Runaway leaders Manchester City play at second-bottom Stoke on Monday night, so it was all about the race for the top 4 places this weekend. Manchester United moved into second after beating Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford with both goals from Marcus Rashford. Tottenham moved above Liverpool into third with an emphatic 4-1 victory at Bournemouth, although the win was soured by a first half injury to star striker Harry Kane. Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 2-1 to stay fifth and troubled Arsenal finally got a win 3-0 over Watford in sixth. Down at the bottom West Brom are doomed after another defeat 4-1 at home to Leicester and Stoke and Palace make up the basement three.
Wolves are now slowly being reeled in by the chasing pack as they were beaten again this time 4-1 at promotion rivals Aston Villa who are now third. Cardiff are now only three points behind the leaders after a 3-2 home win over relegation threatened Birmingham. Fulham won again 2-1 at Preston to stay fourth and it now looks like any 2 from the top 4 for automatic promotion. Derby and Middlesbrough make up the play off places.
Scottish Premier League
It was derby weekend in Scotland with Celtic overcoming Rangers 3-2 at Ibrox in a bad-tempered game to move nine points clear at the top. Aberdeen are third but could only draw 0-0 at Partick Thistle. The Edinburgh derby was won by Hibs on Friday night with a 2-0 scoreline against Hearts.
England won the fifth ODI against New Zealand in Christchurch to clinch the series by 3-2. New Zealand were bowled out for just 223 with Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid both taking 3 wickets each. England cruised to victory helped in the main by a magnificent 58 ball century by Jonny Bairstow and 61 from fellow opener Alex Hales. They reached the total with 17 overs to spare and won by 7 wickets. Chris Woakes was named the man of the series as England continue to impress in this form of the game in the build up to the World Cup which is in England next year.
Ireland clinched the Six Nations championship with one match to spare after thrashing Scotland in Dublin 28-8 and making it 4 wins from 4 matches. England disappointed again with a 22-16 defeat to France in Paris and Wales moved into second place in the table after beating Italy 38-14. Ireland can now celebrate the title next Saturday at Twickenham against England on St Patrick’s Day and maybe a Grand Slam.
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