7 Things We Learned From an Exhilarating Weekend of Premier League Football

Premier League leaders Chelsea and second-placed Spurs continue to go blow for blow in pursuit for the title, with both sides recording comfortable wins to put distance between themselves and the chasing pack. A superb second-half comeback from Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool against Stoke on Saturday saw the Reds pick up their 18th win of the season, a result that sees them stay five points behind Spurs in second. There was yet more misery at the root of the table as Sunderland fell to yet another...

Seven Sides Battle It Out for Lucrative Mid-Table Places

With TV revenue in the Premier League at an all-time high, the competition for finishing places in the England is becoming increasingly important.

Just five points divide 15th-placed Bournemouth and Southampton in ninth, and with relegation more or less confined to the bottom-five, competition is hotting up for those elusive mid-table places.

Last season £55m was divided out equally to each side, with 15th collecting a £7.4m merit-based bonus, 14th took home £8.7m while 13th and 12th earned £9.9m and £11.1m respectively.

Everton collected a £12.4m bonus after finishing 11th as 10th and ninth bagged £13.6m and £14.4m.

With the prize money set to rise again this season the importance of where sides finish within the mid-table is more now than it ever has been.

Romelu Lukaku Brace Makes Everton Star Odds on for Golden Boot

Although Everton striker Romelu Lukaku looks destined to leave Goodison Park this summer, he looks like going out with a bang and most likely the Premier League golden boot. 

The 23-year-old bagged a brace in the 4-2 win over Leicester City on Sunday, putting his tally for the season up to 23, four ahead of second-placed Harry Kane who returned from injury this weekend.

Lukaku has contributed to over half of Everton's goals all season, providing six assists as well as his 23 goals, but the Toffees will have a tough time holding on to him this summer amid interest from Europe's elites.

Tottenham Record Sixth Straight Win to Maintain Pressure on Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur are in unbelievable form at present, winning their last six Premier League games with star-man Harry Kane missing the last four through injury.

League-leaders Chelsea suffered a shock result last weekend, losing to Crystal Palace which saw the gap to Spurs reduced to just seven points. 

Chelsea still have to travel to Manchester United and Everton this month, Spurs meanwhile have to play Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Arsenal, all three of which they are expected to win.

If the Lilywhites can keep on winning and Chelsea slip up at either Old Trafford or Goodison Park, we could be in store for a grandstand finish come May 21st.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Is Simply Not Human

Now, this isn't really something we've learned this weekend, but Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic surely proved his super-human ability on Sunday with an absolute worldie against Sunderland.

The goal, taken in typical Zlatan style, was his 28th in all competitions this season, making him United's top goalscorer by quite some distance.

The 35-year-old, who is known for winning trophies wherever he goes, missed out of the Premier League table this time around, but he may be tempted to stay another season to see if Jose Mourinho can get the Red Devils back to their best next campaign.

Liverpool's Blushes Spared by Brazilian Quick-Fire Double

Liverpool were facing the prospect of dropping out of the top-three while 1-0 down at Stoke on Saturday.

That was until the brilliant Brazilian duo of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino scored two goals in as many minutes to take all three points back to Anfield.

Although the title seems beyond Liverpool's reach this season, it is vital that they keep picking up points to ward off both Manchester clubs, who have games in hand over their Merseyside rivals.

Liverpool sit two points above City and six points above United, but if the Manchester clubs can win their games in hand the Reds will slip out of the top-four completely.

Next weekend's trip to the Hawthorns, coupled with Chelsea's visit to Old Trafford, makes for one of the most crucial weekend's in Liverpool's season, regardless the scoreline at United, Liverpool desperately need all three-points.

Slaven Bilic Breathes Huge Sigh of Relief as West Ham Finally Get Back to Winning Ways

Going into Saturday's game with Swansea, West Ham were a team in disarray having lost their last five and failing to win in seven, but a gritty performance in east London saw Slaven Bilic's side record a vital three points and edge closer to Premier League safety.

The result lifts the Hammers eight points clear of the dreaded drop-zone but Bilic insists the work isn't done yet, claiming that they need to reach the 40 point mark as soon as possible.

The Croatian manager fell to his knees in ecstasy after the final whistle on Saturday, going on to hail his players for a 'fully-deserved win'.

Pep Guardiola Keeps Man City Ticking, But This Season Will Ultimately Be Remembered as a Failure

Manchester City comfortably saw off the challenge of Premier League strugglers Hull on Saturday, beating the Tigers 3-1 at the Eithad Stadium.

But as Pep Guardiola's side pick up their first win in four, you can't help but feel as though the murmurs of discontent are getting louder on the blue side of Manchester.

Despite being favourites for the title from August right up until October, City simply didn't have the mental strength to maintain a credible challenge, often dropping points against the league's top sides.

City are now 14 points off the pace, proving that a lot of work needs to be done this summer in order for Guardiola to restore parity next season, if the Spaniard doesn't get sacked that is.

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