Chris Ruple

One week after Chelsea appeared to have wrapped up the title, the tables have turned and Manchester United is back in the title race. Here is a recap of the action from the Premier League from the weekend.

 

Sunderland 2 - Burnley 1

Darren Bent tallied his 24th goal of the season to add to an already stellar 2010 campaign and a 82nd minute goal from Steven Thompson had Burnley in desperation mode to gain a point. Thompson's goal wasn't enough and Burnley edges ever so close to relegation.

Birmingham City 0 - Hull City 0

Hull City rebounded from their 4-1 thrashing from fellow cellar dweller Burnley but were only able to gain a point against Birmingham and will remain in the bottom three.

Aston Villa 2 - Portsmouth 1

Aston Villa keeps its Champions League hopes alive from the foot of substitue Nathan Delfouneso as his first touch resulted in the game winning 82nd minute goal.

Wigan Athletic 3 - Arsenal 2

This week was a bad week to be a Gunners fan. Wednsday, Arsenal allowed 19- year old Danny Rose to score a striking volley in his Premier League debut as Tottenham went on to a 2-1 victory. The weekend proved to be even worse for the Gunners as they held a 2-0 lead over Wigan but somehow allowed three goals in the final 11 minutes to drop their second straight and eliminate them from the title race.

Manchester United 1 - Manchester City 0

Paul Scholes' miracle goal as stoppage time winded down gave the Red Devils the victory in the Derby, a sweep over Manchester City and a critical three points. The game appeared destined to end in a draw when Patrice Evra sent a swinging cross into the box and Scholes finished with a header past Given to secure the win.

Tottenham Spurs 2 - Chelsea 1

Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale both had goals for Tottenham and found a way to get past league leading Chelsea in a critical match for both teams. Chelsea could have all but secured the title with a win over Tottenham and Tottenham were fighting for a Champions League spot. John Terry's sending off in the second half didn't help matters for Chelsea, who now sit just one point ahead of the defending champions. Frank Lampard scored a late goal for Chelsea but they were unable to stage a comeback. Tottenham now sits in a prime position to represent in Europe next season.

One week after the title appeared to be lost for Manchester United, they find themselves back within striking distance. Saturday's game against Tottenham will be United's biggest test and then they will close out the season against Sunderland and Stoke City.

Chelsea will face Stoke City this week followed by a crucial away fixture vs. Liverpool and will finish out the season at home against Wigan.