5 things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

26 February 2017 05:08

Leaders Chelsea registered another win as they continue to power towards the title, Tottenham moved up to second after thrashing Stoke once again, and managerless Leicester slipped into the relegation zone ahead of their home clash against Liverpool on Monday, with Crystal Palace moving out.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things we learned from the weekend's Premier League action.

1. It really does seem to be when not if for Chelsea

Antonio Conte's men hosted Swansea on Saturday having been held to a 1-1 draw at Burnley in their previous league outing - and that was also the score as they went in at half-time, after Fernando Llorente cancelled out Cesc Fabregas' opener. Any idea the Chelsea machine may be stuttering had been dispelled by the final whistle, though, with strikes from Pedro and Diego Costa sealing a 3-1 win. The Blues are 10 points clear at the top with 12 games left to play and absolutely look champions elect.

2. Tottenham still love playing against Stoke

Closest to Chelsea are a Spurs side who on Sunday registered a third consecutive 4-0 victory over Stoke. Potters boss Mark Hughes had admitted in the build-up he could not rule out his team being thumped by the north Londoners again and subsequently saw them concede four times in the first half. Harry Kane notched his second hat-trick inside a week before Dele Alli, bouncing back from his sending off in the Europa League on Thursday, got on the scoresheet as well. Tottenham may not be able to catch Chelsea, but on this evidence, they will certainly be giving it a good go.

3. Leicester in the drop zone as the post-Ranieri era begins

While there has been plenty of debate about last season's title-winners and their decision to axe the manager who led them to that triumph, a fact about Leicester's situation is that they will go into their first match since Claudio Ranieri's sacking lying in the bottom three. They were pushed down to 18th on Saturday by Palace, whose 1-0 win over Middlesbrough left them a place and a point clear of the Foxes. It has only increased the already-significant need for Leicester to produce something positive when Liverpool visit the King Power Stadium.

4. Good times at Goodison well and truly in the past for Moyes

Sunderland remain at the bottom of the table after what was another disappointing return to Everton for Black Cats boss David Moyes. The Scot had so many great times at Goodison Park during his 11 years in charge of the Toffees, but his first visit back to the ground with a team in 2014 proved his last game as Manchester United manager, with a 2-0 loss being followed by his sacking. History repeated itself in terms of the scoreline on Saturday and Moyes will certainly hope it is not an omen in terms of his job.

5. McAuley continues to make his mark in attack

As if it were not unlikely enough that West Brom are pushing for Europe, the story is even more notable for the role being played by veteran centre-back Gareth McAuley, whose winner in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Bournemouth took the 37-year-old to seven goals in all competitions for the season - making him eighth-placed Albion's joint top-scorer.

Source: PA


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