With a 3-1 win against Everton, Manchester City have one hand on the Premier League trophy and can be crowned this year’s champion with a victory against Manchester United on April 7th at the Etihad. Liverpool and Manchester United also scored wins this weekend as the Reds earned a late victory at Crystal Palace and the Red Devils displayed an impressive performance against 15th place Swansea. The 32nd weekend of the Premier League additionally featured a battle for fourth place as Chelsea hosted Tottenham and Arsenal looked to defeat relegation-battling Stoke.
Liverpool kicked off the weekend with a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace but certainly weren’t convincing in their play. Just 12 minutes into the match goalkeeper Loris Karius left his net to charge Palace right-midfielder Wilfred Zaha and brought the Ivorian down in the box. Up stepped Luka Milivojevic who slotted home his ninth penalty of the season, (the most in the Premier League this season) much to Roy Hodgson’s delight.
After a Mané tap-in equalizer in the 48th minute of play, the game seemed as if it was heading for a stalemate, but Premier League top-goalscorer Mohamed Salah had other ideas. Second-half sub Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did brilliantly to shrug off his defender and loop the ball back post to left-back Andrew Robertson. Robertson volleyed the ball straight into the path of Salah who took it onto his less-favorable right foot and drilled it home past Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey.
In what was a relatively tame game, Manchester United defeated Swansea City 2-0 and showcased the quality of some of their star players. In the first half, Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored his 100th Premier League goal after receiving a pass from Alexis Sanchez and floating the ball into the upper left corner of the net in just the 5th minute. Shortly after, the Red Devils found the net again as England international Jesse Lingard played a clever ball in behind the Swansea defense as the Chilean forward took the ball into his stride and finished past Lukasz Fabianski in the 20th minute. Excluding a couple of fine saves by David de Gea in the second half, the rest of the game was relatively quiet as Jose Mourinho was sold on his team’s 2-0 scoreline.
Manchester City and Arsenal also scored impressive victories as City defeated Everton 3-1 and Arsenal made easy work of Stoke with a 3-0 home win. In what Kevin de Bruyne described as Manchester City’s best performance of the season, City put three past Everton in just thirty-seven minutes to move within touching reach of the Premier League title. The Citizens began strong as they always do, as winger Leroy Sané volleyed the ball coming off a David Silva cross in the 4th minute. After a Gabriel Jesus header making it 2-0, David Silva whipped in another ball into the path of the rapid Raheem Sterling who tapped the ball into the net in the 37th minute and effectively sealed off the game for Man City, despite Everton winger Yannick Bolasie scoring with a great finish in the 63rd minute.
Despite a few goals from Arsenal’s striker signings, there wasn’t much to report from their matchup with Stoke. Gabonese forward Pierre Emerick-Aubamayeng found the net twice in quick succession as he slotted home a penalty and finished a flick-on from an Ozil corner with just four minutes to play. Finally, to sum up a respectable performance, Alexandre Lacazette placed home a penalty past Jack Butland after getting bumped from behind by Stoke midfielder Badou Ndiaye.
To conclude Matchweek 32, Chelsea hosted Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in a true 6-pointer. Chelsea started strong as make-shift right-wingback Victor Moses sent a ball into the box that was met by Spanish striker Alvaro Morata to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. While Chelsea looked to head into the dressing room after an impressive first-half performance, Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen sought to put home a thunderbolt. The Dane received the ball around 30 yards out, took three touches, and blasted the ball past backup goalie Willy Caballero, who was left frozen by the pace and dip of Eriksen’s shot just before the half. From that point on, it was all Tottenham as England midfielder Dele Alli stole the show with two amazing goals in a matter of four minutes. Spurs were rightful winners on the day and will look to snatch up either second or third place from Manchester United or Liverpool as Manchester City seem to be the rightful winners of this year’s 2017-18 Premier League.