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Top four race intensifies in EPL

Published:Monday | February 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus (centre) celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the English Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, yesterday. Manchester City won the game 2-1.

MANCHESTER, England (AP):

The race for Champions League qualification from the Premier League intensified after contrasting wins for Manchester City and Manchester United yesterday.

Gabriel Jesus started again ahead of Sergio Aguero and scored an injury-time winner - his second goal of the match - in City's 2-1 home victory over Swansea.

United had it much easier against Leicester, beating the struggling champion 3-0, thanks to goals by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata in an eight-minute period either side of half-time.

Five points separate second-placed Tottenham and sixth-placed United, which extended their unbeaten run in the league to 15 games and are now just two points off the top four.

City moved above Arsenal and Liverpool into third place.

 

REMARKABLE TRIUMPH

 

At this stage last season, Leicester were leading the English top flight and were on their way to the most remarkable title triumph in Premier League history.

After 13 losses in 24 games of its title defence, Claudio Ranieri's side is one point above the relegation zone and in danger of becoming the first defending champion to be relegated since Man City in the 1937-38 season.

Team P W D L F A GD Pts

Chelsea 24 19 2 3 51 17 34 59

Tottenham 24 14 8 2 46 16 30 50

Manchester City 24 15 4 5 49 29 20 49

Arsenal 24 14 5 5 52 28 24 47

Liverpool 24 13 7 4 52 30 22 46

Manchester United 24 12 9 3 36 21 15 45

Everton 24 11 7 6 40 27 13 40

West Brom 24 10 6 8 32 29 3 36

West Ham 24 9 4 11 32 41 -9 31

Watford 24 8 6 10 29 40 -11 30

Stoke City 24 7 8 9 29 36 -7 29

Burnley 24 9 2 13 26 35 -9 29

Southampton 24 7 6 11 24 31 -7 27

Bournemouth 24 7 5 12 35 47 -12 26

Middlesbrough 24 4 9 11 19 27 -8 21

Leicester City 24 5 6 13 24 41 -17 21

Swansea City 24 6 3 15 29 54 -25 21

Hull City 24 5 5 14 22 47 -25 20

Crystal Palace 24 5 4 15 32 45 -13 19

Sunderland 24 5 4 15 24 42 -18 19