Premier League weekly Round-up: Matchday 23 of 38
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Liverpool maintained their lead gap of four points over Manchester City, but not before they were in for a scare at Anfield. Coming from being 1-2 behind, Jurgen Klopp's Reds rode on a brace from Mohammad Salah and strikes from Roberto Firminio and Sadio Mane to beat Crystal Palace 4-3 in a nerve-racking thriller that saw a couple of goals coming from either side in injury time.
Palace's heroics in recent games – wins over Leicester City, title-holders Manchester City and Wolverhampton in December haven't helped them improve their standings on the Premier league table in any manner.
Roy Hodgson's outfit are deep inside the bottom half at 14th having accrued 22 points so far, which is less than half of table topper Liverpool's 60.
In a much-anticipated clash at the Emirates, Arsenal outplayed Maurizzio Sarri’s Chelsea 2-0 with goals coming from Alexander Lacazette and Laurent Koscielney in the 14th and 39th minutes. The Gunners after their home win have come within 3 points of Chelsea’s 47 but still find themselves one place shy of the Top Four.
Also on 44 points, but in the 6th spot are Manchester United who coasted to a comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove at Old Trafford, registering their sixth consecutive Premier League win under coach Ole Solskjaer.
Manchester City stayed in the hunt for the title, adding three points from an away game at Huddersfield Town. Goals from Danilo, Raheem Stering and Leroy Sane sealed an emphatic 0-3 win for Pep Guardiola's team and move to 56 points from 23 Premier League outings. The hosts remain at the bottom of the table as a result of the weekend defeat.
Tottenham Hotspur remained rooted to the 3rd spot and 5 points behind City after a tough 1-2 win over minions Fulham away at Craven Cottage. In what looked to be heading for a draw, Son Heung-Min broke the deadlock in the visitor's favor with a late strike just a minute before the final whistle. Fulham remain in relegation territory after Sunday's loss to Spurs.
Watford played out a 0-0 draw at the Vicarage Road but managed to remain in the 7th spot with 32 points, just one ahead of Wolverhampton who frog-leaped to the 8th place from 11th after a thrilling home win of 4-3 over Leicester City. Claude Puel's visiting Foxes slipped a notch below to the 9th spot after Saturday's loss at the Molineux stadium with West Ham United (10th spot & 31 points), Everton (11th & 30 points) and Bournemouth (12th & 30 points) biting at their heels.
Southampton inched up a notch to the 15th spot after beating Everton 2-1 at the St. Mary's stadium on Saturday. This is only the second time in the season that the Saints have registered back-to-back wins, the previous one being a 1-2 win over Leicester City in an away game a week ago.
Cardiff City slipped into relegation territory after being crushed 3-0 by Newcastle in an away game. For Rafael Benitez's Magpies this was their first win of the New Year and one after a spell of 5 games leaving them on the 17th place with 21 points and just ahead of 18th placed Cardiff City's tally of 19.
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