Another round of fixtures started today after and the title race still remains quite open as Manchester City and Manchester United remain tied although Manchester United have two games left to play. Here is a complete recap of the results as well as the some thoughts.
Manchester City 4-0 Aston Villa
Stoke City 0-2 Fulham
Sunderland 0-2 Blackpool
Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle United
West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Blackburn
West Ham 1-1 Everton
Birmingham 1-1 Manchester United
Chelsea vs. Bolton (Wednesday)
Wigan vs. Arsenal (Wednesday)
Liverpool vs. Wolverhampton (Wednesday)
- Extra rest played a role.
The teams that had games postponed all had good results with Blackpool winning 2-0 over Sunderland and Birmingham drawing Manchester United. Everton was the only team that disappointed in term of their result as they drew West Ham and Liverpool do not play until tomorrow. The extra rest played a role in the Manchester United-Birmingham game as Manchester United seemed to run out of gas and really did not put Birmingham away when the game opened up. They still had chances to put the game away and were the better side throughout the game, but it was clear that Unitedd was flagging in energy compared to the fresher Birmingham side that used their freshness to pressure United all game.
- Manchester City’s depth steps up.
The quick turnaround may be difficult for most teams, but Manchester City are one team that have plenty of depth to deal with the numerous fixtures. They dominated Aston Villa and did it all without Carlos Tevez. With more fixtures in the holiday period to come, this could provide a good opportunity to demonstrate their unmatched depth which should give them a huge advantage against all of their opponents.
- Aston Villa were awful.
As good as Manchester City was in their clinical dispatching of Villa, Villa were terrible. They were tore up in defense and even with the return of their more experienced players, they offered nothing in terms of attack. Even worse was that they did not offer much of a comeback as they mustered up only a few decent chances, and the game was decided so quickly in the first half, it made no difference. Villa could be set to make some moves in the transfer market as the team is in need of quite a few reinforcements if they want to even avoid relegation.