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Liverpool top as Huddersfield drop – what we learned from the Premier League

Liverpool top as Huddersfield drop – what we learned from the Premier League

A late twist saw Liverpool move back to the top of the table as Huddersfield’s two-year stay in the top-flight came to an end on what was another dramatic weekend of Premier League football.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at what we have learned from this round of fixtures.

Late Liverpool win ignites title race

Toby Alderweireld’s late own goal saw Liverpool move back to the top of the table. (Martin Rickett/PA)

Liverpool left it late but Toby Alderweireld’s late own goal gave Jurgen Klopp’s side victory over Tottenham to take them back to the top of the table.

A day earlier, reigning champions Manchester City made light work of Fulham to take the upper-hand but Liverpool end the weekend at the summit following a dramatic win.

A two-point gap remains although City have a game in hand, albeit away at neighbours Manchester United, with the race still seemingly going to the wire.

Huddersfield’s two-year stay comes to an end – but who joins them?

Jan Siewert applauded the Huddersfield fans after defeat at Crystal Palace condemned the Terriers to relegation.
Jan Siewert applauded the Huddersfield fans after defeat at Crystal Palace condemned the Terriers to relegation. (Isabel Infantes/PA)

While we are no closer to establishing who will lift the Premier League crown, it is becoming clearer who will be relegated from the top-flight this season.

Huddersfield equalled an unwanted record of being relegated with six games remaining after losing at Crystal Palace, with Fulham all-but certain to join them following another defeat this weekend.

Cardiff remain the favourites to be the third and final side to drop to the Championship, with manager Neil Warnock left fuming as the Bluebirds slipped to a controversial defeat to Chelsea to remain five points adrift of safety.

Solskjaer starts with win but United need to improve

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer toasts victory in his first game as permanent Manchester United boss.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer toasts victory in his first game as permanent Manchester United boss. (Martin Rickett/PA)

Ole is at the wheel for the foreseeable future as he was appointed to permanent manager of Manchester United last week.

His first game after landing the post full-time was a tricky visit from Watford – who deserved to leave Old Trafford with at least a point as the hosts toiled.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial put Solskjaer’s men two goals ahead but the Hornets were the better side and United will need to improve in their remaining fixtures as they battle for fourth place.

Gunners handed chance to move as high as third

Mesut Ozil scored the winner when Arsenal won at Newcastle earlier in the season - the same result on Monday will take the Gunners third.
Mesut Ozil scored the winner when Arsenal won at Newcastle earlier in the season – the same result on Monday will take the Gunners third. (Owen Humphreys/PA)

With Tottenham losing at Anfield, their north London rivals Arsenal have the chance to move up to third with victory over Newcastle on Monday night.

Unai Emery was appointed as Arsene Wenger’s successor last summer, tasked with returning the Gunners to the Champions League.

While Spurs, Manchester United and Chelsea are also in the battle for the remaining two spots in the top four, a win over Rafael Benitez’s side would give Arsenal the upper-hand.

Battle for best of the rest to go all the way

Wes Morgan scored in Saturday's win at Bournemouth as Leicester moved level on points with Wolves.
Wes Morgan scored in Saturday’s win at Bournemouth as Leicester moved level on points with Wolves. (Mike Egerton/PA)

The ‘big six’ positions may be sewn up but the battle for best of the rest, and a potential place in the Europa League next season, is heating up.

Wolves, Leicester, Everton and Watford are separated by a single point, with West Ham – in 11th – only two points off seventh place.

Leicester and Everton were the only two sides to register points this weekend with wins over Bournemouth and West Ham, respectively, while Wolves and Watford will meet in an FA Cup semi-final next weekend.

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