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The Premier League hasn’t seen a three-way title race for a while – but this weekend’s results have made it tighter than ever at the top, writes Seb Short.

While Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp refused to admit that it was points dropped as his side came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw at Manchester United, fellow title hopefuls Manchester City and Arsenal steamrollered their respective opponents with easy away wins.

A wonderful Kevin de Bruyne double helped City ease past a vibrant Crystal Palace – the first a magnificent curled equaliser after his team had fallen behind, and his second the fourth of City’s haul.

It was a reminder of how clinical, as well as creative, the Belgian midfielder can be, and also further adds to City fans’ belief that had he been fit all season then their club would be sitting at the top of the Premier League pile.

As it is they find themselves competing not just with Liverpool but with a clinical Arsenal team that appear to be scoring goals for fun – and keeping them out with ease too.

Another Kai Havertz goal means he is top of the goal involvement charts over the last few weeks, making a mockery of those who doubted his £65m move in the summer from Chelsea, while at the back a 14th clean sheet of the season is five more than anyone else.

With seven games left to play, there are sure to be plenty of twists and turns, and with all three teams set for European showdowns this week, it’s all set up to be a riveting run in.

Tottenham’s crazy brand of football great for neutrals

Tottenham recorded another win to keep their top four chances looking good, but their failure to keep clean sheets is keeping everyone on the edge of their seats.

In fact Sunday’s 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest was the 24th time in their 31 league games this season that both teams have scored, and Spurs have only kept six clean sheets this season, less than Everton (nine) Fulham (eight) and Bournemouth (seven).

Ange Postecoglou’s side play with such attacking verve, pushing their full-backs into attacking areas at every opportunity, that at times against Forest they appeared to be employing a 2-1-7 formation. It was no surprise that two of Tottenham’s goals came from defenders – the impressive Micky van de Ven and Pedro Porro rifling in beauties in the second half to give Spurs a comfortable victory.

However, Tottenham’s all-out attack will be tested in the coming weeks. With a tricky tie away at Newcastle next up, they then face Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, and also await Manchester City in a tie yet to be scheduled.

Their apparent refusal to stick men behind the ball and defend could be crucial in deciding which way the Premier League title goes.

Toffees win – but still find themselves in a sticky situation

Everton recorded a much needed victory as they look to ease relegation fears, but results on the pitch might not be enough to save them.

A Dominic Calvert Lewin goal was enough to prevent Everton equalling a club record of 14 league matches without a win – an unwanted record dating back to 1937.

Without their current six-point deduction for financial irregularities the Merseysiders would be ten points above the dropzone, but instead attention will now turn to the outcome of a second independent commission into profit and sustainability breaches.

With another points deduction looking likely, the scrappy win over Burnley will have least put some daylight between themselves and the chasing pack, but Luton’s late victory against Bournemouth gives them renewed hope of beating the drop.