Another big weekend in the Premier League has been and gone with several talking points, and some terrific performances. The title race seems to have a different look to it; vital goals have kept a couple of sides in touch with the race for fourth place and the battle to beat the drop still looks pretty open.
With all that in mind, let’s have a look at our heroes from the Premier League weekend:
Some scoring-drought for the Liverpool hitman. Five games without a goal and the Uruguayan took just 16 minutes to open the scoring against Southampton, provided the assist for Raheem Sterling to double Liverpool’s lead, and won the penalty for Steven Gerrard to cap off the scoring. It was a fine display from the Premier League’s top scorer that provided Liverpool with a big win.
Will Tottenham’s win over Cardiff City turn out to be one of the biggest games in Roberto Soldado’s career? It was his goal that made the difference as Spurs kept up their pursuit of the fourth Champions League spot, and the relief from the Spaniard was there for all to see. Have the floodgates now opened for the striker?
Benteke has been through his own goal-drought this season, but this game showed he is back to his dangerous best. A terrific overhead kick, a very good header and involvement in another of Aston Villa’s goals in their 4-1 win over Norwich City were all part of a hugely influential performance from the Belgian striker.
Eden Hazard got many of the plaudits, but it was Schurrle who scored the hat-trick that kept Chelsea top of the pile in their 3-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Hazard may have been the architect of two goals in the German’s hat-trick, but when Chelsea’s more offensive players have been criticised for not being prolific enough in front of goal, it must be comforting for Jose Mourinho to see one of his players take the match-ball home.
Lukaku has been absent from the Everton line-up for just over a month with an ankle injury, and they will have been delighted to have seen their Belgian striker back...and back among the goals. He came off the bench to get the late winner against West Ham United, and at a time when goals seem a little harder to come by than usual, Evertonians will be glad to see their top-scorer finding the net once again.
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