The Premier League has just completed it’s 23rd set of fixtures this week, and it span up a number of surprise results.
Chelsea’s trip to Liverpool on Tuesday was supposed to give the four other big sides a chance to to take advantage of some guaranteed dropped points, but despite drawing, there is only one team who will feel like they just hit the jackpot.
Manchester City were the only side to pick up three points, beating West Ham with relative ease 4-0, in what, on paper, looked like the toughest fixture of them all. The Citizens now find themselves tied on points with Liverpool, with only five goals keeping them outside the fourth and final Champions League spot. They also closed to within a single point of Arsenal and Tottenham.
Spurs and Arsenal will be kicking themselves at having failed to beat Sunderland and Watford in their own stadiums, especially in the knowledge of the tie at Anfield happening at the same time. The Gunners were the only side in the top six to actually lose their match, and will now have to travel to Chelsea needing a win in order to stop them from running away in the title race.
Manchester United look the worst off after failing to beat Hull City at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The Tigers have become a different kind of animal under their new manager Marco Silva, but despite a resolute and organised display, the Red Devils should have been able to secure the much-needed win.
If the Citizens could now find some consistency, they may well find themselves as the biggest challengers to the Blues at the top of the table, while Liverpool and Arsenal only have a limited amount of time to get their act together or they could well find themselves scrapping for for a fourth or fifth placed finish.
Can Arsenal close the gap on Chelsea with a win on Saturday? Are United destined to finish sixth? How about Liverpool?