As many of the world’s major leagues near the end of the season, the pressure is sharper than ever. Points are at a premium, and clubs are acutely aware of the price of failure and the glory associated with success.
It is a crucial time for the teams at the top of the table as they attempt to maintain the dominance that has seen them prosper over their peers. But it may be even more important to those near the relegation zone who are thrashing desperately against injury and ill fortune to secure the results needed to survive.
The weekend certainly delivered as far as drama and suspense go, with various sides giving themselves reason for unlikely optimism, others dropping deeper into the mire and a number being propelled toward the glory that has long awaited them.
Read on to discover the big winners and losers of the weekend’s action…