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Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City maintained their two point lead at the top with a dominant one sided 4-0 win against West Ham at the London Stadium and German Sane was City’s star man on the day netting a brace. Ten man Liverpool kept up the pressure on City with a dominant second half performance against Watford at Vicarage Road netting all thee goals. In the tea-time kick-off Spurs produced the performance of the day at Wembley in their eagerly awaited derby clash against Chelsea.

A highly charged Spurs dominated a lacklustre Chelsea for most of the game and raced to a 2-0 lead within twenty minutes after influential goals from star men Ali and Kane. Spurs started the second half in similar fashion and the dynamic Son Heung Min extended their lead to 3-0 and while Chelsea manager Sari stemmed Spurs dominance with several second half substitutions, they could only manage a consolation goal late on from Giroud.

The pressure on Manchester United and manager Mourinho increased on Saturday after their disappointing 0-0 draw against struggling Palace. The lost points meant United lost sixth place to Everton who overtook them after beating Cardiff 1-0 at Goodison. The Ranieri effect produced the desired affect for his new Fulham side on Saturday and his players responded in impressive fashion winning a five goal thriller 3-2 against fellow relegation strugglers Southampton at Craven Cottage. Things became closer and as competitive as ever at the bottom of the Premier League at the weekend with only two points separating the bottom seven.

On Sunday Arsenal kept in touch with the top four after an important 2-1 win against in form Bournemouth at Dean Court and Huddersfield gave their survival hopes a big boost with an impressive 20- win against Wolves at Molineux.

Down in the EFL Championship Norwich, Middlesbrough and Leeds are emerging as three times that could be scrapping it out for automatic promotion come the end of the season as all thee recorded important and impressive wins on Saturday. Rock bottom Ipswich and second from bottom Hull’s woes of relegation continued as they were both lacklustre in their losses against West Brom and Forest respectively.

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