Weekend Watch: Pardew's Newcastle could decide the title
23:01 GMT, 22 April 2012
All eyes are on the Manchester derby now, but City must still go to Newcastle after that – and Alan Pardew’s team are playing the best football in the country.
It seems the pendulum swung back City’s way on Sunday; win every game and the title is theirs. Teams in the resurgent North East will have a say in the destiny of this title. United have a difficult trip themselves when they go to Sunderland on the final day.
Flying: Pardew's Newcastle are the form team in the Premier League
That pass from Yohan Cabaye in the Newcastle game got me flying off my seat. You know the one, where he delivers the perfect weight with a pass around the corner for Papiss Cisse to run on to and slide the ball into the Stoke net.
Cabaye scored two in the game, too, and has been one of the great successes of the season, having cost 4million. He’s a pass master.
Pass master: Yohan Cabaye
Rangers have a riot
It was an uncomfortable time for Spurs at QPR and Rangers fans must take some credit for helping the team turn the corner.
Loftus Road is a different stadium from any other in the Premier League. It’s tight, with a small capacity, but their fans make it difficult for visiting teams and that’s helped them defeat Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal – and now Spurs at home. Mark Hughes must be absolutely delighted.
Running riot: Adel Taarabt celebrates his winner
Why the boos, boys
Why did some Aston Villa fans think it necessary to boo Martin O’Neill when he returned to Villa Park as Sunderland boss on Saturday
He finished sixth, sixth, sixth in his time there and the last time I looked at the table, that would be gratefully accepted in these chastened times for the club. They decided not to support his ambition, he decided to leave. That’s fair enough.
Hostile reception: O'Neill (right) was booed by the Villa fans
Go for goal, Roberto
There is more than one way to win a football match but Chelsea, under Roberto Di Matteo, have found a style of playing that has seen them collect back-to-back clean sheets against the expansive play of
Barcelona and Arsenal.
I’m sure the game plan will not change in Spain on Tuesday night, but they have to maintain an attacking threat. Score first and Barcelona need three. If they don’t score, they will run out of legs.
Case for the defence: Chelsea have kept two clean sheets in a row
Marouane a menace
Ask me to predict the result between Manchester United and Everton and I would have been going for a home win. Everton lost to Liverpool in the closing stages last weekend and could have had one foot on the beach.
Instead, they played with great heart, recovered from 3-1 and 4-2 down and had the star of the game, with Marouane Fellaini a menace to United.
Magic Marouane: Fellaini scored as Everton drew at Old Trafford
Power to the Championship!
The npower Championship continues to give us a thrill. Brian McDermott and Reading are champions after drawing with Crystal Palace as Southampton lost at Middlesbrough.
West Ham must now beat Leicester on Monday night to stay in the hunt with the Saints, who will be promoted if the Hammers don’t collect three points. If West Ham do win, it goes down to the last day. We’ve not even reached the play-off madness yet!
Champions: Reading celebrate promotion
Alan's an old hand
He started as a striker and moved into midfield, but ex-England forward Alan Smith, still only 31, has taken a long time to rediscover his goal touch.
He’s missed a lot of games, but Smith’s goal for MK Dons against Sheffield United was his first in five years. His experience could yet have a big influence on what will be a nervous end to the League One season.