Soccer-Man Metropolis on brink of title, Chelsea bolster top-four hopes


By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester Metropolis are getting ready to a 3rd Premier League title in 4 seasons after a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday secured with objectives by Sergio Aguero and Ferran Torres.

Chelsea’s 2-0 residence win over Fulham cemented them in fourth place whereas leaving their London rivals dealing with nearly sure relegation and Brighton & Hove Albion took an enormous leap in the direction of security by beating visiting Leeds United 2-0.

Everton’s hopes of qualifying for Europe suffered a blow as they went down 2-1 at residence to Aston Villa.

Metropolis scored twice in 83 seconds within the second half to notch an eleventh successive away league win and might be confirmed as champions if Liverpool win at Manchester United on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s facet have 80 factors with 4 video games left, whereas second-placed United are on 67 with 5 to play.

Leicester Metropolis, who drew 1-1 with 10-man Southampton on Friday, are third on 63 factors. Fourth-placed Chelsea have 61, six forward of West Ham United who journey to Burnley on Monday.

“We are able to begin to put the champagne within the fridge — to not open but however to consider it,” stated Guardiola, whose facet face Paris St Germain on Tuesday within the residence leg of their Champions League semi-final with a 2-1 lead.

“The Premier League is already there — it’s in our fingers. We want yet another victory, two extra factors.”


Chelsea, who like Metropolis face an enormous week with a Champions League semi-final return towards Actual Madrid after a 1-1 draw away, had a Kai Havertz double to thank for beating Fulham.

Germany ahead Havertz. who has struggled to justify his 71 million kilos ($98.08 million) price ticket from Bayer Leverkusen, doubled his Premier League tally within the recreation towards Fulham.

“Kai performed double striker with Timo (Werner) and the 2 had an excellent connection and have been at all times harmful,” Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel stated. “We want him spot on to attain our objectives.”

Fulham are 9 factors behind fourth-bottom Newcastle United after a fifth defeat in six matches though supervisor Scott Parker refused to confess staying up was a misplaced trigger.

“I perceive from the skin individuals will chuckle and suppose I am loopy, however there isn’t any different possibility for me,” he stated.

“Whereas it is the case that we will (survive), that is our essential focus from now till the tip.”

Brighton breathed a sigh of aid as they moved 10 factors away from the drop zone by beating Leeds on the south-coast.

Pascal Gross transformed a penalty within the 14th minute and Danny Welbeck sealed the win with a late aim that lifted Brighton to 14th within the standings.

“It was considered one of our greatest performances. You must match Leeds for his or her effort and honesty and I felt we did that actually effectively,” Brighton supervisor Graham Potter stated.

Anwar El Ghazi’s excellent late roller earned Villa the factors at Goodison Park — leaving Everton pissed off and 9 factors behind Chelsea albeit with a recreation in hand.

Ollie Watkins opened the scoring for Villa however Dominic Calvert-Lewin quickly headed an equaliser.

Everton have received considered one of their final 10 residence league video games and that appears prefer it might value them a European place.

($1 = 0.7239 kilos)

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Modifying by Ken Ferris)



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