Premier League matchday 31 roundup

Premier League Matchday 31 Roundup: Chelsea Affirm Status as Champions Elect

Eden Hazard scored two goals as Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 to affirm their status as the only team in the title race.

Hazard opened the scoring in the 10th-minute before Aguero drilled the ball into the back of the net in the 26th-minute after a goalkeeping mishap from Thibaut Courtois.

Hazard took a spot-kick in the 35th-minute which was initially saved by Willy Caballero before the Belgian forward scored the rebound.

Manchester United extended their unbeaten streak to 20 games on Tuesday night as they were forced to settle for a draw against Ronald Koeman’s Everton.

The Red Devils have endured a difficult season. The fact that they’re on a 20-game unbeaten streak but remain 6th in the league standings speaks volumes of their quandary.

Phil Jagielka opened the scoring for Everton with a close-range finish in the 22nd-minute.

Mourinho’s side came close to scoring an equaliser on quite a few occasions only to be let down by their finishing or Joel Robles’ goalkeeping prowess.

United had to wait until the last minute of stoppage time for their equaliser with Zlatan Ibrahimovic coolly slotting home a penalty birthed from Ashley William’s hand ball.

Burnley bounced back from their defeat against Spurs in emphatic fashion as they beat Stoke 1-0 at Turf Moor.

Both sides failed to produce quality goalscoring opportunities, but Burnley were able to take the lead in the 58th-minute courtesy of George Boyd.

Sunderland were abysmal against Leicester at the King Power Stadium as Craig Shakespeare led the Foxes to yet another victory since he replaced Claudio Ranieri at the helm.

Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy found the back of the net courtesy of assists from Marc Albrighton.

The game ended 2-0 with Sunderland sitting at the bottom of the table.

Watford got the better of West Brom at Vicarage Road with a 2-0 victory courtesy of goals from Mbaye Niang and captain Troy Deeney.

Miguel Britos received a second yellow card from Paul Tierney in the 65th-minute thus resulting in a sending off for the Watford man.

West Brom failed to capitalise on the fact that their opponents were playing with just 10-men as Watford cruised to a win.

Hull City triumphed in a 6-goal thriller against Middlesbrough at the KCOM Stadium. The relegation 6 pointer was kicked-off with a goal from Alvaro Negredo in the 5th-minute, but Hull found a way back into the game 9 minutes later through Lazar Markovic.

Goals from Oumar Niasse and Abel Hernandez took Hull’s tally up to three goals, but Martin de Roon managed to pull one back for Boro right on the stroke of half time.

The second half saw Harry Maguire notch the game’s final goal and Hull’s 4th, as Middlesbrough continued their winless streak.

Arsenal played host to fellow London outfit West Ham looking to right some of the wrongs that have plagued Arsenal in recent weeks.

The Gunners had been on a poor run of form prior to the tie against the Hammers; thus, they went all out at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

Goals from Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud helped Arsenal to a 3-0 win. The Gunners will be looking to make their way into the top four with just a handful of games left before the season draws to a close.

Southampton beat Crystal Palace 3-1 courtesy of goals from Nathan Redmond, Maya Yoshida and James Ward-Prowse. Palace’s lone goal was scored by Christian Benteke.

Tottenham came back from behind to beat Swansea 3-1 with Dele Alli, Son Heung-Ming and Christian Eriksen finding the back of the net. Wayne Routledge scored the game’s opener and Swansea’s only goal.

Bournemouth held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Benik Afobe capitalised on a goalkeeping error from Simon Mingolet to put the Cherries in front, but Philippe Coutinho brought things level before the end of the first half.

Goals from Divock Origi and Joshua King followed as Liverpool and Bournemouth played out a stalemate.

Premier League Matchdat 31 Table​

Premier League matchday 31 table

Highlights of Premier League Matchday 31 games

Chelsea vs Manchester City

 

Swansea City vs Tottenham

 

Manchester United vs Everton

 

Liverpool vs Bournemouth

 

Arsenal vs West Ham United

 

Leicester City vs Sunderland

 

Hull City vs Middlesbrough

 

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He’s well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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