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EPL Match Day 17: What we learned

Match Day 17 is just about in the books, with one more match to be played this afternoon.

Here's how it went down this afternoon and my takeaways.

van Gaal close to the exit door

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal may have sealed his fate. United lost again, this time 2-1 to Norwich City. They slump to 5th in the table (in a 3 way tie for 4th), but their form means that van Gaal cannot stay unless he turns things around. United are winless in their past 6 in all competitions, which includes getting eliminated from the Champions League and consecutive losses to newly promoted sides Bournemouth and Norwich. One more loss, and I say it's curtains for van Gaal.

Chelsea on the rebound

Just days after firing Jose Mourinho, Chelsea rebounded with a 3-1 win over Sunderland. Sure, Sunderland might be the worst team in the division, but any win is a good win for Chelsea at this point. They did what they had to do by firing Mourinho and with replacement Guus Hiddink on the way, Chelsea will hope that this win can spur them to some good Christmas and holiday season form.

Palace & Leicester continue to impress

Leicester beat Everton 3-2 thanks to two more goals from Riyad Mahrez while Palace got another win due to Lee Chung-yong's thunderbolt goal at the very end of the match to win 2-1 over Stoke. Both of these teams are turning heads each and every week, and Leicester now guarantee that they'll be first at Christmas while Palace sit tied with United and Spurs in 4th place. European football? Yes, please.

Klopp needs some transfers

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool lost again, this time 3-0 to the impressive Watford. Liverpool hasn't been very good since Klopp came aboard, but I think everyone knows that the German manager needs to make it to January so he can begin to make his mark on the team with some transfers of his own. He is playing with someone else's players at the moment and it isn't working out for him. Give him time and I think Liverpool will climb up the table in 2016.

Did you see any of the matches? What'd you think?

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And what a goal by Chung Yong Lee!
I really want Mourinho to go to Man Utd and kick Chelsea's ass....so disappointed in all the players, especially Hazard, Oscar, Ivanovich, and Costa.
Klopp certainly needs a keeper. I am still waiting for the Pardew slide. I heard someone suggested him for chelsea
@InPlainSight yeah, that drop by Bogdan was awful. Looks like Palace will keep Pardew for now as Hiddink was appointed for Chelsea!
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