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o It was a weekend of big scores and clarifying futures. Newcastle, Fulham and QPR got crushed, and Blackburn basically threw in the towel on their relegation fight at the Lane, handing in a meekly comfortable 2-0 loss for their weekly effort. QPR and Bolton fans are feeling the heat, and Aston Villa fans aren't feeling very comfortable, either. But the big game of the weekend is being played today, and because of that we're going to delay handing out the Player of the Week award. If one player comes up big on Monday, the title race could be over and done: more and more, it's looking like Winner Take All.
o Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres both turned in hat tricks, and Kevin Davies added a brace to his season total. The Zombie hunters are on red alert with so many notorious strikers coming back from the dead and buried.
o What in the hell is going on in Wigan? And where were these guys earlier in the season?? Wigan looked like the English Barcelona after shredding the Newcastle back line repeatedly in the Saturday contest on their way to a four goal victory. Playing with only three defensive backs and two wing backs to bomb forward and flood midfield, the rugby townies taught the Toon Army a footballing lesson on Saturday.
o The importance of today's Manchester derby can't be understated. For all those United fans buoyed by the knowledge that City still has to travel to Newcastle next weekend, realize this: the Magpies will be playing their third game in eight days by the time that fixture is contested, and could be coming off two road losses in a row -- not exactly a huge confidence booster.
o Apparently you can handball it as much as you want if Mark Clattenburg is in charge of the game. Denying West Brom a stone wall penalty and Villa more two other penalty shouts of their own, the man in the middle of Saturday's gamedid his fair share in contributing to yet another 0-0 draw for Villa. It's a point, but that still may not be enough for the Villans to escape the wicked grasp of relegation.
o By the way, if the final few minutes of the Villa - West Brom game were any indication of what were going to see these final few weeks as teams attempt to avoid being relegated, we're in for a real treat this season.
o Chant of the Weekend: "Let's All Do the Wenger," from the loud and rowdy Stoke City crowd located right behind the Arsenal Manager, as a highly agitated Professor was unsuccessful in his attempt to conjure up a winning goal from the sideline of Saturday's 1-1 draw at the Britannia.
o Gotta love the Chelsea fans: booing Anton Ferdinand for being a victim of racial abuse, before proudly applauding Ferdinand's abuser as he scored the game's second goal on Sunday. Pure class, all the way around. Chelsea and Terry: They deserve each other.