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Barclays Premier League Table: Updated 2016 EPL Review After Week 30 Results

Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho (C) reacts after missing a shot on goal during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Manchester City at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England, on March 12, 2016.


The match ended in a draw. / AFP / LINDSEY PARNABY        (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2016

Manchester City's Premier League title bid took another blow on Saturday as the Citizens failed to get past Norwich City in Week 30, playing out a scoreless draw.

Meanwhile, Graziano Pelle kept Southampton's UEFA Europa League chances alive with a brace in the 2-1 win over Stoke City, and Bournemouth beat Swansea City 3-2.

Here's a look at Saturday's results:

EPL Week 30 Results: Saturday
Norwich City0-0Manchester City
Bournemouth3-2Swansea
Stoke City1-2Southampton
BBC Sport

The latest Premier League standings:

Premier League Standings
PosTeamPlWDLGF:GAPts
1Leicester29179352:3160
2Tottenham291510451:2455
3Arsenal29157746:3052
4Manchester City29156852:3151
5West Ham291310645:3349
6Manchester United29138837:2747
7Southampton301281038:3044
8Liverpool28128843:3744
9Stoke City301271132:3643
10Chelsea291010943:3940
11West Brom291091030:3639
12Everton28911851:3938
13Bournemouth301081238:4738
14Watford291071229:3037
15Crystal Palace29961432:3933
16Swansea30891330:4033
17Sunderland29671635:5425
18Norwich30671731:5425
19Newcastle Utd28661628:5324
20Aston Villa29371922:5516
BBC Sport

 

Review

City are quickly falling out of the Premier League title race, and a draw against lowly Norwich on Saturday at Carrow Road was the last thing the club needed. Sky Blues manager Manuel Pellegrini's troops couldn't find a breakthrough against the Canaries, who are now tied with Sunderland on points.

Norwich came closest to scoring, as Patrick Bamford fired a shot off the crossbar, and while the Citizens had spells in which they looked close to breaking through the Canaries defence, a lack of activity in the attacking third doomed the visitors.

As noted by OptaJoe, a lack of efficiency in the second half was particularly glaring:

Per Jack Mumford of City's official website, Pellegrini won't give up on the title just yet:

Of course we dropped two important points. My mind is always focused now to the next game and while it is mathematically possible we must try to do it.

The only way forward is to think of the Champions League game on Tuesday and after that we play against Manchester United at home.

We will try to get the three points and at the end of the season see which side has the most points but when you have so few games to play and you are losing points it is always difficult.

Following the draw, City now sit nine points behind Leicester City, while Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal also sit ahead of the Sky Blues in the standings. All three teams have been in better form of late, and City will need a minor miracle to challenge for the title this year.

Perhaps the return of Kevin De Bruyne, who has missed time with a knee injury but is working his way back to health, will boost the side, but it may be a case of too little, too late.

Elsewhere, Pelle scored twice in the first half to guide Southampton past Stoke City, who prodded for a late consolation after Marko Arnautovic found the target.

As shared by Football Italia, Pelle put an end to quite the scoreless run against the Potters:

Sadio Mane was sent off late for what appeared to be nothing more than an accidental clash of heads, and his red card will likely be rescinded. Despite the advantage, Stoke failed to find an equaliser.

Bournemouth grabbed their 10th win of the season against Swansea, as Steve Cook scored the winner 12 minutes before the final whistle.

Max Gradel and Joshua King twice put the hosts ahead, but Swansea found an equaliser each time, through Modou Barrow and Gylfi Sigurdsson respectively.

Both teams appear relatively safe from relegation, although Swansea would rather add a few more points just to be safe.

 

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