For the second time in the space of a few weeks, we saw a case of mistaken identity regarding the delivery of a red card. After Gareth McAuley was wrongly sent off in the early stages against Manchester City yesterday, Tony Pulis spoke out to the media about the need to help referees to better officiate games.
His solution was simple: Allow for an instant replay review from a decision making official off the pitch. This is already a technology that is being taken advantage of in the National Football League in the United States, to good effect. Those who are against the implementation of the technology have stated that it would slow the game down too much, but as long as it only applied to red-card and/or penalty situations, I don't think most fans would mind, and surely the managers and players would be much happier with the correct decision being made. What are your thoughts on this option moving forward?
Moving on from yesterday, we've got three fascinating matches on the docket today, beginning with the match of the weekend as Liverpool host Manchester United. Not only is this traditionally a major rivalry that sees both sets of players and fans at their most intense, this match in particular could go a long way to determining which team finishes in the coveted Top 4 by season's end.
Following the blockbuster between the Reds and Red Devils, likely league champions Chelsea travel to the KC Stadium to challenge a struggling Hull City side. If the Blues can win, they'll maintain their 6-point lead at the top of the Premier League, with a game in hand over their nearest challenger Man City. If not, the title race could be blown wide open yet again, with more than just City within reaching distance of the top. Arsenal and whichever team from the Liverpool - United match today will also have a legitimate chance at catching a team that for most of the season seemed uncatchable.
We'll close out today's action with Queens Park Rangers hosting Everton. Both teams have struggled mightily to be consistent this season, so it's completely unclear which Rangers and which Toffees will show up.
From a fantasy perspective, I'm having an excellent week, which is going a long way to erase the memory of last week's 50 point disaster. I'm currently on 130 points with Thibaut Courtois and Matt Phillips to go.
How are you faring this week? Who do you have left to play? Let's chat!