When I wrote last week's Key Battles column, I said that I hoped we would be able to talk about football instead of the violence that marred one of the FA Cup semi-finals and the Tyne-Wear derby. For a while at least, it looked as if we'd be talking about the good side of football.
Then, Luis Suarez entered the fray and showed us the bad side. The Liverpool star made the news for inexplicably biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during the 2-2 draw at Anfield last Sunday, and he has since been hit with a mammoth 10-game ban as a result of his actions.
Meanwhile, two of his fellow contenders for the PFA Player of the Year award, Gareth Bale and Robin van Persie, hit the headlines for all the right reasons.
Bale turned Tottenham's match with Manchester City on its head last weekend, coming to life in the last 15 minutes with an assist and a clever clipped finish to ensure that Spurs came from behind to win 3-1. A day later, Van Persie scored a sensational hat-trick to clinch the Premier League title for Manchester United as they comfortably beat Aston Villa, 3-0.
With the title now wrapped up, the things to focus on are the race for the Champions League and the fight to avoid relegation, so with that in mind, let's look at the six key Premier League battles to watch this weekend. As usual, my predictions will be at the bottom of each slide.
Both of these sides still have something to play for, but for very different reasons.
After qualifying for the first FA Cup final in their history a couple of weeks ago, Wigan have lost their last two league games without scoring a goal, which sees them remain in the relegation places, albeit with a game in hand over Aston Villa.
Roberto Martinez will be confident that his team can once again avoid relegation, but to do so they'll need to get some points on the board. They're without a win in their last three games, and with the teams above them all picking up points, it's now or never for the Latics.
There's no doubt that Wigan are a very decent passing team, but they need to score goals. Arouna Kone will be key to their chances of survival, along with Shaun Maloney. Maloney can be deadly from set pieces, so Tottenham will have to avoid conceding silly free-kicks in dangerous areas.
Tottenham, meanwhile, will have plenty of momentum after their surprising 3-1 win against Manchester City last Sunday.
They didn't really wake up until the last 20 minutes of the match, but they finished it in blistering style with Gareth Bale (pictured) providing the assist for Clint Dempsey's equaliser before sealing the win with a clever run and finish. Bale was almost anonymous for the entire match, but in the latter stages, he came to life and showed everyone why he's so highly rated.
It goes without saying that he'll need to be watched on Saturday, but Spurs carry a threat all over the pitch. From a neutral point of view, it was good to see Jermain Defoe back among the goals last week. It was his first goal since December, so the goal will have done wonders for his confidence.
It's difficult to predict this result. Wigan need a win to give themselves a chance of avoiding relegation, but Spurs need it to keep in touch with the Champions League places.
My gut feeling is that Spurs will win, but it won't be easy for the Londoners at the DW Stadium.
Prediction: Tottenham win
Saturday's late kickoff sees Liverpool make the short trip north to Newcastle.
Newcastle's game against West Brom last Saturday really was a game of two halves. For the first 45 minutes, the Magpies were firmly in control and took the lead through Yoan Gouffran. In the second half, West Brom equalised through Billy Jones, and they might feel unlucky that they only drew the game, 1-1.
As things stand, Newcastle aren't quite safe yet. They sit just six points above the relegation places, but surely another three points would guarantee their Premier League place for another season. Their task has been made a little easier by the events at Anfield last Sunday.
Luis Suarez biting Branislav Ivanovic during Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Chelsea was just mind-boggling. Seemingly out of nowhere, Suarez decided to sink his teeth into the Chelsea defender in front of thousands of fans in attendance and millions watching around the world.
I'm sure I wasn't the only person who couldn't believe what he was seeing.
The striker has rightly been punished, and there will be arguments about whether the 10-match punishment is sufficient. But regardless, Suarez's season is over, and it will be a huge blow to Liverpool.
The good news is, Daniel Sturridge's performance last weekend gave them hope, and now he'll have the chance to lead the line for the foreseeable future. It's an opportunity he has craved—to play as the main striker for one of the biggest clubs in England. Liverpool fans will hope he can repeat last week's performance this weekend.
As far as the result goes, home advantage should see Newcastle pick up the win they need to all but secure their Premier League safety.
Prediction: Newcastle win
Sunday's early kickoff comes from the Madejski Stadium, where two sides doomed to relegation go head-to-head.
Reading's defensive frailties were there once again last weekend when they lost 2-1 to Norwich at Carrow Road. Both of the goals they conceded were sloppy—that's been the story of their season—and unfortunately, the table doesn't lie. While Reading play well in patches, they've just not been consistent enough to be anywhere but the bottom.
One of the bright spots last weekend was the performance of midfielder Garath McCleary (pictured), who was unlucky to be on the losing side. He scored a classy goal to bring the scoreline back to 2-1, and he tried to score an equaliser with an overhead kick but was just off target.
There was some concerning news for Reading fans earlier this week. In an interview with BBC Radio Berkshire (via bbc.co.uk/sport), top scorer Adam Le Fondre admitted that he might not be there next season because of his lack of game time since Nigel Adkins took charge.
It does seem strange that, at a time when Reading are crying out for a goalscorer, Le Fondre's game time has been limited, but perhaps he'll get his chance this Sunday.
Meanwhile, QPR, much like their opponents, are staring relegation in the face.
After losing 2-0 to Stoke last weekend, you could almost see the pain etched across Harry Redknapp's face. Whether you like him or hate him, it's never nice to see a team, manager or players go through the devastation of relegation.
QPR haven't won in five league games, and they just don't look as if they're at the races. There's no confidence there, which is understandable, but the very least that their fans deserve is a team who gives their all. Lately, they've not been getting that.
With both sides virtually relegated, it might take the weight off their shoulders and allow them to relax. They can go out and express themselves because they really have nothing to lose now.
My gut feeling is that this game will finish in a draw.
After their Europa League exertions, Chelsea's focus turns back toward ensuring that they qualify for next season's Champions League when Swansea come to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
It'll be the first time these sides have met since Swansea beat the Blues in the Capital One Cup semi-final earlier this year, so Chelsea will want some revenge for how things turned out back in January.
Chelsea have every right to feel aggrieved about how last Sunday's trip to Anfield turned out. Branislav Ivanovic (pictured with Luis Suarez) handled himself with class and dignity after Suarez's animalistic attack. Lesser men would have reacted, but Ivanovic didn't and he deserves credit for that.
If the attack wasn't bad enough, it was Suarez himself who scored a late equaliser deep into injury time. Combined with Tottenham's win over Manchester City earlier in the day, that dealt a blow to Chelsea's quest to qualify for next season's Champions League.
Things are getting tight in the race to the top four, and with big league games against Manchester United and Tottenham after the Swansea match, they can't afford any more slip-ups.
Their visitors on Sunday have already won at Stamford Bridge this season.
It would be fair to say that Swansea's season has tailed off a bit since their Carling Cup win back in February, but Michael Laudrup won't want to use that as an excuse. Swansea are without a league win in five, and when you're on a run like that, Stamford Bridge is the last place you want to go, especially with the players at Chelsea's disposal.
However, Swansea have already proved that they can go to big clubs and win this season. They won 2-0 at the Emirates and 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, and they picked up a point at Goodison and ran Tottenham very close at White Hart Lane.
They might be low on confidence, but Swansea won't fear Chelsea. That attitude should see them leave the Bridge with a hard-earned point.
Sunday's titanic clash between two old rivals at the Emirates also marks Robin van Persie's return to Arsenal for the first time since moving to Manchester United last summer.
The Gunners have been in great form in the league of late, losing just twice in their last 13 games. That run has seen them move into Champions League position. If their early-season form hadn't been so poor, they might even have pushed Manchester City for second place, and that will frustrate Arsene Wenger.
Wenger's team won a hard-fought game, 1-0, against Fulham last week, courtesy of an unlikely goalscorer. Per Mertesacker scored the winner from a set piece to earn all three points for his side. The German has his doubters because of his lack of pace, but his experience is crucial and he'll need to be on his game this weekend.
Arsenal welcome the new Premier League champions to the Emirates on Sunday after Manchester United clinched their 20th league crown thanks to a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday.
The only word to describe United's first-half performance against Aston Villa is "sensational." United went out there to make sure that they sent a statement to their rivals, and in fairness, they more than did that.
The Dutch destroyer, Robin van Persie, scored a hat-trick, with his stunning volley being the highlight. Everything about that goal, from Rooney's pass to Van Persie's run and finish, was exceptional. It's surely one of the best goals that we've seen at Old Trafford in recent years.
Van Persie has scored four of United's last five goals, and it goes to show that form is temporary, but class is permanent. The signing of Van Persie was yet another masterstroke by the managerial genius known as Sir Alex Ferguson, who will be targeting more success next season.
Arsenal might be in prime position for the Champions League right now, but if results go against them this weekend—with Chelsea and Tottenham having easier games on paper—they could find themselves out of the Champions League places at 6 p.m. GMT on Sunday.
United won't take it easy against their rivals. Their confidence should see them come out on top, but just barely.
Prediction: Manchester United win
Monday's clash between Aston Villa and Sunderland brings the latest Premier League weekend to a close, with neither side yet clear of relegation trouble.
You had to feel sorry for Aston Villa on Monday. After little over half an hour at Old Trafford, Manchester United had swept them aside, determined to clinch the Premier League crown. It would have been easy for Paul Lambert's side to capitulate, but to be fair, they shored things up and held their own in the second half.
He wouldn't admit it publicly, but Lambert must have written the United game off beforehand and felt like this match against Sunderland would be more winnable. Three of Villa's next four games are against teams in and around them in the league, and if they can win here, it may all but secure their safety.
Their threat will come through Christian Benteke and Andy Weimann, who have proved that they are among the best young players in the country. If Villa can stay up and hang on to them, they have a good foundation for the future.
The thing that sets Villa apart from the other teams around them is their ability to score goals. If you score goals, you give yourselves a chance, and with Villa Park rocking on Monday night, Villa might just do what seemed impossible a matter of months ago—survive in the Premier League.
Their visitors, however, have been revitalised since a certain Italian took charge at the Stadium of Light.
Not content with masterminding a derby win over Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, Paolo Di Canio (pictured) saw his side beat Everton 1-0 last weekend to continue his impressive start to life as a Premier League manager.
After losing his first game at Chelsea, his side have won their last two, scoring four goals and keeping two clean sheets in the process. It's a run that's given Sunderland a bit of breathing space at the bottom of the league. They're not quite safe yet, but there's no doubt that Di Canio has made an impact in his short spell at Sunderland so far.
Whether he can make it three wins in a row remains to be seen. Sunderland are full of confidence, but Villa have had a decent run of late as well. These sides will cancel each other out, and by the end of the 90 minutes, they'll have a share of the points.