Sunday may have been short on games, but it wasn’t shy on conclusions. Through its two 3-1 results, Sunday gave us confirmed the trajectories Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and Swansea carried into their Round 22 matches:
- For Chelsea, 3-1 winners at Stamford Bridge over United, Sunday’s game affirmed their title contenders’ credentials. Whereas the Blues had developed a habit of waiting until the second half to put away their opposition, Sunday saw them up three after 49 minutes, a lead that allowed Chelsea to cruise past the Red Devils.
- For Manchester United, if there were any illusions about how far back they’d fallen, Sunday dispelled them. Finishing outside the top four becomes more likely by the game, with David Moyes seemingly out of ideas in the face of United’s January slump.
- For Tottenham, a 3-1 win at Swansea moves the team even with Liverpool for fourth, and while the Reds currently hold the tiebreaker edge, Spurs have fully recovered from their dreary start under André Villas-Boas.
- And for Swansea, relegation is becoming a real possibility. Although they’re the most talented team among the Premier League’s bottom 11 (the clubs within six points of the drop), they’re also bottom of the form table. Swans have collected one point in their last six games.
Those are the bottom lines. The highlights, however, provide the details. Check out Sunday’s review video, above.