Week 37: Champions Leicester cruise past Everton, Sunderland edge closer to survival

It was party time at Leicester as the Foxes celebrated their first ever Premier League title and it was another three points in the bag for Leicester with a comfortable 3-1 win over Everton.

Jamie Vardy returned from suspension to give the Foxes an early lead when he tapped in Andy King’s cross from close range and King doubled their advantage on 33 minutes as he pounced on a loose ball inside the box.

Leicester are the first new champions of England since Nottingham Forest in 1978 image: rte.ie

Leicester are the first new champions of England since Nottingham Forest in 1978
image: rte.ie

Vardy grabbed his 24th league goal of the season from the penalty spot on 65 minutes but missed the chance for a hat-trick when he sent a second penalty flying over the bar. Kevin Mirallas grabbed a late consolation for Everton with a superb solo effort.

Arsenal dented Man City’s hopes of a top four finish as the Gunners came from behind twice to deny to grab a point from Manuel Pellegrini’s men in a 2-2 draw.

Sergio Aguero’s 24th league goal got Man City off to a flyer when the Argentine ‘s low shot beat Petr Cech at his near post on eight minutes but Arsenal pegged them back just two minutes later with Olivier Giroud’s header.

Kevin De Bruyne’s low right-footed effort once again beat Cech at his near post to out the home side back in front six minutes after the restart but Alexis Sanchez’ 68th minute strike from 15 yards meant both side’s shared the spoils.

Man United can overtake their rivals with a win at West Ham on Tuesday night after Juan Mata scored the only goal in Man United’s 1-0 win at Norwich kept the Red Devils’ hopes of Champions League qualification alive.

Sunderland took a massive step towards Premier League safety as Sam Allardyce’s men came from behind to stun Chelsea 3-2 to move out of the drop zone

Diego Costa’s tight angled strike gave the Blues a 14th minutes lead but Wahbi Khazri brought Sunderland level on 41 minutes with a spectacular volley, only for Nemanja Matic to but the visitors back in front on the stroke of half-time.

Fabio Borini’s strike deflected in off John Terry for 2-2 on 67 minutes before Jermain Defoe scored the winner for Sunderland three minutes later as he blasted home from close-range to move the Black Cats out of the danger zone.

Newcastle could be relegated on Wednesday night alongside Norwich should Sunderland beat Everton, after Rafa Benitez’s men were held to a scoreless draw by the already-relegated Aston Villa.

Elsewhere, a Steve Davis brace helped Southampton stun second place Tottenham 2-1 and move into sixth place ahead of West Ham, after the Hammers fell to a heavy 4-1 defeat by Swansea.

Jermain Defoe's 15th goal of the season gave Sunderland a 3-2 win over Chelsea image: theguardian.com

Jermain Defoe’s 15th goal of the season gave Sunderland a 3-2 win over Chelsea
image: theguardian.com

Saturday 7 May

Norwich 0-1 Man United (Mata 72)
Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle
Bournemouth 0-1 West Brom (Ritchie 82 | Rondon 16)
Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke (Gayle 47, 68 | Adam 26)
Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea (Khazri 41, Borini 67, Defoe 70 | Costa 14, Matic 45, Terry s/o 90)
West Ham 1-4 Swansea (Kingsley o/g 68 | Routledge 25, Ayew 31, Sung-Yueng 51, Gomis 90)
Leicester 3-1 Everton (Vardy 5, pen 65, King 33 | Mirallas 88)

Sunday 8 May

Tottenham 1-2 Southampton (Heung-min 15 | Davis 31, 72)
Liverpool 2-0 Watford (Allen 35, Firmino 76)
Man City 2-2 Arsenal (Aguero 8, De Bruyne 51 | Giroud 10, Sanchez 68)

Tuesday 10 May

West Ham 3-2 Man United (Sakho 10, Antonio 76, Reid 80 | Martial 51, 72)

Wednesday 11 May

Norwich 4-2 Watford (Redmond 15, Mbokani 18, 57, Cathcart o/g 37 | Deeney 11, Ighalo 51)
Sunderland 3-0 Everton (van Aanholt 38, Kone 42, 55)
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea (Benteke 90 | Hazard 32)

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