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EPL title race continues to hot up as top 2 triumph

Liverpool and Manchester City’s titanic battle for the Premier League continued as both came through unscathed on a Sunday that threatened to tilt the title one way or the other.

City briefly went top with a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace and the title remains in their hands at they have an extra game left to play. But Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea, lit up by Mohamed Salah’s sensational strike, means they retain a two-point lead at the top of the table.

By the sky-high standards of his first season at Liverpool, Salah has endured a sophomore slump. But the Egyptian is now level with Sergio Aguero as the Premier League’s top-scorer after a sublime strike at Anfield.

At the end of a week in which Chelsea fans were filmed chanting a vile racist song about Salah, it was fitting that his brilliant 25-yard drive put Liverpool two goals up at Anfield. Salah now has 22 goals this season.

Pep Guardiola claimed he would be paying as much attention to the drama at Augusta as Tiger Woods won the Masters as matters at Anfield after his side won at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles have been a thorn in Guardiola’s side, halting City’s record 18-game winning run in the Premier League last season and becoming the only visiting team to win at the Etihad in the league this campaign back in December.

However, what many predicted would be a potential banana skin for City in between two Champions League ties with Tottenham, turned into a cruise for the champions.

Five more matches stand between Guardiola’s men and becoming the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League.

“I feel good about the players for Tuesday,” said Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the prospect of another Champions League recovery against Barcelona.

Another shoddy United performance since Solskjaer was given the job on a permanent basis was salvaged by two Paul Pogba penalties to beat West Ham 2-1 and remain in the hunt for a top-four finish. However, concerns are rising that the drop off in performance from the Red Devils since beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 last month is more than just a blip.

The title race and fight for top-four places may be set to go down to the wire, but the battle to avoid the drop may be all but over should Brighton beat Cardiff tonight.

Brighton still hold a five-point lead over Neil Warnock’s side despite a 5-0 home thrashing to Bournemouth as controversial refereeing calls cost the Welsh side in a 2-0 defeat at Burnley.

Warnock claimed, “I am lost for words” after Mike Dean reversed his decision to award a penalty with his side trailing just 1-0 at Turf Moor.


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