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Elsewhere on the day, Cardiff edged closer to relegation following a 2-0 loss at Burnley, relegated Fulham handed Everton a 2-0 shutout to end a run of nine successive defeats in the league, ...
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With the top two teams on the table – Liverpool and Manchester City – set to be in action tomorrow, relegation-wary Newcastle took a big step towards retaining their status in the Premiership following a lone goal victory over Leicester on Friday that saw them increase their points haul to 38, 10 points better than Cardiff, who holds the first relegation spot.

Top-four contender, Tottenham cruised past relegated Huddersfield on the heels of Lucas Moura’s brilliant hat-trick for a return to the 3rd spot, two converted penalty kicks by Paul Pogba saw Manchester United snatch a labored victory over West Ham, and Bournemouth handed relegation threatened Brighton a 5-0 thrashing.

Elsewhere on the day, Cardiff edged closer to relegation following a 2-0 loss at Burnley, relegated Fulham handed Everton a 2-0 shutout to end a run of nine successive defeats in the league, and Southampton took a huge step towards preserving their status with a 3-1 win over Wolves.

And on Sunday, there was no dramatic change to title race as Liverpool matched City’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace with a 2-0 win over Chelsea to reclaim the summit, albeit having played a game more than the defending Champions.

Monday Night Football saw Arsenal edge Watford by a lone goal for the fourth spot.

EPL Week 34 Standings

EPL Week 34 Standings

Monday

Watford 0-1 Arsenal

Arsenal reclaimed the fourth spot on Monday night after edging past Watford, who had captain Troy Deeney sent off 11 minutes into the game.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal the lead inside ten minutes after Ben Foster's attempted goal kick came off his leg at close range and ended up in the back of the net.

Not long after, Deeney was given his marching orders by referee Craig Pawson after catching Lucas Torreira in the face with an elbow, and despite seeing plenty of chances in an entertaining encounter, Watford were unable to battle back for a point.

The result saw Arsenal keep a clean sheet away from home for the first time this season and puts them back above Chelsea into fourth on goal difference, while the Gunners also have a game in hand over the Blues. Watford remain 10th on 46points.

 

 

Sunday

Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City

Raheem Sterling scored twice as Manchester City survived a late scare to beat Crystal Palace 3-1 and maintain their Premier League title challenge.

Sterling struck in the 15th minute, shortly after a glaring miss, and then netted again in the 63rd minute - his 17th of the season in the Premier League - to put City in firm control at Selhurst Park.

It looked like a stroll for City until Luka Milivojevic converted with a low free-kick from the edge of the box in the 81st minute.

However, City avoided any further scares and Gabriel Jesus added a late third to ensure victory and put the pressure on Liverpool, who responded with victory over Chelsea later on Super Sunday to stay two points ahead at the top of the table, having also played a game more.

Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea

Mohamed Salah's goal-of-the-season contender secured a crucial 2-0 victory over Chelsea as Liverpool roared back to the top of the Premier League at a jubilant Anfield.

Manchester City laid down the gauntlet to Liverpool with victory at Crystal Palace earlier on Super Sunday, but the Reds produced an emphatic response as Sadio Mane's header (51) and Salah's 25-yard thunderbolt (53) restored Jurgen Klopp's side's two-point lead over the champions.

Eden Hazard had two chances to salvage something for Chelsea but was denied by the woodwork and Alisson in quick succession, as Maurizio Sarri's decision to start without a recognised striker backfired.

The victory, Klopp's first at home over Chelsea on his 200th game in charge, leaves Liverpool two points clear at the top of the table having played a game more than City, and dents the fourth-placed Blues' hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

 

Friday

Leicester City 0-1 Newcastle

Newcastle halted Leicester's resurgence under Brendan Rodgers and eased any relegation worries with a deserved 1-0 victory on FNF.

The Foxes were looking for a fifth Premier League win in a row but were subdued by Rafa Benitez's well-organised side, who are now 10 points clear of the relegation zone. Ayoze Perez scored the winner in the 32nd minute when he headed in from Matt Ritchie's cross.       

Newcastle forward Salomon Rondon had earlier hit the bar with a curling free-kick while Jamie Vardy spurned Leicester's best chance in the 80th minute when he scooped over from an excellent position in the box. With four games left to play, victory should ensure Newcastle's safety.

Saturday

Tottenham 4-0 Huddersfield

Lucas Moura scored the first hat-trick at Tottenham's new stadium as Spurs reclaimed third spot with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Huddersfield.

With Harry Kane injured and Heung-Min Son rested ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Manchester City, Mauricio Pochettino made seven changes, challenging his fringe players to maintain Spurs' top-four challenge.

And Moura delivered, scoring his first in devastating fashion after Victor Wanyama's opener, before completing his treble with clincal strikes in the final three minutes.

Relegated Huddersfield mounted a rally before Moura's late double as Juninho Bacuna's free-kick was tipped onto the crossbar by Hugo Lloris, but Spurs' victory was never in doubt.

Brighton 0-5 Bournemouth

Brighton’s relegation fears intensified after a dismal 5-0 defeat to Bournemouth as Anthony Knockaert saw red on Saturday.

Bournemouth were already 2-0 up courtesy of Dan Gosling (33) and Ryan Fraser (54) when Knockaert was given his marching orders for a wild lunge on Adam Smith.

From then on, Eddie Howe's men were rampant on the break, and David Brooks (74), Callum Wilson (82) and Junior Stanislas (90+2) made it an embarrassing day for Chris Hughton. Brighton remain five points above the drop zone.

Southampton 3-1 Wolves

Nathan Redmond scored twice as Southampton moved eight points clear of the relegation zone with a 3-1 victory over Wolves.

Redmond struck in the second minute at St Mary's and then again on the half-hour mark, shortly after Willy Boly had headed in an equaliser from a corner.

Shane Long made it 3-1 in the 71st minute, and Saints held on to take full advantage of losses for Cardiff and Brighton and move a step closer to survival. Wolves remain eighth.

Fulham 2-0 Everton

Fulham salvaged some pride from a disappointing season as they beat Everton 2-0 at Craven Cottage.


Tom Cairney opened the scoring just 30 seconds into the second half with his first goal since the Sky Bet Championship play-off final against Aston Villa nearly 12 months ago.

Ryan Babel then notched his fourth goal of the season (69) during a team performance that provided plenty of encouragement for the hosts heading into next season and belied Fulham's position as one of the two teams already relegated.

Burnley FC 2-0 Cardiff City

Two Chris Wood headers saw Burnley beat Cardiff 2-0 at Turf Moor to deepen the visitors' fears of Premier League relegation.

But there was considerable controversy surrounding the result with Cardiff twice denied after strong penalty appeals - with referee Mike Dean originally pointing to the spot after Cardiff's first appeal only to then reverse his decision.

Wood broke the deadlock in the first half after nodding past Neil Etheridge from a corner in the 31st minute.

Cardiff thought they were awarded a penalty shortly after the break when Dean pointed to the spot for a Ben Mee handball, but the referee changed his mind.

And although Cardiff pushed for an equaliser, Burnley sealed the victory in injury-time when Wood headed in from point-blank range following a fine run by Dwight McNeil.

The result means Burnley have all-but secured their Premier League status for another season in 14th.

For Cardiff in 18th, their third Premier League loss in a row means they remain five points off safety.

Manchester United 2-1 West Ham

Paul Pogba scored two penalties for Manchester United as they beat West Ham 2-1 on Saturday.

The first half was defined by contentious refereeing decisions, with Felipe Anderson's 10th-minute goal incorrectly ruled out for offside before Man Utd were awarded a questionable penalty not long after, which Pogba converted (17).

Anderson deservedly got West Ham back on level terms four minutes after the break, before Ryan Fredericks brought down Anthony Martial in the 79th minute for United's second penalty of the game, which Pogba also powered home.

United go above Arsenal into fifth, with the Gunners playing Watford on Monday Night Football.


EPL Week 34 Scores At A Glance

Leicester City 0-1 Newcastle

Tottenham 4-0 Huddersfield

Brighton 0-5 Bournemouth

Southampton 3-1 Wolves

Fulham 2-0 Everton

Burnley FC 2-0 Cardiff City

Manchester United 2-1 West Ham

Sunday

Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City

Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea

Monday

Watford 0-1 Arsenal

 

Matchday reports from BBC and skysports were used in this compilation.

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