2018-19 Premier League: Week 26 Roundup

Having gone top of the Premier League in midweek, Manchester City maintained their position after a massive weekend, which could define the season.

With goal difference separating the top two, Liverpool regained the lead with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth before Man City then stunned Chelsea just 24 hours later.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring just four minutes in when he smashed Bernardo Silva’s pass in beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Sergio Aguero then netted the first of his hat-trick in 13th minute, after a nice 1-2 with Oleksandr Zinchenko down left before blasting a powerful shot into top right-hand corner.

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The Argentinean soon got his second from a defensive mixup before Ilkay Gundogan then fired in a poor clearance from Luiz to put the Citizens 4-0 up at half-time.

City started the second-half in similar fashion with Raheem Sterling getting brought down by Cesar Azpilicueta in box, giving away a penalty which Aguero dispatched for his hat-trick and is now two goals behind Jermain Defoe in the all-time list.

Sterling then sealed a 6-0 win ten minutes from time when he tapped in Zinchenko’s cross.

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Tottenham remain five points behind in third after beating Leicester 3-1, Chelsea slumped to sixth following away victories for Manchester United and Arsenal at Fulham and rock-bottom Huddersfield respectively.

The Cottagers are second bottom whilst the final relegation spot saw a change of hand as Cardiff claimed their second away win of season to leapfrog Southampton into 17th, with a 2-1 win.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers snatched a late draw against Newcastle as Watford cut their gap to two points in the race for seventh, after a Troy Deeney tapped in Will Hughes’ pass to claim victory over former boss, Marco Silva and his Everton side. 

Following their FA Cup replay win over West Bromwich Albion, Brighton fell to a 3-1 home defeat against Burnley in which Chris Wood netted a brace for the Clarets.

Finally, Crystal Palace held West Ham to a draw after Mark Noble’s first-half penalty was cancelled out by a late Wilfried Zaha chip in from a tight angle.

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