Blues take control in top four race

English Premier League

Two goals from Kai Havertz helped Chelsea strengthened fourth spot in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday evening.

A loss of possession from Havertz five minutes in allowed Antonee Robinson to interject and charge clear before going on to bring the best out of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

The Blues made the breakthrough five minutes later when Havertz feed on a through ball from Mason Mount for a cool bottom right-hand corner finish.

Havertz went and added a double to his name before the midway stage from a ball in behind by Mount, but he was flagged for offside after running ahead too early.

Fulham were unfortunate not to go two goals down with five minutes to halftime as Ziyech met a square pass from Timo Werner to take aim, but goalkeeper Alphonse Areola dived across to parry.

The second goal for the Blues did indeed arrive four minutes in the second half after Havertz played a one-two with Werner on the edge of the area before going in behind to slide home.

Fulham began to show resolve following the midway quarter of the second stanza and fashioned a few moments, whilst the Blues introduced N’Golo Kante for Ziyech.

The home side for the better part of the remaining spell of the match possessed more of the ball and stretched the Cottagers quite comfortably, however couldn’t get the necessary breakthrough.

Chelsea in the end did enough to secure the win to tighten their grip on fourth spot in the Premier League.

Manchester City went within touching distance of the Premier League title with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

City boss Pep Guardiola made eight changes to the side that started in the first leg. Only Ederson, Joao Cancelo and Rodri retained their places.

With ten minutes gone Palace came close. After a speedy counter-attack, Townsend whipped one in from the right and Christian Benteke outjumped Fernandinho but headed wide.

It was the Eagles who were posing more problems. Midway through the first-half, Joel Ward's cross was not dealt with by Aymeric Laporte and Benteke's snapshot was saved by Ederson at his near post.

The Citizens took the lead shortly before the hour mark when Benjamin Mendy's low drilled cross found Aguero, who took a brilliant first touch before rifling the ball into the roof of the net with an emphatic finish on the angle.

City doubled their lead 84 seconds later. Palace made a horrible hash of clearing the danger and it fell to Ferran Torres, who fizzed an effort through a couple of legs and a crowded box into the bottom corner.

It was a crazy five minutes or so as two minutes after scoring their second, the Citizens hit the post. Gabriel Jesus fed Sterling, who surged into the box and fired from a tight angle on the left but it rebounded back off the near post upright and out to safety.

In the 83rd minute, Oleksandr Zinchenko poked it to Raheem Sterling on the edge of the box and he moved infield and curled a trademark strike towards the far post but unluckily for him it went inches wide.

Aguero almost had his brace in the 89th minute. Torres surged down the left and drilled a low cross into Aguero who struck from a tight angle but Vicente Guaita saved with his legs as City closed out a fairly comfortable victory in the end.

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