2018-19 Premier League: Week 30 Roundup

 

Manchester City remain top of the Premier League after a thrilling weekend full of goals and fightbacks.

Raheem Sterling kept the Citizens top with a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Watford despite Gerard Deulofeu’s consolation strike for the Hornets.

Liverpool remain a point behind after coming from behind to beat Burnley 4-2 at Anfield in a Sunday lunchtime cracker.

Ashley Westwood put the Clarets ahead after six minutes with a spectacular corner, evading everyone in box befre dipping just inside goal.

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Roberto Firmino soon had Liverpool level via a tap in before Sadio Mane bent in unchallenged to put them ahead, with Mohamed Salah setting up both goals.

The Reds then dominated the second half and were rewarded when Tom Heaton’s goal kick found Salah who raced into box but a poor pass to Mane was lashed in by the incoming Firmino.

More chances soon came and went until 91st minute when a neatly worked team goal was finished by Johan Berg Gudmundsson, givng Burnley hope of a late point.

That hope was soon extingished though two minutes later, when Liverpool broke from an interception and Mane finished off the match with his second.

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Tottenham meanwhile remain third but suffered a third defeat in four league matches after Southampton came from behind to beat them 2-1 through Yan Valery and an epic free-kick by James Ward-Prowse.

That defeat dragged them into the race for a Champions League spot, when Arsenal ended Manchester United’s unbeaten run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, to move a point behind their North London rivals.

The win was however marred by a spectator encroaching onto the pitch and clashing with Chris Smalling.

Chelsea meanwhile drew 1-1 with Wolves to remain sixth but now four points adrift of Spurs.

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Down at the bottom, Cardiff kept pace with Southampton in the battle for survival after beating West Ham 2-0 through Junior Hoilett and Juan Camarasa tap-ins.

Fulham now all look but certain for the drop after Brendan Rodgers got his first home win as Leicester manager, beating the Cottagers 3-1 in a game where Jamie Vardy scored a brace and his 100th Leicester City goal.

Huddersfield also fell to defeat, losing 2-0 at home to Bournemouth as Callum Wilson chested in their first before setting up their second for Ryan Fraser to fire in unmarked.

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Elsewhere, Solomon Rondon’s volley and Ayoze Perez’s double helped Newcastle beat Everton from two goals down at half-time.

Finally, Brighton emerged victorious in the M25 derby, seeing off Crystal Palace through a Glenn Murray rifle and Anthony Knockaert strike despite Luka Milviojevic’s penalty either side of the Seagull’s goals.

 

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