Soccer-Man City on brink of title, Chelsea bolster top-four hopes
By Martyn Herman
LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City are on the edge of a 3rd Premier League title in 4 seasons after a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday protected with objectives by Sergio Aguero and Ferran Torres.
Chelsea’s 2-0 house win over Fulham sealed them in 4th location while leaving their London competitors dealing with practically specific transfer and Brighton & Hove Albion took an enormous leap towards security by beating going to Leeds United 2-0.
Everton’s hopes of receiving Europe suffered a blow as they decreased 2-1 in your home to Aston Rental property.
City scored two times in 83 seconds in the 2nd half to notch an 11th succeeding away league win and will be validated as champs if Liverpool win at Manchester United on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s side have 80 points with 4 video games left, while second-placed United are on 67 with 5 to play.
Leicester City, who drew 1-1 with 10-man Southampton on Friday, are 3rd on 63 points. Fourth-placed Chelsea have 61, 6 ahead of West Ham United who take a trip to Burnley on Monday.
“We can start to put the champagne in the fridge — not to open yet but to think about it,” stated Guardiola, whose side face Paris St Germain on Tuesday in the house leg of their Champions League semi-final with a 2-1 lead.
“The Premier League is already there — it is in our hands. We need one more victory, two more points.”
Chelsea, who like City deal with an enormous week with a Champions League semi-final return versus Genuine Madrid after a 1-1 draw away, had a Kai Havertz double to thank for beating Fulham.
Germany forward Havertz. who has actually had a hard time to validate his 71 million pounds ($98.08 million) price from Bayer Leverkusen, doubled his Premier League tally in the video game versus Fulham.
“Kai played double striker with Timo (Werner) and the two had a good connection and were always dangerous,” Chelsea employer Thomas Tuchel stated. “We need him spot on to achieve our goals.”
Fulham are 9 points behind fourth-bottom Newcastle United after a 5th defeat in 6 matches although supervisor Scott Parker declined to confess keeping up was a lost cause.
“I understand from the outside people will laugh and think I’m crazy, but there’s no other option for me,” he stated.
“While it’s the case that we can (survive), that’s our main focus from now until the end.”
Brighton breathed a sigh of relief as they moved 10 points clear of the drop zone by beating Leeds on the south-coast.
Pascal Gross transformed a charge in the 14th minute and Danny Welbeck sealed the win with a late objective that raised Brighton to 14th in the standings.
“It was one of our best performances. You have to match Leeds for their effort and honesty and I felt we did that really well,” Brighton supervisor Graham Potter stated.
Anwar El Ghazi’s excellent late curler made Rental property the points at Goodison Park — leaving Everton annoyed and 9 points behind Chelsea albeit with a video game in hand.
Ollie Watkins opened the scoring for Rental property however Dominic Calvert-Lewin quickly headed an equaliser.
Everton have actually won among their last 10 house league video games which appears like it might cost them a European location.
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(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Modifying by Ken Ferris)
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.