This weekend’s Premier League programme was far shorter than usual due to the FA Cup but the Chelsea ‘reject’ that is Mohamed Salah keeps scoring for fun no matter what the competition.
Watford travelled to Anfield on Saturday night knowing they had conceded six in their last outing to Liverpool and three when the teams drew 3-3 at Vicarage Road on the opening day of the season.
They will have correctly feared the worst when Miguel Britos was sat down by Salah as he opened the scoring after just three minutes. The Egyptian went on to score another three, but the goal of the game belonged to Roberto Firmino who flicked home from close range. Realistically, Watford are safe with seven games remaining and eight points between them and the relegation zone and Liverpool, despite Tottenham having a game in hand, have a two-point cushion over the North London side, sitting in third place.
The calls for Alan Pardew to leave West Bromwich Albion continue to get louder and louder. WBA led Bournemouth 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium with 77 minutes on the clock and there was even talk of a belated charge to safety. However, that talk soon simmered down as Bournemouth scored twice in the last 13 minutes to condemn Albion, and Pardew, to a ‘heart-breaking’ defeat. With the gap now eight points with seven games to be played and one win in recent memory, West Bromwich Albion are all but waiting for their fate to be sealed mathematically.
With Southampton playing in the FA Cup and therefore having a game in hand, Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town could well be one of the biggest wins of the season for Roy Hodgson’s side. It moved them level on points with West Ham United who now sit one place above the relegation zone. Palace have 30 points and Southampton 28. Huddersfield sit just above with 31 points.
Stoke City are the third side in the relegation zone and were not helped at all by a reckless red card from their midfielder Charlie Adam, dismissed for a late, high tackle on Wayne Rooney of Everton. Paul Lambert chose to withdraw Shaqiri, possibly the one player who could have inspired Stoke to victory and Everton went on to win 2-1 courtesy of two goals from Cenk Tosun. Stoke City are far from down, but with seven games remaining Paul Lambert needs to improve his current record of one win in his eight games in charge.