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EPL Saturday review: City close gap on Arsenal, as Spurs, Chelsea Bournemouth record victories


Manchester City closed the gap on Arsenal to two points with a hard-fought victory at Crystal Palace.

After dominating the match at Selhurst Park, missing a number of chances, Man City finally broke the deadlock 12 minutes from time.

Palace undid all their sterling defensive work by switching off as City took a short corner. Michael Olise, in trying to recover, clattered into Ilkay Gundogan to concede a penalty.

Haaland stepped up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way for his league-leading 28th goal of the season.

City have 61 points and will be hoping that Fulham can do them a favour tomorrow when they host leaders Arsenal at 14:00 GMT.

Palace, who failed to have a shot on target for the third match running, are still winless in 2023 and remain 12th with 27 points, only four above the relegation zone.

Spurs end week on a high
Tottenham Hotspur took advantage of Liverpool’s shock 1-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth to go six points clear in fourth, beating Nottingham Forest 3-1 at home.

Harry Kane scored his eighth headed goal of 2022/23 before converting a penalty which took his tally for the season to 20, the sixth time he has reached that total in a Premier League campaign.

Son Heung-min’s 99th Premier League goal made it 3-0 in the second half.

Forest got a late goal through Joe Worrall’s header and had a chance of a second in stoppage time, but Andre Ayew’s tame penalty was saved.

After their defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend was followed by a midweek UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of AC Milan, the revitalising victory gives Spurs 48 points from 27 matches, six clear of Liverpool who have played a match fewer. Forest remain 14th with 26 points.

Bottom club AFC Bournemouth hit in-form Liverpool’s hopes of climbing into the top four with a 1-0 win at Vitality Stadium.

Philip Billing got the only goal in the 28th minute, the first Liverpool have conceded in six matches.

Liverpool had a great chance to equalise on 69 minutes with their first penalty of the season, but Mohamed Salah missed the target from the spot for the first time in his Premier League career.

After losing a 2-0 lead last time out at Arsenal, AFC Bournemouth held on to pick up only their second win in 11 matches, and first over Liverpool in eight.

Chelsea claim hat-trick of wins
Chelsea continued their revival with a 3-1 win at struggling Leicester City.

Ben Chilwell volleyed Chelsea in front against his former team, but Leicester levelled through Patson Daka’s thumping long-range strike.

Kai Havertz restored Chelsea’s lead just before half-time with a cool lobbed finish from Enzo Fernandez’s sublime chipped through-ball. It was the first time Chelsea had scored twice in the first half this season.

They sealed a third win in a row in all competitions with a superb Mateo Kovacic volley, before Leicester defender Wout Faes received a second booking late on.

Chelsea remain 10th with 37 points, while a fourth defeat in a row drops Leicester to 16th on 24 points, only one above the relegation zone.

Everton end Brentford streak
Everton also rose out of the bottom three, climbing to 15th after ending Brentford’s 12-match unbeaten run.

Dwight McNeil scored the only goal after 35 seconds with a fierce drive at Goodison Park.

Brentford threw the kitchen sink at the Toffees defence, who stood firm to take Everton to 25 points. Brentford stay ninth on 38 points.

Harrison makes amends
Jack Harrison scored at both ends as Leeds United twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw against high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion.

Alexis Mac Allister headed Brighton in front but Patrick Bamford’s deflected shot sent the teams in level at half-time.

Harrison’s own goal put Brighton back in the lead but the Leeds winger then curled in a superb equaliser.

Leeds’ point takes their total to 23. However, the wins for AFC Bournemouth and Everton mean the Whites drop a place to 19th. The draw lifts Brighton a place to seventh on 39 points.

Bumper Sunday in store
As well as Arsenal’s trip to Fulham, there are a further three fixtures on Sunday.

Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their 7-0 loss at Liverpool last week by overcoming relegation-fighting Southampton, while West Ham United host Aston Villa.

The final match is at St James’ Park, where Newcastle United are hoping to reignite their top-four hopes against Wolves.