Pearson’s Roundup of the Premier League (and the FA Cup)

Roundup

Arsenal returned to winning ways with a convincing 5-0 home win against Lincoln in the FA Cup Quarter Final this weekend. After some difficult games in the past month, this win will hopefully prove to be a good moral boost for the side as they look to return to league form. Due to missing another league fixture this week they now sit 5 points from a Champions League place. Two wins from their games in hand however will see them move back into contention.

Liverpool moved five points ahead of Arsenal after coming from behind against Burnley to win their third home game in a row. Burnley are yet to win away from home this season but they have not been beaten by more than one goal since December 3rd and have scored in each of their last 12 games. They currently sit in 12th in the league and should have enough quality to stay up now, but they need to add a few more points to their total before they can be certain.

Bournemouth took a large step closer to Premier League survival with a last minute goal from Joshua King to see off West Ham 3-2. King scored a hat trick as Bournemouth came back from a goal down to take the three points and cement their 14th place in the table. Following what was their first win since December, they now sit six points above the relegation zone and will be hoping they have turned their form. For West Ham it will be a difficult defeat after taking the lead early on and then equalising with only seven minutes to play. They stay in 11th on 33 points and outside of the top half on goal difference alone but Southampton above them have two games extra to play.

Hull City moved up a place to 18th courtesy of a 2-1 win at home to Swansea. Although they had put in impressive performances of late under Marco Silva, Hull were still lacking a good points return to show for it. This win takes them within a point of Crystal Palace and three behind those above that. Swansea are one of those teams just three points above Hull and although they too have been very good these last few months, they will still need to continue to pick up enough points to survive.

Everton beat West Brom 3-0 at Goodison Park to increase the gap top those below to seven points. If they can continue this impressive run of form then they have an outside shot of finishing higher in the league than their current 7th place. They now sit two points behind Manchester United and five from Arsenal but have played two games more. Everton have scored 26 goals in their last 11 games and lost just once so early December. West Brom however have now lost two in a row since reaching 40 points and seem stranded in mid table.

Man City and Tottenham progressed to the Semi Final of the FA Cup and along with Arsenal will have games to catch up before the end of the season. Spurs had a big home win against lower league opponents with a 6-0 win over Millwall. The loss of Harry Kane after 10 minutes could see them struggle for goals if he is to miss any games in the run in. Man City rounded things off with a convincing 2-0 away win at Premier League strugglers Middlesbrough. Chelsea and Man United will complete the FA Cup games tonight with their match at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal fans will be hoping that the win at the weekend will help to focus their side ahead of a difficult run of games. They travel to West Brom next and then play host to Man City in a game which will help to decide if the club will finish in the top four this season.