6 of the Best Moments From Another Crucial Weekend of Premier League & FA Cup Action

Ollie Knight

​As the Premier League season continues to wind down, the race the title and top-four places continue to ramp up with both Liverpool and Everton dropping points.

Title-contenders Chelsea and Spurs battled it out in a gruelling FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, with the Blues coming out on top with thanks to a Nemanja Matic wonder-goal in a 4-2 win.

There were also wins at the bottom for Hull and Swansea, both of whom look like battling it out 17th-place and Premier League survival. ​

Best Goal


While it wasn't strictly Premier League action, Nemanja Matic's goal in the FA Cup semi-final against Spurs is well up there for a goal of season contender. 

With the scores delicately poised at 3-2 with 10 minutes to go, Hazard laid the ball off to the unlikely figure of Matic outside the box, prompting the Serbian midfield man to thump a ferocious drive in the top-right corner with Hugo Lloris standing no chance.

Philippe Coutinho's free-kick against Crystal Palace and Sam Clucas' volley against Swansea were also worthy efforts, just not quite on the same level as Matic's thunderbolt.

Best (worst) Miss

Swansea City v Stoke City - Premier League
Swansea City v Stoke City - Premier League

Sadio Berhino missed a guilt-edged chance for Stoke in their 2-0 defeat at Swansea on Saturday, heading straight at Fabianski from just a couple of yards out.

The ball fell to the former West Brom striker from a set-piece after  Xherdan Shaqiri chipped the ball up to Peter Crouch for a knock-down, but with all the goal to aim at he nodded the ball directly at Swansea's keeper, much to the delight of the Liberty Stadium faithful.

Best Save

Hull City v Middlesbrough - Premier League
Hull City v Middlesbrough - Premier League

Hull City goalkeeper  Eldin Jakupovic made a quite incredible reaction save to a  Sebastian Proedl header. The Watford defender found himself unmarked against 10-man Hull in the first-half, firing a header that looked destined for the top-corner, only for Jakupovic to turn it around for a corner.

The Bosnian shot-stoppers's save kept the scores at 0-0, providing a vital platform for the Tigers second-half display which saw them record all three-points in a 2-0 win.

Best Match


Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke came back to haunt former club Liverpool on Sunday, scoring twice to see the Eagles take all three-points at Anfield.

The hosts dominated possession but lacked a clinical touch, often blasting the ball over or wide from good opportunities.

Liverpool's toothless performance reinvigorated Sam Allardyce's Crystal Palace, with the away side utterly deserving the win that puts them seven points clear of the drop-zone.

Jurgen Klopp's side now have it all to do to remain in the top-four, they are two points above fourth-placed Manchester City and three points above United, both of whom have two games in hand to leapfrog the Reds.

Best Performance

Hull City v Watford - Premier League
Hull City v Watford - Premier League

Oumar Niasse's controversial 25th-minute red-card meant that Hull City had to play against Watford for over an hour with only 10-men.

With all odds stacked against the struggling Tigers, they managed to dig deep and find an extra gear when defeat looked like the most likely option.

It was a must-win game Marco Silva's side, who narrowly avoid dropping into the relegation zone in light of Swansea's 2-0 win over Stoke.

The grit and determination seen in the 10-men of Hull proves that the Tigers have what it takes to survive, they just need to hope Swansea don't find a good run of form until the end of the season.

Best Skills

West Ham United v Everton - Premier League
West Ham United v Everton - Premier League

West Ham and Everton contested a fairly drab 0-0 draw at the London Stadium on Saturday, with the only moment of excitement coming from a Manuel Lanzini rabona in the second-half.

The Argentine midfield wizard picked the ball up on the left-wing, performing an exquisite step-over before knocking a drilled rabona cross into the box, unfortunately for the Hammers injury-prone Andy Carroll was still injured and debutant Jonathan Calleri didn't have the ability to put his side ahead.


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