City match Liverpool as title fight unchanged

Pep Guardiola

It was a case of ‘anything you can do’ in the Premier League on Saturday as title rivals Manchester City (4/9 – Outright) and Liverpool (13/8) both recorded 2-0 wins to ensure the situation remains unchanged at the top.

Pep Guardiola’s side lead by a point with the two teams both having played 30 games after they won at Turf Moor against Burnley thanks to first-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan.

City responded to Liverpool in the early kick-off when they too were ultimately comfortable winners at home to Watford, running out 2-0 victors again thanks to a first-half Diogo Jota header and a late Fabinho penalty.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were not at their fluent best but results are all-important at this stage of the season and they again got the job done.

The victory was their 10th on the trot in the league and their third straight 2-0 top-flight success. It also temporarily took them top before City secured their own 2-0 win at Turf Moor.

Afterwards Klopp admitted he was delighted with the three points ahead of a big week that sees his side go to Benfica for their Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie on Tuesday before heading to the Etihad for a potentially season-defining showdown next Sunday.

He said: “I was just happy to win the game and having now 72 points. Hopefully, to keep it a title race we have to win our football games, otherwise it will be really tricky. And the next Premier League game obviously is a big one, we do not hide from that.

“It’s all good. But now we have a Champions League game to play, which is as important, and three days’ time to prepare that. Then we go from there.”

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Leicester City and Manchester United played out a 1-1 draw in the 17:30 kick-off, United equalising through Fred after Kelechi Iheanacho had headed the visitors in front with all the action coming in the second half. United stay sixth but are now level on points with Tottenham before their game against Newcastle on Sunday as the race for the top four intensifies.

In the 15:00 kick-offs, Brentford were impressive 4-1 winners at Chelsea, ending the Blues’ six-game streak of victories, and afterwards boss Thomas Frank was all smiles.

He said: “Finally today everything came together. I’m not sure how many times a promoted club has gone to an away ground of a top three or four club and then won, it can’t be many, So we have to enjoy this moment, appreciate it, and then move on after that.”

Elsewhere, Wolves edged out Aston Villa 2-1 at Molineux in the West Midlands derby to boost their hopes of finishing in the European places this season. Brighton and Norwich played out a goalless draw at the Amex, with Neal Maupay missing a first-half penalty for the home side, in a result that leaves the Canaries still seven points off safety, while Leeds and Southampton also drew, 1-1 at Elland Road.

On Sunday, West Ham host relegation-threatened Everton at 14:30 (Match Result – West Ham 3/4, draw 13/5, Everton 18/5) and Tottenham entertain Newcastle at 16:30 (Match Result – Tottenham 1/2, draw 16/5, Newcastle 11/2).

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Author: Paula Allen