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Ten-man Everton suffer another loss as relegation threat looms, Spurs trash Newcastle

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3rd April, 2022
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Tottenham have powered into the top four of the Premier League with a 5-1 thrashing of Newcastle while West Ham beat relegation-threatened Everton 2-1.

With north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal now neck and neck, the fight for Champions League qualification in the Premier League is hotting up.

Tottenham’s superior attacking power may yet prove decisive in the final stretch as their 5-1 hammering of Newcastle on Sunday suggested.

Out of nowhere, Antonio Conte’s team are suddenly the highest-scoring team in the league in 2022 – with 30 goals in 13 games – after they overwhelmed Eddie Howe’s side.

The win lifted Spurs above Arsenal into fourth place – the final qualification position for the Champions League – but only on goal difference. 

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Arsenal also have two games in hand, the first being a tricky London derby at Crystal Palace on Monday.

With Ben Davies, Matt Doherty, Son Heung-min, Emerson Royal and substitute Steven Bergwijn all scoring, the big surprise was that in-form striker Harry Kane didn’t get in on the act.

The England captain still had another outstanding game, though.

Fourth place might not be the ceiling for Tottenham and Arsenal, who have only the Premier League to focus on. 

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Chelsea are only five points ahead in third and have to juggle playing in the Champions League and FA Cup over the next month, too.

None of them will get close to catching Manchester City and Liverpool, the top two teams who are separated by one point with eight games left.

West Ham aren’t quite out of contention for fourth place yet either – and their 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Everton earlier on Sunday lifted them into sixth, above Manchester United, and three points behind Spurs and Arsenal.

Frank Lampard’s Everton, though, remain in deep trouble, just one place and three points above the relegation zone.

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