The scramble for this season English Premier League title got heated up on Wednesday night with the two title contenders, Liverpool and Manchester City claiming victory while the race for the top four saw Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal also winning on Matchday 28.
Liverpool continued to maintain their grip on top of the league table with one point ahead of Manchester City following their 5-0 trouncing of visiting Watford at Anfield.
Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk scored two goals apiece with Divock Origi also getting his name into the scoresheet.
Sadio Mane now has a hand in eight of Liverpool’s goals against Watford in five Premier League games scoring 5 goals and 3 assists.
Watford have also lost 10 of their 11 top-flight away games against Liverpool, with the only exception being a 1-0 victory in their first ever Premier League game at Anfield in August 1999.
At the Etihad Stadium, West Ham almost dented Manchester City hot pursuit on Liverpool with the Hammers giving the Cityzens a good run for their money and nearly shared the spoils but it was Sergio Aguero who came to the rescue scoring in the second half from the spot.
With the narrow victory, City have now won all six of their meetings with West Ham in all competitions under Pep Guardiola, scoring 22 goals and conceding just three.
At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal pummeled Bournemouth 5-1 to remain in the fourth position on the League table with Mesut Ozil Alexandre Lacazette, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Laurent Koscielny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all on the score sheet to hand the Gunners a deserving victory and hold firmly to the fourth place.
It was a record for Lacazette who became the fifth player to score in five consecutive home Premier League appearances for Arsenal, and the first since Robin van Persie in 2011-12.
Manchester United continued their unbeaten streak in the Premier League since the reign of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they travelled to the Selhurst Park to defeat Crystal Palace 1-3 with Romelu Lukaku finding the net once again in what was his 38 goals in all competitions, 15 more than any current Manchester United player so far since he joined the Red Devils.
It was another milestone for the club and Solskjaer as he has now won eight consecutive away games in all competitions for the first time in the history of Manchester United.
Chelsea claimed victory against Tottenham in the London derby at Stamford Bridge to keep their top four hope alive.
The Blues who now sits in sixth position behind Arsenal and Manchester United with a game at hand, shrugged off their Carabao Cup loss to Manchester City as Maurizio Sarri kept world most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga to the bench after he refused to come out in Chelsea’s 4-3 penalty loss to Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.
After both teams failed to break the deadlock in the first half, Chelsea returned stronger in the second half as Pedro Rodriguez gave them the lead in the 57th minute before a Kieran Trippier’s own goal sealed the victory for Chelsea.