In our weekly round-up of the action involving Chelsea players on loan, Conor Gallagher continued to impress in two big matches, while two defenders returned to action following spells on the sidelines...
It was a good week for Conor Gallagher and Crystal Place, both in the Premier League and FA Cup, albeit with two very different performances. First, the midfielder was named Man of the Match for his part in an impressive defensive effort to keep leaders Manchester City at bay and make it five games unbeaten for the Eagles with a 0-0 draw which boosted their chances of getting into the top half of the table.
Gallagher featured throughout again as Palace hosted Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday. The home side had to withstand some early pressure, but then took control of the tie with the midfielder influential again, dictating the tempo as they romped to an emphatic 4-0 victory, setting up a semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley.
There will be no trip to Wembley for Armando Broja, though, after Southampton were eliminated 4-1 by Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals. The scoreline was harsh on the Saints, who were in contention for much of the tie, but the tide had turned when Broja was introduced from the bench shortly after Man City had gone 2-1 up from the penalty spot in the second half.
Coventry City’s promotion chances took a dent as they were beaten 2-0 at home by Hull City and drew 1-1 at Derby County. Jake Clarke-Salter and Ian Maatsen both started the first of those matches and Maatsen looked like he had pulled a goal back for the Sky Blues.
Imagery appeared to show his shot crossing the line before being cleared, but controversially the goal-line technology was not triggered. At Derby, Maatsen replaced the injured Clarke-Salter 13 minutes into a frustrating draw, although other results mean they are within six points of the play-offs with a game in hand.
Levi Colwill made his first start for nearly a month following injury as Huddersfield Town travelled to Milwall with a chance to go level on points with second-place Bournemouth in the automatic promotion spots. However, their 17-game unbeaten run came to an end as they were beaten 2-0, with Tino Anjorin joining the action in the second half.
Both players came off the bench as the Terriers hosted Bournemouth at the weekend, but a heavy 3-0 defeat left them six points behind their promotion rivals, having played three games more.
That is despite Bournemouth being held to a 1-1 draw by Reading and Danny Drinkwater last Tuesday. The midfielder then helped the Royals to a 1-0 victory at home against another side in the promotion race, Blackburn Rovers, taking them five points clear of the relegation zone.
Dujon Sterling helped Blackpool consolidate their place in mid-table with an entertaining 0-0 draw at home with promotion-chasing Sheffield United. The game could have gone either way, with the Seasiders hitting the crossbar and the visitors having two goals ruled out for offside.
Henry Lawrence returned from injury to make his first Wimbledon appearance since early January from the start as they travelled to Cheltenham Town, looking to end a run of 18 league games without a win. It looked like they might manage that feat as they led for much of the match, but conceded three times in the last nine minutes to lose 3-1.
There was better news for goalkeeper Jamie Cumming at the other end of the table, though, as he produced a brilliant save to tip a header onto the bar and record his sixth clean sheet since joining MK Dons in January, in a 1-0 win at Cambridge United which leaves them just three points from automatic promotion.
Emerson Palmieri helped Lyon finish the job in the Europa League, drawing 1-1 at home with Porto in the second leg of their last-16 tie, to give them a 2-1 aggregate victory after their earlier win away in Portugal. Lyon will now face Premier League side West Ham United in the quarters.
Ethan Ampadu was involved throughout a difficult week for Venezia in Serie A. First they were beaten 1-0 away at Lazio, due to a soft penalty, before two defensive mistakes when playing out from the back resulted in a 2-0 defeat at home to Sampdoria in a relegation head-to-head. That result leaves the Lagunari three points from safety, albeit with a game in hand.
Michy Batshuayi was introduced as one of two first-half substitutions as Besiktas reacted to going two goals behind in the Istanbul derby at Galatasaray, but they could only manage a late consolation in a 2-1 defeat. The striker was back in the starting line-up for Besiktas’ next match and opened the scoring with his 12th goal of the season early on, but it was only enough for a 1-1 draw at home with Hatayspor.