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Liverpool's Naby Keïta (8) celebrates scoring the equalizer with teammates Sadio Mane and Wijnaldum. Reuters photo

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Saturday saw relegation-wary Burnley boost their survival hopes with an impressive 3-1 away win at Bournemouth, Leicester City made it a fourth straight win at relegated Huddersfield under new boss Brendan Rodgers, and Crystal Palace most certainly ...
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Week 33 of the English Premier League got underway this past Tuesday with Fulham securing their return to the Championship following a 4-1 pounding at the hands of Watford that put to bed all mathematical formulations of salvaging their season, and Manchester United missed the chance to move up third on the leaderboard after the Wolves came from behind to hand them a 2-1 loss.

Manchester City continued their title defense with an easy 2-0 win over relegation threatened Cardiff on Wednesday that saw them momentarily overtake Liverpool at the summit, but the latter reclaimed the summit on Friday, following a 3-1 win over relegation-wary Southampton, albeit having played a game more than City.

Saturday saw relegation-wary Burnley boost their survival hopes with an impressive 3-1 away win at Bournemouth, Leicester City made it a fourth straight win at relegated Huddersfield under new boss Brendan Rodgers, and Crystal Palace most certainly secured their stay in the Premiership with a lone goal win Newcastle, who for now remain 7 points shy of the first relegation spot.

And on Sunday, Everton played spoilers to Arsenal’s hope of a top four finish, dealing the latter a lone goal loss that prevented them from vaulting over or tying up third placed Tottenham on points.

Chelsea leapfrogged Tottenham and Arsenal both of whom have a game in hand on Monday for the third spot following a 2-0 win over West Ham.

 

EPL Week 33 Standings

EPL Week 33 Standings

Monday 8th April

Chelsea 2-0 West Ham

Eden Hazard scored twice, including a contender for goal of the season, to give Chelsea a vital 2-0 win over West Ham that moves them up to third in the Premier League.

Hazard showed superb skill to get past three West Ham players before lashing home (24) and got another with a cute touch and finish late on (90) to wrap up the points.

West Ham had their share of chances to equalise in the second half, but the result means Chelsea have a three-point cushion over Arsenal in fifth, although they have played a game more. West Ham stay 11th, five points off the top seven.

Sunday

Everton 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal suffered a potentially crucial blow in the race for the top four as they were beaten 1-0 at Everton on Super Sunday.

Phil Jagielka was a late addition to the starting XI after Michael Keane was taken ill just before kick-off and proved to be the match winner when he tapped home inside 10 minutes.

Arsenal improved briefly in the second half with Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan going close, but they were unable to take anything from the first of six remaining away games this season.

The Gunners stay fourth, but missed the chance to leapfrog their rivals Tottenham into third place, and remain on 63 points with Chelsea, who play West Ham on Monday Night Football. Everton moved up one place to ninth with victory.

Sunday 7th April

Everton vs Arsenal

Monday 8th April

Chelsea vs West Ham

Tuesday 23rd April

Tottenham Spurs vs Brighton

Tuesday 2nd April

Watford 4-1 Fulham

Fulham's return to the Championship was confirmed after Watford's second-half blitz consigned them to a 4-1 defeat.

Abdoulaye Doucoure scored his second goal in as many matches to break the deadlock (23) but Fulham showed good spirit to equalise before the break through Ryan Babel (33).

Javi Gracia made two substitutions at the interval, and his tactical alteration paved the way for a dominant second period for the hosts as Will Hughes' superb volley helped them regain the lead (63).

Visibly deflated by the setback, Watford substitute Andre Gray took full advantage to set up Troy Deeney for a simple third (69) before laying off for Kiko Femenia to compound Fulham's misery (75).

The result means the west Londoners cannot escape the bottom three and despite over £100m worth of investment last summer and three managers, they will return to the second tier next season.

Wolves 2-1 Manchester United

Wolves dented United's hopes of a top four finish as a Chris Smalling own-goal gave them a 2-1 victory after Ashley Young was dismissed for two yellow cards.

United took an early lead through Scott McTominay (13) but Diogo Jota equalised (25) in an entertaining clash.

The hosts netted the winner 13 minutes from time when Leander Dendoncker forced Smalling into an unfortunate own-goal. United remain in fifth, one point off a Champions League spot.

Wednesday 3rd April

Manchester City 2-0 Cardiff

Manchester City returned to the top with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Cardiff at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring inside six minutes before Leroy Sane added a devastating second on the stroke of half-time to wrap up an eighth straight league win for the champions.

The margin of victory would have been wider for Manchester City had it not been for the woodwork and the inspired Neil Etheridge, who atoned for his error in De Bruyne's opener with no fewer than nine saves.

Friday 5th April

Southampton 1-3 Liverpool

Mo Salah ended his goal drought as Liverpool returned to the top another late show in a 3-1 win at Southampton on Friday.

Salah, scoring his first in eight games, found the bottom right corner superbly on the break as Liverpool came from behind to lead 2-1 with 10 minutes remaining, before sub Jordan Henderson rounded off the win from close range six minutes later.

Southampton had stunned Liverpool early on as Shane Long scored from close range (9), only his second goal of the season, but the visitors levelled through Naby Keita's first goal for Liverpool, heading home Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross (36), though Salah was offside in the build-up.

Naby Keita
The result means Liverpool sit two points ahead of champions Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

Saturday 6th April

Bournemouth 1-3 Burnley

Ashley Barnes scored at both ends as Burnley's 3-1 comeback win at Bournemouth moved them eight points clear of the bottom three.

Barnes headed past his own goalkeeper Tom Heaton for the opener inside four minutes under pressure from Nathan Ake, but once Chris Wood had levelled from close range after a mistake from Asmir Begovic, the visitors never looked back.

Ashley Westwood smashed in a second from Chris Mepham's poor clearance within two minutes of the equaliser, and 11 minutes after half-time Barnes went from zero to hero when he finished off following another Begovic error.

Burnley's second win in seven days moves them up to 14th - only two points behind their hosts – who remain in 13th.


Huddersfield 1-4 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester beat Huddersfield 4-1 on Saturday.

Huddersfield's relegation was confirmed last weekend and it showed as Leicester looked comfortable in the first half with Youri Tielemans (24) scoring a delightful opener.

Vardy slotted home his first goal just three minutes after the break before Huddersfield were awarded their first penalty of the season, which Aaron Mooy converted (52).

But their joy was short-lived as James Maddison curled a superb free-kick home in the 79th minute before the second spot-kick of the afternoon was scored by Vardy (84) to send Leicester into seventh on goal difference, going ahead of Wolves and Watford, both of whom have a game in hand.


Newcastle Utd 0-1 Crystal Palace

Luka Milivojevic's late penalty against the run of play gave Crystal Palace a 1-0 win at Newcastle to all but secure their Premier League survival.

Both Salomon Rondon and James Tomkins had goals correctly ruled out for offside in the first half, and although Newcastle camped in Palace's half throughout the game, Palace stole a win with nine minutes remaining.

On a rare break, Wilfried Zaha was brought down in the area by DeAndre Yedlin, allowing penalty king Milivojevic to net his 10th from the spot this season.

The result means Palace are now 11 points clear of 18th-placed Cardiff, who have six games remaining to Palace's five, while Newcastle are still not safe, sitting seven points clear of the drop zone.

Sunday 7th April

Everton vs Arsenal

Monday 8th April

Chelsea vs West Ham

Tuesday 23rd April

Tottenham Spurs vs Brighton

EPL Week 33 Scores At A Glance

Tuesday 2nd April

Watford 4-1 Fulham

Wolves 2-1 Manchester United

Wednesday 3rd April

Manchester City 2-0 Cardiff

Friday 5th April

Southampton 1-3 Liverpool

Saturday 6th April

Bournemouth 1-3 Burnley
Huddersfield 1-4 Leicester City
Newcastle Utd 0-1 Crystal Palace

Sunday 7th April

Everton 1-0 Arsenal

Monday 8th April

Chelsea 2-0 West Ham

Tuesday 23rd April

Tottenham Spurs vs Brighton

 

Matchday results from BBC and skysports were used in this compilation.

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