It’s time to don those jerseys and dust off those over sized novelty foam hands because the sports review is back with more balls than ever before and sometimes sports without any balls whatsoever.
Unpopular opinions, rants and, sometimes, a little bit of actual fact may appear so you have been warned.
This week’s sports review looks back at the Premier League focus, transfer talk, MMA action and Superbowl 48 (I’m not bothered writing out the Roman Numerals).
We begin across the channel in the Barclay’s Premier League, as a full program of fixtures took place midweek. With the season ending in four months, it’s a vital time for team’s at both ends of the table to pick up as many points as possible. Obviously, former league leaders Arsenal weren’t paying attention as they only managed a draw against Southampton in an interesting 2-2 encounter. The Gunners managed to come from behind with a 2-1 scoreline but were denied all three points by Adam Lallana who hopes to stake a claim in the England squad for this summer’s World Cup.
New leaders Manchester City are on the absolute tear at the moment and it’s hard to see anybody stopping them. They continued their relentless rampage against an appalling Tottenham Hotspur side who were thrashed 5-1 by the Manchester outfit. Sergio Aguero continued his good goal scoring form netting his 15th of the season.
Liverpool continue to impress with their 4-0 demolishing of close rivals Everton with goals coming from Stephen Gerrard, Luis Suarez and a brace from Daniel Sturridge. Further misfortune befell Everton as their talisman Romelu Lukaku was substituted due to an injury and is unclear as to how long he will be out for.
At the other end of the table, West Ham United’s ‘hot and cold’ form continues with a monumental 0-0 draw away to title hopefuls Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which stalls their progress somewhat. Sunderland continue their resurgence under Gus Poyet with a 1-0 win over Stoke taking them out of the relegation places. Adam Johnson, their in form player with their goal.
Speaking of resurgence, Tony Pulis is doing wonders with Crystal Palace, who now lie in 14th place after their victory over fellow promoted team, Hull City at Selhurst Park. Jason Puncheon certainly made up for that hilarious penalty miss away to Spurs a few weeks ago with the game’s only goal.
Elsewhere, Newcastle drew 0-0 with Norwich City and had Loic Remy sent off for headbutting a player, Manchester United stop being rubbish and win a game 2-0 against Cardiff City, Swansea’s swans start flying again after a 2-0 victory of Fulham and Aston Villa come from 2-0 down to beat rivals West Brom 4-3.