7 Things We Learned From a Thrilling Weekend of Premier League Football

Premier League leaders Chelsea fell to their second defeat in four games on Sunday, losing 2-0 at Old Trafford which saw the gap to second-placed Spurs slashed to just four points. But as the title-race ramps up a notch so does the pursuit for a place in the top-four, with both Manchester clubs as well as Everton and Liverpool all picking up wins in their respective outings. There were yet more defeats for the struggling Hull and Swansea at the bottom of the table, but at least Sunderland were...

Mignolet Redeems Himself With Stunning Display Against West Brom

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet put in a brilliant performance in a 1-0 win over West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday, making a number of top-quality saves to keep an all-important clean sheet.


The Belgian shot-stopper looked as though his time was up at Anfield earlier this season after being dropped for summer-signing Loris Karius, but he has clawed his way back into Jurgen Klopp's plans with consistent displays in the Liverpool goal.


While many are suggesting that Klopp will look to the summer transfer window to bolster his goalkeeping options, with a potential move for Man City's Joe Hart on the cards, Mignolet's inspired form could force him to think again and show trust in his current options.

Can Tottenham Keep Winning And Go the Distance?

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham slashed the gap to league-leaders Chelsea to just four points this weekend after recording their seventh straight win.


Spurs now have four consecutive London derbies against Chelsea in the FA Cup as well as Palace, Arsenal and West Ham in the league, and if they are to win their first top-flight title in 56 years they will almost certainly have to win all four.


With the Blues losing twice in their last four games momentum is definitely with Tottenham as the season winds down, star-striker Harry Kane believes his side can inflict a 'psychological blow' on their rivals in the FA Cup semi-final this weekend.

Man Utd Boss Jose Mourinho Proves He 'Is Still Number One' After Beating Chelsea

There was a war of words between Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho and Chelsea's Antonio Conte before Sunday's showdown clash at Old Trafford, and with the Red Devils coming out on top in a 2-0 win, bragging rights are parked firmly in Mourinho's camp this weekend.


The self-professed 'Special One' tactically outfought his opposite number on Sunday, stopping the Blues from having a single shot on target for the first time in 10 years.


The Red Devils also looked far better than Chelsea going forward, scoring twice through Rashford and Herrera, but it was the way Man Utd worked off the ball that particularly impressed.


United are now four points off City and the elusive top-four, but with the Manchester derby just over a week away, Mourinho will be hoping his side can trump their local-rivals and sneak into next season's Champions League.

Bilic's Judgement Called Into Question as Randolph Retains Place Over Adrian

West Ham fans were bemused at seeing Irishman Darren Randolph retain his place in between the sticks against Sunderland on Saturday, even more so when the 29-year-old made two howlers to surrender two points at the Stadium of Light.


Last season's reliable number one, Adrian, hasn't played in the Premier League since November and a number of fans are calling for clarity on the Spanish shot-stopper's position at the club.


Randolph's inability to command his box at corners proved costly again on Saturday as Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri floated a ball straight into the top-corner with Randolph in a muddle on the floor.


He made a similar fault when Andrea Ranocchia headed in a winner against the Hammers a couple of weeks ago, and again when West Brom grabbed a 94th minute equaliser at the London Stadium in February.


With just five games left Bilic needs to be bold and make the decision to drop Randolph, even if his side are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer.

Everton Set Sights on Top Four After Leapfrogging Arsenal Into Sixth

Everton, albeit temporarily, leapfrogged Arsenal into sixth after recording their second straight win in a 3-1 victory over Burnley.


Ronald Koeman's side have continued to go from strength to strength this season, sitting just seven points behind fourth-placed Man City and three points behind Man Utd in fifth. And while Champions League qualification may be a bridge too far for the Toffees, they have certainly done enough to be proud of their performance this season.


Romelu Lukaku scored the third and final goal in the win at Goodison Park but the Belgian striker's future at the club remains a pertinent talking points.


The 23-year-old reportedly rejected a contract offer from Everton, holding out for a Champions League club, but if Everton can continue their sold form he may be able to stay put this summer and still play in the competition next season.

Black Cats Squander Survival Hopes After Failing to Beat West Ham

Sunderland and West Ham are probably the two worst teams in the division at present in terms of form, which is why it was quite a surprise to see the two sides contest a thrilling encounter at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.


The hosts will have felt hard done by not to take all three points by the end as West Ham looked totally out of sorts after Sam Byram received a red-card in stoppage-time.


David Moyes' side hadn't scored in seven games before Saturday but they were helped by two goalkeeping howlers from West Ham's Darren Randolph, who did all he could to help Sunderland's survival hopes.


Sunderland are now nine points away from safety, leading David Moyes to pray to the 'football gods' to avoid almost-certain relegation.

Big Sam Redeems Himself With Palace After England Job Humiliation

It's been a whirlwind season for Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce; he was appointed a dream role of being England manager after Euro 2016, only to be sacked 67 days later following a corruption sting.


Big Sam was then tasked with keeping Crystal Palace in the Premier League after Alan Pardew left the Eagles in dire straights at the lower end of the table.


Although he started off slowly in south-east London Allardyce has now lifted Palace eight points above the relegation zone after this weekend's draw with Leicester, a worthy position for a manager who is the king when it comes to avoiding relegation.

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