Three Premier League games are coming your way on Wednesday as things continue to get very, very serious at both ends of the table. Tottenham Hotspur head to in-form London rivals Crystal Palace looking to cut Chelsea’s lead atop the table to four points, while Arsenal host Leicester City as Arsene Wenger‘s side try to stay in the top four race. If either team manages a win then they’ll give themselves a slither of hope of avoiding relegation.
La Liga isn’t exactly competitive from top to bottom, and both Real Madrid and chasing Barcelona took advantage of weaker competition on Wednesday. Deportivo de la Coruna 2-6 Real Madrid When your “B Team” includes James Rodriguez and a certain Alvaro Morata, life is pretty good. Zinedine Zidane watched as Real took another step toward a first La Liga title since 2011-12 behind a James brace and markers from Morata (below, with style), Lucas Vazquez, Casemiro, and Isco. Barcelona 7-1 Osasuna Barca effectively relegated Osasuna. Despite braces from Lionel Messi, Paco Alcacer, and Andre Gomes, the headlines were stolen by Javier Mascherano. The Argentine scored his first ever Barca goal in just
Manchester United held on following Marouane Fellaini’s late sending-off for headbutting Sergio Aguero to eke out a 0-0 draw at Manchester City in the English Premier League on Thursday, keeping the race for Champions League qualification congested. United manager Jose Mourinho’s defensive tactics suffocated another heavyweight rival — it resembled an attack-vs-defense exercise in the second half — but whether a goalless draw does the team any good is open to question. Liverpool is a point ahead of City and has played a game more than both Manchester clubs. United has the more difficult run-in, with trips to come to Tottenham and Arsenal, and is still involved in the Europa League, with a two-leg semifinal looming against Celta Vigo.