5 things we learnt from this weekend's Premier League action
- Some interesting talking points from this weekend's round of Premier League fixtures
The Premier League didn't disappoint this weekend as fans were treated to 28 goals from 9 games with more than a few surprise results along the way.
With just 15 games remaining in the 17/18 season there are still about nine clubs that could realistically be relegated to the second tier. This adds a fascinating intrigue to the remainry game this season as the financial rewards for surviving the drop are huge.
At the sharp end, the race for the top four is being far more hotly contested than the race for the title. Manchester City, barring disaster, will lift the Premier League trophy.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal all battling it out to secure Champions League football next term.
This week has seen a cloud of transfer speculation consume the media headlines as clubs look to bolster their squads before the transfer window slams shut.
Here we assess five things we've learned from this round of fixtures.
#5 Palace continue resurgence under Hodgson
Crystal Palace beating Burnley at home wouldn't usually raise many eyebrows as a surprise result, however, this Premier League campaign has seen the Clarets hit remarkable form and this result will go down as another terrific win for Crystal Palace under Roy Hodgson.
The former England manager was appointed with Palace rooted to the foot of the table after 4 winless and goalless games. Fortunes didn't change instantly, but since they collected their first points of the season against Chelsea they haven't really looked back.
The Eagles have collected 25 points from 19 games since Roy Hodgson took the helm, certainly not relegation form. They now sit 12th on the table and will be aiming to move towards the top half and further distance themselves from a potential relegation scrap.