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On Sunday, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on his first start since recovering from malaria as Arsenal grabbed a confidence-boosting win at Newcastle and Gareth Bale hit a hat-trick in Tottenham’s 4-0 rout of relegated Sheffield United.
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Manchester City’s hopes of capturing their third title in four seasons this weekend after two brilliant goals within the space of 83 seconds saw off a stubborn Crystal Palace were stayed on Sunday after about 200 fans broke into Old Trafford to protest against the Glazer family's ownership of the club - Manchester United - ahead of United’s match against Liverpool. A loss to Liverpool would have handed the Cup to City who hold a 13 point advantage over their rivals.

Earlier on Friday, Southampton loosened Leicester City’s grip on the third spot with a 1-1 tie despite playing with a man down for more than 80 minutes.

And on Saturday, Chelsea tightened their grip on the third spot and a Champions League place with a 2-0 win over Fulham the sent the latter closer to Premier League relegation. Brighton moved within touching distance of Premier League safety for another season as they opened a 10-point gap to the relegation places with a 2-0 victory over Leeds United. And Everton missed the chance to stay in contention for a European place finish after going down 1-2 against Aston Villa.

Mohamed Elneny celebrates after scoring his first Premier League goal for Arsenal to give the Gunners the lead

On Sunday, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on his first start since recovering from malaria as Arsenal grabbed a confidence-boosting win at Newcastle and Gareth Bale hit a hat-trick in Tottenham’s 4-0 rout of relegated Sheffield United.

West Brom failed to boost their survival chances on Monday in a come from behind tie against Wolves and West Ham stayed on track for European football next season following a 2-1 over Burnley.

EPL Week 34 Standings

EPL Week 34 Standings

 

EPL Week 44 Scores At A Glance

Friday

Southampton 1-1 Leicester City

Saturday

Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City

Brighton 2-0 Leeds United

Chelsea 2-0 Fulham

Everton 1-2 Aston Villa

Sunday

Newcastle 0-2 Arsenal

Tottenham 1-0 Sheffield United

Manchester United vs. Liverpool – Postponed

Monday

West Brom 1-1 Wolves

Burnley 1-2 West Ham

 

Friday

Southampton 1-1 Leicester City

Jonny Evans' header ensured Champions League hopefuls Leicester avoided a surprise defeat to 10-man Southampton as they drew 1-1 at St Mary's.

The hosts may have been fearing a repeat of last season's 9-0 thrashing after Jannik Vestergaard was shown a contentious early red card for denying Jamie Vardy a clear goalscoring opportunity.

But, after limiting Leicester and the Premier League's man of the moment Kelechi Iheanacho to some sporadic half-chances, out-of-form Southampton instead took the lead after an hour when Iheanacho's handball allowed James Ward-Prowse to step up and beat Kasper Schmeichel from 12 yards.

The Saints' lead lasted only seven minutes as Iheanacho redeemed himself by finding Evans with a cross from the corner of the area, which was powered home by the experienced centre-back.

Vardy was denied by Southampton 'keeper Alex McCarthy late on when he should have earned another comeback win for Leicester, who instead saw their cushion inside the Champions League spots cut by Chelsea.

Saturday

Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City

Quickfire goals from Sergio Aguero and Ferran Torres has Manchester City on the brink of the Premier League title after beating Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

Pep Guardiola had made eight changes from the midweek victory at PSG and it showed in the first half as Man City failed to register a shot on target.

Gabriel Jesus had a goal ruled out for offside, while Crystal Palace also had chances of their own, bettering City's tally for on-target efforts (2) in the opening 45 minutes.

But 12 minutes after half-time and Man City had their first two shots on target - both of which resulted in goals. The first was an emphatic finish from Aguero (57) into the roof of the net before Torres (59) fired home from the top of the area 83 seconds later to seal the victory.

It sees City put one hand on the Premier League trophy and they will secure their fifth Premier League title if Manchester United loses against Liverpool on Sunday. For Crystal Palace, it is a third successive league defeat - although all against teams in the top four - and keeps them in 13th place.

Brighton 2-0 Leeds United

Brighton eased any fears of relegation with a convincing 2-0 win over Leeds that took them 10 points clear of Fulham in the drop zone.

With only two wins from their past 20 home Premier League matches, Brighton needed a fast start to settle the nerves and got it when Welbeck was fouled inside the area by Ezgjan Alioski. The penalty was coolly converted by Gross.

Leeds, without Kalvin Phillips to injury, lacked the attacking spark to seriously trouble the hosts and Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay both wasted huge opportunities to take the game away from Marcelo Bielsa's men.

Brighton's failure to convert those chances didn't cost them though as Welbeck popped up with the second goal, skilfully making a chance for himself before firing into the bottom corner.

Chelsea 2-0 Fulham

Kai Havertz doubled his Premier League goals tally with a brace as Chelsea edged rivals Fulham closer to the relegation trap door with a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Havertz handed Chelsea a 10th-minute lead with a delicate, lofted finish after Mason Mount's sublime control and through pass. The German added his second four minutes into the second half with another composed finish after combining with compatriot Timo Werner.

With an eye perhaps on Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg with Real Madrid, Thomas Tuchel made five pre-match alterations. Despite Fulham's valiant efforts, Chelsea were rarely tested and could have made the victory more handsome had it not been for a number of inspired saves from Alphonse Areola.

Chelsea's 15th victory in all competitions under Tuchel sees them move to within two points of third-place Leicester and open up a six-point cushion to West Ham in fifth in the race for a top-four finish.

For Fulham, defeat leaves them in 18th place, nine points adrift of Newcastle and Burnley having crucially played a game more than their relegation rivals.

Everton 1-2 Aston Villa

Anwar El Ghazi's 80th-minute strike dented Everton's European hopes as Aston Villa secured a hard-fought 2-1 win at Goodison Park.

Ollie Watkins' 13th Premier League goal of the season put Villa ahead after a mistake from Mason Holgate (13) but Dominic Calvert-Lewin restored parity when he met Lucas Digne's corner (19).

With the game meandering towards a draw, El Ghazi was afforded too much time to curl a shot into the far corner and clinch an eighth Premier League away win of the season for Dean Smith's side.

The result means Everton remain in eighth place - nine points off the Champions League places with five games remaining - while Villa rise to ninth.

Sunday

Newcastle 0-2 Arsenal

Arsenal returned to winning ways as goals from Mohamed Elneny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a dominant 2-0 victory over Newcastle at St James' Park.

Mohamed Elneny volleyed in his first Premier League goal inside five minutes before Aubameyang marked his first start since April 3 with the Gunners' second midway through the second half.

Newcastle had moved to within touching distance of mathematical Premier League safety with a four-game unbeaten run before Arsenal's trip to Tyneside but were completely outplayed, registering just a single attempt on target, before Fabian Schar's late dismissal compounded a miserable outing for Steve Bruce's side.

Arsenal's first league win in three lifts them up to ninth and provides a timely boost ahead of Thursday's Europa League showdown with Villarreal, while Newcastle stay 17th, nine points clear of the relegation zone with four games remaining.

Tottenham 1-0 Sheffield United

Gareth Bale scored a brilliant hat-trick as Tottenham shook off their Carabao Cup final misery and kept alive their Champions League hopes with a 4-0 win over relegated Sheffield United.

Bale's 36th-minute opener, a fine instinctive flick from close range, was scant reward for Spurs' first-half dominance, but though Heung-Min Son saw an effort after the break (52) ruled out for offside, the Welshman struck twice more legitimately and emphatically soon after.

Bale brought up his 50th Premier League goal shortly after the hour mark after being set up by Son on a Spurs breakaway and hit a fierce third without breaking stride (69) before departing to hearty applause, albeit only from the home bench.

The Blades, for whom John Fleck escaped punishment after a VAR review after catching Giovani Lo Celso on the head, had twice built momentum before conceding but Bale's third goal ended their fleeting resistance and Son completed the rout with a brilliant curled finish 13 minutes from time.

Tottenham move up to fifth - for now at least, having played a game more than West Ham, Liverpool and Everton behind them - but remain five points off Chelsea with just four games left to play.

Monday

West Brom 1-1 Wolves

West Brom came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at home to rivals Wolves but the solitary point edges them closer to the drop.

Mbaye Diagne's second-half header cancelled out Fabio Silva's fortunate goal in first-half stoppage time but the draw means Sam Allardyce's side are 10 points from safety with four games to go.

Wolves had more of the ball throughout but their own frailties were evident as Nuno Espirito Santo's out-of-form team failed to withstand West Brom pressure after the interval. The result may not be good enough to save the last but one placed West Brom from looming relegation.

Burnley 1-2 West Ham

Michail Antonio's first-half double was enough for West Ham to see off Burnley 2-1 in an entertaining encounter, sending the Hammers into fifth.

Although West Ham saw good early openings, it was Burnley who went ahead in the 19th minute as Tomas Soucek fouled Chris Wood in the box. The striker fired home the penalty, continuing his trend of goals against West Ham (seven goals in eight Premier League games).

But two-and-a-half-minutes later, Europe-chasing West Ham were level when Antonio (21) headed home. The lively forward then added his second soon after (29) as he turned home a superb Said Benrahma cross.

Having registered 22 shots throughout the whole game, West Ham could have added more to their tally in the second half, although Burnley's Jay Rodriguez had the best chance to score but could only fire wide.

The victory sees West Ham go above Tottenham into fifth, keeping them on track for European football next season with four games to play. Burnley are now winless in their last eight Premier League home games - matching their longest run without a top-flight victory at Turf Moor (eight between December 1970 and March 1971) - and remain in 16th.

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

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