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Five things we learned from the weekend’s Premier League

| 24.01.2017

We peek at the impact of the latest round

Hull City’s problems grow

Hull were brushed aside by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and it was another match in which they failed to score, and another two goals in the against tally. The Tigers have now conceded 47 this season, six in the first three games of the year.

We saw a horror injury to Ryan Mason, who suffered a fractured skull, rushed from the pitch to St Mary’s hospital. Everyone involved in sport wish him a full recovery. His absence will also be felt on the football pitch and Hull are edging ever-closer to Championship football.

There are great Leicester v Chelsea odds up for grabs with Coral.

Costa is back

Diego Costa returned to the Chelsea starting line-up after a suspicious injury, and marked his comeback with a goal. The want-away attacker broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage time, but could have been on the scoresheet in the first 30-seconds, charging through from the kick-off.

It appears likely The Blues will hold onto their star-man until the end of the season, with everyone chipping in to get Chelsea home and hosed in this title race. They are certainly a better team with Costa around. Favourites to win the league at 4/11.

Liverpool stumble again

Another week and more dropped points from Liverpool, with fans seeing their title challenge fade fast. That 3-2 loss to Swansea – the Welsh club threatened with relegation – was Liverpool’s third game in-a-row without a win, after drawing vs Sunderland and Man Utd.

Klopp’s boys last took three points on New Year’s Eve, and they must sort their 2017 form out soon, or they will be lucky to hold onto a top-four finish. Coral now have The Reds at 11/1 to win the Premier League. No, me neither.

Alan fears this might be the first season under Wenger that Arsenal miss out on the top four because their squad isn't strong enough.

Arsenal passing up their challenge

Another side once considered challengers to Chelsea were seen huffing-and-puffing to a narrow weekend win, with Arsenal needing a 98-minute penalty from Sanchez to edge past Burnley, who had, themselves, scored from the spot in 93-minutes.

It was a fascinating finish, but Wenger’s conduct on the touchline, being sent to the stand, standing like a petulant child in the tunnel, then pushing the fourth official, was horrible. The boss did say post-match that he regretted everything, but surely he must be punished, and hard.

Spurs winning run ends

Just to complete the full-house, another of Chelsea’s rivals, Spurs, dropped two points when choking against Man City at the Etihad. The form figures suggested an away win, but Tottenham had to settle for a 2-2 draw, fighting back from 2-0 down.

That result brought an end to the Londoners’ six-match winning run, but also meant that Chelsea were, once again, the only top-four side to win in any kind of convincing fashion this weekend. As the pack begins to feel the pace, the blues are growing stronger.

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