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Ghana international Jordan Ayew (19) rescued a point for relegation-threatened Swansea with a second-half strike against Everton to draw 1-1

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Champions-elect, Manchester City, moved a win closer to winning this year’s Premier League title as they bounced back from their Champions League exit with a comfortable 3-1 win over Tottenham. They need just three points to be crowned champions, but they can win the title outright if second-placed Manchester United lose to West Brom on Sunday or to Bournemouth on Wednesday.

Last year’s Champions, Chelsea, had to mount a remarkable comeback from two goals down to win at relegation threatened Southampton, Mo Salah scored his 30th goal of the season as Liverpool continued their fine form with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth, and Crystal Palace "did it the hard way" by winning a five-goal thriller against Brighton to move six points clear of the relegation zone.

Elsewhere on Saturday, thanks to Jordan Ayew, Swansea could only muster a point at home despite a dominant performance, a flurry of early goals handed Burnley a 2-1 win over Leicester, and Tom Ince’s stoppage-time winner over Watford eased some of the relegation fears for Huddersfield.

And on Sunday, Manchester City won the Premier League title following United’s lone goal loss to bottommost West Brom, while Arsenal continued their poor road display with a 2-1 loss at Newcastle.

 

Monday

West Ham vs Stoke City

Sunday

Manchester United 0-1 West Brom

West Brom secured the Premier League title for Manchester City and boosted their faint survival hopes with an unlikely 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Jay Rodriguez headed the title-winning goal from close range on 73 minutes as a lethargic United failed to prolong their rivals' wait to be crowned champions, a week on from doing so in dramatic fashion in the Manchester derby.

West Brom remain nine points from safety at the foot of the table but a timely first win in 11 leaves them with the slimmest of chances of avoiding relegation with four games to play.

Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal

Matt Ritchie scored the winner as Newcastle all-but ensured their survival with a 2-1 comeback win over bogey side Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette had volleyed the visitors into a 14th-minute lead at St James' Park, but Ayoze Perez drew Newcastle level (29) with a smart near-post finish before Ritchie completed the turnaround with a 68th-minute strike.

A fourth straight Premier League win means Rafa Benitez's once relegation-threatened side have surpassed the 40-point safety mark set by their manager and, after a priceless victory on the eve of his birthday, will now harbour real hopes of a top-10 finish. Arsenal remain sixth.

Saturday

Southampton 2-3 Chelsea

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score twice as Chelsea came from two goals down to beat struggling Southampton 3-2 and keep alive their hopes of Champions League qualification.

The home team went ahead thanks to Dusan Tadic's fourth Premier League goal of the season (21), before Jan Bednarek volleyed home a second on his top-flight debut (60).

However, the champions responded in style by scoring three times in only eight minutes via a stooping header from substitute Giroud (70) - his first league goal for Chelsea - before Eden Hazard's composed finish brought them level (75).

Then with 12 minutes to go, Giroud completed the comeback with a low drive to inflict a fourth defeat in a row on the struggling Saints. Southampton remain in the relegation zone, while Chelsea moved to within seven points of both Tottenham and Liverpool

Burnley 2-1 Leicester

Two goals in the opening ten minutes gave Burnley a 2-1 victory against Leicester and put them nine points clear in seventh place.

Chris Wood opened the scoring in the sixth minute as he netted the rebound from a Kasper Schmeichel save, before Kevin Long headed home three minutes later.

Leicester were much improved in the second half and Jamie Vardy (72) scored a reply for the visitors.

The win for Burnley sees them move nine points clear in seventh place ahead of Leicester and a step closer to Europa League football next season which could be theirs if they finish in seventh or higher and Southampton do not win the FA Cup.

Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton

Crystal Palace moved six points clear of the relegation zone after a flurry of first-half goals in their 3-2 win over rivals Brighton at Selhurst Park.

Wilfried Zaha got two of the five scored before the break with James Tomkins also finding the net for the hosts, but goals from Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo twice pulled Brighton back to within striking distance.

The visitors pushed hard for an equalizer after the interval with Wayne Hennessey saving well from Dale Stephens and Glenn Murray failing to find the target from point-blank range, but Palace held on for the points.

The win moved Palace above Swansea into 16th, just one point behind Brighton and, more importantly, six clear of Southampton in 18th.

Huddersfield 1-0 Watford

Tom Ince scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner as Huddersfield beat Watford 1-0 to move seven points clear of the relegation zone.

In a game of few chances, the Huddersfield substitute swept the ball home from close range in the 91st minute to spark wild celebrations at the John Smith's Stadium.

Victory sees Huddersfield climb to 14th with four games remaining and ends a run of five matches without a win.

Watford, two points ahead of their hosts, have now lost four of their last five matches and remain winless on the road under Javi Gracia.

Swansea 1-1 Everton

Jordan Ayew rescued a point for Swansea as their dominant display could only muster a 1-1 draw at home to a lacklustre Everton side.

For all of Swansea's early endeavour, Everton took the lead in fortuitous circumstances just before half-time when Kyle Naughton inadvertently headed the ball into his own goal (43).

The hosts levelled after the break through Ayew (71), who marked his return from a three-match suspension with a fine half-volley into the far corner.

Seamus Coleman and Tammy Abraham spurned opportunities for both sides late on as the match ended all square, leaving Swansea five points above the relegation zone with five games remaining.

 

Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

Sadio Mane opened the scoring after seven minutes as the hosts showed no signs of tiredness following their midweek Champions League victory over Manchester City.

Salah made it 2-0 in the 69th minute when he expertly headed in from Trent Alexander-Arnold's superb pass, and Roberto Firmino added a late third to round off a comfortable win.

The result leaves Liverpool 10 points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea, while Salah is five goals ahead of Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot and now has 40 for the season in all competitions.

Tottenham 1-3 Manchester City

Manchester City drew an emphatic line under a difficult week by moving to within one win of the Premier League title with a 3-1 victory over Tottenham.

Gabriel Jesus' opener and an Ilkay Gundogan penalty moved Pep Guardiola's men to the brink of the title in a majestic opening 25 minutes at Wembley.

Christian Eriksen fortuitously halved the deficit three minutes before the interval and an improved second-half performance from Spurs left City in jeopardy of surrendering a two-goal lead just as they did in last week's Manchester derby.

But having withstood Spurs' second-half rally, Raheem Sterling's 22nd goal of the season secured the victory which means City can clinch the title at home to Swansea next Sunday.

EPL Week 34 Scores At A Glance

West Ham vs Stoke City

Manchester United vs West Brom

Newcastle vs Arsenal

Southampton 2-3 Chelsea

Burnley 2-1 Leicester

Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton

Huddersfield 1-0 Watford

Swansea 1-1 Everton

Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

Tottenham 1-3 Manchester City

 

Game day reports from BBC and skysports were used in this compilation.

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