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Premier League talking points: Rafa revels as Man United struggle, Salah shines again

Cian Carroll | 12 February 2018

Matchday 27 produced another set of crazy results

There was another weekend of dramatic twists and turns as the Premier League enters the business end of the season.

Manchester City pulled further clear at the summit as they beat Leicester City 5-1. Sergio Aguero hit four after another passing master-class from Kevin De Bruyne.

Everton and West Ham United enjoyed solid wins as they edge ever further away from a titanic-looking relegation battle.

The Coral News Team takes a look at five of the key talking points from the weekend.

Benitez beams over United win

Newcastle United caused the shock of the weekend as they beat Manchester United 1-0 at St. James’ Park.

Rafa Benitez got his tactics spot on as they Magpies produced a rabid performance to stop United in their tracks.

Jose Mourinho, surprisingly, has still yet to win at Newcastle in his time as a manager.

His side looked short of enthusiasm and intensity and will need to up their game ahead of the Champions League clash with Sevilla.

Kane out-guns Arsenal – again!

Harry Kane’s transformation from gangly, awkward youngster to striking superstar over the last few years still feels remarkable.

The England number nine once again produced the goods for Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby as his powerful header defeated Arsenal.

Kane got nearly 2ft off the ground and hung in the air for 0.72seconds before bulleting a header past Peter Cech.

The 24-year-old is favourite to finish the league’s top scorer.

Swans flying

Many questioned Carlos Carvalhal’s appointment as Swansea City manager but they’re eating their words now.

The Swans beat Burnley 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium to make it four wins and two draws from their last eight games.

A few weeks ago they were rooted to the foot of the table. But the South Wales outfit are now 16th and flying.

Carvalhal’s side are now out at 2/1 to be relegated.

Salah on-fire for Reds

Liverpool eased to a comfortable win over Southampton, winning 2-0 at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday.

It put the Reds in touching distance of Manchester United in second. Jurgen Klopp’s side were solid at the back and clinical up front.

That man Mohamed Salah found the net again with a superb finish to put his side 2-0 up in the first half.

The Egyptian simply cannot stop scoring and notched his 22nd league goal of the campaign. He’s just one behind Kane now and is 7/2 to finish top goalscorer.

Terriers snapping at various heels

The relegation battle is arguably the most exciting aspect of this year’s Premier League season.

There are just five points separating Watford in 11th and Stoke City in 19th.

And Huddersfield caused even more carnage with a huge 4-1 win over on-song Bournemouth.

David Wagner’s side had only managed 19 goals this term but somehow scored four against the Cherries at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Terriers had lost five-in-a-row before stopping the rot. They’re 5/6 to finish in the bottom three.

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