After another enthralling weekend of Premier League action, Matchday Twenty-Eight to be precise, it’s now time to look back at all the drama from the last few days, as David Moyes’ Anfield misery continued with West Ham United and two of the “Big six” met in a Super Sunday showdown.
The two days of action began at the King Power Stadium live on Sky Sports on Saturday lunchtime with the meeting of Claude Puel’s Leicester City and Paul Lambert’s Stoke City.
The visitors were in desperate need of points and encouragement in their desperate fight for PL survival and they looked to be getting those by Xherdan Shaqiri’s brilliance fired them ahead, only for England hopeful Jack Butland to spill a cross into his own net, giving away two vital points for his side.
It was then on to five traditional Saturday 3 PM starts, the first of which saw Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool entertain the Hammers on Merseyside send them home South empty-handed.
Emre Can headed the hosts into the leaf, with a goal apiece for the “Fab Three” of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane rendering a neat consolation from Michail Antonio useless, the home outfit triumphing 4-1.
Meanwhile, not too far away from Anfield at Turf Moor, Sean Dyche’s revolutionary Burnley side welcomed Mauricio Pellegrino’s struggling Southampton.
It looked for all the world like the Clarets had wrapped up the three points in the second period through Ashley Barnes, though a last-gasp Manolo Gabbiadini equaliser denied them, a huge point for the South Coast team.
Next up and on the South Coast, Rafa Benítez’s Newcastle United made the painstaking journey all the way down to Bournemouth to face off with Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth.
Despite being 0-2 up courtesy of strikes from Dwight Gayle, they would somehow head back up North with only a point, two goals inside the final ten minutes from Adam Smith and Dan Gosling making sure of that.
Just under 100 miles along the Coast in an Easterly direction at the American Express Community Stadium, two more teams looking to maintain their Top-Flight status met, Brighton & Hove Albion and Swansea City.
Saturday proved the day where Carlos Carvalhal’s Swans finally came a cropper, being downed 4-1 in the end by Chris Hughton’s men, Glenn Murray, Anthony Knockaert and new man Jurgen Locadia were on the scoresheet for the home side and a Lewis Dunk own-goal for the away.
The afternoon starts culminated in a clash of two sides in the bottom four at the start of the day in the form of Alan Pardew’s rock-bottom West Bromwich Albion and David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town newbies.
Rajiv van La Parra and Steve Mounie dealt the Baggies a sucker-punch early in the second period, although they were able to pull one back through Craig Dawson, the Throstles never really recovered and that’s how it finished, they’re now seven adrift of any form of safety.
The evening kick-off live on BT Sport saw Marco Silva’s Watford entertain Sam Allardyce’s Everton at Vicarage Road in a tight and cagey mid-table Hertfordshire matchup.
The affair was decoded in the final knockings, veteran forward Troy Deeney turning away from defenders and firing emphatically past Jordan Pickford, proving the difference between the two teams in an uneventful clash.
A Super Sunday offering of three matches, one of them being the Carabao Cup Final between Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, the PL tie between the two rescheduled for Thursday, began at Selhurst Park.
Here, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur edged past Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace and it was no surprise who got Spurs’ 88th-minute winner, Harry Kane nodding home to get his side back into the top four.
All, the attention was then swiftly switched to Old Trafford for one of the most eagerly-awaited fixtures of the Top-Flight calendar, Manchester United vs Chelsea.
Antonio Conte’s visitors went ahead just before the break through in-form Willian, however, Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils did just what they needed to do to claim the three points, Romelu Lukaku equalising and substitute Jesse Lingard completing a memorable comeback for them.
So, now that all the spills and thrills from another highly-exciting round of the league that we all know, and love have been well and truly reviewed, FA Cup Fifth-Round Replays will take centre-stage in midweek, but never fear, the Premier League returns for another full program at Turf Moor next Saturday lunchtime.