EPL TALKING POINTS Match Week 26

Kane’s third hat trick in nine games, Big Sam’s ‘6 Pointer’ victory and Chelsea beating Swansea on Paul Clements return to Stamford Bridge – we discuss these and so much more in EPL TALKING POINTS Match Week 26.

King Kane nets 1st half hat trick

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Harry Kane netted a first half hat trick as Tottenham ruthlessly defeated a mediocre Stoke City at White Hart Lane 4-0.

No doubt driven by the midweek Uefa Europa League exit, Spurs banished all heart break by out playing Mark Hughes side. Though Spurs were much the better team, the Potters defending was awful – and Spurs took full advantage with goals from Harry Kane and Dele Alli. Christian Erikson was also impressive as he was the architect to Kane’s opening brace.

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This win can surely only buoy on Mauricho Pochettino’s men, as they leap above Manchester City into 2nd in the league table. With the EPL being the only competition Spurs have to fight for this season- the manner of this victory can only give the team confidence going into a very favourable run, over the next six games.

The sooner Stoke City can forget this game the better. They’ll be hoping for an immediate upturn in fortunes next game at home to Middlesbrough – to continue their top 10 assault.

Talking Points: Is Europa League exit a blessing? Will KANE win Golden Boot? Are Stoke too reliant on Peter Crouch?

Van Aanholt makes history to fly Eagles out of Drop Zone

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Patrick Van Aanholt became the first player to score for two different EPL clubs in the same season, as his low driven shot from the edge of the box, was enough to win this vital match at home to Middlesbrough.

Big Sam stated this game wasn’t particularly a must win but he admitted to BBC that the victory was an important one.

“The three points are important as it puts us in among the pack and out of the bottom three,” 

“I see the bottom seven as the Premier League table we need to try and win. There’s never been a bigger win than this all season.” Allardyce, said.
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The win sees them leap frog Champions Leicester City, who consequently slip into the relegation zone for the first time this season.

All of Big Sam’s signings started yesterday’s match including debutant Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool – whom shored up the Palace defence, as he made more interceptions than anyone else on the pitch in this match (11 in total).

Middlesbrough’s 2017 seems to only go from bad to worse as they now go nine league games without a win and are now just one point off the drop zone – joint with Crystal Palace.

This was their third game without a goal. Fans will be relying on Álvaro Negredo, Rudy Gestede and Patrick Bamford to find their scoring boots – and fast – to have any hope of staying out of the bottom three.

Talking Points: Can this win upturn Palaces fortunes to beat relegation? How much trouble are Boro in?

Chelsea go 10 clear

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Chelsea overcame an initial scare to beat Swansea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, to extend their lead to ten points at the top of the English Premier League.

Former Blues assistant manager – now Swans boss Paul Clement, came into this match on a rich vein of form, having overseen Swansea out of the relegation zone; in his short tenure in charge.

For a moment at Stamford Bridge, it looked like that form may continue. The Welsh side managed to find an equaliser from Fernando Llorente in first half injury time, to cancel out the impressive Cesc Fabregas’s opener and hold the League leaders 1-1 at the break.

In the second half however, The Champions elect went through the gears with goals from Pedro followed by a well dispatched strike from Diego Costa which came at the end of some sublime attacking play from Chelsea.

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Swansea gave it a valiant attempt and it may have been all different, if Lukas Fabianski didn’t make a mistake which led to Pedro’s decisive second goal, whilst they were also denied a potential penalty in the second half after Cesar Azpilicueta hand balled.

In truth though, Chelsea dominated this match with Kante, Fabregas and Hazard in particular looking unplayable at times.

Talking Points: Can anyone really come close to Chelsea this season? Do Swansea have enough about them to avoid the drop?

Additional Talking Points (MatchWeek 26, February 26th-28th 2017)

Romelu Lukaku scored to match Duncan Ferguson’s 60 EPL record for Everton, as David Moyes return to Goodison Park, ended in defeat 2-0. Can Everton keep Lukaku beyond this season? How important is Jordon Pickford’s return?

Hull City & Burnley shared the spoils at KCOM stadium as Michael Keane scored at both ends of the pitch! Will Silva see this as two points dropped for the Tigers? Can Burnley presume their safe for another season in EPL?

West Brom kept up their impressive form with a 2-1 win against Bournemouth. Josh King gave The Cherries an early lead but Albion restored parity with goals from defenders Gareth McCauley (now clubs top goal scorer with 7 this season!) and Craig Dawson. What’s WBA secret to success this year? How realistic is the prospect of relegation for Bournemouth?

Watford and West Ham shared a point in an entertaining draw at Vicarage Road. Troy Deeney converted an early penalty before substitute Andre Ayew fired the Irons level. West Ham looked likely to win the game after that goal- until Michail Antonio saw red for a second yellow. Can Watford now consider themselves safe from relegation trouble? Have West Ham been unluckier than most thus far this season?

What’s your views and thoughts on this weeks EPL Talking Points?

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