Premier League weekend review: Top four battle offers intrigue

Craig Forrest, Jim Brennan and James Sharman discuss Manchester United's win over Sunderland and the importance for the Red Devils to keep up their strong play if they want to have a shot at the top four and Champions League.

Here’s what happened in the Premier League this weekend, in case you missed it…

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Saturday: Spurs trounce Watford, Chelsea rolls on and more
Sunday: Man United blanks Sunderland and Lukaku strike again

WATCH MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Tottenham 4, Watford 0 || Manchester City 3, Hull City 1 || Middlesbrough 0, Burnley 0 || Stoke City 1, Liverpool 2 || West Bromwich Albion 0, Southampton 1 || West Han United 1, Swansea City 0 || Bournemouth 1, Chelsea 3 || Sunderland 0, Manchester United 3 || Everton 2, Leicester City 4

WHAT STOOD OUT

Man United inches closer to top four spot
Craig Forrest, Jim Brennan and James Sharman discuss Manchester United’s win over Sunderland, and the importance for the Red Devils to keep up their strong play if they want to have a shot at the top four and a Champions League berth.

Battle for 3rd and 4th more interesting than top two
Craig Forrest, Jim Brennan and James Sharman break down a busy Saturday in the English Premier League and talk about the battle for the important third and fourth spots that will result in Champions League berths.

BEST GOAL

Tottenham’s Dele Alli scored with a sensational strike from way outside of the box against Watford:

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BEST MOMENT

Manchester City’s second goal against Hull City saw all 11 City players touch the ball, including goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, in a 20-pass sequence that ended with Sergio Aguero finishing it off.

BEST QUOTE

“I feel like Benjamin Button. I was born old, I will die young.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

BEST MATCH

Everton and Leicester City combined for six goals at Goodison Park, a game marked by Romelu Lukaku continuing his brilliant goal-scoring form.

BEST TWEET

THE GAME WITHIN THE GAME

Manchester City completely dominated Hull at home on Saturday, setting the tone in the first half hour by swarming the Tigers and assaulting their goal with a steady stream of shots.

CRISIS CLUB OF THE WEEK: SWANSEA CITY

A look at Swansea City who after Saturday’s loss to West Ham United have now dropped five straight road games for the first time ever.

THE BIG QUESTION

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SIX PACK OF STATS

• Tottenham’s Dele Alli has had a hand in as many Premier League goals (40) before turning 21 as Frank Lampard (15), Steven Gerrard (13) and David Beckham (12) combined.
• Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho has scored more goals (30) than any other Brazilian player in Premier League history.
• Manchester City’s Fabian Delph scored his first Premier League goal on Saturday since netting against Crystal Palace in January 2016—a stretch of 448 days.
• Chelsea have conceded in nine consecutive Premier League games within a single season for the first time since 2011-12.
• Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson on Sunday earned his first red card in 278 Premier League appearances.
• Everton’s Romelu Lukaku has now scored more Premier League goals (23) than Middlesbrough (22).
Stats courtesy of Opta

THREE STARS

1) Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United: A man-of-the-match performance with a goal and an assist against Sunderland.
2) Romelu Lukaku, Everton: Bagged a brace in Everton’s thrilling win over Leicester City.
3) Simon Mignolet, Liverpool: He made some timely and important saves in the Reds’ comeback win away to Stoke City.

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