Tottenham Hotspur were the only top-five side involved in Saturday’s Premier League action and were hoping to bolster their Champions League aspirations with three points against Wigan at DW Stadium.
The Latics, meanwhile, came into the weekend’s round of fixtures needing a win to temporarily climb out of the relegation zone.
Newcastle, nearly safe for another season, welcomed Liverpool—but not Luis Suarez—to St. James’ Park while both Southampton and Stoke looked to consolidate their Premier League positions against West Brom and Norwich, respectively.
There were also matches at Eastlands and Goodison Park, and for the first time in three Saturdays, each of the day’s encounters had at least a goal to report.
Let’s take a brief tour of the day’s football.
Note: All stats courtesy WhoScored.com