Match Day 22 is just about in the books in the EPL, with one match later today yet to be played (Watford vs. Swansea). Let's recap the weekend's action.
Rooney won't quit
You just can't count that man out. He's now scored in four consecutive matches for United and is keeping this team afloat on his own, answering critics left, right, and center. United weren't great in their 1-0 win over Liverpool (Rooney's goal was actually their only shot on goal), but they played extremely well defensively, as they have done for most of the season, and Rooney knocked in a scramble off a corner kick from good work by Fellaini to steal the win late on. Tough loss for Liverpool, who just have not gotten enough results recently. They can pretty much say goodbye to their top-4 hopes.
City are reemerging as favorites
Does anyone actually want to win the title? Arsenal and Leicester continue to drop points (both are winless in their last two), leaving the top of the table open again for Manchester City to climb their way back. After their 4-0 shellacking of Palace (sigh), they are within 1 point of joint leaders Leicester and Arsenal. Kun Aguero looked the best he has all season in this one and it's time that we start really looking at City as one of the favorites - not just handing it to Arsenal. Game on.
The relegation battle is on
This is the time in each season when it feels like even the teams at the very bottom start to put together some form and work to fight their way out of the basement. It's true of Villa, who now have four points in their past two matches (though they are still 8 points from safety); it's true of Newcastle, who surprisingly beat West Ham 2-1 to move up to 17th; and it's true of Bournemouth, who look like they may be staying up after all, especially after a big 3-0 win over rivals Norwich. I love watching the teams at the bottom of the table scrap for points, and today's Watford - Swansea match is a huge won for the Welsh side.