The first relegation was confirmed this weekend just gone as we began to find some answers to the questions in this Premier League campaign…


Indeed, as many expected, it was Sunderland who proved to be the first to sink as they slumped to a 1-0 loss against Bournemouth.

Who they’re joined by, though, remains to be seen with Middlesbrough getting a good point against Manchester City, Swansea drawing with Manchester United and Hull getting a 0-0 at Southampton respectively.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile saw their recent good work hindered by a loss to Burnley whilst Liverpool profited in the top four race as they won at Watford last night.

The title race, meanwhile, is as you were as Chelsea beat Everton before Spurs confirmed they would finish above Arsenal at last by winning the North London Derby.

A fascinating weekend, then, and now it can only be time for one thing – the Rush Football Team of the Week…

GK: Eldin Jakupovic

The Hull stopper is in fine form at the moment and underlined that with a good showing against the Saints. His penalty save could just prove the turning point on which the relegation battle pivots.

CB: Michael Keane

Burnley finally recorded an away win this season and it was certainly worth the wait. Sean Dyche’s man carried out the game-plan set for them perfectly and Keane was a big part of that as they beat Crystal Palace.

CB: Harry Maguire

Jakupovic got the headlines for his penalty save but Maguire was just as important throughout the match down on the south coast. He’s a real star and will surely be in the top flight next year regardless of Hull’s future.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

The Belgian was superb against Arsenal as they shut the Gunners out. He’s just as important as Toby Alderweireld to the Spurs defence and will be looking for clean sheets all round for the final few games.

CM: Gylfi Sigurdsson

The Icelandic international had gone slightly quiet for Swansea in recent games but he really returned with a bang here. His free-kick against United was sublime and got the Swans the least they deserved – a point at Old Trafford.

CM: Emre Can

Speaking of good goals what a strike that was by Emre Can against Watford last night. The game at Vicarage Road was high on tempo but low on chances yet the German only needed one to smash home a fine overhead strike – top class.

LAM: Christian Eriksen

Eriksen has been superb this season for Spurs and once again belongs in our Team of the Week. His creativity against Arsenal caused havoc and his quick feet allowed for the opening goal – he really is an underrated star.

RAM: Pedro

Chelsea were looking as though they were going to drop points in a tight game against Everton that was low on quality. That, though, was until Pedro ripped one into the net and it could just turn out that that is what gets them the title.

CAM: Dele Alli

Alli showed all the commitment and desire that Spurs had with his goal at weekend – as well as the lack of both facets that Arsenal portrayed. His strike was not spectacular but it was determined and sparked off a fine Tottenham victory.

ST: Ashley Barnes

Barnes was a real nuisance at the weekend against Crystal Palace for Burnley. He hassled a makeshift Eagles defence and was duly rewarded with a goal. The Clarets will be in the top flight next season thanks to the weekend.

ST: Josh King

King has gone under the radar a lot this season but he has scored a huge amount of goals for Bournemouth this year and that has seen them to safety. It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see him move on in the summer after this latest performance.



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