ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 36 ROUND UP
Chelsea 3 v 0 Middlesbrough
Chelsea moved to within one win of the Premier League title and confirmed Middlesbrough’s relegation with a professional and assured victory at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte’s side can become champions with a victory against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Friday night. The Blues had already created a succession of chances before Diego Costa turned in Cesc Fabregas’ pass after 23 minutes.
And the contest was effectively over when Marcos Alonso scored at the far post via the legs of Middlesbrough keeper Brad Guzan, Fabregas created Chelsea’s third which Nemanja Matic converted as the hosts bombarded Boro’s goal, with the final whistle bringing the highs and lows of the game into
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Leicester 3 v 0 Watford
Leicester City guaranteed their Premier League survival with a deserved home victory over struggling Watford. The 2015-16 champions took the lead when Wilfred Ndidi blasted in from 10 yards, Riyad Mahrez doubled the lead as he pounced on a mistake from Adrian Mariappa to shoot low past Heurelho Gomes, Marc Albrighton added a third goal in injury time when he collected Jamie Vardy’s pass and shot into the net. Watford, who suffered their third successive defeat, dropped to 15th in the Premier League, six points above the relegation zone with three games remaining.
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Burnley 2 v 2 West Brom
Sam Vokes scored a late equalizer to edge Burnley closer to Premier League survival, Vokes headed in four minutes from time, having earlier taken advantage of great work from Ashley Barnes to put the hosts ahead at Turf Moor. Salomon Rondon had leveled with a smart turn and finish before Craig Dawson thought he had won it for the visitors with a diving header. But Vokes’ header looped over Ben Foster to earn Burnley a point and keep the Clarets on course to successfully remain in the top-flight.
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Bournemouth 2 v 2 Stoke
Bournemouth and Stoke both secured their Premier League status following a well-fought game at Vitality Stadium. Stoke took the lead in the 33rd minute when Lys Mousset inadvertently headed into his own net before Junior Stanislas equalized when he swept home. Mame Biram Diouf poked in to make it 2-1 to Stoke, but Ryan Shawcross’ own goal from close range earned a precious point for the hosts.
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Man City 5 v 0 Crystal Palace
Manchester City strengthened their grip on a top-four finish with a convincing win over Crystal Palace that moves them above Liverpool and into third place on goal difference. David Silva opened the scoring inside two minutes with City’s quickest goal of the season, captain Vincent Kompany turned home Kevin de Bruyne’s cross with a fine first-time finish into the top corner, to put the blues two up, then De Bruyne, made it 3-0 with a low shot from the edge of the area, Raheem Sterling added a fourth, latching on to substitute Pablo Zabaleta’s clever header and smashing his shot into the bottom corner, before Nicolas Otamendi headed home De Bruyne’s free-kick to complete the demolition of Palace.
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West Ham 1 v 0 Tottenham
West Ham, whose club anthem is called ‘i’m forever blowing bubbles’ certainly burst Tottenham’s bubble as chase Premier League leaders Chelsea. Spurs could have narrowed the gap to a point with a victory at London Stadium but were well below par as the Hammers helped Chelsea close in on the title. Hammers keeper Adrian made first-half saves from Harry Kane and Eric Dier before Lanzini smashed in a loose ball. Chelsea now needs two wins from their final four games to be crowned champions, Antonio Conte’s side will secure the title on Friday, 12 May if they beat both Middlesbrough and West Brom. Spurs have to regroup for their next game against Manchester United, the last ever game to be played at the world famous, White Hart Lane stadium.
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Hull 0 v 2 Sunderland
Relegated Sunderland showed spirit to inflict Hull’s first home defeat under Marco Silva. The form of Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford was paramount to Sunderland’s victory, with impressive saves notably from Lazar Markovic and Abel Hernandez, Sunderland took advantage to go ahead through Billy Jones’ close-range diving header after John O’Shea’s flick-on from a corner, and the Black Cats sealed their first win in 11 league matches when ex-Spurs player Jermain Defoe converted from close range, The Tigers drop into the bottom three.
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Swansea 1 v 0 Everton
Swansea City leapfrogged Hull City to climb out of the Premier League relegation zone with two games remaining after Fernando Llorente headed the winner against Everton. Llorente got the better of Phil Jagielka to nod Jordan Ayew’s cross past goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from close range. Everton was poor throughout, Romelu Lukaku going closest when he blazed into the side-netting after a powerful run. At the other end, Stekelenburg produced a fine stop to deny substitute Leroy Fer from making it 2-0 for Swansea, who are now unbeaten in three league games and fighting for their Premier League status. In my predictions I got five correct results, continuing my good form.
My week 37 predictions
Southampton 1 v 2 Arsenal
Everton 3 v 1 Watford
West Brom 1 v 2 Chelsea
Man City 2 v 1 Leicester
Bournemouth 2 v 1 Burnley
Middlesbrough 2 v 1 Southampton
Sunderland 1 v 2 Swansea
Stoke 1 v 2 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Hull
West Ham 1 v 2 Liverpool
Tottenham 2 v 1 Man United
Have a good week