Date: 9th May 2016 at 8:40am
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Leicester City were crowned Premier League champions in style as they beat Everton 3-1 on the day they made history by lifting the trophy aloft inside the King Power Stadium.

Jamie Vardy took the roof off the place after just five minutes when he put the Foxes ahead, before Andy King doubled the lead after the half hour. Vardy netted his 24th of the season from the spot in the second-half, but failed to complete his hat-trick when he blazed another penalty over the bar just minutes later. Kevin Mirallas pulled back the visitors’ consolation late on. However Claudio Ranieri’s men extend their lead at the top to 10 points, whilst the Toffees slip to 12th.

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Premier League champions Leicester defeated Everton 3-1 before lifting the 2015/16 title aloft – Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

At the bottom, Sunderland took a crucial step towards survival as they beat Chelsea 3-2 at the Stadium of Light. The home side twice fell behind in the first-half thanks to goals from Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic either side of an unbelievable volley from Wahbi Khazri.

However the Black Cats turned things around in the second-half as Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe struck twice in three minutes to complete a brilliant comeback. John Terry saw red in the closing stages for a second yellow card, meaning that could be his last appearance in a Chelsea shirt. Sunderland move out of the bottom three and can complete their survival if they beat Everton on Wednesday, whereas Chelsea stay ninth.

Newcastle slipped back into the bottom three as they missed out on vital points following their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa at Villa Park. Aleksandar Mitrovic went closest to scoring with two headers in the second-half for Newcastle in an otherwise dire game. Should Sunderland win on Wednesday, Newcastle will be relegated with a game to spare, whilst Villa end a run of 11 straight defeats with the stalemate.

Manchester City’s top four chances were put in danger as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium. City twice took the lead through Sergio Aguero in the first-half and Kevin De Bruyne after the break, but were pegged back by goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez. The point consolidates the Gunners’ third place spot, whereas the Citizens will slip to fifth should rivals United beat West Ham United in midweek.

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Sanchez’s 13th league goal of the campaign salvaged a precious point for Arsenal at the Etihad – Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Manchester United ensured their top four chances were in their hands as they beat Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road. Juan Mata struck in the 72nd minute from Wayne Rooney’s lay-off to take United within two points of fourth place with a game in hand against West Ham on Tuesday, whilst Alex Neil’s side now sit four points adrift of safety and defeat to Watford in midweek will see them relegated.

Southampton’s chances of European football were boosted as they beat Tottenham 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Son Heung-min gave the home side the lead, but Steven Davis struck in both halves to take Saints up to sixth with a third straight win, whereas Spurs stay second, but are still winless in their last three league outings.

West Ham’s Europa League hopes took a huge blow as they were thumped 4-1 by Swansea in the penultimate game at the Boleyn Ground. The visitors were two-nil up in half an hour thanks to goals from Wayne Routledge and Andre Ayew, before Ki Sung-yeung added a third after half-time. Stephen Kingsley put the ball into his own net to pull one back for the Hammers, before Bafetimbi Gomis finished off the game in stoppage time. The Hammers slip to seventh, but can move up to sixth with a win in midweek, whilst the Swans jump to 11th.

Crystal Palace beat Stoke 2-1 at Selhurst Park for just a second league win in 2016. Charlie Adam gave the visitors the lead, but Dwight Gayle struck twice in the second-half to take the Eagles up to 14th and condemn the Potters to a sixth game without a win, but they remain tenth in the table.

Liverpool beat Watford 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday. Joe Allen scored his second of the season to give the Reds the lead, before Roberto Firmino came off the bench to seal the win. The Reds stay eighth and in the race for a Europa League spot, whilst the Hornets remain 13th despite defeat.

West Brom and Bournemouth shared the points after a 1-1 draw at the Vitality Stadium. Salomon Rondon gave the Baggies the lead, but Craig Gardner spurned a chance to double it when his penalty was saved by Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc. Eddie Howe’s side then found an equaliser with just eight minutes remaining when Matt Ritchie headed in to leave the two sides in 15th and 16th respectively.

Player of the Weekend: Steven Davis (Southampton)
Team of the Weekend: Sunderland
Goal of the Weekend: Wahbi Khazri (SUNDERLAND vs Chelsea)

 
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