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Barclay’s English Premier League – Round 31 review. Manchester United increased lead.

Manchester United was able to increase their lead to seven points in the Barclay’s English Premier League. While Arsenal and Chelsea drew their games and left valuable points on the table, United was able to turn around an already lost game against West Ham. At halftime the Hammers were leading 2-0. Wayne Rooney, with a hattrick, helped United to gain the lead. Hernandez secured the important win with United’s fourth of the game.

Besides United, Manchester City was the only team in the top 5 that could win and make an impact on the table. City passed Chelsea and regained 3rd spot with an impressive 5-0 win against Sunderland. The win also took the pressure of City Manager Mancini.

West Brom and Birmingham City were the winners at the other end of the table. West Brom beat Liverpool and Birmingham City left Bolton with the short stick.

The line for relegation contenders can be drawn at place 13 and West Brom. Everyone from 13 to 20 is in a fierce battle to avoid the drop. West Brom currently shows 36 points as 13th, Wigan on 20th has 31 points. Depending on next weeks results, teams from 12th to 9th can be thrown back into the relegation battle. Sunderland, a few weeks ago was hoping to secure 6th and a chance for European honors, might next week find itself just 3 points from relegation. The bottom part of the table guarantees excitement until the last game.

Barclay’s Premier League Update: Chelsea win in Blackpool

Chelsea took another step to put themselves back into the race for championship in the Premier League. After today’s 3-1 win in Blackpool and the results from the weekend, there is hope for Chelsea supporters.

The game took place on a rather “modest” level. Both sides played far below the usual level of soccer. Both began careful and Chelsea was able to take advantage of a Terry goal and then maintain the lead and wait for further opportunities. They presented itself and the Blues took their chance and increased the lead to 3-0. Blackpool woke up too late. Only in the last 5 minutes they stepped on the pedal and created opportunities. It was too late.

Interesting, Torres is still chasing his first goal for Chelsea. Today, the Spaniard’s performance was not worth further comments.

On Wednesday Everton and Birmingham will face off at Goodison Park. Everton, with a win, can catch up with rival Liverpool and compete for 6th place. For Birmingham, that always referred to the “games on hand”, a loss would create trouble. While still in the race in the FA Cup, a loss can create an unusual situation – playing international, and in the Championship.