Manchester City and Liverpool remain separated by just a point after the latest round of Premier League fixtures, while there was misery for Norwich City as their relegation to the Championship was confirmed.
Liverpool (15/8 Premier League Outright) had the chance to move to the summit in Saturday’s early clash against Newcastle United at St James’ Park and the Reds managed to squeeze past Eddie Howe’s spirited Magpies, clinching a 1-0 victory courtesy of Naby Keita’s first-half strike.
That win was enough to send the Reds into first place and two points clear of City (4/9 PL Outright), who were taking on Leeds United at Elland Road in the 17:30 contest and knew anything less than three points would hand the title initiative to the Merseyside outfit.
It was a competitive encounter in West Yorkshire as the Whites didn’t hold back in some of their tackles being made, but Pep Guardiola’s (pictured) side’s class ultimately told as they recorded a 4-0 victory.
Spanish midfielder Rodri opened the scoring from a set-piece in the first half before Dutch defender Nathan Ake turned in from six yards out after Ruben Dias had nodded down Phil Foden’s corner into a dangerous area.
It was the 17th goal that Leeds have conceded from set-pieces this season, the most of any team in the division, and Jesse Marsch’s men conceded another when Gabriel Jesus scored his sixth goal in his last four league games, before Fernandinho rounded off the scoring in stoppage time.
The Whites (2/1 Relegation) find themselves in 17th position and five points above the relegation zone. Everton (8/11), who occupy 18th place, have two games in hand on Leeds and the Toffees will be hoping to close the gap when they welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon (Everton 4/1, Draw 11/4, Chelsea 7/10 – Match Betting).
In the 15:00 games on Saturday, Burnley (1/7 To Stay Up) boosted their survival hopes with a 2-1 comeback victory against Watford, who are all but relegated from the Premier League as they sit 12 points adrift with only four games remaining.
The Hornets looked to be on course for all three points at Vicarage Road after James Tarkowski’s own goal in the eighth minute had given them a 1-0 lead, but strikes from Jack Cork in the 83rd minute and Josh Brownhill in the 86th minute ensured a thrilling end to the contest.
The victory extends Burnley’s unbeaten run under interim boss Mike Jackson to four matches and lifts the club to 16th in the standings, five points clear of the relegation zone with the Clarets having four matches left to play.
In the other 15:00 fixtures, Brighton defeated Wolves 3-0 at Molineux to move into the top half of the table, with Alexis Mac Allister, Leandro Trossard and Yves Bissouma all getting on the scoresheet, while Wilfried Zaha scored in stoppage-time to secure a 2-1 win for Crystal Palace at Southampton.
Over at Villa Park, Aston Villa picked up a 2-0 victory over Norwich City, whose defeat coupled with Burnley’s victory ensured the Canaries will be playing Championship football next season.