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By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City are on the brink of their third Premier League title in four seasons after a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday secured with goals from Sergio Aguero and Ferran Torres. Chelsea’s 2-0 home win over Fulham cemented them in fourth place as they left their London rivals facing almost certain relegation and Brighton & Hove Albion took a massive leap to safety by beating visiting Leeds United 2 -0. Everton’s hopes of qualifying for Europe took a hit when they fell 2-1 at home to Aston Villa. City scored twice in 83 seconds in the second half for their 11th consecutive league win away from home and will be confirmed as champions if Liverpool beat Manchester United on Sunday. Pep Guardiola’s team has 80 points with four games to play, while second-placed United have 67 with five to play. Leicester City, which drew 1-1 with 10-man Southampton on Friday, are third with 63 points. Fourth-ranked Chelsea are 61, six ahead of West Ham United, who travel to Burnley on Monday. “We can start putting the champagne in the fridge, not to open yet, but to think about it,” said Guardiola, whose team faces Paris St Germain on Tuesday in the home game of the Champions League semi-final with a 2- 1 advantage. “The Premier League is already there, it is in our hands. We need one more victory, two more points.” MASSIVE WEEK Chelsea, who as City face a massive week with a Champions League semi-final comeback against Real Madrid after a 1-1 draw, had Kai Havertz double to thank for beating Fulham. German striker Havertz. who has struggled to justify his 71 million pound ($ 98.08 million) price from Bayer (OTC 🙂 Leverkusen, doubled his Premier League tally in the game against Fulham. “Kai played double forward with Timo (Werner) and the two had a good connection and were always dangerous,” said Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel. “We need it to achieve our goals.” Fulham are nine points behind Newcastle United, in fourth place, after a fifth loss in six games, although manager Scott Parker refused to admit that staying up was a lost cause. “I understand that from the outside people will laugh and think I’m crazy, but there is no other option for me,” he said. “While it is true that we can (survive), that is our main focus from now until the end.” Brighton sighed in relief as they fell 10 points out of the drop zone as they beat Leeds on the south coast. Pascal Gross converted a penalty in the 14th minute and Danny Welbeck sealed the victory with a late goal that lifted Brighton to 14th in the standings. “It was one of our best performances. You have to match Leeds for their effort and honesty and I felt we did really well,” said Brighton manager Graham (NYSE 🙂 Potter. Anwar El Ghazi’s gorgeous late curler earned Villa the points at Goodison Park, leaving Everton frustrated and nine points behind Chelsea, albeit one game short. Ollie Watkins opened the scoring for Villa, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin soon led a tie. Everton have won one of their last 10 league games at home and that looks like it could cost them a European spot. ($ 1 = 0.7239 pounds)

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