Date: 27th February 2017 at 1:19pm
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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.

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Balance Sheet Philosophy February 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    New blog.

  • sideshowbob February 27, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    He haff he haff,,, Bloody saxophone

  • Citizen Smozz February 27, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I see Wimmer had a 100% pass rate for the 41 minutes he was on, good on the lad I say!

    • Horndog ๐Ÿ˜Ž February 27, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      โœ”๏ธ

    • Freund or Foe February 27, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      …..at a rate of one pass every 20.5 minutes.

  • Camus February 27, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Only 12 games to go. Chelsea will obviously take the title. Not sure how much I really care about top 4 anymore – the CL debacle this season killed it for me. But the worry is that players may want to jump ship if we don’t make the cut.

    • SpurAndy ๐Ÿ’ฯ€ February 27, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      It’s a funny ole game, wasn’t that long ago we dreamt about getting top 4 but must agree now its a bit meh. Much rather win a trophy.

      • Harry Hotspur February 27, 2017 at 2:01 pm

        All things return.

      • Citizen Smozz February 27, 2017 at 2:25 pm

        It’s a double edged sword as winning the FA Cup would be nice but doing it and finishing 5th means transfer targets would be more likely to go to a club in the champions league plus the usual vultures start circling over our best players.
        I for one am starting to resent the whole top four champions league business, I prefer the old European Cup and UEFA cup where winning a cup had so much more cudos.
        I have a question for the masses:
        Would Levy rather we won the cup and finished 5th or top 4 and no cup win??
        I reckon I know the answer!

        • Poxy February 27, 2017 at 6:06 pm

          quite!

  • Ronwol196061๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ February 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Hey did I ever tell you my joke about Lala Land and Leicester?

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      The answer is on article 1
      3d Blogging brought to life

    • Harry Hotspur February 27, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Does it include Lily Allen?

      • SpurAndy ๐Ÿ’ฯ€ February 27, 2017 at 1:54 pm

        And her sister Lily Savage.

  • gus February 27, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Leicester are in deep poop. Has a defending champion ever been relegated in the year of their defence before?

    • Camus February 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Rumours of Pearson returning. Hope not – he’s just the kind of jerk who might inspire a revival. It’s petty schadenfreude but I want them sent down.

      • SpurAndy ๐Ÿ’ฯ€ February 27, 2017 at 1:35 pm

        I think they’re preparing for the Championship.

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 27, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Man city are the only English team ever to have been relegated after a title winning season…..in 1935/36 or summin. Shows what a farce the whole thing is.

    • Poxy February 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Yes, Man City, I believe, just before the war.

  • Ronwol196061๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ February 27, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    It’s 3 D Blogging. You heard it here first.

    • gus February 27, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      DDD?

  • Ronwol196061๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ February 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    My dog is 3 we live at number 33 I’d like to take article number 4, Michael

  • Caspursโ™ฟ๏ธ February 27, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    H, you should run a bus service, wait ages, and then several arrive at once.

    • gus February 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Like Daniel, nothing then all of the faxes arrive at once

  • gus February 27, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Numero uno!