Ledley's Talking Points: Long Awaited Victories, Fighting For Second Place and Battles at the Bottom
7 Talking Points
Spurs won at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1990 to move eight points clear of Chelsea in the Premier League. Champions League football is vital for the return to the redeveloped White Hart Lane next season, and it looks like Chelsea will become the fourth team in five seasons to fail to qualify after winning the PL the previous season.
Man City now have the chance to confirm their status as Premier League champions at Old Trafford next weekend. We can expect Mourinho to park the bus and United fans won’t complain for a moment this time. They are playing for 2nd spot but spoiling the party will be the main objective. “The critics all say the third, fourth, fifth, sixth are better than us but they are not better than us because we have more points than them,” says Mourinho.
Brighton and Huddersfield both tasted defeat for the second game in a row at the weekend, and there is everything on the line in their clash next weekend. The relegation fight is close and it’s hard to say how many points will be needed to ensure survival this season, but both teams know a win next week is their best chance of securing an additional three points from their remaining fixtures.
Jermaine Defoe has had a tricky season and has not started a game for Bournemouth since December with an ankle injury, but he turned back the years on Saturday with his 4th goal of the season to rescue a point against Bournemouth. “If I can get a run of games I am going to score goals because it's something I have always done. It won't be something new,” he said.
Cardiff City are now eight points clear of 3rd place Fulham in the Championship after a 91st-minute volley from Anthony Pilkington drew the Bluebirds level with Sheffield United. The Blades are now a point outside the playoff places while Cardiff are 13 games unbeaten.
Sunderland are five points from safety with six games to play in the Championship. A 3-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Easter Monday shattered the hopes gained after a Good Friday win against Derby. The Black Cats' final two games are against Fulham and Wolves, so winning their next few fixtures might be key to survival.
A Tranmere fan spent six days walking 274 miles from Birkenhead to Dover to watch his side in action, to find out the game had been postponed at the last minute upon his arrival. “I felt a bit let down,” he said, “but it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.” Richie Hellon raised over £3,000 for year old Edie - who is being treated for a brain tumor in Mexico.
The Legends scored 110 points this week, but finished outside the top 30 as 197 players got all seven predictions correct and a further 624 got six. Other than Peter Crouch who earned 17 points, every other Legend got 22 points.
6 Most Popular Bankers
Arsenal 23% (won 3-0)
Man U 21% (won 2-0)
Man C 20% (won 3-1)
Falkirk 4% (won 2-0)
Raith Rovers 3% (won 2-0)
Aberdeen 2% (won 4-1)
6 Most Popular Draws
Chelsea 1-3 Spurs 17%
Watford 2-2 Bournemouth 10%
Brighton 0-2 Leicester 10%
West Ham 3-0 Southampton 9%
Newcastle 1-0 Huddersfield 6%
WBA 1-2 Burnley 6%
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