We are getting ever so closer to the finale of Premier League 2015/16 season but we are still not sure of the eventual Champions or who will seal the final spot in Top 4 and which two teams will join Aston Villa in Championship next season.
Premier League Gameweek 32 was crucial in answering a lot of those questions. Leicester continued their rise towards the top end of league with a hard fought 1-0 win over Southampton. However, Tottenham had to be content with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield.
Elsewhere Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United won their games but West Ham came up short in top 4 race following their 2-2 draw. As for the relegation battle, Newcastle slumped to a 90th minute Norwich winner while Sunderland played out a 0-0 draw against West Brom.
On the wake of those results, we take a look at the key talking points and things we learned from Premier League Gameweek 32.
Newcastle United are all but doomed
Rafa Benitez had come back to Premier League hoping to pull off a miracle, instead he is about to bring shame on his name by getting relegated for the fist time in his career. He saw his team put out a valiant effort against Norwich but all of it was undone by a 90th minute Martin Olsson’s winning goal.
Newcastle need huge favors from elsewhere to survive relegation this season. They are 6 points away from the safety zone and if they are not able to win against Sunderland and Norwich, I do not see where they will get the required points to stay up.
Leicester showings signs of Champions already?
One of the most cliched lines in football states that Champions tend to win games even when they are not playing well, and Leicester are doing just that right now. Against Southampton they managed to score a goal and defend it with their lives.
Another 1-0 win took them 7 points clear of Spurs and it almost seems like now it is destined for Leicester to go on and win this season’s Premier League title.
Spurs and West Ham faltering at the wrong time
Tottenham and West Ham are chasing their best ever finish to a Premier League season where Spurs are targeting the title while Hammers are eyeing a Champions League finish.
However, both the teams played out a draw which could be a decisive blow to their end-season hopes. Spurs (11) and West Ham (12) have played far too many drawn games this season which could come back to haunt them.
Manchester United are somehow in the top 4 race
It has been the most unreal season for a Manchester United fan to endure. The Red Devils have got past the better teams but have then faltered against the lesser ones. Everton were expected to rip United apart but somehow they hung on and Anthony Martial bailed them out yet again.
Somehow, United are still in the top 4 race this season, which would be a remarkable feat given all the circus surrounding the club in last 4-6 weeks.
Handball rule needs simpler justification
We have see too many contentious decisions being made by the referees when it comes to handballs in the penalty box. There is this strong urge of not to give a penalty on handballs inside the box.
Southampton had 2 strong penalty claims turned down by the referee much to the fury of manager Ronald Koeman. Perhaps we have reached a time where handball rule needs simpler justification and some brave refereeing.
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