West Ham’s 1-1 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road at the weekend saw them move up a place in the league to 9th. The Hammers went behind early on but battled back to gain their eleventh point from the last six games. It is an impressive run of away form which has seen them lose only one of the last seven on the road. Watford move themselves up in to 12th place and only one team outside the top four have beaten them at home this season.
Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the table with a comfortable win over Swansea City. The away side did draw level making it four games without a clean sheet for Chelsea. The league’s top side did however go on to win 3-1 and move a step closer to their second title in three years. Due to Manchester City not playing this weekend, Chelsea’s lead now stands at 10 points. Swansea stay 15th, three points above relegation but Leicester City can move closer tonight.
Tottenham put in a clinical first half performance at home to Stoke City, leading 4-0 by the break. That’s how the game would finish, moving Spurs up to second place, 10 points from the summit. It is a welcome return of league form for Spurs, bringing only their second win in the last five. With their rivals for the European places still to play, getting points on the board in this game was vital. The defeat did not change Stoke’s league position too much, although the damage to morale may have been more significant. The Potters drop to 10th and have now picked up just four points from the teams above them all season.
Liverpool go into tonight’s game at Leicester City looking to cement a claim for the top four and Champions League qualification. A win will move the Reds into 3rd place, just one point behind second. Arsenal, who sit in 4th, did not play this weekend as their fixture with Southampton was postponed. Man City also missed their fixture this weekend courtesy of Man United’s involvement in the Cup final and drop to 3rd, 11 points from the top.
Everton picked up their fourth home win in a row and remain unbeaten since October courtesy of their 2-0 win over bottom side Sunderland. It is now three home clean sheets in four for the league’s 7th place side who close the gap on the European places. They now sit just six points off the top four. Sunderland on the other hand lost more ground on 17th and safety. Three points and a big swing in goal difference now stands between the Black Cats and another season of Premier League football. They have failed to score in four of their last five games and conceded 20 in the previous nine.
West Brom remain 8th in the league after coming from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1. It is their fourth straight win at the Hawthorns and keeps them comfortably in the top half. Bournemouth remain 14th, five points above relegation, but have picked up just five points in their last 10 games.
Burnley gained only their second point away from home of the season following the 1-1 draw at Hull City. They now find themselves in 11th position and just one point off a place in the top half. Hull drop down into 19th and remain a point from safety. They have lost just three in the seven games since the start of 2017.
Crystal Palace had the biggest gain this weekend following their 1-0 home win against Middlesbrough. It’s is only the Eagles’ third win in 11 home games this season and one which moves them out of the relegation zone. Middlesbrough are now only ahead of Palace on goal difference in 16th, one point above the drop and is the third straight game without scoring. They have in fact failed to score in almost half their matches this season, blanking in 12 of 26.
If West Ham can continue this impressive form of late they can finish the season strongly and build for next year. After a poor start to the campaign the Hammers are now in the top half and will have no worries of relegation. Although European qualification looks unlikely, every place gained brings in more finances for next season.