This weekend may not have seen a full set of Premiership fixtures, but this past week has been one of the most intriguing as The Champions League draw was made, FA Cup semi-finalists were decided and there were some key premiership ties. But what does it all mean for the competitions? Let’s take a look.
This was Manchester United’s best shot at silverware under interim boss Ole Solskjaer. Unfortunately, the team looked a shadow of the one that caused an upset in Paris and they were taken out by Wolves. On paper, it may sound like a shock but this Wolves side have looked strong all season and are certainly a team that deserves their current position of 7th in the premier league.
They join Manchester City who came back from a 2 goal deficit to continue their quest for 4 trophies, Brighton who also came from 2 down to win on penalties and Watford who knocked out Palace. Man City are undeniably the strongest team left in the competition and have the easiest of the draws. You have to put the Sky Blues as favourites for their second trophy of the season having already secured the League Cup against Chelsea.
It was all action this weekend, including a thrilling victory for West Ham which their fans described as both their team’s best and worst games of the season. It will be doubly sweet for the Irons to have come back from 2 down to pick up three points while their bitter rivals, Millwall threw away a two-goal cushion to get knocked out of the FA Cup. Leicester continued to look solid under Rogers but perhaps the weekends biggest result came for Liverpool. It is undoubtedly crunch time for them and City now.
Liverpool showed no sign of being the club that is going to “blink first” in the title race. They survived a scare to wrap up three points against Fulham and reclaim a two-point lead at the top of the table. Of course, City have a game in hand. The title race now is going to be about who can handle the pressure. Yes, it’s true that City are competing on more fronts, but they only have potentially an extra two games to play as it currently stands. (an FA cup semi and a final should they progress) It’s not as if City lack the depth to compete on multiple fronts, either.
Whose title is it?
It genuinely is too close to call at the moment with both teams making the most of their opportunities. This title race could go down to the wire. Both teams have to face Spurs who will have a point to prove having drifted away from the pack. And Liverpool still have to entertain Chelsea, while City still have to lock horns with United. It’s anybody’s game.
If United felt hard done by in the previous round their luck went from bad to worse in this round. Although many consider City to be the strongest team left in the contest and they have drawn spurs. This means that City and Spurs will take on each other three times before the end of the season. Liverpool have arguably the easiest draw and they have a great chance of advancing.
Whatever happens there is a strong chance of two British teams in the semi-final. There could be as many as three if United do the unthinkable. Spurs may put all their eggs in one basket and see this is a winnable competition. But City look unbeatable at the moment and their form makes them one of the strongest clubs in Europe. They are probably favourites for the contest with good reason.