With one game left to play in round seventeen of the Premier League, Chelsea extended their lead at the top to seven points, while Swansea and Hull City’s problems at the bottom end of the table only got worse.
Chelsea were first to kick-off at the weekend and they made no mistake as they ran out comfortable 1-0 winners, away to Crystal Palace. It was their eleventh win on the bounce and Diego Costa scored his thirteenth goal of the season. With nearest challengers Arsenal blowing a half time lead over Manchester City and conspiring to lose 2-1, Chelsea now hold a seven point lead at the top of the table, although a win for Liverpool, who go into their match in the Merseyside derby full of confidence and scoring with ease would see them close the gap to six points.
Arsenal have now lost their last two, and although they have been tricky matches, they would have expected to take something from them and their title challenge is now in the balance. They have gone from being joint-top last weekend to fourth place and they have left very little marging for error.
Pep Guardiola, who was under pressure to deliver this weekend couldn’t have started worse as his Manchester City side went behind after five minutes to a Theo Walcott goal. However, they looked like a totally different side in the second half and goals from Sadio Mane and Raheem Sterling ensured the points stayed in Manchester.
At the other end of the table, there was some joy for Sunderland. David Moyes team, who looked certain for the drop have now won four of their last seven and their win over Watford at the weekend seen them climb up to eighteenth in the table. There is still a lot of work to be done, but that win and their current form should give them some much-needed confidence as we enter the holiday period.
elsewhere, both Hull City (who now sit bottom with twelve points) and Swansea City both lost. Both sides failed to score and Hull have now picked up just two points from the last eighteen on offer. Swansea’s from is a little better, with seven points gained from their last eighteen, but both sides will have to put some kind of run together should they wish to be playing Premier League football next season.
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