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Substitute Divock Origi scored a dramatic late winner as Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-2 to keep their title hopes alive

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Cardiff city’s last stance for survival in the Premiership burned out at home Saturday afternoon following a 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace that saw hitherto relegation-wary Brighton, who will be in action at Arsenal on Sunday heave a huge sigh of relief as they survived with just two games to go.

West Ham stayed the course for a top-10 finish as they strengthened their hold on the 11 spot with a comfortable 3-0 win over visiting Southampton that saw them move a point closer to 10th placed Watford, and the Wolves moved a step closer to a seventh-placed finish and a potential Europa League spot next season with a lone victory over relegated Fulham.

Ghana international, Christian Atsu pulled Newcastle level in the 20th minute of the game with his first Premier League goal since December 2017.

Ghana international, Christian Atsu pulled Newcastle level in the 20th minute of the game with his first Premier League goal since December 2017.

Tottenham Spurs jeopardized their chances of a third-placed finish after going two-man down against Bournemouth and succumbing to a Nathan Ake injury time winner, and in the battle for the Premiership title, Liverpool extended their title hopes with a late winner in a five-goal thriller against Newcastle that saw them reclaim the summit and up the pressure on Champions Manchester City to win at home against Leicester City on Monday.

Earlier on Friday, Everton dug in hard for an eighth-placed finish with a 2-0 win over Burnley.

And on Sunday, Chelsea secured guaranteed top-four finish and a Champions League qualification following a 3-0 rout of Watford at home, relegated Huddersfield ended United’s hopes of a top-four finish as they held them to a 1-1 tie, and Brighton dumped cold water on Arsenal’s hopes of a top-four finish in a 1-1 tie.

Defending Premier League Champions, Manchester City, moved a win closer to a successful title defense following a lone goal win over Leicester City on Monday at the Etihad that saw them reclaim the summit from Liverpool.

 

 

EPL Week 37 Standings

EPL Week 37 Standings

Monday

Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City

Vincent Kompany's stunning long-range strike moved Manchester City to within one win of the title as a 1-0 victory over Leicester saw the champions return to the top.

Kompany produced a captain's goal when City needed it most, breaking the stalemate with an unstoppable 30-yard drive into the top corner just as Pep Guardiola's side looked out of ideas.

Kelechi Iheanacho spurned a glorious chance to haunt his former club three minutes from time, but he dragged Leicester's best chance wide as Kompany's sensational 70th-minute effort - City's 100th at home in all competitions this season - settled the contest.

The result - City's 13th consecutive league victory - means they will become the first side in a decade to retain the title if they win at Brighton on the final day of the season.

Sunday

Chelsea 3-0 Watford

Chelsea secured Champions League football for next season following their 3-0 victory against Watford at Stamford Bridge.

Second-half headers from Ruben Loftus-Cheek (48) and David Luiz (51) - both from Eden Hazard crosses - secured three points that for large parts didn't look like coming, before Gonzalo Higuain added a third (78).

Watford gave Maurizio Sarri's side numerous problems, especially in a one-sided first-half, with Kepa Arrizabalaga making one of the saves of the season to deny Troy Deeney.

Champions League qualification was eventually secured after Arsenal were held at home by Brighton later in the day. Chelsea's final game of the season is away at Leicester next Sunday.

Huddersfield 1-1 Manchester United

Manchester United saw their top-four hopes extinguished as lowly Huddersfield earned a spirited 1-1 draw.

United looked likely to continue their fight for a Champions League spot into the final game of the season after taking an early lead when Jonas Lossl tamely let in Scott McTominay's shot after eight minutes.

But Isaac Mbenza equalised on the hour mark when Luke Shaw misjudged Lossl's clearance, and Huddersfield's 10th home goal of the entire league season left the Red Devils four points off a top-four spot with only a game left to play. United rarely displayed a cutting edge against a side who have conceded 75 league goals this season.

Huddersfield were already in party mood as they celebrated their two-year stay in the top flight in their final home game before relegation and had even more to sing about after Mbenza's goal on the break.

Arsenal 1-1 Brighton

Arsenal's bid for a top-four finish is all but over after Unai Emery's side were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton on Renault Super Sunday.

Following Chelsea's win over Watford earlier in the day, Unai Emery's side knew nothing, but a win would do in the race to finish in the top four and they took an early lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's ninth-minute penalty after Nacho Monreal was brought down by Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

However, the Gunners were pegged back by Glenn Murray's second-half penalty (61) after Granit Xhaka tripped Solly March, leaving them three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with one game remaining.

Arsenal could still secure a fourth-placed finish, but it would require them to win at Burnley and Spurs to lose against Everton with an eight-goal swing.

Friday

Everton 2-0 Burnley

Everton remain in the chase for Europa League football after two quickfire goals saw them beat Burnley 2-0 in their final home game of the season.

The hosts went ahead in the 17th minute as a Richarlison shot was diverted into the net by the knee of Ben Mee. Soon after, Seamus Coleman (20) headed home after a loose Tom Heaton save to keep them in the hunt for European football next term.

Everton have ended the season strongly at Goodison Park, winning four successive home games and going above Leicester into eighth, Burnley remain in 15th.

Burnley rallied slightly in the second half, having their first shot on target in the 58th minute and Johann Berg Gudmundsson going close a few minutes later, but they were unable to find a breakthrough.

Saturday

Bournemouth 1-0 Tottenham

Heung-Min Son and Juan Foyth were sent off for Tottenham as Bournemouth left it late to break their resistance in a 1-0 win on Saturday.

Son saw red (43) for an uncharacteristically aggressive reaction to a tackle from Jefferson Lerma. Substitute Foyth was on the pitch for just three minutes before he was dismissed (48) for a high lunge on Jack Simpson.

That left Bournemouth with the game at their mercy but Spurs defended resolutely despite a two-man disadvantage until Nathan Ake headed the winning goal in injury-time (90).

Before the two red cards, Spurs created ample opportunities but were repelled by an inspired debut performance from 19-year-old goalkeeper Mark Travers, who made four top-class stops on an amazing introduction to senior football.

The result leaves Spurs just four points ahead of Arsenal in fifth, but a win in their final game with Everton will guarantee a top-four finish.

West Ham 3-0 Southampton

Marko Arnautovic ended his 11-game goal drought to give West Ham a 3-0 win over Southampton in their final home game of the season.

 

The Austrian grabbed his first in the 16th minute when latching on to Mark Noble's perfectly-weighted through-ball and slotting past the recalled Fraser Forster.

Nathan Redmond's introduction gave Southampton fresh impetus after the break and they threatened an equaliser until the hosts killed the game off with two goals in three minute.

Arnautovic nodded in his second from close range (69) after Forster's attempted clearance hit him and lobbed into the air before defender Ryan Fredericks (72) netted his first goal of the campaign with an angled drive soon after. West Ham remain in 11th place while Southampton stayed 16th following their 11th away loss of the campaign.

Wolves 1-0 Fulham

Leander Dendoncker's late strike saw Wolves beat Fulham 1-0 at Molineux to all-but secure a seventh-placed finish, and with it a chance of European qualification next season.

The Belgian's impressive volleyed finish with 15 minutes to go was enough to see off already-relegated Fulham as Nuno Espirito Santo's side moved four points clear of Everton in eighth, although ninth-placed Leicester could still overtake them if they win their final two games.

If Wolves do cement seventh place, it means if Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final later this month, they will progress into the Europa League qualifying rounds and a first appearance in Europe since 1980.

Cardiff 2-3 Crystal Palace

Cardiff City confirmed their departure to the Sky Bet Championship after a 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace.

It was a game filled with drama as Wilfried Zaha put Crystal Palace ahead in the 28th minute, only for a Martin Kelly own goal (31) to level things up not long after.

Palace retook the lead through Michy Batshuayi (39) just before the break before Andros Townsend (70) added a third via the post.

Cardiff had numerous second-half chances but could only find the net once more as Bobby Reid scored a 90th-minute consolation. Palace has the 12th spot.

 

Newcastle 2-3 Liverpool

Divock Origi rescued Liverpool's Premier League title bid with an 86th-minute winner as a dramatic 3-2 victory over Newcastle shifted the pressure onto Manchester City with moments to spare.

Liverpool's title challenge looked set to unravel at St. James' Park as strikes from Christian Atsu (20) and Salomon Rondon (54) saw Newcastle came from behind twice to cancel out first-half strikes from Virgil van Dijk (13) and Mohamed Salah (28).

Liverpool's cause was further hampered by the loss of Salah to a nasty head injury midway through the second half, but his replacement Origi headed in late on - just as he did in December's dramatic Merseyside derby - to seal a priceless victory for Jurgen Klopp's side as this season's fascinating title race took another twist.

The victory sees Liverpool move two points clear at the top of the table and applies the pressure on champions Manchester City ahead of their clash with Leicester on Monday.

Sunday

Chelsea vs Watford

Huddersfield vs Manchester United

Arsenal vs Brighton

Monday

Manchester City vs Leicester City

EPL Week 37 Scores At A Glance

Friday

Everton 2-0 Burnley

Saturday

Bournemouth 1-0 Tottenham

West Ham 3-0 Southampton

Wolves 1-0 Fulham

Cardiff 2-3 Crystal Palace

Newcastle 2-3 Liverpool

Sunday

Chelsea 3-0 Watford

Huddersfield 1-1 Manchester United

Arsenal 1-1 Brighton

Monday

Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City

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

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