This week’s talking points in the Barclays Premier League

There were only five games in the Barclays Premier League due to the games in FA Cup this weekend.

Tottenham crumble again against the top four

So far this season spurs have played Man City twice, Chelsea twice, Arsenal once and Liverpool once. Their point tally from these games against this year’s top four sides? One.

But that only really tells half the story for Tim Sherwood’s side who are currently knocking on the door of the top four sat fifth in the league. Against City it was brutal, 6-0 away and 1-5 at home.

Against Liverpool it was a 0-5 malling at White Hart Lane and their trip to rivals Arsenal early in the season saw them lose 1-0.

Their only point against the top four came at home to Chelsea in a 1-1 draw at the end of September and this might have given Spurs hope as they travelled to Stamford Bridge this weekend. Misguided hope.

The game was evenly matched in the first half but Spurs fell to pieces in the second. Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen’s back pass set up Samuel Eto’o for Chelsea first before Younes Kaboul was sent off for fouling the Cameroonian striker, Hazard converted the resulting penalty.

With Spurs down to 10 men Demba Ba came off the substitute bench to add two more goals, completing the 4-0 scoreline. Tottenham will have to improve against the top four if they are to keep their hopes of Champions League qualification alive, they face Arsenal at home in two weeks.

Untied make short work of West Brom

Manchester United returned to winning ways after their first leg Champions League defeat to Olympiakos with a comfortable 3-0 win at  West Brom. Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney were on the scoresheet as United keep their faint hopes for Champions League qualification alive.

The result leaves David Moyes’ men nine points off 4th place City but Manuel Pellegrini’s side have two games in hand. Meanwhile West Brom hang precariously over the edge of the relegation zone, only goal difference keeping them above Cardiff.

Cardiff claim vital points in the battle at the bottom

It’s as tight as it’s even been at the bottom of the Premier League with 10 points separating 10 teams. With points so scarce for teams in the lower half of the league the teams that will stay up will be those who win against those around them.

With that in mind two of the three sides in the relegation zone faced each other in Cardiff this Saturday afternoon. Cardiff City and Fulham have found points very hard to come by this season and this game was a huge opportunity to claim a vital three in the hunt for survival.

It was Cardiff defender Steven Caulker who was the star of the show for his side, he scored the opening goal just before halftime and added a second to cancel out Lewis Holtby’s equaliser.

Cardiff added another goal before fulltime to make the points safe, 3-1 the final score. The result isn’t enough to take Cardiff out of the relegation zone, they move up to 18th, four points from the bottom and level on points with 17th place West Brom.