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Five things we learned from the weekend's Premier League action

Five things we learned from the weekend's Premier League action
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Manchester City lost further ground to Liverpool in the title race.

Liverpool maintained their relentless march towards the title with Leicester in hot pursuit, while Manchester City came unstuck against their derby rivals.

Newcastle made it four wins from six and Son Heung-min served up one of the goals of the season.

Here, the PA news agency looks back at five things we learned from this weekend's action.

City waving white flag?

City show their defiance on the big screen during their derby defeat at the Etihad Stadium
City show their defiance on the big screen during their derby defeat at the Etihad Stadium (Mike Egerton/PA)

City's title defence appears to be over. The often-defining Christmas fixture schedule still lies ahead, but the reigning champions' thrilling 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium has left them so far behind Liverpool, even boss Pep Guardiola has conceded his side will find it difficult to catch them. No club has ever recovered from a 14-point deficit to capture the Premier League crown and, with more than half a season still to play, City will surely be looking elsewhere for silverware.

Who can stop Reds now?

Liverpool extended their club record unbeaten league run to 33 games and chalked up their 15th win in 16 Premier League matches this season by dismantling Bournemouth on the south coast. There is an air of swaggering inevitability about Jurgen Klopp's side as their comfortable 3-0 win edged them closer to their first league title in 30 years. Confidence continues to soar at Anfield and Klopp was able to rotate his squad at Bournemouth, making seven changes, but another three points were never in doubt.

Foxes relishing the chase

Leicester registered a club record eighth successive Premier League win in a clinical 4-1 win at Aston Villa on Sunday to emerge as Liverpool's closest challengers. Brendan Rodgers' side dispelled any lingering doubts that they are genuine title contenders, staying eight points adrift of the summit. The Foxes have racked up more points after 16 games than they did on their way to their stunning title success in 2016, while Jamie Vardy's brace lifted him on to 16 league goals this season.

Magpies' tails are up

Federico Fernandez celebrates his late winner against Southampton
Federico Fernandez celebrates his late winner against Southampton (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Newcastle came from behind to make it back-to-back league wins thanks to defender Federico Fernandez's late winner against Southampton on Sunday. The Magpies climbed into the top half of the table with a fourth win from their last six games and boss Steve Bruce, for now, appears to be silencing his critics. Bruce was an unpopular choice among the Geordie faithful to replace Rafa Benitez in the summer but has used all his experience and know-how to galvanise the club after a shaky start.

Super Son steals show

Tottenham bounced back from their midweek defeat at boss Jose Mourinho's former club Manchester United by thrashing Burnley 5-0 in a game that will be best remembered for Son Heung-min's stunning solo effort. Mourinho described his side's win as a "complete performance", but Son stole the headlines. The South Korean collected the ball on the edge of his own penalty area and in a devastating length-of-the-field burst left a clutch of defenders trailing in his wake before slotting home a contender for goal of the season.

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Result
Millman
Humbert
7  6 1 7
63 3 6 5
Result
Davidovich Fokina
Gombos
4 6 2 6 6
6 4 6 3 2
Result
Schwartzman
Harris
6 6 6
4 2 2
Result
Hurkacz
Novak
64 1 6 6 6
7  6 2 3 4
Result
Cilic
Moutet
6 6 6
3 2 4
Result
Ito
Gunneswaran
6 6 7
4 2 5
Result
Paire
Stebe
6 3 6 62 6
4 6 3 7  0
Result
Gasparyan
Sakkari
2 2
6 6
Result
Hibino
Peng
4 7  6
6 66 3
Result
Konta
Jabeur
4 2
6 6
Result
Brengle
Garcia
7  2 2
65 6 6
Result
Juvan
Yastremska
1 1
6 6
Result
Ferro
Van Uytvanck
6 6
2 1
Result
Garin
Travaglia
6 6 6
4 3 4
Result
Lopez
Bautista Agut
2 2 5
6 6 7
Result
Giustino
Raonic
2 1 3
6 6 6
Result
Sinner
Purcell
7  6 6
62 2 4
Result
Opelka
Fognini
6 7  4 3 65
3 63 6 6 7 
Suspended
Sandgren
Trungelliti
1
0
Result
Edmund
Lajovic
67 3 64
7  6 7 
Suspended
Halys
Krajinovic
6
6
Result
Hercog
Peterson
6 6
3 3
Result
Bencic
Karolina Schmiedlova
6 7
3 5
Result
Mladenovic
Pliskova
1 7
6 5
1am
Mayer
Paul
Result
Wang
Parmentier
7  6
62 3
1.30am
Mannarino
Thiem
1.30am
Mannarino
Thiem
1.30am
Thompson
Bublik
Result
Linette
Rus
6 3 4
1 6 6
Result
Riske
Wang
7  2 6
65 6 3
Result
Keys
Kasatkina
6 6
3 1
Result
Vekic
Sharapova
6 6
3 4
1.45am
Gulbis
Auger-Aliassime
2am
Vilella Martinez
Khachanov
Result
Pera
Rybakina
3 2
6 6
2am
Sasnovich
Minnen
2.30am
Andujar
Mmoh
2.15am
Uchiyama
Ymer
2.30am
Polmans
Kukushkin
2.30am
Andujar
Mmoh
2.30am
Duckworth
Bedene
3am
Basilashvili
Woo Kwon
3am
Dzumhur
Wawrinka
3am
Nadal
Dellien
3am
Siegemund
Vandeweghe
3am
Samsonova
Ostapenko
3.30am
Kovalik
Carreno Busta
3.30am
Putintseva
Hsieh
3.45am
Bolt
Ramos-Vinolas
4.30am
Kecmanovic
Seppi
3.30am
Muguruza
Rogers
3.30am
Tomljanovic
Sevastova
3.45am
Svitolina
Boulter
4am
Anisimova
Diyas
4.15am
Lottner
Giorgi
4.30am
Collins
Ditachenko
4.30am
Davis
Fernandez
4.30am
Bondarenko
Rodionova
5am
Herbert
Norrie
5am
Popyrin
Tsonga
5am
Cornet
Niculescu
5.15am
Monfils
Lu
5.30am
O'Connell
Rublev
5.30am
Flipkens
Muchova
5.30am
Bellis
Maria
5.45am
Sugita
Benchetrit
5.45am
Vondrousova
Kuznetsova
6am
Karlovic
Pospisil
6am
Eubanks
Gojowczyk
6am
Isner
Monteiro
6.30am
Gaston
Munar
6.30am
Delbonis
Sousa
6.30am
Goffin
Chardy
7am
Fritz
Griekspoor
7am
Cuevas
Simon
7am
Paolini
Blinkova
7.15am
Suarez Navarro
Sabalenka
7.15am
Sorribes Tormo
Kudermetova
7.30am
Swiatek
Babos
7.45am
Dart
Doi
8am
Ivashka
Anderson
8am
Tabilo
Elahi Galan
8am
Medvedev
Tiafoe
8am
Sharma
Kontaveit
8am
Brady
Halep
8.30am
Koepfer
Martinez
8.30am
Pliskova
Watson
8.30am
Townsend
Pegula
8.30am
Mertens
Kovinic
8.45am
Kozlova
Hon
9am
Ruud
Gerasimov
9.30am
Cecchinato
Zverev
9.30am
Pavlyuchenkova
Stojanovic
10am
Cocciaretto
Kerber
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1Liverpool22211052143864
2Manchester CityMan City23153564273748
3Leicester CityLeicester23143648232545
4Chelsea2312383930939
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd239773627934
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2381053430434
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd238962522333
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs238783631531
9Crystal Palace237972226-430
10Arsenal2361163032-229
11Everton2385102633-729
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2385102234-1229
13Southampton2384112942-1328
14Burnley2383122638-1227
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2367102631-525
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2265112634-823
17Watford2358102034-1423
18Aston Villa2364132944-1522
19Bournemouth2355132036-1620
20Norwich CityNorwich2345142345-2217

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