Manchester City overtake Liverpool with Southampton win as Ross Barkley shines for Everton

George Flood
International Business Times
Dele Alli and Mauricio Pochettino
Dele Alli and Mauricio Pochettino

Manchester City leapfrogged Liverpool in the Premier League with a straightforward victory over Southampton on Saturday (15 April) evening. Injury-plagued captain Vincent Kompany headed home his first goal since August 2015 after a scoreless first half and Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero both benefited from Kevin De Bruyne's artistry to help Pep Guardiola's side snatch third place before the Reds travel to West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.

Earlier in the day, Tottenham Hotspur trimmed Chelsea's title lead to four points ahead of the leaders' trip to Manchester United thanks to an emphatic 4-0 drubbing of Bournemouth at White Hart Lane. Mousa Dembele and Heung-Min Son both netted within the space of three first-half minutes and Harry Kane, starting for the first time in nearly five weeks, later joined Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Thierry Henry as only the fourth player to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive Premier League seasons.

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Oft-maligned striker Vincent Janssen completed the scoring in second-half stoppage-time by notching his first league goal from open play since last summer's £17m ($21.2m) transfer from AZ Alkmaar. Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere was treated to a hostile reception upon his return to north London and limped down the tunnel after appearing to hurt his ankle while trying to challenge Kane.

Spurs have now won 12 successive home league games in a single season for the very first time and also equalled their seven-match top-flight winning streak of 1966-67.

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Swansea City, whose form has tailed off alarmingly after an initially promising start to life under Paul Clement, remain in the bottom three and are now winless in six matches after a costly error from Alfie Mawson allowed Etienne Capoue to seal a third successive home win for mid-table Watford at Vicarage Road.

Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany

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The Swans are still only two points adrift of safety, however, after Hull City were well beaten at Stoke City. Marko Arnautovic set the Potters on their way to a first win in six and substitute Peter Crouch later turned home Jon Walters' cross to restore the lead after Harry Maguire had levelled things up. Xherdan Shaqiri ensured that Stoke's run of defeats ended at four 10 minutes from time with an unstoppable 30-yard effort that left goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic with no chance whatsoever.

Crystal Palace edged a point closer to safety after fighting back from a two-goal deficit to claim a hard-fought draw with Leicester City. The Champions League quarter-finalists led courtesy of Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy, only to be pegged back by Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke.

Rock-bottom Sunderland drew 2-2 with 10-man West Ham United courtesy of a 90th-minute equaliser from Fabio Borini, but remain nine points off the survival pace. James Collins looked to have won the game for the visitors with a second-half header that came after Wahbi Khazri had scored directly from a corner to cancel out Andre Ayew's early opener. Hammers right-back Sam Byram was dismissed late on for a second bookable offence.

Ross Barkley
Ross Barkley

At Goodison Park, Everton chalked up their eighth straight home win with a comfortable 3-1 defeat of Burnley. Sam Vokes restored parity for Sean Dyche's men from the penalty spot after Phil Jagielka had continued his recent scoring run with a header shortly after the interval, but Ross Barkley bounced back from a difficult week with a fine performance and a shot that deflected in off Michael Keane and Ben Mee before being officially credited to the latter as an own goal. Romelu Lukaku later bagged his 24th goal of the season and became the first Toffees player since Dixie Dean in 1934 to score in nine home games in a row.

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