A couple of huge results in the English Premier League on Saturday keep the battle at the bottom very much alive. Leicester’s 1-0 win over Burnley means that the Foxes have won four straight and are above the drop zone with five games reaming. Manchester City got a late winner against Aston Villa, and that means that City jumps to third place. Here’s a full roundup of Saturday’s results.
Southampton FC 2 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur:
Southampton had the lead twice and Graziano Pelle had a great game for Southampton scoring both goals. But the Spurs came back after goals by Erik Lamela and Nabil Chadil to rescue a point. Both teams are in the hunt for a Europa League spot, and right now Tottenham has the upper hand on Sputhampton. The Spurs sits in 6th with 58 points, but Southampton is just a single point behind in 7th.
Burnley FC 0 – 1 Leicester City:
Leicester has been in fine form as of late and the Foxes are now on a four-game winning streak. The win over Burnley meant that they climb out of the relegation zone and currently sit just about the drop in 17th with 31 points. Matthew Taylor missed a penalty shot for Burnley in the 59th minute as his penalty kick went off the outside of the right post and out. To add insult to injury, Leicester scored in the following minute, after Jamie Vardy knocked in a rebound right at the goal line.
Crystal Palace 0 – 2 Hull City:
Hull took a crucial win to keep the team above the drop zone. Dame N’Doye came up big for Hull as he scored both goals for City. The 30-year-old Senegalese native came over from Lokomotiv Moscow on transfer deadline day and has been productive so far for Hull, scoring five goals in 10 appearances. Palace are stuck in the middle of the table and don’t really have anything left to play for as they have too many points to be in the relegation fight, but not enough points to fight for a place in Europe. Alan Pardew has done a great job since taking over Palace and they will be very happy with their season.
Newcastle United 2 – 3 Swansea City:
Newcastle has been in a free fall and United now has seven straight losses. They have fallen off after a good start to the season, but now they are very much in the danger zone to be involved in the relegation battle. United are in 14th place in the table with 35 points, just five points above the drop zone and they have a couple of tricky fixtures in their remaining four games. Swansea sits in 8th, and the team is doing its best to catch up to Liverpool and Tottenham for one of those Europa League spots, but with eight points separating Swansea and Tottenham, it almost mission impossible for the Welsh side.
Queens Park Rangers 0 – 0 West Ham United:
QPR is in a bad position going down the stretch, as the London side is in 19th with four games remaining. The next two games for QPR will be against teams in the top of the table in Liverpool and Manchester City. After that they will take a Newcastle team that is in total disarray before closing out the season against a red hot Leicester team. West Ham sits in the middle of the table in 10th and Sam Allardyce’s men don’t have much to play for except pride. There is still some speculation if Allardyce will remain at the club, so he will want a couple of good results to finish the season so he can take that with him to the negotiation table.
Stoke City 1 – 1 Sunderland:
Connor Wickham scored in the opening minute to give Sunderland the lead, but an equalizer by Charlie Adam in the 27th minute meant that both teams would have to settle with a point. Stoke had a big majority of the possession and had seven shots on goal, but Costel Pantilimon in the Sunderland net kept them in the game. Sunderland dropped into the relegation zone after Leicester’s win over Burnley and they are now in 18th place with 30 points. With five games remaining they will be up against the ropes next weekend when they host Southampton, as they still have to play Arsenal and Chelsea before season’s end. Stoke sits in 9th along with a couple of other teams that are stuck in no man’s land.
West Bromwich Albion 0 – 0 Liverpool:
Despite dominating possession by a really big margin (76% vs 24%), Liverpool were unable to create a lot of clear-cut scoring chances and failed to win over a WBA team that hasn’t been that great as of late. Pool only had four shots on goal despite the heavy possession numbers and they were lucky that Southampton and Tottenham drew. Liverpool is still in fifth place, but they can pretty much forget about catching up to the top 4 as they are seven points behind Manchester United in 4th. WBA sits in 13th with 37 points, which should be enough to stay up, but it should worry fans that they only have one win in the last five league games. WBA has a tough schedule to close out the season with games against Manchester United, Newcastle, Chelsea, and Arsenal.
Manchester City 3 – 2 Aston Villa:
Villa qualified for the FA Cup Final earlier in the week, but it would be an anticlimax for manager Tim Sherwood and his players if they would play in the FA Cup Final after getting relegated. They fought well against City and a late goal by Fernandinho was needed to settle this one. The Brazilian midfielder replaced Yaya Toure at halftime and scored the winner in the 89th minute. Villa sits in 15th place, two points above the drop zone. City meanwhile jumped over Arsenal in second place, but the Gunners have two games in hand.