Premier League round-up: Liverpool stay top, City keep pace, top four rivals Tottenham and Man United both win
Another weekend of Premier League football has come and gone, with drama at both ends of the table.
Below, talkSPORT.com round-up everything that happened in the top flight of English football on Saturday and Sunday.
Tottenham 4-0 Huddersfield Town
Lucas Moura fired a hat-trick as Tottenham continue to enjoy the comforts of their new home with a 4-0 Premier League win over Huddersfield that strengthens their top-four hopes.
Any fears they might have had about struggling to settle in at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium have been convincingly quashed after making it three wins from three there, with Moura earning himself a place in history with the first treble in the 62,062-seater arena.
Victor Wanyama put Spurs on the road to an easy afternoon as they have now scored seven goals and conceded none back on their own patch.
The lunchtime win sends Spurs back up to third and with three of their remaining six league games at their new stadium, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be confident of coming out on top of a thrilling four-way battle for Champions League qualification.
Brighton 0-5 Bournemouth
Brighton crashed to their worst Premier League home defeat to leave themselves in serious relegation trouble as Bournemouth ended their recent slump in style.
Goals from Dan Gosling, Ryan Fraser, David Brooks, Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas secured a thumping 5-0 victory for the visitors.
It was only the Cherries’ second win their last 10 matches, but it took them past the 40-point mark to end any lingering fears they had of being dragged into trouble.
For Brighton, though, the problems are mounting, their run to the FA Cup semi-final masking dreadful form which has seen them collect just eight points since the turn of the year.
Burnley 2-0 Cardiff City
Referee Mike Dean controversially reversed his decision to award Cardiff a penalty as the Bluebirds’ troubles deepened with a 2-0 loss against Burnley at Turf Moor.
Chris Wood deservedly gave the hosts a 31st-minute lead but Cardiff looked to have been presented with a great chance to equalise moments after the restart when Ben Mee was penalised for handball.
It was assistant Darren Cann who raised his flag but, after a discussion with Dean, the referee changed his mind, leaving Cardiff’s players and boss Neil Warnock furious.
Cardiff had two more strong penalty appeals turned down late in the second half and Wood made sure of the points with his 13th goal of the season in injury time.
Fulham 2-0 Everton
Fulham secured just a fifth Premier League win of the season as Scott Parker’s already-relegated side outplayed Everton at Craven Cottage.
After their immediate relegation back to the Sky Bet Championship was confirmed last time out at Watford, the Whites ran out deserved 2-0 victors against a disappointing Everton.
Captain Tom Cairney opened the scoring with just the second Premier League goal of his career and his first since scoring against Everton for Hull in March 2010 and it was Ryan Babel who would wrap up a rare win for the home side.
Aleksandar Mitrovic passed up a number of first-half opportunities but Fulham struck twice in the second half to pick up their first victory since January and a maiden win for caretaker boss Parker.
Southampton 3-1 Wolves
Nathan Redmond’s first top-flight double in two years drove Southampton to the brink of Premier League safety with a 3-1 win over Wolves.
The 25-year-old’s brace sent Saints eight points clear of relegation favourites Cardiff, with Shane Long adding a third for the impressive hosts.
Willy Boly’s header had Wolves level at 1-1 but only for 118 seconds, as Redmond notched his second to stun the nonplussed Molineux men.
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Manchester United 2-1 West Ham
Manchester United moved within two points of the top four as a pair of Paul Pogba penalties sealed victory at Old Trafford, but those in attendance will know how fortunate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were to have secured a point, never mind three.
Felipe Anderson saw an early opener wrongly ruled out for offside, but the Brazilian cancelled out Pogba’s contentiously-awarded penalty shortly after half-time as the Hammers capitalised on David De Gea’s poor throw.
The United goalkeeper made amends as Manuel Pellegrini’s men pushed for a winner, producing an outstanding one-handed save from Michail Antonio shortly after the West Ham substitute rattled the goalframe.
Yet the visitors returned to the capital empty-handed after Pogba smashed home his second spot-kick to keep up United’s top-four charge on an evening when the performance will have alarmed Solskjaer.
Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City
Raheem Sterling’s double kept Manchester City’s bid to retain their Premier League crown on track as they sank Crystal Palace 3-1 – READ THE FULL MATCH REPORT HERE.
Sterling took his goal tally for the season to 21 and Gabriel Jesus chipped in with the third as dominant City passed the latest test of their title credentials.
Selhurst Park has been a graveyard for title campaigns in the recent past, notably when Liverpool’s wheels came off in 2014 and City suffered a similar fate a year later.
Palace were also looking to complete an unlikely double over the champions, as the only visiting team to win at the Etihad this season thanks to Andros Townsend’s wonder-goal.
But with Christian Benteke, handed a first start since February 9, cutting an isolated figure in attack the Eagles failed to lay a glove on Pep Guardiola’s side until Luka Milivojevic scored with a free-kick.
It did not knock City out of their stride, though, with substitute Jesus ensuring they recorded a ninth successive Premier League victory.
Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea
After a closely fought first-half, Sadio Mane headed the hosts in front shortly after half-time following a superb chipped cross from Jordan Henderson.
Just two minutes later, Salah picked up the ball from 25-yards and unleashed a thunderbolt into the top corner, leaving Blues stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga with no chance.
Salah’s goal was worthy of winning a title let alone a game, but for now Liverpool will settle for the latter.
A two-point lead over City, winners at Crystal Palace, was restored and proved Jurgen Klopp’s previous assertion that no-one is getting rid of his side in this most enthralling of races.
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