After another interruption due to more international fixtures, the Premier League resumed action this weekend, with plenty of talking points from the ten games played over the past few days.
Here’s a quick summary of what went down this weekend across England’s top flight.
Who are the top three goalscorers in the Premier League?
Here’s how the race for the Golden Boot is shaping up, with Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah continuing to enjoy a comfortable lead over the chasing pack:
1. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool, 20 goals
2. Son Heung-Min – Tottenham, 14 goals
3. Diogo Jota – Liverpool, 14 goals
Premier League headlines, stats, and other facts
Chelsea set records…for all the wrong reasons: It was a nightmare day at the office for Chelsea, who were on the wrong end of a 4-1 drubbing by Brentford over the weekend. Prior to this loss, Chelsea were not only unbeaten in their last 17 games at Stamford Bridge, but also were seeking to make it a seventh straight win across all comps. An early second half goal from Antonio Rudiger had fans thinking that all was well, only to see things suddenly go horribly wrong. By the time the dust settled, Chelsea had set all sorts of records that they’d rather forget, including this one:
1 – Yesterday against Brentford, Chelsea became the first side in Premier League history to score the opening goal of a match in the second half but then go on to lose by a margin of 3+ goals. Stunned. pic.twitter.com/iZcMAuTlNd
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 3, 2022
A day to remember for Christian Eriksen: The Danish star marked his return to football with a well-deserved goal, as he netted the second of Brentford’s efforts to put the Bees ahead shortly after the second half began. It’s been an amazing turnaround for Eriksen, who also previously played for Inter and Tottenham, following his collapse during last summer’s EURO 2020 tournament, especially considering that there were widespread fears and concern that he’d never be able to play football again.
A very disappointing record for Ashley Young: The veteran defender, now on the books at Aston Villa had a day to forget as his side lost 2-1 to Wolves. Unfortunately for him, his own goal ended up ultimately tipping the balance in favor of Wolves. It not only was the first time Young had put the ball in the back of his own net (after nearly 390 Premier League appearances), but he’s now the oldest own goal scorer (at 36 years and 276 days) in Aston Villa club history.
Five star Spurs now in serious contention for Champions League football: Having had to feature in the Europa Conference League – and with disappointing results – it’s safe to say that Tottenham will naturally be aiming higher for the next season. Thanks to an impressive surge in form that has seen them win four of their last five games, Antonio Conte’s side have now risen to fourth in the table, helped by their 5-1 demolition show against Newcastle that had five different players grab himself a goal.
Vieira comes back to haunt Arsenal: There were quite a few Gunners fans celebrating following Chelsea’s loss and Manchester United’s failure to pick up three points, as many felt that a door had been opened for Arsenal to snatch a top four spot. However, they were brought crashing back down to earth as Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win, thus denting Arsenal’s hopes of securing a place in next season’s Champions League.
Once they go ahead, it’s pretty (near) impossible to stop City: Man City rebounded well this past weekend, recording a 2-0 win over Burnley to ensure that they stay on top of the Premier League table. It was a much needed win for Pep Guardiola’s side, who were in danger of surrendering top spot after drawing Crystal Palace prior to the international break and Liverpool beating Watford earlier in the day. Once ahead, though, it seems like it’s pretty impossible to prevent City from winning, as this stat shows, and it’s something that surely Liverpool will keep in mind ahead of their huge clash with the league leaders this weekend:
23 – Man City are the only side yet to drop a single point from a winning position in the Premier League this season, winning all 23 games in which they’ve led. No side has ever gone through an entire Premier League campaign without dropping points when ahead before. Pacesetters. pic.twitter.com/TBSWhcSgyt
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 2, 2022