorns. Pascal Gross hit the crossbar together with his spot kick whereas Danny Welbeck struck the upright together with his effort later within the contest. It summed up Brighton’s type just lately.
In their final three league video games, they’ve created 65 makes an attempt, however transformed only one.
But probably the most weird occasion of the sport got here within the first half. Lewis Dunk’s objective from a rapidly taken free kick was disallowed, then given after which cancelled out after the intervention of VAR.
Brighton are removed from secure and may be backed at 8.415/2 to be relegated. If they do return to the Championship, they will have a look at this sport as a purpose why.