Although many of the Premier League’s big guns were idle on Saturday, each of the 14 clubs in action had positions to play for when the day’s action kicked off.
Arsenal, for example, made the short trip to Craven Cottage in search of three points to bolster their Champions League aspirations, while Everton traveled northeast to the Stadium of Light in a last-ditch attempt to get into the division’s top four.
At the other end of the table, Norwich hosted Reading in a match with all sorts of relegation implications, while second-from-bottom Queens Park Rangers welcomed Stoke, who in recent weeks had found themselves dragged into an uncomfortable battle for survival as well.
There were also matches at the Boleyn Ground, Liberty Stadium and The Hawthornes. Although goals were few and far between on this day, only two of the seven matches ended in draws, and only one by a 0-0 scoreline.
Let’s take a brief tour of the day’s football.
Note: All stats courtesy of WhoScored.com