What a big weekend this could be in the Premier League.
Arsenal facing Manchester City. Liverpool taking on Tottenham. Chelsea losing a head-scratcher against Crystal Palace. The title race could be shaken up quite a bit in Matchday 32, while the relegation battle remains as tight as ever.
It was all happening in the Premier League over the weekend. Let's take a look at the updated table and recap the weekend's action.
|11||West Ham United||32||10||7||15||36||42||-6||37|
|17||West Bromwich Albion||31||5||14||12||36||48||-12||29|
Sticks and stones may break David Moyes' bones, but words will never hurt him. Even if those words are flown over Old Trafford on a banner paid for by a few disgruntled fans.
From NBC Sports Soccer:
Despite that display of dissatisfaction—one that wasn't met with much approval in the stadium, for what it's worth—Manchester United knocked off Aston Villa 4-1 behind goals from Wayne Rooney (who notched a brace), Juan Mata (who opened his United account) and Javier Hernandez.
While the scoreline wasn't quite indicative of the game on the pitch—Aston Villa bossed the early portion of the second half and striker Christian Benteke had two glorious scoring chances he failed to convert—United still earned a much-needed win ahead of their midweek match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Beating Bayern is probably a long shot, even at Old Trafford, but at least United will go into the game on the right foot. Moyes certainly isn't scared, according to BBC Sport:
United's win may have been the first of the weekend, but it certainly wasn't the biggest. No, that distinction belonged to Crystal Palace on Saturday morning, as the huge underdogs upset title-contending Chelsea 1-0.
A John Terry own goal, of all things, did Chelsea in, as the defender nodded home Joel Ward's threatening cross. Keeper Julian Speroni was one of the heroes for Palace, as he made several key stops to preserve the shocking victory.
Meanwhile, as that game was wrapped up, West Brom and Cardiff City embarked on a wild and crazy final minute, recapped here by Gary Lineker:
A truly unbelievable last minute at the Hawthornes. West Brom went 3-2 up in the 93rd minute, bur Cardiff level with last kick of the game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 29, 2014
Surely, Thievy had thought he earned West Brom a vital three points as they looked to distance themselves from the relegation zone. But it wasn't to be, as just moments later, Mats Daehli equalised with the timeliest goal imaginable.
While those contests were certainly memorable, the other two games played on Saturday morning weren't quite so enthralling. Swansea City rolled Norwich City, winning 3-0, while Southampton continued Newcastle's misery with a 4-0 stomping.
After, all eyes turned to Arsenal facing Manchester City in the afternoon contest. City were far the better side in the first half, as David Silva gave the Citizens the early lead, but Arsenal came out buzzing in the second 45 and Mathieu Flamini equalised for the Gunners.
Neither side could earn the decisive goal, leaving Chelsea atop the standings for the time being.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will face Tottenham on Sunday in a matchup that will have both title and top-four implications. This has all of the makings of a memorable weekend indeed.