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United’s Marcus Rashford scored a double against Liverpool, and his brilliant pace caused the latter all kinds of problems.

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Crystal Palace’s recent run of bad luck continued as they lost a third straight, a 2-1 loss to Chelsea, to tumble back into the relegation places, relegation wary Southampton drew closer to the brink following a 3-0 spanking at the hands of Newcastle, who continued their flight from the relegation places,...
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With English Premier League leaders, Manchester City, likely to continue their supercharged run for the title on Monday, events took an ominous turn on the bottom for bottommost West Bromwich Albion, as they dug deeper into the bottom, on the heels of a 4-1 home shellacking at the hands of Leicester City.

Crystal Palace’s recent run of bad luck continued as they lost a third straight, a 2-1 loss to Chelsea, to tumble back into the relegation places, relegation wary Southampton drew closer to the brink following a 3-0 spanking at the hands of Newcastle, who continued their flight from the relegation places, and back-to-back losses saw West Ham’s survival hopes took a downward slide as they edged perilously close to the drop places.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Swansea held on for a crucial point in their survival bid despite playing with 10 men for over 79 minutes, Everton rebounded from recent back-to-back loses with a 2-0 win over Brighton at home, and Manchester United strengthened their grip on the second spot with a convincing 2-1 win over a fancied Liverpool side.

On Sunday, Arsenal ended a run of three successive Premier League defeats with a 3-0 spanking of Watford. And Tottenham came from a goal down to thrash Bournemouth 4-1 to move up third on the log.

And on Monday Night Football, a double from David Silva restored Manchester City's 16-point lead, as they overcame Stoke City by two goals to nothing.

Monday

Stoke City 0-2 Manchester City

David Silva scored twice as Manchester City moved a step closer to the Premier League title with a 2-0 win at Stoke City on Monday night.

Match highlights | Stoke City 2-0 Manchester City

 

Man City broke the deadlock after just 10 minutes at the bet365 Stadium thanks to Silva's neat side-footed finish. The Spain midfielder then doubled the visitors' advantage, converting after a lovely move five minutes into the second half.

As a result, Pep Guardiola's side will now win the Premier League by beating Everton and second-placed Manchester United in their next two fixtures.

 

 

Sunday

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Arsenal rebounded from recent defeats with a 3-0 win over Watford at the Emirates.

Match Highlights | Arsenal 3-0 Watford

 

Shkodran Mustafi headed an eighth-minute opener, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang fired a belated second just before the hour-mark, before Henrikh Mkhitaryan added a third 13 minutes from time as Arsene Wenger's selection gamble with AC Milan in mind paid off.

The hosts had escaped punishment for a profligate first half and were indebted to Petr Cech for saving a Troy Deeney penalty just minutes after Aubameyang struck, the goalkeeper finally recording his 200th Premier League clean sheet.

Arsenal remain 10 points adrift of the top four with Watford in 10th.

Bournemouth 1-4 Tottenham

Heung-Min Son scored twice as Tottenham came from behind to beat Bournemouth 4-1.

Match highlights | Bournemouth 1-4 Tottenham Spurs

Bournemouth took the lead through Junior Stanislas (7), before goals from Dele Alli (35), Son (65 and 87) and Serge Aurier (90) ensured Spurs strengthened their position in the top four.

It was an impressive response to their agonising midweek Champions League exit to Juventus but there is cause for concern over Kane, who was forced off in the first half after he awkwardly planted his right boot into the turf.

Tottenham move into third place, one point above Liverpool and five ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea. Bournemouth, meanwhile, remain in 12th and six points above the relegation zone.

 

Saturday

Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

Marcus Rashford's first-half double inspired Manchester United to a crucial 2-1 victory over rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.

 

Match highlights | Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

The England forward's thunderous drive fired United into the lead on 14 minutes - his first Premier League goal since December 10 - and he doubled his tally with a deflected second 10 minutes later.

Eric Bailly's 66th-minute own goal handed an improved Liverpool a route back into the game but United withstood a late onslaught to secure their first victory over their rivals since January 2016.

The victory sees Jose Mourinho's men extend their unbeaten league run against Liverpool to eight games and opens up a five-point lead over Jurgen Klopp's side in the race for second.

Everton 2-0 Brighton

Brighton were happy to sit back until the hour-mark, when Yannick Bolasie's cross was turned into his own net by Gaetan Bong, under pressure from Theo Walcott.




Match highlights | Everton 2-0 Brighton

 

It was 2-0 shortly after through Tosun (76), who fired in off the crossbar from 12 yards after Leighton Baines had squared the ball across goal.

Wayne Rooney saw a late penalty superbly saved by Matt Ryan, but the result sees Everton move up to ninth, while Brighton are down to 11th - seven points off the drop zone.

Huddersfield 0-0 Swansea

Swansea produced a brilliant defensive performance to claim a point at Huddersfield despite playing 79 minutes of the 0-0 draw with 10 men.


Match highlights | Huddersfield 0-0 Swansea

Jordan Ayew was shown a straight red after just 11 minutes for a high boot challenge against Jonathan Hogg. Yet for all their subsequent possession - and Huddersfield enjoyed 81 per cent of the ball - Swansea keeper Lukasz Fabianski was forced into just one save of note, tipping Steve Mounie's fierce volley onto the bar midway through the second half.

Tom Ince then hit the post in injury time with a fine downward header, but the hosts could find no way through as Swansea held on to leave both sides on 31 points in their fight against relegation.

 

Newcastle 3-0 Southampton

Newcastle recorded a crucial victory in the battle for survival in the Premier League, beating Southampton 3-0.

 


Match highlights | Newcastle 3-0 Southampton

Kenedy scored his first goal for the club in the second minute to give Rafael Benitez's side the perfect start. The Brazilian scored his second after a brilliant counter-attacking move featuring Ayoze Perez and Dwight Gayle in the 29th minute before Matt Ritchie (57) rounded off a comfortable afternoon's work for the hosts.

The win sees Newcastle move up to 13th, five points clear of the relegation zone but defeat leaves Southampton perilously close to the drop zone in 17th.

 

West Brom 1-4 Leicester City

Riyad Mahrez starred as Leicester condemned West Brom to their sixth successive Premier League loss.

Match highlights | West Brom 1-4 Leicester City



Salomon Rondon gave the Baggies the lead inside eight minutes. However, the lead lasted just 13 minutes as Jamie Vardy was superbly picked out by Mahrez from inside his own half before the England forward volleyed Leicester level from the 18-yard box.

Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho picked out Mahrez (62), who lifted the ball over Ben Foster before the former Manchester City striker rounded off the victory with a pinpoint header. Vicente Iborra rubbed salt into the wounds of the home fans as he rose above Craig Dawson to head in Leicester's fourth in added time and seal a convincing win. West Brom remain rooted to the foot of the table, while the Foxes remain in eighth.

West Ham 0-3 Burnley

Chris Wood came off the bench to score twice and assist Ashley Barnes in a 3-0 victory over West Ham amid fan protests.

Burnley had not had a shot on target until the 66th minute when Barnes smashed in the visitors' opener before Wood tapped in a second (70) and capitalised on Joe Hart's error for their third (81).

The result puts Burnley three points clear in seventh and places further pressure on sixth-placed Arsenal. West Ham, meanwhile, drop down to 16th after their third successive defeat.

 

Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

Chelsea picked up a valuable 2-1 win over Crystal Palace as a deflected Willian strike and a calamitous Martin Kelly own-goal gave the Blues only a second league victory in six.







Match highlights | Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

 

They could have been out of sight by the break had Olivier Giroud added to their two first-half goals (25, 32), but he was denied by a goal-line clearance by James Tomkins and later struck a post after the interval.

Palace improved immeasurably thanks to the half-time return of Wilfried Zaha from a long-term injury and saw Alexander Sorloth hammer a shot against the woodwork, before his seemingly legitimate late goal was chalked off for a foul in the build-up that looked extremely soft.

The Eagles pulled one back in the final minute when Patrick van Aanholt slotted beyond Thibaut Courtois from close range, but Chelsea hung on to move back within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham.

 

 

English Premier League Week 30 Scores At A Glance

Monday

Stoke City vs Manchester City

Sunday

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Bournemouth 1-4 Tottenham

Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

Everton 2-0 Brighton

Huddersfield 0-0 Swansea

Newcastle 3-0 Southampton

West Brom 1-4 Leicester City

West Ham 0-3 Burnley

Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

 

English Premier League Week 30 Standings

 

Game day reports from skysports and BBC were used in this compilation.

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