EPL Results: Saturday’s Week 34 Scores, Updated 2018 Premier League Table

EPL Results: Saturday’s Week 34 Scores, Updated 2018 Premier League Table

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City shoots as Kieran Trippier of Tottenham Hotspur blocks during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on April 14, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

Zaha was a two-goal hero for Palace.

Zaha was a two-goal hero for Palace.Christopher Lee/Getty Images

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:

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

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