Well there is no doubting that last weekend’s action could very well have had a significant impact on the standings come the end of the season at both ends of the table with Manchester City falling further behind their Manchester rivals at the top, Chelsea stuttering against a Newcastle side that are slowly pulling out of their nose dive down the table.
Tottenham’s win puts them in hot pursuit of a Champions League place while Reading too are another side that are battling to put day light between them and the bottom three as they beat Sunderland and Harry Redknapp’s QPR gained another point to close the gap to just six points from safety.
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Having struggled to score goals in recent weeks QPR have a lot riding on the success of Loic Remy, but with news that the former Marseille striker could be sidelined for a couple of weeks
Ryan Nelsen departure to FC Toronto and Nedum Onouha’s injury meant that the R’s were without two of their first choice back-four that held City goalless last Wednesday heading into this weekend’s game against Norwich at Loftus Road but it would seem that it made little difference to their resolve.
For the third time in four games Chris Hughton’s side have failed to find the back of the net as they draw a blank against Harry Redknapp’s QPR at Loftus Road on Saturday’s early kickoff.
Mark Bunn was on hand to earn the Canaries only their third point from the last 24 on offer when he denied Adel Tarrabt from the spot after he was adjudged to have brought down Jamie Mackie.
Having failed to find the net in his last six games the fantasy faith in Marouane Fellaini was understandably waining, but with two goals to his credit last weekend against Villa things may be on the up for the Belgian international.
Having spoken about Benteke’s recent fixture proof run of form he was once again on hand to notch up two goals against Everton at the weekend, but once again it was his side’s inability to defend that cost them all three points.
Once again, Juan Mata and Frank Lampard grabbed the goals for Chelsea as they looked to close the gap on second place Manchester City but for the third time in four games the Blue’s just couldn’t hold onto a lead and eventually lost 3-2 to a Newcastle side full of French impetus.
After our recent look at the fantasy potential of Newcastle’s new midfielder Moussa Sissoko it looks like everything is going to plan for Alan Pardew and his new influx of French talent.
After picking up a brace against Southampton in round 24, Wayne Rooney once again added fuel to “Rooney/RVP” debate among fantasy managers and once again this week he has stolen the limelight from Van Persie.
Having seen his fantasy potential wain in recent weeks Gareth Bale looks to be enjoying a return to form at Tottenham thanks in no small part to his new role in the centre of the Spurs midfield.
With Daniel Sturridge making the return to his former club it would seem that the script had already been written for the striker to go and put one past Mancini’s men and that is exactly what he did.