Leicester runs away as Tottenham and Arsenal split points

Sunday, March 06, 2016

A sensational strike by Riyad Mahrez saw Leicester City restore their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory against Watford. Leicester must regard every game as final following the victory.Claudio Ranieri wants to run 'very, very fast' to the Premier League title. Ranieri  said "I tell my players that every game is a final. I don't know how many points. At the end of the first part of the season when we achieved 39 points, I said I wanted to achieve one more. 79? I don't know if that will be enough but I will be happy. Of course now we are running for something special - why not?"

Meanwhile Alexis Sanchez's equaliser earned 10-man Arsenal an important point as Spurs missed the opportunity to go top of the Premier League in the north London derby at White Hart Lane.Goals from Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane saw Spurs reverse a half-time deficit but the Chilean attacker stepped up to secure a draw against his side's title rivals.Arsenal had 10 men from the 54th minute but Sanchez struck to earn a point.Arsenal's Francis Coquelin was sent off on 55 minutes after being shown a second yellow card for a foul on Harry Kane, leaving the door open for Spurs to respond with two quick goals.The Gunners are still in a reasonable position to challenge for the title - and Wenger would have taken that before kick-off. Both teams will need to dust themselves down quickly, with Wenger's side next in action against Hull in their FA Cup fifth-round replay, while Tottenham travel to Dortmund for their Europa League last-16 clash on Thursday.

Now focusing on Manchester City- Sergio Aguero has scored nine goals in nine games in 2016, more than any other Premier League player.Manchester City kept their title hopes alive by scoring four second-half goals to thump Aston Villa and end a run of three straight Premier League defeats, there is a huge 10 point gap beteen Leicester and Manchester City, still nine games to play.City's poor form had put their top-four place in doubt, let alone their title challenge, but this was a convincing response to their critics.City, who are yet to rearrange their game in hand - which is at Newcastle - take on another struggling side, Norwich, at Carrow Road next weekend.

Crystal Palace take on Liverpool today,the premier league trivia states taht James Milner has scored 41 golas in Premier League and has never been on the loosing side when he scores.Victory would give the Reds three successive league wins for the first time in a year.Klopp is seeking consistency for Champions League push.The Reds moved within six points of fourth-placed City in the table with a 3-0 win over Manuel Pellegrini's men at Anfield on Wednesday, earning a measure of revenge having lost against them in the League Cup final on penalties last weekend.
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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: "Liverpool were terrific [in midweek]. That high-pressing game is exciting to watch. It doesn't always work though."If we can find a way around that [high press], we can cause Liverpool problems like we have done in the past."We improved at Sunderland. The boys coming back [from injury] will help us progress. It's a different team to the one of four or five weeks ago."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on his side's chances of a top-four finish: "Six points is not the world. We have to show it, Consistency has not been our hobby until now. We need to improve that."Our starting position isn't a masterclass but we are still in a good enough position to achieve something."I have some hard selection decisions to make. We haven't had this before. We have to use this new quality to change and rest."
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