Three talking points from EPL
Manchester City are just 11 points away from clinching a third Premier League title in four years as even a much-changed side from Pep Guardiola outclassed third-placed Leicester 2-0 at the King Power.
Behind City, Liverpool were the big winners of the weekend as they produced arguably their best performance of 2021 to thrash Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates.
Victory for Jurgen Klopp’s men, allied to dropped points for Chelsea and Tottenham, means all three are separated by just two points in the fight for a top-four finish.
At the other end of the table, Fulham missed a great opportunity to move out of the bottom three as they let a 1-0 lead slip late on to lose 3-1 at Aston Villa.
Liverpool find their groove
Liverpool’s chances of a return to the Champions League next season seemed all but gone when Fulham became the sixth consecutive visiting side to win at Anfield a month ago.
However, the Reds looked refreshed by a two-week layoff during the international break for many of their star players. Even Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted his side were lucky to escape with only a three-goal margin.
Is Kane too good to stay at Spurs?
Spurs’ latest failure to hold onto a lead at St James’ Park will do little to quell the speculation over Harry Kane’s future.
The England captain was again in supreme form, scoring his side’s two goals to move top of the Premier League scoring charts.
Kane has now scored 29 goals in all competitions for Tottenham, but unless Spurs shock Man City in the League Cup final later this month, will see another season go by at club level without a trophy.
Fulham not ‘horrible’ enough
A point for Newcastle also had a big impact on the bottom of the table as the Magpies moved three points clear of Fulham.
Scott Parker’s men were well set to move out of the bottom three thanks to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s first Premier League goal since September.
But Fulham collapsed to concede three times in the final 12 minutes at Villa Park and leave their manager bemoaning a lack of experience. - AFP