Premier League 2018-19: 5 takeaways from matchweek 29
Premier League matchday 29 was filled with some exciting fixtures like West Ham vs Newcastle, Watford vs Leicester City with the headling game being the North London Derby and the Merseyside Derby.
The week started with the best possible start as Arsenal took on Spurs at the Wembley stadium. The game had everything from goals, red cards, controversial moments, missed penalty, as one would expect from the North London Derby. The game finished with a 1-1 draw and a red card at the end for Arsenal's Lucas Torreira. The evening was followed by comfortable wins for Man City, Brighton, Palace, Wolves and West Ham. Man United vs Southampton was another fiery game where Southampton scored the opener and managed to equalise after United went 2-1 up but were bamboozled by Romelu Lukaku's heroics. The second half of the round consisted of Brendan Rodgers' frustrating return to the Premier League and a possible upset of the season by Everton.
Here are 5 takeaways from matchweek 29.
#5 Spurs dragged back into the race for top 4
Tottenham had the worst possible spell coming into the North London derby as Mauricio Pochettino's men were recovering from two defeats by Burnley and Chelsea consecutively. A Tottenham side who were looking like the underdogs for the title is now on the verge of missing Champions League football next season.
As the table stands now, Spurs are only three points away from Man United and four from Arsenal. With Chelsea having a game in hand, Spurs could possibly finish outside of the top four if they fail to turn their recent disastrous spell. Even against Arsenal at home, a fixture in which they have managed to perform well in the last couple of years, Spurs were looking vulnerable.
In the last nine remaining games, the Lilywhites still have to take on Liverpool and Manchester City away from home, making the task of finishing in Champions League qualification spots seem even more daunting.