Manchester City retain lead over Liverpool, Brentford beat Chelsea


City and Liverpool are locked in a thrilling shootout at the top of the English top flight, with just eight matches remaining in the season.

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (R) celebrates with team mates after scoring the opening goal against Burnley in the Premier League. PA

London: Manchester City kept their cool under pressure on Saturday, overtaking Burnley 2-0 after Liverpool briefly replaced long-serving Premier League leaders at the top of the table.

Elsewhere, Christian Eriksen scored as Brentford came from behind to beat Chelsea 4-1 – their first victory against their London rivals since 1939.

Third-placed Chelsea remain on course for next season’s Champions League but Manchester United‘s hopes of a top-four finish quickly fade after a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester.

Liverpool, who trailed City by 14 points in January, took pole position with Diogo Jota’s header and a late Fabinho penalty beat Watford 2-0 early in the kick-off.

But Kevin De Bruyne eased City’s nerves in the opening minutes of their game against relegation-threatened Burnley, and Ilkay Gundogan put them under speed control.

City and Liverpool are locked in a thrilling shootout at the top of the English top flight, with just eight matches remaining in the season.

Next week, the two heavyweights face off at the Etihad in a tantalizing match that could potentially decide where the title goes.

The two teams also meet in the FA Cup semi-finals later this month and both are involved in the Champions League quarter-finals next week.

Four-time chasers Liverpool didn’t have the easy afternoon coaching that Jurgen Klopp would have hoped for against Roy Hodgson’s Watford, who is fighting for his life.

The home side needed Brazilian keeper Alisson Becker to be at his best to stop Juraj Kucka before Jota edged past Ben Foster to head in his 20th goal of the season midway through the first half.

But there was nervousness around Anfield as the visitors refused to wither and they even had a glorious chance of equalizing in the second half.

Liverpool had to wait a minute to get the two-goal cushion they wanted when Kucka beat Jota to the ground from a corner.

Fabinho took responsibility from the spot and slammed into the top corner.

“The Premier League is the most important competition,” said Klopp, whose side have already won the League Cup this season.

“Hopefully I have two big months (coming up). This week can decide a lot of what May will be like. The boys have created a top-notch base and now we have to use it.”

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Premier League Manchester City retain lead over Liverpool Brentford beat Chelsea

Brentford netted four goals past Chelsea in a miserable outing for the Londoners. PA

If City felt the pressure, they didn’t show it.

Pep Guardiola’s men, chasing their fourth league title in five years, were ahead in the fifth minute at Turf Moor thanks to De Bruyne.

City doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Raheem Sterling exchanged passes with De Bruyne before cutting the ball away for Gundogan to head home.

In the most eye-catching result of the day, Chelsea lost to Brentford after six straight wins in all competitions since owner Roman Abramovich announced his intention to sell the club.

The European champions had taken the lead when Toni Rudiger struck home from distance early in the second half.

But two goals from Vitaly Janelt and a first Premier League goal for Eriksen since returning to the English top flight within 10 minutes turned the game upside down. Yoane Wissa scored late to wrap up the rout.

“I felt when we played a top four, top three side, we were lucky to have an amazing result and finally today it all came together,” the Brentford boss said. Thomas Frank.

Premier League Manchester City retain lead over Liverpool Brentford beat Chelsea

Manchester United came from within a goal to hold Leicester City to a 1-1 draw. PA

United are still three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, having gone two more games after another disappointing display at Old Trafford.

Cristiano Ronaldo was out for the Red Devils through illness and only a combination of VAR and David de Gea kept United from falling to defeat.

Kelechi Iheahnacho’s opening header for the visitors was quickly canceled by Fred.

De Gea then produced a superb save to deny Wesley Fofana before James Maddison put Leicester ahead only to have the goal ruled out by a VAR review.

Wolves beat local rivals Aston Villa 2-1 and Leeds were held 1-1 by Southampton while Brighton and Norwich drew 0-0.

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