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Premier League Round 31: Liverpool Back in Third Spot

Premier League Round 31: Liverpool Back in Third Spot Photo: TT

Saturday’s afternoon fixtures were all about sides the bottom of the table.

West Bromwich Albion moved a step closer to relegation with a narrow 2 – 1 defeat away to Bournemouth. It was actually West Brom who took the lead through Jay Rodriguez, but Jordan Ibe equalised for the home side. And then Junior Stanislas struck an 89th minute free-kick to condemn the Midlanders to another defeat.

Stoke City are also deep in trouble after losing 2 -1 at home to Everton. Stoke’s cause was not helped by losing midfielder Charlie Adam to a straight red card after a poor challenge on Wayne Rooney after half an hour, before Cenk Tosun scored his third goal in as many games to give Everton the lead. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting equalised for the home side, before Tosun scored his second to seal three points for the visitors.

Another side to win away from home were Crystal Palace who beat Huddersfield Town 2 – 0. James Tomkins close-range effort gave them a half-time lead, and Luka Milvojevic’s penalty was enough to give the visitors the victory that lifted Palace out of the bottom three.

The Saturday evening kick-off saw Liverpool climb back above Tottenham to third in the table with a 5 – 0 thrashing of Watford. Mohamed Salah got four off their goals and is now the Premier League’s leading marksman with 28 to his name. He leads Harry Kane by four goals at the top of the scoring charts, and with his rival ruled out by injury until April, is now favourite to win this year’s Golden Boot. Roberto Firmino scored the other Liverpool goal.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur all have a game in hand because of their FA Cup Quarter-Final matches.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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