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The Chase for a Historic Quadruple: Manchester City Eye Fourth Straight Premier League Title with Dominant Display Against Fulham; Burnley Relegated

Manchester City took a giant leap towards an incredible fourth consecutive Premier League title with a stunning 4-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday. With just one week remaining, they now sit proudly at the summit of the table, two points clear of their closest rivals, Arsenal. This decisive win could be the difference that sees them lift the trophy once more.

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Manchester City moved to the summit of the Premier League with a 4-0 victory over Fulham, as Arsenal slipped up in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.

City knew a win would take them top, at least temporarily, and they did just that with a dominant display at Craven Cottage. Josko Gvardiol opened the scoring before Phil Foden, Gvardiol again, and Julian Alvarez sealed the win.

That result piled the pressure on Arsenal, who knew they had to match City’s result to stay top. However, they could only manage a draw at home to Newcastle, with Sean Longstaff’s strike cancelling out Joel Veltman’s opener for the visitors.

At the other end of the table, Burnley’s relegation was confirmed after a 2-1 defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur. Jacob Bruun Larsen had given Burnley the lead, but Pedro Porro and Micky van de Ven turned the game around for Spurs.

Luton Town also face an uphill battle to avoid the drop after a 3-1 defeat at West Ham United. Albert Sambi Lokonga had given Luton an early lead, but second-half goals from James Ward-Prowse, Tomas Soucek, and George Earthy turned the game around for the Hammers.

In the race for European football, Chelsea boosted their hopes with a 3-2 win at Nottingham Forest. Mykhailo Mudryk, Willy Boly, and Callum Hudson-Odoi had put Forest 2-1 up, but Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Jackson struck late to secure the win for Chelsea.

That result moved Chelsea level on points with Newcastle, who hold the advantage on goal difference. The race for the top four is heating up, with Tottenham still in contention after their win over Burnley.

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne battles with Fulham’s Antonee Robinson and Calvin Bassey. Photo: Reuters

Burnley’s Demise and the Battle for Survival

Burnley’s relegation was confirmed as they failed to capitalize on a bright start against Tottenham. Their fate was sealed by Spurs’ comeback victory, which kept the hosts’ slim Champions League hopes alive.

Vincent Kompany, the Burnley manager, remained defiant, stating: “Today the Premier League is over but tomorrow we start day one of doing everything we can to get back to the Premier League.”

Luton Town’s fate is not yet sealed, but they are on the brink after their defeat at West Ham. A win for Luton would have given them real hope, but West Ham’s second-half display proved too strong.

Nottingham Forest could have guaranteed their survival with a point against Chelsea, and they led 2-1 with just over 15 minutes remaining. However, Chelsea’s late show kept them in the mix, with Forest still mathematically capable of finishing in the bottom three.

Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Fulham’s Issa Diop in action. Photo: Reuters

Chelsea’s Resurgence and the European Chase

Chelsea’s win at Nottingham Forest was their third in a row and boosted their hopes of European football next season. They are now level on points with Newcastle, with both sides aiming to secure a top-six finish.

Tottenham’s victory over Burnley kept them in the hunt, too, although they face a tough ask to overhaul Chelsea and Newcastle. Brentford’s late win at Bournemouth kept them in contention, too, with a busy end to the season in store for the top-seven chasers.

Crystal Palace continued their impressive form with a 3-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers, moving them up to 12th in the table. It was a strong statement from Palace, who have been in fine form since Patrick Vieira’s departure.

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