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The Premier League Recap: Matchweek 31

We bring you all the biggest headlines from this weekend’s latest round of Premier League action. Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United, Leicester City travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham in the race for a top four finish, plus we’ll cover every other game from Matchweek 31.

Fulham suffer late heartache in their battle against relegation

A late goal by Adama Traore was enough for Wolves to earn a 1-0 win over relegation battling Fulham at Craven Cottage on Friday evening. 

The visitors had the ball in the back of the net through Willian Jose shortly before the break but following a VAR review, the goal was later ruled out for offside in the build-up. 

The Spanish international put Wolves ahead on 92 minutes when he collected the through ball from Fabio Silva to smash his rising strike into the roof of the net and past Areola at his near post. 

This result means that the Cottagers remain in 18th place on 26 points just six points from safety whilst Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are in 12th on 38. 

Leeds pull of remarkable win against the league leaders

10-man Leeds United claimed a shock victory against the current league leaders at the weekend as they beat Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad. 

The visitors opened the scoring on 42 minutes when Patrick Bamford picked out Stuart Dallas on the edge of the area who rifled his shot low and into the bottom-left hand corner. 

Marcelo Bielsa’s side had a man sent off in first half stoppage-time when Liam Cooper received a straight red card for a late challenge on Gabriel Jesus. 

City found the equaliser in the 76th-minute after Bernardo Silva squared the ball to Ferran Torres inside the area who neatly curled his effort beyond the reach of Meslier. 

Just as the game looked set to end a tie, Leeds got the winner just minutes from the end when Alioski played a through ball to Dallas who beat two defenders to slot the ball home past Ederson and take all three points back to Yorkshire.

Liverpool make it three on the bounce at Anfield

Liverpool have recorded their first win at Anfield since 16 December as they made a late comeback to beat Aston Villa 2-1. 

The visitors took the lead just before half-time when Ollie Watkins controlled John McGinn’s pass to fire low and through the legs of the goalkeeper Alisson. 

Jurgen Klopp’s men hit back and got the equaliser approaching the hour mark when Emiliano Martinez parried Robertson’s initial shot straight into the path of Mo Salah who tapped in from close range. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold won it for the Reds on 91 minutes when he curled in a superb long range effort from the edge of the area to make it three victories on the bounce for Liverpool. 

Chelsea record emphatic victory over the Eagles

Chelsea have boosted their hopes of a top four finish after they earned an emphatic 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. 

Kai Havertz put the visitors in front after just 8 minutes when he received the ball from Callum Hudson-Odoi to cut inside the defender and curl his effort into the bottom-left hand corner. 

The German international turned provider two minutes later as Chelsea doubled their advantage when he played in Christian Pulisic who smashed his shot fiercely into the roof of the net from close range. 

Kurt Zouma added a third on the half-hour mark when he met the free-kick from Mason Mount to head home beyond the reach of Guaita. 

Palace pulled a goal back on 63 minutes through Christian Benteke but this was only a consolation as Thomas Tuchel’s men got their fourth through Pulisic who tapped in Reece James’ cross at the back post. 

Newcastle earn a crucial three points at Turf Moor

Newcastle United have taken an important step towards Premier League safety after they earned a 2-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor. 

The Clarets opened the scoring on 18 minutes when Chris Wood played a cutback to Matej Vydra inside the area who tapped home from close range. 

The substitute Allan Saint-Maximin made an instant impact for the Magpies and set up Jacob Murphy for the leveller just before the hour mark when he whipped a curling effort into the top corner beyond the reach of Bailey Peacock-Farrell. 

The French international winger got the winner for the hosts on 64 minutes when he ran all the way from his own half to cut the ball back on the edge of the area to fire his shot low, beating the goalkeeper at his near post. 

This vital victory for Steve Bruce’s side now sees them in 17th place on 32 points whilst Burnley are in 15th on 33. 

West Ham go back into the top four following Foxes win

West Ham United have continued their excellent run of form with a 3-2 home victory over Leicester City at the London Stadium. 

The Hammers went ahead just before the half-hour mark when Vladimir Coufal picked out Jesse Lingard on the edge of the area who hit his strike magnificently on the half-volley. 

The midfielder got his second of the night on 44 minutes when he collected the square ball from Jarrod Bowen to tap into an empty net from close range. 

Bowen added the hosts’ third shortly after the restart when he turned in Tomas Soucek’s pass before the Foxes pulled a goal back when Kelechi Iheanacho made a sweeping finish from the edge of the area. 

The Nigerian international added a second for Leicester on 91 minutes when he met a low cross into the box but it was too little too late for Brendan Rodgers’ side as they fell to defeat in the capital. 

United take another step closer to securing Champions League football next season

Manchester United have taken another huge step towards securing a top four place after they recorded a 3-1 away win against Tottenham Hotspur in North London. 

The hosts took the lead shortly before the break when Son Heung-Min picked up Lucas Moura’s square ball to tap into an empty net. 

The Red Devils found the equaliser just before the hour mark when Edinson Cavani saw his initial shot saved before Fred reacted quickest to slot home the rebound from close range. 

United went ahead on 79 minutes when the Uruguayan striker met the cross into the box from Mason Greenwood to head past Hugo Lloris at his near post. 

Greenwood wrapped the game up in stoppage-time when he was played in by Paul Pogba to smash his effort into the back of the net from 12-yards out. 

Arsenal dent survival hopes for the Blades

Arsenal have made a huge dent in Sheffield United’s survival hopes as they beat the Blades 3-0 at Bramall Lane. 

The Gunners opened the scoring just past the half-hour mark when Dani Ceballos played Alexandre Lacazette through on goal to finish neatly into the bottom-right hand corner. 

The visitors added a second on 71 minutes when Aaron Ramsdale parried Nicolas Pepe’s initial shot straight into the path of Martinelli who tapped home from close range. 

Lacazette made it three in the closing stages of the game when he collected the through ball from Thomas Partey to strike low beyond the reach of the goalkeeper. 

This victory for Mikel Arteta’s men now sees them in 9th place on 45 points whilst Sheffield remain bottom on just 14. 

West Brom secure back-to-back wins following Saints victory

West Bromwich Albion have boosted their chances of Premier League survival as they earned a comfortable 3-0 win over Southampton at the Hawthorns on Monday night. 

The Baggies took the lead just past the half-hour mark when Matheus Pereira was brought down inside the area by Fraser Forster with the Brazilian international converting the resulting penalty. 

The hosts doubled their advantage on 35 minutes when Mbaye Diagne played a low left-wing ball across the face of goal that was met by Matt Phillips who tapped home at the back post. 

Callum Robinson made it three 20 minutes from time when he collected the through ball from Okay Yokuslu to fire his effort beyond the Saints keeper and wrap up a vital three points for his team. 

Stalemate at the Amex

Brighton and Hove Albion have moved seven points clear of the relegation zone following a 0-0 draw with Everton at the Amex. 

The Seagulls began to dominate and almost went ahead after the break when Yves Bissouma saw his superb bicycle kick land on the roof of the net. 

The Toffees substitute Alex Iwobi had a chance to win it at the death for Everton but his strike cleared the crossbar as both teams stayed resolute in defence to share the spoils at full-time. 

This result means that Brighton are now in 15th place on 33 points whilst Carlo Ancelotti’s men are in 8th on 48. 

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