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Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures: Chelsea and Liverpool Hit 6

Matt CheethamCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2014

Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures: Chelsea and Liverpool Hit 6

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    It was goals, goals, goals during the Premier League's latest slice of action. Saturday's games saw 32 in total, the joint-most on a single day of the season so far.

    That trend continued into Sunday, with another 10 goals making the weekend total a whopping 42.

    Here's a look back at all the stories through pictures.

Rampant Chelsea Stay 4 Points Clear

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    The weekend began with a crunch match at the top of the table.

    Chelsea hosted Arsenal and promptly dispatched their title rivals by an emphatic 6-0 scoreline.

     

     

A Day for Arsene Wenger and Andre Marriner to Forget

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    Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game was one of his very worst at Arsenal, while Andre Marriner experienced his most embarrassing game as an official.

    The referee sent off the wrong playerKieran Gibbsfor a handball committed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

     

Ross Barkley in the Goals as Everton See off Swansea

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    Everton recorded a third straight Premier League win, beating Swansea 3-2 at Goodison Park.

    Ross Barkley enjoyed a welcome return to form, sealing the win with his side's third goal.

Swans Wasteful in Front of Goal

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    Despite the win, the Toffees were surprisingly second-best for long periods of the game.

    Swansea scored through Wilfried Bony and Ashley Williams, and spurned numerous chances to at least share the points.

Shane Long Returns to Haunt Baggies

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    Shane Long stole the headlines as Hull ran out 2-0 winners over West Brom.

    The striker won his side's penalty and scored the second goal himself, showing the scoring touch his former employers will miss.

Pressure Mounts on Pepe Mel

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    Time moves quickly in the Premier League.

    Defeat to Hull erased all memories of Pepe Mel's inaugural win at Swansea. His side remain in serious trouble, just three points above the relegation zone, winning just once in 10 games.

Manchester City Feast on Fulham

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    Manchester City kept up the pressure at the top of the table, recording a resounding 5-0 win over Fulham.

    Yaya Toure helped himself to a hat-trick, with Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis also on the scoresheet.

Fulham's Sole Positive, a Debut for Patrick Roberts

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    Little can be taken from a 5-0 defeat, especially for a side rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

    Patrick Robert's debut at least provides hope for the future. Only 17, the young attacker has an exciting future ahead of him.

Cisse Strikes Late to Give Magpies the Win

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    Newcastle and Crystal Palace played out Saturday's least memorable encounter.

    The home side spent most of the game attacking, eventually scoring a 90th-minute winner through Papiss Cisse.

Palace Find Little Joy in Final Third

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    Crystal Palace struggled to mount enough offence, registering just one solitary shot on targetper WhoScored.com.

    Tony Pulis' side set out for a point and will be devastated to lose so late in the game.

     

Tettey Thunderbolt Seals Key Canaries Win

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    Norwich put important distance between themselves and the relegation zone, beating third-bottom Sunderland 2-0 at Carrow Road.

    Robert Snodgrass scored early on, before Alexander Tettey smashed in a memorable first Premier League goal.

Cup Success a Distant Memory for Gus Poyet's Side

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    Defeat leaves Sunderland three points adrift from safety, having taken one point from their past four fixtures.

    Despite games in hand, things don't get any easier with Wednesday's trip to Liverpool.

     

Cardiff Start Fast to Catch Liverpool Sleeping...

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    Arguably the most entertaining game of the weekend came in Wales, as Cardiff played host to Liverpool.

    The home side started well and led twice through Jordon Mutch and Fraizer Campbell.

...Before Liverpool's Fierce Firepower Prevails

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    Somewhat inevitably, Liverpool transformed an early scare into a stylish win, with Luis Suarez typically focal.

    The Uruguayan scored a hat-trick, including his 28th Premier League goal of the season, while Daniel Sturridge and Martin Skrtel (twice) made the final score 6-3.

Wayne Rooney Impersonates David Beckham...

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    Manchester United recorded another impressive away win, giving them the best away record in the Premier League.

    Their 2-0 win at West Ham began with Wayne Rooney's audacious long-range shot, which completely flummoxed Adrian.

...As Beckham and Co. Watch On

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    Rooney's goal stirred instant memories of David Beckham's lob against Wimbledon.

    Aptly enough, the former Manchester United man was present to take in the action.

Southampton Start Fast at White Hart Lane...

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    Sunday's opening game pitted sixth-place Tottenham against ninth-place Southampton.

    For 30 minutes, the away side dominated, racing to a 2-0 lead through Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana.

...Only for Eriksen to Lead the Comeback

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    Not for the first time this season, Spurs were in need of a comeback.

    Christian Eriksen cancelled the deficit with two close-range finishes before Gylfi Sigurdsson stole the points with a stoppage time strike.

Villa Start as They Finished Against Chelsea...

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    The final game was a mid-table clash between Aston Villa and Stoke.

    Fresh off a memorable win over Chelsea, the home side took an early lead through Christian Benteke.

...Before Stoke Find Rare Form on Their Travels

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    However, not for the first time this weekend, the team scoring first went on to loseand, in this case, lose badly.

    Stoke secured only their second away win of the season, finishing 4-1 winners, with Peter Odemwingie, Peter Crouch, Steven N'Zonzi and Geoff Cameron all scoring.

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