EPL Table: 2016 Standings After Saturday's Week 32 Results and Top ScorersApril 2, 2016
Harry Kane set a scoring record for Tottenham Hotspur in England's top flight on a bittersweet Saturday for the prolific No. 10. Kane struck to help Spurs draw 1-1 with Liverpool at Anfield, a result that's given Premier League leaders Leicester City the chance to go seven points clear at the top by beating Southampton on Sunday.
Also among the top four, South American forwards ran riot during Week 32's Saturday fixtures, as Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez both found the net in emphatic wins.
Aguero netted his 17th league goal of the season as City beat Bournemouth 3-0 away from home. The prolific Argentinian now trails the division's top scorer, Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, by just four goals.
Meanwhile, Sanchez took a step closer to putting himself back among the top 10 with his second goal in his last three league games. The Chilean was in inspired form as the Gunners ran riot against FA Cup conquerors Watford at the Emirates Stadium.
Here are the final scores from Saturday's fixtures:
|Premier League Week 32: Saturday Scores|
|Norwich City||3-2||Newcastle United|
|West Ham United||2-2||Crystal Palace|
|Sunderland||0-0||West Bromwich Albion|
|Stoke City||2-2||Swansea City|
Here's how the top scorers race looks after those results:
|PL Top Scorers: Week 32|
|1||Harry Kane||Tottenham Hotspur||22|
|2||Jamie Vardy||Leicester City||19|
|4||Sergio Aguero||Manchester City||17|
|5||Riyad Mahrez||Leicester City||16|
|10||Marko Arnautovic||Stoke City||10|
The updated standings:
|PL Standings: Week 32|
|5||West Ham United||31||13||12||6||12||53|
|11||West Bromwich Albion||31||10||10||11||-7||40|
Harry Kane, 22 Goals
Spurs aren't leading the table, but Kane is still topping the scoring charts after extending his lead over Leicester's Jamie Vardy. The England international fired in when midfield pass-master Christian Eriksen grafted to keep the ball in play.
Kane took Eriksen's chipped pass with his back to goal and held of his marker before shooting emphatically on the turn. It was a decisive finish from a natural predator in the box.
The strike also helped Kane set a club mark, per Squawka:
Considering finishers the quality of previous record holder Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves have donned a Spurs shirt, Kane's incredible achievement demands plenty of respect.
While the draw on Merseyside is a blow, Tottenham's title bid will stay alive as long as their ruthlessly efficient centre-forward remains in this sort of form.
Sergio Aguero, 17 Goals
Aguero struck amid a goal flurry from recently sluggish City. There were no signs of a hangover from the derby defeat to Manchester United when Fernando, David Silva and Aguero all punished the Cherries.
For Aguero, the goal confirmed his status as the most prolific marksman in the league during this calendar year, according to Squawka:
He's appeared a little forlorn in recent matches, where the Citizens have looked too reliant on their gifted No. 16. But Aguero's overall recent form is ominous for the rest of the division's top scorers, per OptaJoe:
Playing in a team adept at creating so many chances, Aguero is still a good bet to scoop the top spot in this race once the season ends.
Alexis Sanchez, 8 Goals
Sanchez simply savaged the Watford defence and set the tone for Arsenal's dominance in just four minutes. The Chilean turned in Alex Iwobi's fine cross at the second attempt to net the Gunners' opener.
He soon turned provider for the same player as Arsenal doubled their advantage. As OptaJoe pointed out, it's been a while since Sanchez has been this effective in the final third during league action:
In fairness to Sanchez, a lengthy injury absence starting before Christmas has stunted his second campaign in north London. So has the workload for a player who represented his country in last summer's Copa America.
But as much as those factors, Sanchez has struggled to work well with the traditional style of striker Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman's aerial power doesn't bring out the best in a roving forward like the former Barcelona man, who is at his best in a free role up front.
But since Iwobi and Danny Welbeck have gotten the nod, Sanchez has looked a different player.
The title looks out of reach for both Arsenal and City despite their emphatic wins, but both clubs at least know they can still rely on brilliant performers up front. By the same token, Spurs will continue relying on Kane to keep them in touch with Leicester.