The duel of two teams on the top of the table in Premier League this season ended in a tie while the race for the last UCL spot is getting tighter with four teams involved in it.
Manchester City and Liverpool were sharing spoils in their second meeting this season. Both sides had to be satisfied with 2-2 draw in Etihad after trading goals twice. The home side opened the scoring first through Kevin de Bruyne’s tipical long range shot. Diogo Jota equalised in The Reds’ first attacking attempt. Next, Pep Guardiola’s men were in front again as Gabi Jesus’s strike found the back of the net to end his goal drought. Jurgen Klopp’s side had to wait till the second half for another equaliser by Sadio Mane. Both sides did not stop making decent chances but neither side managed to bag the winning goal. It was all square and the title race is expected to continue till the very end since Chelsea could no longer keep up with them despite their big win over Southampton.
Manchester City vs Liverpool 2-2
Goals: Kevin de Bruyne (5), Gabi Jesus (37); Diogo Jota (13), Sadio Mane (46)
Manchester City: Ederson – John Stones, Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo – Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden, Gabi Jesus (Jack Grealish 83) – Raheem Sterling (Riyad Mahrez 75)
Liverpool: Alisson – Joel Matip, Virgin Van Dijk, Trent Alex Arnold, Andrew Robertson – Fabinho, Jordan Henderson (Naby Keita 78), Thiago – Mo Salah, Diogo Jota (Luis Diaz 70), Sadio Mane (Roberto Firmino 84)
Meanwhile, the race for one champions league place is very much on with not only two or three but four teams fighting over one last spot in European top flight competition next season. Spurs are in front by sitting on the fourth with 57 points from 31 games, same as Manchester United two spots below with only 51 points in hand. Both sides had a contrary result on the weekend. Antonio Conte’s men hammered Aston Villa 4-0 on the road while CR7 and Co slumped to a surprising 1-0 defeat while travelling to Goodison Park.
Two teams above United, West Ham and Arsenal have collected 51 and 54 points respectively. However, The Hammers who lost 2-0 to Brentford last weekend have had 32 games, while the Gunners still have two games extra in hand. Unfortunately, ladyluck did not pick their side at all on the weekend as they were beaten 2-1 by Brighton. Mikel Arteta’s men had one goal disallowed and several attempts hit the post and denied by Brighton’s Robert Sanchez. Here are the remaining matches for all those four sides.
- Tottenham (vs Brighton (H); Brentford (A); Leicester (H); Liverpool (A); Arsenal (H); Burnley (H) and Norwich (A)
- Arsenal ( vs Southampton (A); Chelsea (A), Manchester United (H); West Ham (A); Leeds (H); Tottenham (A); Newcastle (A); Everton (H))
- West Ham (vs Burnley (H); Chelsea (A); Arsenal (H); Norwich (A); Manchester City (H); Brighton (A))
- Manchester United (vs Norwich (H); Liverpool (A); Arsenal (A); Brentford (H); Brighton (A); Chelsea (H); Crystal Palace (A))