QPR launch mission impossible, Fellaini undermines Everton
Weekend talking points: City and Wigan march on Wembley, Barcelona beat Arsenal
WIGAN and Manchester City booked a place in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley this weekend, but it's not yet clear who they will play as the other two quarter-finals ended in stalemate.
In the Premier League it was a big weekend at the bottom of the table, and one that gave Aston Villa and QPR hope in the relegation fight.
Here's what the fans will be talking about this morning:
LIVERPOOL BECOMING A FORCE
Liverpool's win over Spurs on Sunday suggests that Brendan Rodgers's team could be turning the corner and even presents them with an outside chance of making it into the Champions League next season. As expected, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez took top billing, but it was the Uruguayan striker who took the plaudits, scoring a wonderful opener and then winning the decisive penalty that earned the Reds all three points and their first win over any of the top five this season.
WOEFUL FELLAINI UNDERMINES EVERTON
Nothing summed up Everton's dismal performance against Wigan in the FA Cup on Saturday better than the sight of Marouane Fellaini turning his back on the play after a misplaced pass led to the breakdown of another Toffees attack. No matter that the ball was there to be won back, the Belgian was more interested in waving his arms and stamping his feet. His tantrum did not go down well with the Goodison Park crowd or his manager David Moyes. Minutes later he was hauled off with boos ringing in his ears.
CITY ADVANCE ON WEMBLEY
Manchester City may be all but out of the title race, but they are still in with a chance of some silverware this season after cruising into the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they will face either Chelsea or Man United. The champions cruised past Barnsley as Carlos Tevez hit a hat-trick on Saturday. If United beat Chelsea in their cup replay, the result will be back-to-back Manchester derbies in April and a chance for City to try and derail United on two fronts.
VILLA SCRAMBLE UP THE TABLE
Aston Villa took a vital step towards safety on Saturday with a 2-1 over fellow strugglers Reading. It looked like another dismal weekend was in store for the Villains when they fell behind, but goals from Christian Benteke and a winner from Gabby Agbonlahor earned them a first away win since mid-December. They are now three points clear of the drop zone and within touching distance of Sunderland in 15th place. Next weekend's game against QPR could be crucial.
QPR's GREAT ESCAPE COULD BE ON
Talking of QPR, the Hoops' hopes of a miraculous escape grew with a convincing win over Sunderland on Saturday. Harry Redknapp's men managed a stirring fightback after falling a goal behind and are now level on points with Reading. Rangers' problem is that there don't yet appear to be many candidates to take their place in the bottom three. They must carry on winning and hope that the likes of Sunderland and Southampton and even teams above them go into freefall.
BARCELONA MAKE MORE HEADLINES THAN ARSENAL
Arsenal enjoyed a rare weekend off, and in some quarters out of sight does mean out of mind. The Gunners face Bayern Munich in the Champions League this week, but their position is so hopeless that the imminent exit of Barcelona from the same competition was regarded as more noteworthy by some papers. Indeed the Sunday Times dedicated an entire page to Barca's travails, while Arsenal’s problems are now so familiar that they warranted just a few lines. ·