EPL results: City go to top of the table, United, Newcastle, Bournemouth secure vital wins


Manchester City have returned to the top of the English Premier League after a hard-fought victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Erling Haaland scored a 3rd-minute penalty after a foul on Julian Alvarez before the Argentine scored a stunning goal that sealed the victory for the citizens.

Fulham had at 15th minute restored parity with their first attempt of the match as Carlos Vinicius powerfully shot past Ederson after Harry Wilson had headed the ball into his path.

City’s win moves them above and one point clear of Arsenal, with Pep Guardiola’s side having a game in hand.

This was the first time City have been above Arsenal since mid-February as they aim to win the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup treble.

Man United hold on to beat stubborn Villa

Bruno Fernandes was the match-winner for Manchester United at Old Trafford
Bruno Fernandes scored his 100th career goal to boost Manchester United’s Champions League hopes and end Aston Villa’s 10-match unbeaten run.

Fernandes pounced six minutes before half-time after Emiliano Martinez had turned Marcus Rashford’s shot into his path.

It sealed a deserved victory for the hosts, who had already gone close through Marcel Sabitzer.

United midfielder Casemiro also hit the bar and curled a second-half effort just wide.

However, Ezri Konza nearly scrambled a close-range equaliser from a late corner that had been flicked on at the near post, but the Villa defender was unable to adjust his body position quickly enough to steer the ball goalwards and United were able to clear.

The result ensures United have a healthy advantage on the clubs chasing a top-four spot, with Villa now nine points adrift of the Red Devils having missed the chance to cut the gap to just three points.

Newcastle come from behind to beat relegation-threatening Southampton

Callum Wilson took his Premier League tally to 15 goals for the season as Newcastle fought back to beat bottom club Southampton at St James’ Park and strengthen their place in the top four.

Saints, who started the day six points adrift of safety, took a surprise lead in the first half when Stuart Armstrong turned in Kamaldeen Sulemana’s low ball following a swift counter.

Newcastle sent on Wilson, who scored twice in the 4-1 win at Everton last Thursday, at half-time and he made an

Newcastle sent on Wilson, who scored twice in the 4-1 win at Everton last Thursday, at half-time and he made an almost immediate impact when he poked in from close range following a free-kick nine minutes after the break.

Wilson then saw a header tipped over before a second was ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee for offside.

Bournemouth beat Leeds to almost secure safety

Bournemouth moved ever closer to securing their Premier League status with victory at the Vitality Stadium as Leeds’ relegation fears deepened.

Jefferson Lerma scored twice in four first-half minutes to put the Cherries in control – curling in a superb first-time shot before lashing the ball home after Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier flapped at a corner from the right.

Leeds pulled a goal back with a Patrick Bamford header from Wilfried Gnonto’s cross on 32 minutes but a tidy finish from Dominic Solanke restored Bournemouth’s two-goal advantage in the 63rd.

The visitors tried to force their way back into the game but could not find a way past Neto in the Bournemouth goal. After keeping out a fierce strike from Marc Roca, the former Fiorentina keeper made a fine double save to deny Robin Koch and then Gnonto.

Substitute Antoine Semenyo’s first Bournemouth goal sealed the win in stoppage time as his shot squirmed under Meslier.

Defeat leaves Javi Gracia’s side in 16th, just a point above the relegation zone and regardless of the result between Leicester and Everton. Only goal difference will keep them out of the bottom three by Monday night.

Meanwhile, Gary O’Neil’s Bournemouth are up to 13th, 10 points clear of the drop zone and are levelled on points with 12th placed Chelsea.

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