Saturday Prem Recap: Liverpool Edge Closer, Laca Saves Arsenal, Spurs Held

Oluwole Ola

Liverpool and Arsenal booked one-goal wins over Bournemouth and West Ham United, respectively, while Tottenham Hotspur were held to a draw by Burnley.

Liverpool moved a step closer to the Premier League title after beating Bournemouth 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday. Goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane secured a 27th win of the campaign for the leaders after Callum Wilson opened the scoring for the visitors.

The result has put the Reds 25 points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City, who face neighbours Manchester United in a derby on Sunday. City will still have another game in hand, but Liverpool winning a first domestic top-flight title since 1990 is now a matter of when, not if with the reds needing just 3 more wins.

Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to earn Arsenal a 1-0 win over a West Ham side who spurned several chances to leave the Emirates Stadium with three vital points.

The Hammers had won only one of the last eight Premier League meetings between the two sides and created the better opportunities of a game settled by Lacazette – who hit the only goal of the 1-0 win as VAR intervened after the effort had originally been ruled out for offside.

Home is certainly where the heart is for Lacazette, reduced to the role of substitute in recent weeks, as all seven of his league goals this season have come in front of his own fans.

Dele Alli’s penalty earned Tottenham a 1-1 draw at Burnley but a third winless game saw them miss the chance to cut the gap to the top four to two points.

Spurs – coming into the game on a run of four defeats in a row – were perhaps fortunate to escape Turf Moor with a point after a lacklustre opening period during which the hosts deservedly took the lead through Chris Wood’s goal after a Hugo Lloris fumble (13).

Newcastle United beat Southampton in a nail-biter, and Sheffield United played out a similar encounter against Norwich City, winning 1-0. Crystal Palace just edged Watford, and Wolverhampton Wanderers were held to a scoreless draw by Brighton & Hove Albion.

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