February 2nd to 7th - Man City are odds on to regain the title after a week in which they kept their heads while their title rivals lost theirs. A four-one win at Anfield on Sunday leaves them five points clear of the rest with a game in hand. Ilkay Gundogan put a missed penalty behind him to score two second half goals. Phil Foden's late strike was the icing on the cake for Pep Guardiola's side who now look to be cruising towards the title. For Liverpool, it's three home defeats in a row in the league for the first time since 1963. Their priority now has to be a top four finish to retain their Champions League status.

Man United are second after a late Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal denied them 3 points at Old Trafford. The Toffees struck late for a three-all draw. Old Trafford was the ground for goals this week as United had put 9 goals past Southampton earlier in the week - the second nine-nil defeat for the Saints in two seasons. Leicester remain third after drawing nil-all at Wolves.

Chelsea's good run of form since appointing Thomas Tuchel continued with two wins on the road. They won one-nil at Spurs on Thursday night and two-one at Sheffield United on Sunday night. The winner in both games came from Jorginho spot kicks.

It looks like the relegation race might be done too. Fulham are third from bottom, eleven points from safety despite a useful point at home to West Ham. West Brom and Sheffield United look doomed too. Sam Allardyce's side lost two-one at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night and two-nil at Tottenham on Sunday. It already looks very difficult to see how those bottom three teams might make up the gap to fourth from bottom Burnley.

A few teams still have top four finish ambitions. Aston Villa bounced back from a midweek defeat at home to West Ham with a one-nil win against faltering Arsenal. The Hammers themselves are just one point outside the champions league spots. Everton's two games in hand could leave them nestled inside the top four too.

The first leaderboard for February sees David Cooney lead the way on 87 points. He's three points clear of January's winner, Gerry Draper, who has started strongly again this month. The top five for February so far is completed by Philip Jordan, Brendan Maguire and Robert Manley - full details below:

 

February 13th and 14th - Man City beat Tottenham three-nil on Saturday evening to cement their title ambitions. Ilkay Gundogan was on the scoresheet again - scoring twice to take his total for the season to eleven. Rodri had opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the first half. City's lead is seven points with a game in hand after Man United came from a goal down to earn a point at West Brom. The Baggies were a goal up in two minutes but Bruno Fernandes equalised on the stroke of half time. If Man City win their game in hand at Everton midweek then they'll be ten points clear.

Liverpool capitulated in the final quarter at Leicester as the champions lost for the sixth time this season. Mo Salah had opened the scoring but a combination of VAR and defensive errors saw Brendan Rodgers record his first victory over his old side since leaving Anfield in 2015. Everton missed out on a chance to replace their neighbours in the top ten when they lost two-nil at home to Fulham on Sunday night. Josh Maja, star of Sunderland Till I Die, put in another Oscar winning performance, scoring twice in what turned out to the Cottagers first ever league win at Goodison Park.

Arsenal moved above Leeds into tenth place after winning an entertaining clash four-two at the Emirates. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick for the hosts as they recorded a much needed victory.

Burnley are twelve points clear of the relegation zone after picking up a very useful three points with a three-nil win at Crystal Palace. Goals from Gudmundsson and Rodriguez ahd them two up after ten minutes with Matt Lowton scoring a third in the second half. Wolves came from behind to win two-one at Southampton - gaining a swift revenge for their FA Cup defeat on Thursday night. Saturday's other game saw Brighton and Aston Villa play out a scoreless draw the Amex.

Philip Jordan has taken the lead in the February competition. He has a one point lead over Robert Manley in second place. Last week's leader, David Cooney, is now in third place, level on points with Gerry Draper. Brendan Maguire completes the top five:

 

February 19th to 21st - Wins for the top three means it's a case of as you were at the top of the table. Man City made it thirteen league wins in a row (eighteen in all competitions) with a hard fought one-nil win at Arsenal. Raheem Sterling, with a rare header, scored the only goal for Pep Guardiola's side. Man United stayed ten points behind with a three-one win over Newcastle on Sunday night. Goals from Rashford, James and Fernandes saw United retain second place. Leicester are third on goal difference - goals from James Maddison and Harvey Barnes saw them over the line despite Bertrand Traore's second half strike.

Two wins since our last update leaves West Ham sitting pretty in fourth place in the table. A three-nil home win over Sheffield United on Monday night was followed by a very significant two-one win at home to Spurs on Sunday afternoon. David Moyes' side are now on 45 points, two clear of Chelsea. The Blues dropped points for the first time under Thomas Tuchel when they were held to a draw by Southampton on Saturday. Takuri Minamino opened the scoring for the Saints but Mason Mount earned a point for the visitors in the second half.

Liverpool's season continues to crash around them as Everton won at Anfield for the first time since 1999. Ricarlison opened the scoring in the third minute and Evertonian nerves were settled late on when Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a penalty in the final ten minutes to settle matters. The Toffees are now level on points with their local rivals with a game in hand.

At the bottom of the table, Fulham closed to within four points of Newcastle with a one-nil win at home to Sheffield United. Ademola Lookman scored the winner in the second half as Scott Parker's side continued their battle against the drop. West Brom picked up a point after a nil-all draw at Crystal Palace but they remain eleven points from safety.

David Cooney has a six point lead heading into the final week in February. Eamon Fox is second with last week's leader, Philip Jordan, now in third place. The top five for February is completed by Robert Manley and Brendan Maguire.

 

February 27th and 28th - Man City's cruise towards another league title was boosted with their nearest rivals dropping points this weekend. City were first up this weekend and picked up another three points with victory over West Ham. Dias and Stones scored the goals with Michail Antonio equalising inbetween. Manchester United failed to score at Chelsea, drawing nil-all, and falling twelve points off the lead. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to complain about the content on the Chelsea website after that one - I hope he never reads this website.....

Leicester stumbled to defeat at home to Arsenal on Sunday. A Youri Tielemans goal had them ahead early on but goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe saw the Gunners pick up a very useful three points. Liverpool are back within touching distance of the top four again. A run of four league defeats came to an end with a two-nil win at Sheffield United. Second half goals from Curtis Jones and a deflected Roberto Firmino strike set the Reds up nicely for Chelsea's visit next Thursday night.

Elsewhere, Tottenham beat Burnley four-nil at home. Jose Mourinho got over himself long enough to pick Gareth Bale who scored twice. Aston Villa's European ambitions were boosted by a one-nil win at Leeds - if they win their two games in hand they'll be knocking on the door of the top four.

Not too many changes to report at the bottom - Fulham are still battling for their lives after picking up a point at Crystal Palace. They've a game in hand on both Newcastle and Brighton who sit four points above them. Newcastle conceded a late equaliser at home to Wolves while Brighton slipped to their second defeat this week, losing one-nil at West Brom.

It's congratulations to David Cooney who held on to win the monthly prize for February. He finished with 198 points, just two ahead of Gavin Goodwin. Dave McGinley and Philip Jordan were just three points further back. The top five for the month was completed by Eamon Fox - full details below:

 

Premier League 2020-2021 - February Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
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1
1
0
David Cooney
Frank's Silvalinings
198
171
27






2
7
5
Gavin Goodwin
Gorey United
196
157
39
3
13
10
David McGinley
Reservoir Dubs
193
146
47
4
3
-1
Philip Jordan
Frankie's Army
193
163
30
5
2
-3
Eamon Fox
Goals Very Important In Life
192
165
27
6
12
6
George McGettigan
Right Up The Jimmy
189
149
40
7
6
-1
Darragh Kenny
The Sporting Wing
187
160
27
8
4
-4
Robert Manley
Alisson Wonderland
187
162
25
9
10
1
Con McSweeney
Dowtcha_Boys
185
155
30
10
8
-2
Niall Murray
Book Ake
184
157
27
11
9
-2
Gerry Draper
Everton10
183
156
27
12
14
2
Kris Stainton
Da Love Be Beek
182
145
37
13
5
-8
Brendan Maguire
Cantthinkofone
180
160
20
14
22
8
Aidan Scanlon
Kilflynn Santos
179
137
42
15
25
10
Cathal Thornton
Horse's Heroes
177
135
42
16
24
8
Niall Carroll
19
177
137
40
17
19
2
Roisin Joyce
Roisin Joyce
175
140
35
18
23
5
Bobby Hynes
Born To Run
174
137
37
19
30
11
Brian Haughton
Klopp's Achievers
174
132
42
20
11
-9
Gary Fitzpatrick
Timo Werner Is A Hurensohn
174
152
22
21
18
-3
Kev Dalton
Show Me De Mane
170
140
30
22
29
7
Anastas Popov
Strong Saints
169
132
37
23
36
13
Paul Prendergast
The Untouchables
169
127
42
24
42
18
Ciaran O'Hart
Riverchapel Plate
168
121
47
25
15
-10
Brian Mullen
Mothers Milk
167
142
25
26
43
17
Wayne Donovan
Sixth Senseless
166
121
45
27
21
-6
Brian Prendergast
Mista Dobalina
165
138
27
28
17
-11
Jonathan Fox
Kilppety Klopp All The Way To The Top
165
140
25
29
20
-9
Craig Calvert
Proper FC
164
139
25
30
31
1
Gavin Morgan
Bristol Fashion
164
132
32
31
35
4
Joe Turner
#blocklivesmatter
164
127
37
32
27
-5
Liam Keohan
Invincibles
164
134
30
33
33
0
Kevin Philpott
Phillys Phylers
163
131
32
34
16
-18
Davy Doyle
FC Twente Benson
162
140
22
35
38
3
Phil Doyle
FC Muertos Errantes
162
125
37
36
28
-8
Ciaran Nelson
Nelson Utd
160
133
27
37
32
-5
Micheal Joyce
Pure Whites
157
132
25
38
45
7
Alan White
Al White XI
155
118
37
39
53
14
Joseph Kavanagh
Joey's Invincibles
154
112
42
40
37
-3
Victoria Reid
Tristan's Titans
153
126
27
41
49
8
Gareth Pierpoint
Alisson Wonderland
152
117
35
42
39
-3
Eoghan Farrelly
Last Chance Saloon
151
124
27
43
47
4
Richard Johnston
The Corporation Lads FC
150
118
32
44
40
-4
John Brophy
Carrig United
148
123
25
45
34
-11
David Lavelle
Gers Abu
145
128
17
46
46
0
Dean White
Armchair 11
145
118
27
47
41
-6
Aidan White
Saved By A Goalline Technology Failure
144
122
22
48
48
0
Christina Morgan
Return of the Red Dwarf
144
117
27
49
50
1
Gerard McCluskey
Breffni Blues
142
117
25
50
56
6
Andy Dunne
Peter Crouch Rangers
141
109
32
51
26
-25
Frank McSweeney
Poolabu
137
135
2
52
44
-8
Graham Goodwin
2021 Pls
137
120
17
53
55
2
Ralph Goodwin
Sky Blue Champions
137
112
25
54
60
6
Caroline Carroll
Prince
135
105
30
55
51
-4
Lionel Knott
Red Abbey Reds
135
115
20
56
52
-4
Sean O'Mairtin
Creweless
135
115
20
57
61
4
Robert Hynes
Charlton
133
103
30
58
63
5
Gerry Moore
Mikel's Maestros
132
97
35
59
57
-2
Derek Brady
Liverpool
130
108
22
60
58
-2
Paul Moore
Bobby Dazzler
129
107
22
61
59
-2
Fiachra O'Brolachain
Tallacticos
128
106
22
62
66
4
Gary McGurk
This Is Our Year
127
90
37
63
54
-9
Liam Geraghty
Is There Any Hope?
127
112
15
64
64
0
Calvin McGettigan
Average Joe 1.0
125
95
30
65
62
-3
Trevor Byrne
Noddy's 11
125
100
25
66
65
-1
Joe Behan
MT-09
120
93
27
67
67
0
Niall Cannon
TAA Very Much
108
83
25
68
68
0
Javier Suarez
Hendo's Boys
101
74
27
69
69
0
Callum Dunne
The Keita Success
41
41
0
70
70
0
John O'Driscoll
The Botchments
37
35
2
71
72
1
Ben Creasey
#1
16
12
4
72
71
-1
Drew Armstrong
Army's All Stars
16
14
2
73
73
0
Michael Kenaney
Expected Toulouse
10
8
2
74
75
1
Gary Donnelly
Audrey's + 1
6
4
2
75
74
-1
Patrick Mifsud
Red & Black Brigade
6
6
0