The weekend brought true chances to catch up on Manchester City (54 pts) and Manchester United (51 pts). After 22 matches played in regular league play, City continues to fend off opponents. Most recently was their 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, including the notable Mario Balotelli penalty shot in extra time.
The first half saw no goals scored, but the second half was not a disappointment. City’s Nasri (56′) and Lescottt (59′) scored only to be immediately followed by Tottenham’s Defoe (60′) and Bale (65′) goals making for four goals in nearly 10 minutes. Having lost 5-1 to City in August, Tottenham knew they needed to make up significant ground in order to stay competitive through the rest of the season. Needless to say, it was easily one of the most action packed segments of EPL football this season.
Meanwhile, Manchester United held off Arsenal in another exciting game, winning 2-1 over the Gunners. Even with the return of fan favorite Theirry Henry, the Gunners could not stave off the smooth score of Danny Welbeck in the 81st minute.
The first half was relatively quiet, considering players and fans surely not forgetting the 8-2 slaughtering of Arsenal back at Old Trafford. With the first half heating things up, United striked first with Antonio Valencia’s goal in the 45th minute.
As tension grew tighter, Robin Van Persie found an equalizer in the 71st minute. Fans would be silenced though, only ten minutes later when Danny Welbeck scored for the Red Devils to take the lead, leaving the final score 2-1 in favor of United.
There were a total of six yellow cards issued, almost all of which came late in the second half.
With Chelsea tying Norwich, and both Liverpool and Newcastle losing, the Manchester squads only look to strengthen their lead.
Tottenham is the closest, with 46 points, and Chelsea behind them with 41 points. It will make for an interesting second half of the season for Barclay’s Premier League.