Date: 19th April 2016 at 9:12am
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Leicester’s lead at the top of the table was cut to five points as they struck late on to rescue a 2-2 draw against West Ham at the King Power Stadium. 

Jamie Vardy’s 22nd goal of the season put the Foxes ahead, but the striker was sent off early in the second half when he was shown a second yellow card for diving in the area. The Hammers equalised with just six minutes left from the penalty spot after Wes Morgan brought Winston Reid down and Andy Carroll stepped up to score.

The visitors then stunned the home side two minutes later when Aaron Cresswell brilliantly volleyed in from the corner of the area. However, in stoppage time, Carroll bundled into Jeffrey Schlupp in the box and Jon Moss pointed to the spot to allow Leonardo Ulloa to step up and grab what could be a crucial point for Claudio Ranieri’s men. Leicester stay top but their five-game winning run ends, whilst West Ham stay sixth with a fourth successive draw.

Tottenham closed the gap at the top to five points as they thumped Stoke 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium. Harry Kane’s 23rd goal of the season put Spurs ahead in the first half, before Dele Alli’s dinked finished doubled the lead. The visitors ran riot in the closing stages as Kane and Alli both netted again to put the pressure on the league leaders, whilst the Potters stay ninth and conceded four for a second successive week.

18th April 2016 - Barclays Premier League - Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur - Harry Kane of Spurs scores their 1st goal - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Harry Kane scores Tottenham’s first goal against Stoke. Photo: Simon Stacpoole/Offside.

Sunderland secured a vital and convincing 3-0 win over relegation rivals Norwich at Carrow Road. Fabio Borini put the Black Cats ahead from the penalty spot shortly before half time after he was fouled by Andre Wisdom, before turning provider for Jermain Defoe to net the second after the break. Duncan Watmore came off the bench to score the third and move Sam Allardyce’s side to within a point of the Canaries with a game in hand.

Newcastle secured a much needed first win under Rafael Benitez in their battle for survival as they beat Swansea 3-0 at St. James’ Park. Jamaal Lascelles’ header put the Magpies ahead in the first half, before two late strikes from Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend sealed the win. Newcastle stay second-bottom, but are now just three points from safety, whereas the Swans stay 15th.

Manchester City comfortably beat Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to maintain their top four hopes. Sergio Aguero was the star, netting a hat-trick, brilliantly finishing off two counter-attacks, before netting a penalty that saw Thibaut Courtois sent off for the third. The win takes City into third and makes it three straight wins, whilst the Blues stay tenth with a second straight defeat.

Manchester United beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Old Trafford to relegate the Villans and keep their top four hopes alive. Marcus Rashford netted the only goal of the game after half-an-hour when he converted Antonio Valencia’s low cross. United stay fifth, four points off the top four, whilst Villa are relegated for the first time in the Premier League era.

16th April 2016 - Barclays Premier League - Manchester United v Aston Villa - Joleon Lescott of Villa (R) and teammate Alan Hutton look dejected - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Joleon Lescott and Villa team-mate Alan Hutton look dejected after the club’s relegation was confirmed. Photo: Simon Stacpoole/Offside.

Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace at the Emirates. Alexis Sanchez put the Gunners ahead at the end of the first-half with a stooping header. But with just ten minutes left, Yannick Bolasie picked the ball up and drove a low strike past Petr Cech to equalise. The point gives Palace a nine point gap to the relegation zone and leaves them 16th, whilst Arsenal slip to fourth, just four points above fifth.

Watford beat West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns in a game that saw Saido Berahino miss two penalties. Ben Watson put the Hornets ahead in the first half, before Berahino saw both of his spot-kicks saved by Heurelho Gomes in the second half, to make the Brazilian the first goalkeeper to save two penalties in two separate Premier League games having done the same against Sunderland in 2010. The win takes Watford up to 12th, whilst Albion slip to 14th and are winless in four.

Liverpool beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium to cap off a memorable week. Goals from Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge put them 2-0 ahead before half time, but a late Josh King strike secured a consolation for the home side. The Reds stay eighth, just two points away from sixth, whereas the Cherries drop to 13th.

Everton and Southampton shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. Ramiro Funes Mori’s deflected effort gave the home side the lead midway through the second half, before Sadio Mane equalised ten minutes later for Saints. The points leaves Ronald Koeman’s men seventh, whereas the Toffees stay 11th and are winless in six.

Player of the Weekend: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Team of the Weekend: Sunderland
Goal of the Weekend: Aaron Cresswell (Leicester vs WEST HAM)

 
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