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Manchester United continued their meteoric ascendency under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (10 league wins) with a late winner against Southampton in an exhilarating five-goal fiesta to ...
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Manchester City put up one of their best performances of the season as they overcame injuries to Kevin de Bruyne and John Stones to go two points clear at the top, following a lone goal win over a stubborn Bournemouth side on Saturday. However, hitherto leaders – Liverpool – will have their say over that tomorrow as guests of Everton.

Manchester United continued their meteoric rise under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (10 league wins) with a late winner against Southampton in an exhilarating five-goal fiesta to move just 3points shy of third-placed Tottenham, who divvied the day’s spoil in a come-from-behind tie with Arsenal at home that the latter should have won. Another superb away performance from Crystal Palace saw them take another huge step towards securing their top-flight status.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Wolverhampton Wanderers notched a comfortable 2-0 win over relegation threatened Cardiff, West Ham eased their way to a well-deserved 2-0 win over visiting Newcastle, and bottommost Huddersfield took a step closer to the exit following a lone goal loss to Brighton.

Hitherto table-toppers, Liverpool, saw their title hopes take a significant dent on Sunday, following a battling performance from Everton that saw them hold the former to a goalless tie, a result that saw the Reds fall behind Manchester City by a point. Fulham’s relegation problems continued unabated after going down at home to Chelsea by a goal to two, and Watford continued their impressive campaign with a late victory over Leicester City in Brendan Rodgers’ first game in charge of the Foxes.

Sunday

Watford 2-1 Leicester City

A last-gasp goal from Andre Gray denied Brendan Rodgers his first point as Leicester manager as Watford earned a 2-1 win on Sunday.

Rodgers' debut saw him return to the club where he got his first managerial job after being appointed at Leicester on Tuesday, but it was a terrible start for the former Celtic boss as Troy Deeney scored inside five minutes.

Jamie Vardy looked to have secured the draw when he slotted home in the 75th minute, but a lack of concentration from Leicester's defence saw Gray score the winner in the third minute of four added on.

The win sees Watford stay in eighth but go level on points with seventh-placed Wolves, while Leicester remain in 11th with Rodgers yet to win his first game in charge of any team he has managed in English football (D2, L3)

Fulham 1-2 Chelsea

Scott Parker's first game in charge of Fulham ended in defeat as Chelsea won 2-1 at Craven Cottage to maintain their top-four challenge.

Gonzalo Higuain opened the scoring after 16 minutes for Chelsea, who recalled goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after he was dropped in midweek following his refusal to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final.

Calum Chambers took advantage of some poor marking to equalise for the relegation-threatened hosts in the 27th minute, but Chelsea quickly restored their lead with a fine finish from Jorginho.

Chelsea spurned further chances to add to their advantage but held on to secure their first Premier League away win of 2019 and close the gap on fourth-placed Manchester United to two points.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Liverpool missed the chance to return to the top as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park.

Only a victory would have seen Jurgen Klopp's side reclaim top spot from Manchester City after their win at Bournemouth, but the Reds came up short against a stubborn Everton side who took great pride in halting their neighbours' title challenge.

Mohamed Salah had two clear opportunities to send Liverpool back to the summit but his touch in front of goal was characteristic of a game lacking real attacking quality.

Liverpool stay second, a point behind champions City with nine games remaining. Everton, who are now without a win against their rivals in 19 games in all competitions, remain in 10th position.

EPL Week 29 Standings

EPL Week 29 Standings

Saturday

Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw a last-gasp penalty saved as Arsenal drew 1-1 against Tottenham to leave Spurs four points ahead of their north London rivals in the top-four race.

Aaron Ramsey finished on the counter-attack after 16 minutes to put the Gunners ahead, but Spurs levelled from the penalty spot in the 74th minute through Harry Kane after he was barged over by Shkodran Mustafi.

Arsenal might have been aggrieved as Kane was offside before he was fouled, but they spurned the chance to snatch victory when Lloris saved Aubameyang's penalty in the 89th minute and Jan Vertonghen blocked the follow-up shot on the line.

Bournemouth 0-1 Manchester City

Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal of the game as City beat Bournemouth to return to the top of the table.

It was a far-from-vintage performance from City, who faced a well-drilled Bournemouth defence, but Mahrez slotted home in the 55th minute to hand the visitors the win.

City go two points clear of Liverpool - who play Everton on Sunday while Bournemouth remain in 12th.

 

Brighton 1-0 Huddersfield

Brighton won their first game of 2019 after narrowly overcoming struggling Huddersfield 1-0.

Substitute Florin Andone's close-range header in the 79th minute proved the difference to end the hosts' seven-game winless streak.

Brighton came close to scoring in the first half through Alireza Jahanbakhsh, but his effort cracked off the crossbar. In the second half, Andone was denied by a fine stop from Jonas Lossl seven minutes before he scored the game's only goal. Victory means they sit in 15th on 30 points. Huddersfield lie in 20th, 13 points off safety with nine games of the season to go.

 

Burnley 1-3 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace moved eight points clear of relegation trouble after an impressive 3-1 victory.

Jeff Schlupp's cross was turned in by Phil Bardsley against the run of play on 15 minutes before Michy Batshuayi met Aaron Wan-Bissaka's low ball to flash in a superb second (48) for the visitors.

After a run of eight league games unbeaten, Sean Dyche's side have now lost two in succession, with Wilfried Zaha's trademark finish (76) putting the seal on another deserved away success.

Ashley Barnes headed in a consolation from Ashley Westwood's cross (90), but the Clarets remain in relegation trouble, five points above 18th-placed Cardiff with Palace sitting in 13th position.

 

Manchester United 3-2 Southampton

Romelu Lukaku's second-half double, including a late winner, saw Manchester United come from behind to beat Southampton 3-2 and maintain their top-four hopes.

The Saints took the lead midway through the first half when Yan Valery strode forward and unleashed a 30-yard drive that flew past a startled David de Gea at his near post for his first goal for the club.

However, the home side responded with goals from Andreas Pereira (53) and Lukaku (59) before the hour-mark, only for Southampton to hit back through James Ward-Prowse's delicious free kick 15 minutes from time.

But Lukaku was on hand to snatch United a vital victory with just two minutes to go, before Paul Pogba's late penalty was kept out by Angus Gunn's outstretched foot.

United moved back up to fourth in the table, a point above Arsenal, while the visitors remain in 17th, two points clear of Cardiff, who also lost on Saturday afternoon.

Wolves 2-0 Cardiff

Wolves scored twice in as many minutes to leave Cardiff deep in relegation trouble with a 2-0 win at Molineux.

Diogo Jota netted a goal-of-the-season contender in the 16th minute after a flowing move involving Morgan Gibbs-White and Raul Jimenez.

Benfica loanee Jimenez doubled the lead on 18 minutes having been teed up by the unselfish Jota, following Sol Bamba's error.

The result cements seventh place for Wolves, while Cardiff remain two points from safety in 18th.

West Ham 2-0 Newcastle

West Ham moved up to ninth in the Premier League table with a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle at London Stadium on Saturday.

Declan Rice headed his second-ever West Ham goal into the net in the seventh minute to give his side a lead they never really looked like relinquishing.

Then, after Javier Hernandez had been fouled in the penalty area in the 42nd minute, Mark Noble converted his 22nd Premier League penalty to put the hosts well in command.

Newcastle rallied after the break, but rarely threatened until late on, with Salomon Rondon denied by smart Lukasz Fabianski save, as West Ham saw out the win that sees them leapfrog Everton into ninth, having played a game more, while Newcastle drop to 14th after their first defeat in four.

 

EPL Week 29 Scores At A Glance

Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal

Bournemouth 0-1 Manchester City

Brighton 1-0 Huddersfield

Burnley 1-3 Crystal Palace

Manchester United 3-2 Southampton

Wolves 2-0 Cardiff

West Ham 2-0 Newcastle

Sunday

Watford 2-1 Leicester City

Fulham 1-2 Chelsea

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

 

 

Correction - We inadvertently referred to Kevin de Bruyne and John Stones as Manchester United instead of Manchester City players in our opening paragraph. We have since corrected that and do apologize for that oversight.

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

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