Arsenal dropped points at the Emirates for the second time this week as they were held to an uneventful 0-0 draw by Chelsea.
As Lee Dixon predicted in his match preview, the visitors thoughts have already turned to Tuesday's Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. Roberto Di Matteo fielded a under-strength team but they did enough to frustrate the Gunners and Daniel Sturridge even had a late chance to win it for Chelsea.
For the home side, the result was a disappointment. They remain in third place but, at the time of writing, Tottenham are six points behind them, in fifth, with two games in hand. The Gunners are [1.2] to finish inside the top four and qualify for the Champions League but, if they continue to play as they have done this week, they could yet be eclipsed by their neighbours.
Newcastle improved their chances of returning to Europe's premier competition as they beat Stoke 3-0 at St James Park. Yohan Cabaye was on target in both halves for the Magpies and he also set up Papiss Cisse's goal with a perfect pass. It was a confident performance which typified Newcastle's excellent season and they are now [3.2] for a top four finish.
Wigan's winning run came to an end after they were defeated 2-1 by Fulham at Craven Cottage. When Emerson Boyce gave the away side the lead in the second-half, the Latics looked set to make it five wins in six matches. The hosts, however, had other ideas and Pavel Pogrebnyak drilled them level only a minute later before Philippe Senderos clinched victory with a minute remaining. The Cottagers were matched at [9.4].
The day's second goalless draw occurred at Villa Park where Sunderland were unlucky to have a Nicklas Bendtner second-half strike disallowed. Villa are five points from the relegation zone but, despite trading at [17.0] for the drop, they will continue to look over their shoulders following another insipid display.
Blackburn improved their chances of survival with a 2-0 win over Norwich at Ewood Park. At present, they are a point off 17th-placed Queens Park Rangers and trading at [2.3] for relegation. If they do go down, Junior Hoilett is likely to have plenty of top flight suitors after his superb strike sealed today's victory.
Bolton sit one place and one point below Blackburn following a 1-1 draw with Swansea at the Reebok. Chris Eagles rescued a point for Owen Coyle's men who are [1.65]in Betfair's relegation market.comments powered by Disqus