Man City close gap, Chelsea third

London, April 18 (IANS) Manchester City and Chelsea moved one step closer to cementing second and third place respectively in the English Premier League with comfortable victories while Manchester United gained just one point after being held to a draw.

The championship leaders had to rally twice to draw 2-2 at West Ham Wednesday and second-place Manchester City beat Wigan 1-0 to cut the gap to 13 points.

Chelsea beat Fulham 3-0 and moved to third place, one point ahead of Arsenal with a game in hand.

The standings of the English Premier League after Wednesday’s matches (tabulated under games played, won, drawn, lost, points):

Manchester United 33-26-3-4-81

Manchester City 32-20-8-4-68

Chelsea 32-18-7-7-61

Arsenal 33-17-9-7-60

Tottenham 32-17-7-8-58

Everton 33-14-14-5-56

Liverpool 33-13-11-9-50

West Brom 32-13-5-14-44

Swansea 32-10-11-11-41

Fulham 33-10-10-13-40

West Ham 33-10-9-14-39

Southampton 33-9-11-13-38

Newcastle 33-10-6-17-36

Norwich 33-7-14-12-35

Sunderland 33-8-10-15-34

Stoke City 33-7-13-13-34

Aston Villa 33-8-10-15-34

Wigan Athletic 32-8-7-17-31

QPR 33-4-12-17-24

Reading 33-5-9-19-24

Note: Top four clubs qualify for the Champions League, while the bottom three teams are relegated.

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