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Robinson neatly dinked home West Brom's fifth after finding himself through to superbly cap off West Brom's dream day

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Relegation threatened West Brom sparked an improbable survival attempt with a 5-2 upset of 10-man Chelsea for a momentous experience to look back on ...
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The English Premier League returned this Saturday with runaway leaders Manchester City closing in on the title with an impressive 2-0 victory at third-placed Leicester that left them four wins from winning it all.

Relegation threatened West Brom sparked an improbable survival attempt with a 5-2 upset of 10-man Chelsea for a momentous experience to look back on should their efforts fall short as they emphatically ended the 14-match unbeaten start to Thomas Tuchel's tenure at Stamford Bridge. Leeds United scored early in each half to beat Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United and move into the top half of the table, and Liverpool thrust themselves firmly back into the battle for a top-four finish with a 3-0 pasting of lackluster Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium that saw them move two points closer to fourth placed Chelsea.

And on Sunday, Manchester United took a significant step towards confirming a place in next year's Champions League in a come-from-behind victory over Brighton. Southampton overcame a two goal deficit to claim all three points against Burnley in a battle for premier league survival, Fulham remained rooted in the relegation zone after going down by three goals to one at Aston Villa, and Newcastle picked up a crucial point bolster their survival hopes thanks to a late equalizer against Tottenham.

English Premier League Week 30 Standings

EPL Week 30 Standings

EPL Week 30 Scores Roundup

Sunday

Chelsea 2-5 West Brom

Leeds United 2-1 Sheffield United

Leicester City 0-2 Manchester City

Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool

Sunday

Southampton 3-2 Burnley

Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham

Aston Villa 3-1 Fulham

Manchester United 2-1 Brighton

Monday

Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace

Wolves 2-3 West Ham

 

Thiago Silva (C) was dismissed in the first half and his team-mates in defence were guilty of slopping mistakes afterwards

Thiago Silva (C) was dismissed in the first half and his team-mates in defence were guilty of slopping mistakes afterwards

Chelsea 2-5 West Brom

Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson scored twice to help struggling West Brom win 5-2 at 10-man Chelsea to boost their survival hopes.

The home side, looking to consolidate their top-four position in the table, went ahead after 27 minutes thanks to Christian Pulisic's close-range finish after Marcos Alonso's free kick had hit the post.

However, the match was turned on its head by Thiago Silva's red card (29) after Chelsea's returning captain picked up two bookings in the opening half an hour, with the visitors taking full advantage.

Pereira's clever lob (45+2) brought West Brom level in first-half stoppage time before the Brazilian's low finish (45+4) then gave his team a half-time lead.

When substitute Robinson volleyed home a third goal after a wonderful move in the 63rd minute, Sam Allardyce's men were in dreamland.

That was not the end of the scoring as Mbaye Diagne (68) added a fourth for the Baggies and while substitute Mason Mount (71) immediately replied for Chelsea, Robinson was on hand to add the icing on the cake for West Brom with a late fifth (90+1).

German suffering his first loss in charge of the Blues, while the Baggies also remain in 19th position, but now just seven points from Newcastle and safety.

Leeds United 2-1 Sheffield United

Wasteful Leeds needed a Phil Jagielka own goal to move into the Premier League top half with a 2-1 win over Sheffield United at Elland Road.

Leeds wasted several good positions to see their afternoon out more comfortably, registering 21 shots across the afternoon, but scored only a single goal themselves through Jack Harrison's 12th-minute tap-in after good build-up from Raphinha.

Having dominated the opening period, they went in level at the break after Oli McBurnie's shot was turned in at the back post by Ben Osborn just before the half-time whistle.

Four minutes after the interval, Harrison aimed a whipped ball across the six-yard box only for Sheffield-born Jagielka to dent his own Yorkshire pride by restoring the lead for the county's other Premier League team with a sliding own goal.

Stuart Dallas hit the post before Patrick Bamford and Ezgjan Alioski both spurned opportunities for the hosts, who were nearly made to pay late on when Rhian Brewster and Oliver Burke went close in the final minutes - but not close enough to stop Leeds moving 10th, and leave the Blades potentially two games from relegation.

Leicester City 0-2 Manchester City          

Manchester City were simply too good for Leicester as they continued their march towards the Premier League title with a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium.

Man City were completely dominant in every area but the scoreline stayed goalless in the first half - coming closest through Kevin De Bruyne's free-kick off the crossbar - as Leicester failed to register a single shot, touching the ball just once in the opposition box.

The champions elect deserved their opener through Benjamin Mendy (58), only his second goal for Man City, coolly curling home from 12 yards after a smart turn in the box.

Pep Guardiola's side wrapped up the win through birthday boy Gabriel Jesus (74), initially played through by De Bruyne's eye-of-a-needle pass, before exchanging passes with Raheem Sterling at close range and converting at close range.

The result means Man City are 17 points clear of second-placed Man Utd, who have two games in hand, and are a maximum of 11 points away from securing the title.

Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool

Three second-half goals, including two from sub Diogo Jota, strengthened Liverpool's top-four hopes with a dominant 3-0 win over a tame Arsenal at the Emirates.

James Milner missed the best chance of a dominant but goalless first half for Liverpool, with a shot-shy Arsenal registering just one attempt in the first hour, described by Sky Sports' Gary Neville as "shabby" throughout a poor home performance.

Liverpool found their clinical edge after the hour mark, taking the lead through sub Jota's header from a superb Trent Alexander-Arnold cross (64), a much-needed assist having been left out of the recent England squad.

Mohamed Salah made it 2-0 four minutes later, stealing the ball from Gabriel in the box before slotting through Bernd Leno's legs, moments before Gabriel's lax pass was feasted upon by Alexander-Arnold as Jota devoured the chance to smash home eight yards out (82) following touches from Salah and Sadio Mane.

The result means Liverpool are now just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with eight games remaining, while Arsenal stay ninth, just a point off the bottom half.

Sunday

Southampton 3-2 Burnley

Southampton came back from 2-0 down to beat Burnley 3-2 at St Mary's to move further clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

The visitors had raced into a 2-0 lead on the south coast thanks to Chris Wood's 12th-minute penalty - awarded after the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee - and Matej Vydra's well-taken goal 16 minutes later.

However, the Saints drew level before half-time through Stuart Armstrong's fine strike just past the half-hour mark and then Danny Ings' wonderful solo goal against his former side.

Nathan Redmond's sweetly struck volley midway through the second half completed the turnaround for Ralph Hasenhuttl's team, who have moved up to 13th in the table and are now 10 points clear of 18th-placed Fulham, while the Clarets stay 15th, seven points above the drop zone.

Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham

Joe Willock's late equaliser secured a deserved - and vital - 2-2 draw for Newcastle against Tottenham, with Spurs missing the chance to go fourth.

All eyes were on Newcastle after a dismal defeat to Brighton two weeks ago, but the international break seemed to breathe new life into the team as they deservedly went ahead when Joelinton (28) fired home.

But the lead was short-lived as Kane bundled in the equaliser less than two minutes later (30), before powering home a superb second not long after (34).

Much like the first-half goals, it was a short period towards the end of the game that ultimately decided the outcome. Kane spurned a golden chance to wrap up the three points and his hat-trick when he clipped the post, before Arsenal loanee Willock (86) found the net via the underside of the crossbar two minutes later.

Newcastle remain 17th on 29 points with a three-point cushion over Fulham, while Tottenham missed the chance for the fourth spot.

Aston Villa 3-1 Fulham

Aston Villa scored three late goals in nine minutes to fight back from a goal down to beat relegation-threatened Fulham 3-1 at Villa Park, denting the Cottagers' survival hopes.

In a first half lacking in chances, Villa had a penalty overturned in stoppage time as Mario Lemina looked to have clipped Ollie Watkins, but Andy Madley spotted a touch from the Fulham man after being advised by VAR to go to the pitchside monitor.

Tyrone Mings' fluffed backpass allowed Aleksandar Mitrovic to open the scoring for Fulham, rounding Emi Martinez before slotting into an empty net (61) for his first goal since September.

But Trezeguet, subbed on directly after Mitrovic's goal, turned the game on its head with two goals in three minutes, the first a cool finish from Mings' centre (78) before converting at the back post from fellow sub Keinan Davis' delivery (81).

Watkins rounded off the win with a close-range finish from Bertrand Traore's cross late on (87), giving Villa three points that had seemed so unlikely late in the second half.

The result means Fulham are three points behind 17th-place Newcastle, having played an extra game, while Villa are back into the top half, five points off the top seven.

Manchester United 2-1 Brighton

Mason Greenwood completed Manchester United's spirited second-half fightback as they came from behind to beat Brighton 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Danny Welbeck headed the Seagulls into a deserved lead against his former club (13) with a lacklustre United having failed to register a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.

But Marcus Rashford restored parity with his 19th goal of the season before Greenwood stooped to head in Paul Pogba's mis-hit as Brighton's resolve was broken.

The result comes as a relief for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose side stay second on 60 points - meaning Manchester City still require a further 11 to be confirmed as champions. Brighton stay 16th, six points clear of the relegation zone.

Monday

Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace

Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to deliver a blow to Everton's European hopes as his equaliser grabbed Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw.

Carlo Ancelotti's team looked set to move level on points with Tottenham in fifth when James Rodriguez - making his first start since the win at Liverpool - found a way past Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, who was in inspired form in denying Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.

However, Batshuayi, who had last week accused Roy Hodgson of not trusting him amid a lack of game-time this season, was on hand to level the game with just four minutes remaining.

This latest setback means they have won just one of their last eight home Premier League home games as their form at Goodison Park continues to hold them back.

The result leaves Ancelotti's side in eighth place, two points behind Tottenham in fifth, albeit they have a game in hand.

Wolves 2-3 West Ham

West Ham moved into the top four of the Premier League after holding on for a nervy 3-2 victory against Wolves at Molineux.

With plenty of the sides around them dropping points this weekend, it felt like a real opportunity for David Moyes' side as they look to secure European football for next season.

And it looked like one they would take as goals from Jesse Lingard (6), Pablo Fornals (14) and substitute Jarrod Bowen (38) saw them race into a three-goal lead inside the first 38 minutes.

However, Wolves grabbed a lifeline just before the break through Leander Dendoncker's header (44) before substitute Fabio Silva's smart finish set up another nervy finish for West Ham, who squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Arsenal before the international break.

On this occasion, Moyes' men held on for what could be a crucial three points in the race for the Champions League places.

Victory sees the Hammers jump above Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea into fourth on 52 points, four points behind third-placed Leicester with eight games remaining. Meanwhile, Wolves stay 14th after a 13th defeat of the season.

 

Matchday reports from skysports and BBC were used in this compilation.

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