Well, that was an eventful and enjoyable weekend of Premier League action – especially enjoyable if you happen to be a Liverpool fan! The first game I watched was Crystal Palace against Chelsea – a dogged, resilient display from the hosts, and ultimately, a deserved victory. Next up was Bumnal against Manchester City, which I found a little disappointing. When City scored the early goal, I must admit that I was rubbing my hands at the prospect of another dismal capitulation from Wenger’s men. Fair play, though, they were much improved in the second half, looking more like the Bumnal of the earlier part of the season, and were definitely worthy of the draw. Sunday’s games were even more enjoyable, in their different ways; against Everton, Fulham looked nothing like a team who’ve been rooted to the foot of the league for the last couple of months; they ran the Champions League hopefuls close, and looked like they might even go on to get the winner at one stage. Ultimately, though, quality told – and how much did I enjoy Everton’s second goal, with that sublime pass from Aiden McGeady, followed by Kevin Mirallas’s equally deft finish. As for Fulham, they can take heart from a much-improved display, and a terrific debut from 17 year old Moussa Dembele, leading the line. However, it looks like time has ran out for them, and they will already have their thoughts geared towards plotting their return to the Premiership next season. And then there was Liverpool. What else is left to be said about the brilliance of Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling this season? Against Spurs, it was about as comfortable as it gets – once more, they were rampant going forward, and made it all look so easy. In fairness, Spurs were truly abject – but you can only beat what’s in front of you, and Liverpool did so with a verve and panache that surely emphatically underlines their credentials as potential Premier League champions.
As for my battle with Merse for punditry supremacy, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty close run thing. After the final result tonight (West Ham vs. Sunderland), I will update with the full statistical breakdown . . .