After another hectic Saturday of Premier League football which affected both the top and bottom of the table, we round up all of the results.
Second-placed Arsenal closed the gap at the top of the table to four points with a 0-1 win over Burnley. A sole Aaron Ramsey goal after just 12 minutes was enough to seal the win at Turf Moor, which leaves the Clarets one points off the bottom, Leicester having a game in hand. It’s an eighth straight win for the Gunners, who play Chelsea at the end of the month.
It was a big day at the bottom of the table, as Tottenham had a huge dent inflicted on their European qualification hopes as they suffered a 0-1 home defeat to Aston Villa. A Christian Benteke goal just after the half hour mark was enough to seal a huge three points for Tim Sherwood, who used to be the manager of the north London side. However, despite now being six points clear of the drop zone, Villa will be without Carlos Sanchez for their FA Cup semi-final as he was dismissed late on for a second yellow card.
Sunderland were drawn into the relegation dogfight as they were smashed 1-4 by Crystal Palace. After a drab first half, Palace scored four in 14 minutes. Glenn Murray opened the scoring three minutes after the restart, and Yannick Bolasie scored a hattrick in just 11 minutes to bring the Black Cats’ ego crashing down after their Tyne-Wear derby victory last weekend. Connor Wickham did pull one back for the home side but it meant little as they are now only three points off the relegation zone.
Hull were also drawn deeper into the battle for Premier League survival as they were beaten 2-0 by Southampton. The Saints kept up their own European qualification hopes as a James Ward-Prowse penalty and Graziano Pelle’s first league goal since December pushed the home side up to fifth. However, they will be without Victor Wanyama for the next two games as he picked up his 10th yellow card of the season. Hull offered little resistance as they remained in 17th, with manager Steve Bruce stating that his side will need “crazy results” in what is a tough run in.
Leicester claimed a second consecutive win as they beat West Brom 3-2 at the Hawthorns. Darren Fletcher opened the scoring for the home side on what was Jeff Astle day, but David Nugent drew level for the Foxes as they are now only three points off safety with a game in hand. Craig Gardner then put the Baggies back into the lead just before the half hour mark. However, with just 10 minutes left, Robert Huth equalised for Leicester and Jamie Vardy scored in stoppage time to claim a vital three points for Leicester. WBA are still seven points off the bottom three, and Leicester have scored eight in their last three games.
Stoke ended a run of three straight defeats as they salvaged a 1-1 draw at West Ham. Marco Arnautovic’s stoppage time goal cancelled out Aaron Cresswell’s brilliant freekick after just seven minutes, after the Stoke midfielder had two goals disallowed earlier in the game. The Hammers now have just one win in 10 but both teams have very little to play for.
In the day’s lunchtime kick off, Swansea came back from a goal behind to draw 1-1 with Everton at the Liberty Stadium. Aaron Lennon scored his second goal for the Toffees, but after scoring a brilliant but disallowed goal, Jonjo Shelvey scored a penalty with 20 minutes left after careless handling of the ball by Seamus Coleman. Swansea have now failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven home Premier League games but both teams are already safe, with the Swans now having equalled their best ever points tally in the Premier League.
Chelsea make the short trip across London to play QPR tomorrow, as well the Manchester derby at Old Trafford which could prove key in the race to secure Champions League football next season. On Monday night, Liverpool have the chance to climb back into fifth place as they take on Newcastle at Anfield.