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Sport Opinion: 3 things we learned in Premier League this weekend

04:30  02 april  2018
04:30  02 april  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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Liverpool beat Chelsea to preserve their perfect record and Manchester City romped to a record-breaking win but elsewhere it was far from business as usual during a dramatic Premier League weekend .

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With the conclusion of Sunday's fixtures, theScore takes a look back at what happened in the English top flight this weekend.

City thrashes Everton to set up Manchester derby title decider

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The path toward the title went through Goodison Park on Saturday, as Manchester City steamrolled Everton with a brand of attack that's helped Pep Guardiola's men strengthen their grip on first place.

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Liverpool have waited 30 years for a Premier League title and after missing out by a point last season, the European champions are unlikely to get a better chance Tammy Abraham took his tally to seven goals in three games with a hat-trick to join Sergio Aguero as the top scorer in the Premier League .

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Saturday's encounter was virtually over when it had barely started, as Leroy Sane's sublime volley in the fourth minute was followed by a superb team goal that ended with Gabriel Jesus heading in Kevin De Bruyne's cross to double City's lead after just 12 minutes. Raheem Sterling added a third before the break to help City cruise to a comfortable 3-1 victory.

The triumph on Merseyside didn't increase City's lead atop the table, but it did set up the mouthwatering prospect of the Premier League title being decided in next weekend's Manchester derby.

While the 2017-18 campaign pales in comparison to the drama of the 2012-13 season when Manchester City clinched the title at United's expense, the noise at Etihad Stadium could soar to decibel levels unheard since Sergio Aguero scored THAT goal to end the Blues' 44-year drought.

Inspired Hammers temporarily calm mutiny

It'd be premature to conclude that all is well at West Ham, but a win over a poor Southampton outfit temporarily patched the wounds opened by the team's dreadful form and the disturbing events at the Olympic Stadium a fortnight ago, which led the club to increase the security presence for Saturday's encounter.

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Not a good weekend for Chelsea and Arsenal! Manchester City continued their seemingly inexorable march towards the Premier League title as Bernardo Silva struck to secure a routine victory over Chelsea.

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Rare displays of jubilation in the stands were sustained throughout Saturday's fixture, as supporters were treated to a 3-0 win that matches West Ham's biggest margin of victory at its new home.

The victory eases tensions among supporters desperate for improved results and allowed West Ham to move further away from Southampton, which sits five points back of the Hammers in the final relegation spot in the table.

Saturday's festive feel presented a massive contrast to the toxic scenes that led to several pitch invasions (and subsequent lifetime bans for a handful of supporters) during a 3-0 loss to Burnley. However, the mood has the potential to sour once again if West Ham is unable to produce similar performances over its difficult season-closing slate of matches.

DateOpponentHome/Away
April 8ChelseaAway
April 16Stoke CityHome
April 22ArsenalAway
April 29Manchester CityHome
May 5Leicester CityAway
May 13EvertonHome

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Antonio Conte's men had plenty of reason for optimism in a first half that included the end of Alvaro Morata's 14-match goal drought. The Spaniard's goal came in the midst of a period of mounting momentum for the home side, as Chelsea's counter-attacks continually presented problems for Tottenham in the final third.

Yet a series of wasted chances will haunt Conte. The hosts looked destined to double their lead as halftime approached, but Spurs made Chelsea pay for its missed opportunities when Christian Eriksen brought the north London club level with a spectacular strike from 25 yards out.

Chelsea never appeared to recover in the second half, and Dele Alli scored a pair of goals in four minutes to lift Tottenham to its first victory at Stamford Bridge since 1990.

Around the grounds

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool: Considering his incredible form this season, it seemed almost inevitable that Mohamed Salah would rescue a Liverpool side trailing Crystal Palace at halftime of Saturday's match. However, Salah's winner wouldn't have come to fruition if it wasn't for yet another standout performance by Scottish left-back Andy Roberston, whose inviting delivery into Palace's penalty area resulted in the Egyptian hammering in a dramatic winner with six minutes to play. Robertson was selected as Liverpool's man of the match, but Salah attracted plenty of praise. His 29 goals leave him two back of the joint Premier League record - shared by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Luis Suarez - in a 38-game season.

Man City closes in on EPL title by beating Spurs

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Elsewhere:

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Leicester City

Newcastle United 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Watford 2-2 Bournemouth

West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Burnley

Arsenal 3-0 Stoke City

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