Sunderland stun Stamford Bridge
For a team that have spent the majority of the season routed to the bottom of the Premier League Sunderland have certainly had a big say in who will win the title. After their midweek draw at Manchester City, which all but ruled Manuel Pellegrini’s men out of the title race, many fans were excited about the prospect of the Black Cats trip to Stamford Bridge.
In the blue corner, Chelsea, undefeated at home under Jose Mourinho in 77 league games, a win would have taken the blues top of the league and set up a huge game away at Anfield next weekend. In the red corner, Sunderland, bottom of the league, desperate for a win that would give them a slim hope of staying in the Premier League next season.
It started so well for the blues, they lead after just 12 minutes through Samuel Eto’o’s volley but the scores were level soon after when Conor Wickham reacted first to score a rebound.
Chelsea threatened the Sunderland goal after halftime and had a series of good chances to take the lead but, late in the game, a slip from Cesar Azpilicueta put Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore through on goal and the Chelsea defender brought down the American striker.
With just eight minutes of normal time remaining step forward Fabio Borini, on loan from Chelsea’s title rivals Liverpool, to score the penalty and give the Black Cats the lead.
The home side threatened an equaliser for the little time left of the game but they could not find one and it was Sunderland who came away with what could be three vital points.
The result is a huge blow to Chelsea’s title challenge. They end the weekend five points off Liverpool with just three games to go,
Meanwhile Sunderland have dug the tunnels needed for the great escape, the only question that remains is will they get away with it? Only time will tell.
Liverpool take one more step
With Chelsea’s slip up on Saturday Liverpool knew that a win at Norwich would mean that they would take a large step towards their first ever Premier League title. Raheem Sterling fired the away side into the lead after just four minutes and Luis Suarez doubled their lead just seven minutes later, his 30th goal of the season.
The home side pulled a goal back after halftime with a goal from Gary Hooper but Liverpool restored their two goal cushion with another Sterling strike. Robert Snodgrass pulled a goal back with a header but the game ended 2-3 to the Reds.
The result means that Brendan Rodgers men are top of the league by five points and are surely favourites now to be Champions. Meanwhile Norwich are still in danger of the drop, they sit 17th in the league at the end of the weekend, safe by two points for now.
An unhappy return for Moyes
David Moyes simply cannot catch a break in his new job. The Scottish manager left Goodison Park after 11 years there at the very start of last summer to move on to what he thought would be bigger and better things at Old Trafford.
Now, with just four games left of their season, it would appear that that was not a wise move. Going into the game Manchester United sat in 7th in the league, guaranteed their worst ever finish and and only pride to play for.
Meanwhile, in Moyes’ absence and under the new leadership of Roberto Martinez, Everton have gone from strength to strength and finish this season battling with Arsenal for fourth place and the chance to play in the Champions League next season.
In the end it was an easy win for Everton as the defending Champions slumped to a 2-0 defeat. The home side had all the hard work done by halftime and had scored nice before the break, Leighton Baines with a penalty and Kevin Mirallas the scorers.
The result combined with the Toffees win at Old Trafford earlier in the season means that it is the first time that Everton have beaten Manchester United home and away since 1969. The result means that, with three games to go of both of their seasons, Everton sit just one point behind fourth place Arsenal.