EPL Results: Saturday’s Week 34 Scores, Updated 2018 Premier League Table
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Manchester City are one win away from sealing the Premier League title after beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The Citizens will now hope Manchester United lose points when they host relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday.
City’s title triumph is now a matter of if, not when, but last season’s champions Chelsea are keeping alive hopes of a top-four finish. The Blues came from two down to win 3-2 at Southampton, thanks to substitute Oliver Giroud, to close the gap on Spurs to seven points.
It means Chelsea could yet be playing UEFA Champions League football next season, something Liverpool are all-but sure of after a comprehensive 3-0 win over Bournemouth. All three members of the Reds’ dynamic forward line, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, were again on the scoresheet.
Here are the final scores from all of Saturday’s matches:
- Southampton 2-3 Chelsea
- Burnley 2-1 Leicester City
- Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
- Huddersfield Town 1-0 Watford
- Swansea City 1-1 Everton
- Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth
- Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester City
Here’s what those results mean for the updated table (Matches Played, Goal Difference and Points):
1. Manchester City: 33, +68, 87
2. Manchester United: 32, +38, 71
3. Liverpool: 34, +43, 70
4. Tottenham Hotspur: 33, +35, 67
5. Chelsea: 33, +24, 60
6. Arsenal: 32, +18, 54
7. Burnley: 33, +4, 52
8. Leicester City: 33, +2, 43
9. Everton: 34, -15, 42
10. Newcastle United: 32, -8, 38
11. Bournemouth: 34, -15, 38
12. Watford: 34, -18, 37
13. Brighton & Hove Albion: 33, -15, 35
14. Huddersfield Town: 34, -27, 35
15. West Ham United: 32, -18, 34
16. Crystal Palace: 34, -18, 34
17. Swansea City: 33, -19, 33
18. Southampton: 33, -20, 28
19. Stoke City: 33, -33, 27
20. West Bromwich Albion: 33, -26, 21
City rebounded from disappointing defeats to United and Liverpool to take Spurs apart in London. Slick and inventive, the leaders went ahead when Gabriel Jesus scored after 22 minutes.
His goal proved a milestone for the club on the watch of manager Pep Guardiola, who has engendered an enterprising brand of football since taking over in 2016, per Sky Sports Statto:
Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto
Gabriel Jesus’ goal was the 250th @ManCity have scored under Pep Guardiola, in 108 games. The 5 top scorers are:
21 Gabriel Jesus
18 https://t.co/Pj04QeS7Ib Bruyne https://t.co/3ngdv15CED
It was 2-0 City when Ilkay Gundogan struck from the penalty spot three minutes later. City should have been cruising, but Christian Eriksen profited from slack defending to reduce the lead shortly before the break.
Fortunately for City, Raheem Sterling finally rediscovered his scoring touch on 72 minutes. It had been a tough week for Sterling, who spurned a series of chances during the 3-2 loss to United.
Yet the swift winger proved his worth here with a notable goal, per Squawka Football:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Raheem Sterling has now scored 30 Premier League goals for Man City:
2015/16: 31 games, 6 goals
2016/17: 33 games, 7 goals
2017/18: 29 games, 17 goals
Picked up the rate. 📈 https://t.co/NaOiwcqrLX
City have been a class apart this season, a fact Guardiola’s players underlined against a strangely subdued Tottenham. Spurs may now begin to look anxiously over their shoulders as they cling onto fourth.
Salah was once again the main man for Liverpool, as the Reds ran riot against the Cherries at Anfield. The hosts were dominant, but still had to wait 62 minutes for Salah to add to Mane’s opener.
In the process, the league’s in-form goalscorer joined a select group of strikers who dominated the division in years past, per WhoScored.com:
Mohamed Salah becomes only the seventh player in history to score 30 goals in a 38-game Premier League season. Still a little over four games to go for the Egyptian.
Robin van Persie
Mohamed Salah https://t.co/7PKws6OddB
For all of Salah’s brilliance this season, Firmino has long been the man manager Jurgen Klopp can rely on most. The Brazilian’s finish in the final minute brought up a landmark for Klopp, whose progressive tactics have made Liverpool arguably the most exciting side in the land:
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Roberto Firmino has scored the 300th goal (in all comps) of Jurgen Klopp’s reign as Liverpool manager.
Firmino is Liverpool’s top scorer under Klopp with 48 goals #PL https://t.co/F1Q7Bdwq4q
Klopp’s goal-hungry group not only won handsomely, they also crucially maintained a 10-point lead over Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish. The Blues still have a game in hand, though, and will be buoyed by their thrilling comeback at St Marys’ Stadium.
Goals from Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek put the Saints in a commanding lead, before Giroud took over. The league’s super sub had come off the bench in the 62nd minute.
By 78 minutes, Giroud had scored twice, netting a goal either side of a fine strike from Eden Hazard.
Surprisingly, a comeback on this scale has been a rarity in the Premier League era for six-time champions Chelsea, with BBC Match of the Day noting the last time it happened:
Match of the Day @BBCMOTD
Chelsea have won a Premier League game from two goals down for the first time since 2002… under Claudio Ranieri!
#SOUCHE #CFC #bbcfootball https://t.co/NTzd2lIQnu
Chelsea’s heroics have kept their fading top-four hopes alive, while relegation is now looking increasingly likely for Southampton.
Unlike the Saints, two other teams took big steps toward beating the drop thanks to narrow wins. Huddersfield Town are up to 14th after Tom Ince downed Watford in stoppage time, while Crystal Palace clung onto a 3-2 lead to see off Brighton & Hove Albion at home and go six points clear of the bottom three.
Wilfried Zaha found the net twice, while James Tomkins was also on the scoresheet for Palace. Brighton couldn’t draw level, despite getting goals from Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo.
Swansea City also remain in the scrap for survival, but had Jordan Ayew to thank for rescuing a valuable point at home to Everton. His impressive half-volley was enough for a 1-1 draw after the Toffees had gone in front courtesy of an own goal by Kyle Naughton.
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The Swans hold a decent five-point advantage over Southampton, having played the same number of games.
Further up the table, Burnley kept the pressure on Arsenal with a fine 2-1 win over Leicester City at Turf Moor. Chris Wood and Kevin Long gave the Clarets a healthy lead before Jamie Vardy pulled one back in vain for the Foxes.
Defeats and goals have gone together too often for Vardy this season, according to OptaJoe:
8 – Jamie Vardy has ended up on the losing side in eight Premier League games this season when he has scored, a record for a single campaign in the competition. Frustration. https://t.co/GzPRl4dD7y
Burnley are now just two points off sixth and will hope to take advantage of Arsenal being focused on a UEFA Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
Liverpool also have a European semi-final to prepare for, but at least know Champions League football is almost a lock for another season, despite Chelsea keeping the race alive.
City’s aims are grander, with the biggest prize tantalisingly close.
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April 14, 2018 at 02:02PM