In the week that Leicester City took a giant step towards the league title we breakdown the statistics from round 25.
And from Crystal Palace’s dire run to Southampton’s miserly defence and Everton’s remarkable away record, there is plenty to take in.
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Angelo Ogbonna headed home in stoppage time of extra time as West Ham United stunned a youthful Liverpool team 2-1 in Tuesday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay at Upton Park.
Philippe Coutinho’s clever free-kick had cancelled out Michail Antonio’s volleyed opener for West Ham and the game was seconds from a penalty shootout when Dimitri Payet curled a free-kick into the visitors’ box from the right and Ogbonna rose at the back post to head in the winner.
It was the Italian centre-back’s first goal since signing from Juventus last year and it earned Slaven Bilic’s side a trip to Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round.
West Ham had never previously beaten Liverpool in the FA Cup, but they have now overcome them three times this season, having beaten them twice in the league prior to the 0-0 draw in their first cup encounter.
Back in the dug-out after having his appendix removed on Saturday, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp watched his young charges push West Ham all the way until falling at the very last hurdle.
Despite making 10 changes and entrusting the midfield to 18-year-old Pedro Chirivella and the callow pair of Kevin Stewart and Joao Carlos Teixeira, Liverpool made an assured start.
The first chance was theirs, Christian Benteke’s volley scrambled behind by Darren Randolph from Coutinho’s deep corner, but West Ham were quick to respond, right-back Joey O’Brien almost crowning his first start since July by slamming a shot against the post.
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The pace was sedentary but the game was open and the woodwork was rattled again at both ends — Coutinho for Liverpool, Payet with a free-kick for West Ham — before the hosts took the lead in first-half injury time.
Enner Valencia wriggled his way to the byline on the left and dug out a cross to the back post, where Antonio leapt to meet it with a crisp side-foot volley that flashed past Simon Mignolet.
Klopp sent his side out early for the second half and within four minutes they were level, Coutinho deviously stroking a 20-yard free-kick beneath the wall and in after Pedro Obiang was deemed to have fouled Benteke.
Klopp sent for fit-again strikers Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, while injuries to Winston Reid and Cheikhou Kouyate obliged West Ham manager Bilic to bring on James Collins and Andy Carroll, the former Liverpool striker.
Valencia appealed in vain for a penalty when Tiago Ilori appeared to tug him back as he attempted to convert Antonio’s low cross.
The teams continued to exchange chances — Randolph parrying from Benteke and Sturridge, Valencia heading over and Mark Noble testing Mignolet — but they could not be separated in normal time.
Noble also worked Mignolet in extra time, but the best chances fell to Benteke.
Twice within a minute he should have scored, first volleying wide with the goal at his mercy and then shooting tamely at Randolph in a one-on-one, and Ogbonna made him pay.
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1. RIYAD MAHREZ (LEICESTER) – 7.38
Mahrez continued his remarkable form this season in a stunning display against Manchester City that handed Leicester the ascendancy in the Premier League title race.
The Algerian set up his team’s first goal and scored their second and has now directly contributed to 24 goals in the league for the Foxes.
If Mahrez can sustain this kind of form for three more months then Leicester will likely pull off one of the most stunning league title wins in history.
2. KIERAN TRIPPIER (TOTTENHAM) – 7.32
The Spurs right-back scored the only goal of the game against Watford, delivering his side a clean sheet and all three points in the process.
Spurs conceded just 19 goals in 25 games so far this season and have the best defence in the league.
Tripper, who has only just returned from injury, will be delighted to have played his part in shaping the backbone to the North London club’s inspired form.
3. PETR CECH (ARSENAL) – 7.29
The Arsenal stopper denied Bournemouth time and again as his side went on to win 2-0 on the South Coast and return the Gunners to third place in the table.
Bournemouth were in the match for large parts and were it not for Cech, the result would not have looked as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.
Cech now has 11 clean sheets in 24 outings in the league this season.
4. ROSS BARKLEY (EVERTON) – 7.25
Ross Barkley bossed the midfield for Everton against Stoke City as the Merseyside club ran riot at the Britannia Stadium.
The 22-year-old England midfielder was lively throughout and despite not being required to score or assist, his driving presence was there for all to see.
Barkley has scored eight goals and has seven assists in the league so far and is going about positioning himself as a key member of Roy Hodgson’s Euro 201 squad.
5. ROBERTO FIRMINO (LIVERPOOL) – 7.19
The Brazilian sparkled in the second half against Sunderland, grabbing a goal and an assist.
Firmino’s threat looked to have put the game beyond doubt, but for Liverpool to somehow throw away their lead and leave Anfield with just a draw despite being two goals to the good.
He has now been directly involved in 11 goals for Liverpool since signing in the summer, and he appears to be hitting form at the right time. If only his defenders would to the same…