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Jordan Ayew celebrates after bringing Crystal Palace back on level terms against Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime.

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Elsewhere on Saturday, a Jordan Ayew deflected effort earned Crystal Palace a come from behind point against Arsenal, Newcastle picked up a crucial point at Wolves, and Everton
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Liverpool continued their historic quest for the 2019/20 English Premier League title this Saturday; dicing and slicing their way through an unyielding Tottenham Spurs side for a lone goal victory and 17 points advantage at the helm over third placed defending Champions – Manchester City – who will be in action on Sunday at Aston Villa.

Southampton continued their recent impressive run under new boss, Ralph Hasenhutti, with a third successive victory in as many league outings as they claimed a surprising 2-1 win over Leicester City at the king Power Stadium to leave the latter 16 points behind the top spot. Chelsea returned to winning ways at Stamford Bridge following recent back-to-back home defeats with Callum Hudson-Odoi scoring his first Premier League goal in a 3-0 thrashing of Burnley, and Manchester United made light work of bottommost Norwich in a 4-0 rout at home with Marcus Rashford marking his 200th United appearance with a brace.

English Premier League Week 22 Standings

 

English Premier League Week 22 Standings

Elsewhere on Saturday, a Jordan Ayew deflected effort earned Crystal Palace a come from behind point against Arsenal, Newcastle picked up a crucial point at Wolves, and Everton produced a dominant display at home for a lone goal win over Brighton at home.

Earlier on Friday, Sheffield United climbed to the fifth spot on the table after edging West Ham by a goal at home.

And on Sunday, Aguero scored a hat-trick as sublime City pummeled Aston Villa to a 6-1 submission, and Watford climbed out of the relegation places following a 3-0 win over hapless Bournemouth.

Friday

Sheffield United 1-0 West Ham

A late VAR handball decision denied West Ham a draw at Sheffield United as Oli McBurnie's goal proved enough to earn a 1-0 win.

David Martin, who had replaced the injured Lukasz Fabianski before half-time, misplaced a goal-kick straight to John Fleck eight minutes after half-time, and the Scot teed up his compatriot McBurnie to bundle in the opener from close range.

It took the Hammers until the 77th minute to pull a meaningful save out of Dean Henderson from Manuel Lanzini's free-kick, and thought they had earned a last-minute equaliser when Robert Snodgrass arrowed an effort in off the near post, but it was overruled by VAR for a handball in the build-up by Declan Rice. West Ham stayed 16th with the loss.

Saturday

Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

Arsenal had goalscorer and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sent off by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Arsenal took a 12th-minute lead when Aubameyang finished off a fine 18-pass move with his 16th goal of the season in all competitions.

However, the home team hit back nine minutes after half-time through Jordan Ayew's deflected effort, before Arsenal were reduced to ten men when the VAR intervened to send off Aubameyang for a dangerous tackle midway through the second half.

In a frantic finale, ten-man Arsenal hit the post while Palace had a shot cleared off the line.

Chelsea 3-0 Burnley

Chelsea breezed past Burnley with a convincing 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge, ending a run of two home Premier League games without a goal.

Frank Lampard's side had been beaten by Bournemouth and Southampton in their recent home league encounters, but never looked like losing this time around, even when Jeff Hendrick nodded home in the 18th minute, which was correctly ruled out for offside by the linesman and VAR.

Jorginho (27) converted from the spot not long after, with Tammy Abraham (38) doubling the lead before half-time. Callum Hudson-Odoi (49) swept home the third for his first Premier League goal, which was given after a brief check from VAR.

Chelsea remain in fourth, while Burnley have lost their fourth successive Premier League game and are four points above the relegation places in 15th.

Everton 1-0 Brighton

Richarlison scored a stunning solo goal as Everton returned to winning ways by beating Brighton 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Toffees dominated the match but withstood a nervous finish with Seagulls striker Glenn Murray nearly equalising twice within the final 10 minutes, forcing an excellent save out of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin saw a goal ruled out by VAR while Leandro Trossard hit the bar as both sides spurned good chances, but it was Carlo Ancelotti's men who left Goodison with three points to recover from recent defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League and FA Cup.

Everton and Brighton remain 11th and 14th respectively.

Leicester 1-2 Southampton

Southampton banished the memory of their 9-0 defeat to Leicester back in October and moved six points clear of the relegation zone with a well-deserved 2-1 victory over Leicester.

Dennis Praet opened the scoring in the 14th minute but Stuart Armstrong's deflected effort (19) ensured Southampton, who hit the crossbar twice late in the first half through Danny Ings, went in at the break level.

Saints thought they'd been awarded a penalty when Shane Long went down in the area in the 64th minute, but VAR determined that the Irishman was offside before he broke into the box.

Saints were not to be denied though, and they eventually took the lead in the 81st minute as Ings finished past Kasper Schmeichel to continue his fine run in front of goal.

With time ticking away, Jonny Evans appeared to grab a late leveller to seemingly deny Saints their revenge, but a VAR check showed Evans was offside as Southampton held on for what could prove to be a crucial victory.

 

Manchester United 4-0 Norwich

Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United returned to winning ways with a thumping 4-0 victory over bottom side Norwich at Old Trafford.

On his 200th appearance for United, Rashford tucked home a sublime Juan Mata cross to put the hosts ahead (27), before he doubled his and the hosts' tally just after the break with a penalty (52).

United put the game to bed two minutes later through Anthony Martial's header from another Mata cross (54), while Mason Greenwood put the icing on the cake with a fine low finish from outside the box, just five minutes after coming on (76).

Unitted are up to fifth, five points off fourth place, while Norwich stay bottom, seven clear of safety.

Wolves 1-1 Newcastle

Newcastle battled through more injury issues to end a three-match losing run and earn a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Wolves.

Miguel Almiron gave Newcastle the lead with a fine first-time finish in the seventh minute.

But the visitors - who already have a substantial injury list - then had Paul Dummett and Dwight Gayle forced off with injuries, either side of Leander Dendoncker equalising for Wolves from a corner in the 14th minute.

Martin Dubravka made brilliant saves to deny Raul Jimenez and Pedro Neto from close range, and Matt Doherty had a shot cleared off the line, but otherwise Newcastle defended resolutely to secure a point.

Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool's march towards the Premier League title continued as they beat Tottenham 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to set a new European points record.

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Roberto Firmino scored the only goal of the game in the 37th minute as Jurgen Klopp's side, who have now gone 38 league games without defeat, sealed their 20th win of the season to move 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is another significant hurdle cleared as the Reds go in search of a first league title in 30 years. It also takes Liverpool's points tally to 61 from 21 matches, which represents the best start to a campaign of any team in the history of Europe's top five leagues.

Sunday

 

Bournemouth 0-3 Watford

Bournemouth's miserable run of form continued as Watford's 3-0 win at the Vitality Stadium saw Nigel Pearson's side move out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.

Abdoulaye Doucoure (42) gave Watford a first-half lead as they capitalised on an error from goalkeeper Mark Travers, before captain Troy Deeney (65) doubled the lead midway through the second half.

Roberto Pereyra (90+2) wrapped up the three points for Pearson's resurgent Hornets, who climb to 17th after their third consecutive league victory.

The result sees Bournemouth slip to 19th, with one win from their last 11 league outings, and are two points from safety.

Aston Villa 1-6 Manchester City

Manchester City showed no mercy in thrashing a troubled Aston Villa 6-1 on Super Sunday as Sergio Aguero's hat-trick made him the top non-English scorer in Premier League history.

Villa were as woeful as City were devastating in the first half as the champions went in 4-0 up; Riyad Mahrez struck low at the near post for the opener (18), and then pounced on debutant Danny Drinkwater's mistake for the second (24).

Aguero struck finely into the top corner from the edge of the box (28), and it was four just before the break as Kevin De Bruyne's world-class cross found Gabriel Jesus at the back post (45+1),

Just before the hour mark Aguero scored his record-breaking 176th Premier League goal with a slotted finish from 10 yards (57), and his 177th came from another lapse in the Villa defence (81). Villa scored a late consolation through Anwar El-Ghazi's penalty (90+1).

The result means City have won nine of their last 10 in all competitions as they sit second, still 14 points behind Liverpool, who have a game in hand. Villa are now 18th and a point behind Watford after their 3-0 win at Bournemouth.

 

 

EPL Week 22 Scores At A Glance

Friday

Sheffield United 1-0 West Ham

Saturday

Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

Chelsea 3-0 Burnley

Everton 1-0 Brighton

Leicester 1-2 Southampton

Manchester United 4-0 Norwich

Wolves 1-1 Newcastle

Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

Sunday

Bournemouth 0-3 Watford

Aston Villa 1-6 Manchester City

 

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

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