Nathan Baker became the second Aston Villa defender within the last week to suffer a knee ligament injury which is almost certain to end his season.
Baker was drafted into Tim Sherwood’s FA Cup semi-final side following the news that Ciaran Clark had suffered a medial knee ligament injury which would keep him out until next season but the defender lasted less than half an hour. The news will serve as a hammer blow for Villa who pulled off an unexpected win over Liverpool to reach the final at Wembley while the Claret and Blues sit just 4-points above the relegation zone. Ron Vlaar and Jores Okore – themselves no stranger to the treatment room – are tasked with staying fit and helping Villa to retain their top-flight status "They're the only two we're going with between now and the end of the season, so we're not blessed in defensive areas," which suggests Phillippe Senderos is also sidelined for the rest of the campaign.
Spanish playmaker David Silva was taken to hospital on Sunday after the diminutive midfielder was caught by the elbow of Cheikhou Kouyate.
After several minutes of treatment which saw Silva lying prostate requiring oxygen the player was stretchered from the field of play with a suspected fractured cheekbone and possible damage to his collarbone following an awkward fall. However despite the apparent horror of the injury Silva was able to provide his own update post-match via social media "Many thanks to all the messages of support, all the tests have gone well and I’m already home. The 3 points is what was important!" although his involvement in GW34 remains uncertain. Samir Nasri – his replacement – will also be assessed after the Frenchman picked up an unspecified leg injury. City went on to take all three points in the game to help consolidate fourth place and open up a 7-point gap over Liverpool.
Harry Kane scored his 20th Premier League goal of the season to cap off Spurs' 3-1 win over Newcastle United at St. James' Park.
Nacer Chadli opened the scoring in the 30th minute with a drive from deep that Tim Krul probably should have saved. Chadli was allowed the freedom of midfield as he found his spot and launched his shot. Jack Colback equalized but it was Christen Eriksen who scored from a free kick that was allowed to bounce in the penalty area as six or seven offsides Spurs distracted Krul who should have saved it. Spurs' final goal wasn't the fault of the keeper as Newcastle had sent everyone forward and were caught out on the break as Kane and Roger Mason were in alone on net. Kane called his own number and slotted past Krul for the final tally.
Jack Colback scored but Newcastle's slump continued as Spurs beat the Magpies 3-1 at St. James' Park.
St. James' Park has become one of the less intimidating grounds in the Premier League over the second half of the season. John Carver's side has lost six straight since the end of February and looked bad doing it. Jack Colback contributed a goal that briefly drew Newcastle even but Christen Eriksen and Harry Kane scored as Spurs dominated possession on the road.
West Ham suffered another Premier League defeat as they went down 2-0 to Manchester City at the Etihad.
The season started so brightly for West Ham but the four months have been extremely disappointing, winning just two league matches in 2015. This match went much the same way as the Hammers found themselves behind when James Collins looped an attempted clearance from a Jesus Navas cross into his own net to give City the lead. Navas set up Sergio Aguero to slot in a second after a slick counter-attack. West Ham had a late Kevin Nolan shot saved by Joe Hart, but they rarely threatened a comeback.
Manchester City got back on track today with a relatively comfortable 2-0 win over West Ham United, leaving them seven points clear of Liverpool for the final Champions League spot.
It was a walk in the park for City, as their opponent gave very little effort from the opening whistle and it was 2-0 and too late for the Hammers by the time they started to come to life. Jesus Navas was man of the match, and his attempted cross to Sergio Aguero in the 18th minute led to a James Collins own goal. The City pair would team up again in the 36th minute, as a turnover by Stewart Downing saw the Sky Blues on the break, with Aguero dribbling down the center and Navas flying open down the right. Aguero played a 1-2, Navas teed him up, and the Argentine became the first player to reach 20 goals on the season. On the down side, David Silva took an elbow to the jaw and was stretchered off, so his availability next week is already a major doubt.
Eden Hazard's first half goal powered Chelsea to a huge win over Manchester United that practically ends the title race.
Eden Hazard scored through David de Gea's legs after being set up by Oscar perfectly in the first half. The Blues played defensively for the majority of the game, which was expected when they started Kurt Zouma and Nemanja Matic in midfield. The title race is practically over now as Chelsea have a ten point lead over second place Arsenal with just six matches left. Chelsea have been in control the entire season for what is shaping up to be one of the most uneventful title races in recent history.
Toby Alderweireld will be assessed after the Southampton defender was stretched off during the dying moments at the Britannia on Saturday with a serious looking shoulder injury.
Ronald Koeman confirmed post-match that Alderweireld had dislocated his shoulder which had been put back into place and "the early signs were positive." The defender is likely to require a trip to hospital for further tests and any serious problem at this stage of the season would surely end his campaign. Surprisingly Alderweireld was chosen ahead of James Ward-Prowse in midfield replacing the suspended Victor Wanyama as Koeman tinkered with his formation. However the gamble failed to pay-off as Southampton suffered their second defeat of the month - Mame Biram Diouf cancelled out Morgan Schneiderlin’s opener before Charlie Adam grabbed the winner with a little over 5 minutes remaining.