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10 KEY TALKING POINTS FROM PREMIER LEAGUE AND FA CUP WEEKEND

10 KEY TALKING POINTS FROM PREMIER LEAGUE AND FA CUP WEEKEND

Watford will play Manchester City in the FA Cup final but Liverpool refuse to let them take the title with their important win

Less matches maybe, but there was certainly no shortage of talking points this weekend.

From another Liverpool late show to a stunning Watford recovery, you could not take your eyes off the action.

Saturday saw only three Premier League games take place but we got underway in style with an Friday eventful night in Southampton as once again Liverpool showed their title teeth.

Even some of the clubs not playing had a good weekend.

Manchester United fans would have loved events at Goodison Park as top four foes Arsenal came unstuck. Now it’s all eyes on Stamford Bridge as West Ham try to throw a spanner in the works for Chelsea – their fans would love nothing better!

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Here are the key talking points from the past few days…

1. Watford’s wonders

When Marco Silva left the club under a cloud, Hornets fans wondered what next.

The manager they had faith in had suddenly become detached, but little did they know what was around the corner.

An FA Cup final and a potentially record-breaking Premier League finish could be on the horizon. The only worry is Javi Gracia now being linked with a top job.

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2. Arsenal looking leggy

Just when we thought they’d cracked it, they go and put in a performance like that.

The stats don’t lie – they were lucky Everton didn’t have their shooting boots on. Arsenal just looked tired.

The away issues just won’t go away and they can’t rely on home form alone getting them into the top four.

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3. Wolves have work to do

There’s little doubt it’s been a fantastic first season back in the Premier League for Wolves .

But playing arguably the best football fans have ever seen will be of little comfort to those coming back from Wembley.

Defensively they need to be stronger that’s for sure and tougher to score against.

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4. Newcastle needed a reality check

It seemed like the Toon Army were quietly riding off into the summer sunshine.

But Crystal Palace gave the club a little wake up call and exposes their lack of cutting edge at times.

It’s now three without a win and Rafa Benitez still has a contract to play for!

5. Pep will takes risks

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You could argue that even without their big hitters, Manchester City on the run they’re on were always going to be too demanding for Brighton .

Pep Guardiola made seven changes – including giving rests to Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.

It could have backfired but it didn’t and the manager has total faith in his squad.

6. Good weekend for Man United

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Maybe not with rivals Liverpool and Man City again winning, but it was for their top four hopes.

Arsenal ’s poor show at Everton would have left fans knowing there’s nothing much to be afraid of from the Gunners.

Now it’s about getting back on track – starting with the smaller matter of Barcelona on Wednesday.

7. It’s looking bleak for Cardiff

You would need a heart of stone not to have a little sympathy for Neil Warnock.

Not only undone by an assistant whose minds wasn’t on his flag against Chelsea , but then their big relegation rivals win away from home.

Burnle y’s victory at Bournemouth makes things very difficult indeed for the Bluebirds. They need the Saints to slide.

8. Liverpool looking good

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Well, they did late on. Again.

At Southampton they came on strong – so are we looking at a battle of character vs class?

Don’t underestimate what a key moment the goal could play in Mo Salah’s season.

9. Brighton should be proud

On the face of it it’s been a difficult year for Brighton, but they have progressed – even if it may not be totally clear to some.

They’ve avoided a real struggle and their fans outnumbered Manchester City at Wembley.

There wasn’t to be an FA Cup final appearance of course but there’s no reason to be downhearted.

10. Dyche’s delight

Suddenly, all seems well at Turf Moor. Was it only last month they had serious relegation concerns?

You can’t almost forget that now, a fine 3-1 win at AFC Bournemouth takes them eight points above the drop zone.

Sean Dyche said his team would stay up and that confidence was well-placed.

Mirror football

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