Week 31: Hazard brace helps Chelsea edge past Man City, Hull bag big win over Middlesbrough

Chelsea bounced back from a shock defeat to Crystal Palace to get their Premier League title bid back on track, as Eden Hazard bagged both goals in a 2-1 victory over Man City.

The Belgian winger fired Antonio Conte’s side in front after just ten minutes, when his right-footed effort took a slight deflection off Man City captain Vincent Kompany and went in at the far post.

Eden Hazard’s brace helped Chelsea record the league double over Man City
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Sergio Aguero pulled one back for the away side on 26 minutes as he had a simple tap in as Thibaut Courtois could only parry David Silva’s effort into the path of the Argentine, after Silva took advantage of the goalkeeper’s poor clearance.

Hazard saw his penalty saved by Man City goalkeeper Willi Caballero nine minutes later after Fernandinho fouled Pedro inside the box, but Hazard followed up on the rebound to clinch all three points for Chelsea.

Tottenham left it late to snatch a 3-1 win over struggling Swansea to stay within seven points off leaders Chelsea, as they scored three goals in the dying minutes to record a fifth win on the bounce.

Former Spurs man Wayne Routledge put Paul Clement’s side in front after 11 minutes, as he side-footed the ball home at the near post from Jordan Ayew’s pass to give the Swans a surprise lead.

It would not be until the 88th minute that Spurs found the equaliser, as Dele Alli got on the end of Christian Eriksen’s deflected cross and slotted home from close range.

Son Heung-min put Spurs 2-1 up in injury time as he calmly fired home from Vincent Janssen’s flick, before Christian Eriksen added a third to ensure a Spurs victory with a low right-footed effort from the edge of the area.

That result sees Swansea fall into the relegation zone, as Hull made it back-to-back wins to move out of the bottom three for the first time since October with a 4-2 win over Middlesbrough.

Alvaro Negredo put Boro in front after five minutes as he slid in add the back post from Adama Traore’s cross, but their lead only lasted nine minutes as Lazar Markovic bundled the ball home from Andrew Robertson’s deflected cross to make it 1-1.

Oumar Niasse put the Tigers in front on 27 minutes with a right-footed effort into the bottom corner, before Abel Hernandez gave them a two-goal cushion six minutes later with a tap in from Kamil Grosicki’s cross.

Middlesbrough pulled one back through Martin de Roon’s header from a Ben Gibson corner kick just before half-time, but Harry Maguire’s first Premier League goal made sure of a big win for Hull, when the defender headed home from Robertson’s free-kick on 70 minutes.

Middlesbrough look destined for the Championship after that defeat and another side who look certain to go down are Sunderland, as the Black Cats remain rooted to the foot of the table after a 2-0 defeat to champions Leicester.

Substitute Islam Slimani broke down Sunderland’s resistance in the 69 minute as he headed in from a Marc Albrighton cross and Jamie Vardy made sure of a fifth straight win for Leicester on 78 minutes with a powerful left-footed strike from inside the box.

West Ham are beginning to look over their shoulders with a fifth straight loss, as Arsenal got their quest for Champions League football back on track with a 3-0 win over Slaven Bilic’s side.

Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners the lead just before the hour mark with a superb strike into the far corner from the edge of the box, before Theo Walcott doubled their advantage ten minutes later as he tucked the ball into the bottom corner from an Ozil cross.

Olivier Giroud added a third on 83 minutes with a sublime left-footed strike to record a first win in four games for the Gunners, as West Ham now sit just five points off the bottom three.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic rescue a late point for Man United to make it 20 games unbeaten in the Premier League, as Jose Mourinho’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton.

Phil Jagielka gave Everton the lead on 22 minutes with a clever flick from close range, but Ibrahimovic’s injury time penalty saved Man United’s blushes, after Ashley Williams was sent off for blocking Luke Shaw’s strike with his hand.

Elsewhere, Joshua King grabbed a late equaliser for Bournemouth in a 2-2 draw at Liverpool, while Crystal Palace are back in the relegation mix after Southampton came from behind to record a 3-1 win over Sam Allardyce’s side.

Man United drop back to sixth after a ninth home draw this season
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Tuesday 4 Apr

Burnley 1-0 Stoke (Boyd 58)
Leicester 2-0 Sunderland (Slimani 69, Vardy 78)
Watford 2-0 West Brom (Niang 13, Deeney 49, Britos s/o 65)
Man United 1-1 Everton (Ibrahimovic pen 90 | Jagielka 22, Williams s/o 90)

Wednesday 5 Apr

Arsenal 3-0 West Ham (Ozil 58, Walcott 68, Giroud 83)
Hull 4-2 Middlesbrough (Markovic 14, Niasse 27, Hernandez 33, Maguire 70 | Negredo 5, de Roon 45)
Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace (Redmond 45, Yoshida 84, Ward-Prowse 85 | C Benteke 31)
Swansea 1-3 Tottenham (Routledge 11 | Alli 88, Heung-min 90, Eriksen 90)
Chelsea 2-1 Man City (Hazard 10, 35 | Aguero 26)
Liverpool 2-2 Bournemouth (Coutinho 40, Origi 59 | Afobe 7, King 87)

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