Honours even at Old Trafford
A second-half goal from Joe Bryan was enough for already relegated Fulham to earn a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils took the lead after just 15 minutes when David De Gea picked out Edinson Cavani who spotted Areola was off his line and lobbed the ball over the top of the Cottagers keeper to find the back of the net from long-range.
The visitors found the equaliser on the 76th minute when Bryan met the cross in from Bobby De Cordova-Reid to head home at the far post.
This result now sees United remain in 2nd place on 71 points whilst Scott Parker’s men stay in 18th on 28.
Leeds guaranteed top 10 finish following Saints victory
Leeds United recorded their third straight Premier League win in a row on Tuesday night as they beat Southampton 2-0 at the St. Mary’s Stadium.
The visitors opened the scoring on 73 minutes when Patrick Bamford latched on to Rodrigo’s ball over the top to finish between the legs of Alex McCarthy at his near post.
Bielsa’s team doubled their advantage in stoppage-time when Bamford’s initial strike was saved but fell straight into the path of Tyler Roberts who calmly slotted home into the bottom corner to wrap up another three points for his team.
This was Leeds’ 10th away victory of the season which is a new club record in the top flight.
Seagulls comeback from behind to beat 10-man City
Brighton and Hove Albion successfully overturned a two-goal deficit to record a 3-2 win over Manchester City at the Amex in what was their first-ever Premier League victory against the champions.
City opened their account after just two minutes when Ilkay Gundogan met the cross in from Riyad Mahrez to head home at the back post before the visitors were reduced to 10-men when Joao Cancelo received a straight red card for the denial of a goalscoring opportunity on Danny Welbeck.
Phil Foden doubled his team’s advantage shortly after the break with a magnificent individual run before the Seagulls pulled a goal back through Leandro Trossard’s powerful strike.
Graham Potter’s men found the equaliser in the 72nd-minute when Pascal Gross picked out Adam Webster in the centre who headed his effort beyond the reach of Ederson.
The hosts got the winner with just 14 minutes remaining after Dan Burn had his initial shot saved but reacted quickest to tap in the loose ball for his first Brighton goal.
Chelsea earn crucial win in the race for the Champions League
Chelsea have jumped up to third place in the Premier League table after claiming a vital 2-1 victory over Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.
The hosts took the lead shortly after the break when Ben Chilwell’s corner was deflected into the path of Antonio Rudiger who bundled the ball over the line from close range.
Thomas Tuchel’s side were later awarded a penalty after Wesley Fofana brought down Timo Werner inside the area with Jorginho converting the resulting spot-kick on 66 minutes.
The Foxes pulled a goal back in the closing stages of the game when Wilfred Ndidi picked out Kelechi Iheanacho who tucked his effort neatly into the bottom corner from 12-yards out but it was Chelsea who hung on to earn the win meaning that they now go one point above their opponents.
Toffees get back to winning ways against Wolves
Everton have maintained their chances of gaining a Europa League place after they recorded a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park.
It was the visitors who came closest during the opening 45 when Adama Traore hit a wonderful strike but his shot was tipped over the crossbar by Jordan Pickford.
The Toffees took the lead and wrapped up all three points with the only goal of the game on 48 minutes when Richarlison met the corner from Gylfi Sigurdsson to head home from close range.
This result now sees Carlo Ancelotti’s men move up to 8th place on 59 points whilst Wolves are in 12th on 45.
Newcastle claim home victory over the Blades
Joe Willock made Premier League history on Wednesday night as he became the youngest ever player to score in six consecutive matches as Newcastle United beat Sheffield United 1-0 at St. James’ Park.
The Arsenal loanee opened the scoring for the Magpies in first-half stoppage-time when he met the cross into the box from Jacob Murphy to head his effort beyond the reach of Aaron Ramsdale.
The Blades almost found the equaliser with just 15 minutes remaining but David McGoldrick’s strike could only hit the crossbar.
This victory for Steve Bruce’s side takes them up to 15th place on 42 points whilst Sheffield remain bottom on 20.
Spurs suffer shock defeat against Villa
Aston Villa came back from behind to dent Spurs’ hopes of European qualification next season after they beat Tottenham 2-1 in North London.
The hosts took the lead after just 8 minutes when Steven Bergwijn hit a magnificent strike from the edge of the area that found the top right-hand corner.
Villa got the leveller midway through the first half after Sergio Reguilon sliced Nakamba’s initial shot into his own net which was the 1,000th own goal in Premier League history.
Dean Smith’s men found the winner shortly before the break when Ollie Watkins collected the ball over the top from Bertrand Traore to finish neatly from close range and beat Hugo Lloris at his near post.
Gunners seal comfortable win at Selhurst Park
Arsenal’s hopes of a top-seven finish are very much still alive after they claimed a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The Gunners went ahead on 35 minutes through Nicolas Pepe who controlled the cross from Kieran Tierney to hit a first-time volley beyond the reach of Guaita.
The Eagles found the equaliser just past the hour mark when Christian Benteke met the free-kick from Andros Townsend to head home from close range.
Arsenal took the lead in stoppage-time when Martinelli bundled the ball over the line from Odegaard’s cross before Pepe made it three with a brilliant solo run into the box to fire his effort into the bottom left-hand corner.
Liverpool jump back into the top four following Clarets victory
Liverpool have leapfrogged Leicester to go back into the top four after they earned a comfortable 3-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.
The visitors opened their account shortly before the break when Roberto Firmino latched on to Andy Robertson’s pass to slot the ball home beyond the reach of Will Norris.
Jurgen Klopp’s boys doubled their advantage on 52 minutes after Nat Phillips met the cross in from Sadio Mane to place his header firmly into the top corner.
A late goal from the substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made it three for Liverpool when he powerfully finished with a left-footed strike from inside the area.
This result now sees the Reds go 4th on 66 points with a 4 better goal difference than the Foxes, whilst Burnley are in 17th on 39.
Hammers stay in the running for European qualification
West Ham United have moved up to 6th in the Premier League table after they beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 at the Hawthorns.
The hosts took a 27th-minute lead when Matheus Pereira scored directly from a corner to get his sixth goal in eight games.
The Hammers levelled in first-half stoppage-time after Tomas Soucek met Said Benrahma’s low ball across the face of goal to tap in at the far post.
The visitors doubled their advantage on 82 minutes when Ogbonna headed home the corner from Aaron Cresswell before Michail Antonio sealed the victory for David Moyes’ team when he collected the through ball from Jesse Lingard to finish neatly beyond Sam Johnstone.