Week 32: Everton end Leicester’s winning streak, Crystal Palace pile more misery on Arsenal

Everton kept their hopes of European football alive, as the Toffees ended Leicester’s five-match winning streak by coming from behind to secure a 4-2 victory over the champions.

It took just 30 seconds for Everton to take the lead as Tom Davies calmly struck the ball home from close range, but Islam Slimani found the equaliser for Leicester when he slotted the ball through Joel Robles legs and into the back of the net on four minutes.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Everton brought Leicester back down to earth
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Marc Albrighton put Leicester in front six minutes later with a brilliant free-kick into the far top corner to put the Foxes in command for a sixth straight league win, but Romelu Laukaku headed home from Ross Barkley’s cross to make it 2-2 on 23 minutes.

Phil Jagielka headed Everton in front four minutes before half-time, before Romelu Lukaku fired home his 23rd goal of the season with a powerful effort into the far corner just before the hour mark to seal victory for Everton.

A ninth straight home win for Everton sees them move level on points with Arsenal, after the Gunners Champions League hopes suffered another blow with a heavy 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

Andros Townsend gave the Eagles the lead after 17 minutes as he turned home from Wilfried Zaha’s cross, before Yohan Cabaye calmly stuck the ball into the top corner just before the hour mark to double Crystal Palace’s advantage.

Luka Milivojevic’s first Palace goal sealed a big three points for Sam Allardyce’s side in their fight against relegation, as he tucked home his penalty kick on 68 minutes after goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez brought down Townsend.

Chelsea edged closer to a second Premier League title in three years, as Antonio Conte’s side held off a Bournemouth fight back to secure a 3-1 victory at the Vitality Stadium.

Diego Costa’s strike deflected off the head of Adam Smith to give Chelsea the lead after 17 minutes, before Eden Hazard made it 2-0 just three minutes later as he capped off a solo run by slotting the ball low into the far corner.

Joshua King pulled one back for Bournemouth on 42 minutes as his effort took a big deflection off David Luiz to beat Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goal, but Marcos Alonso’s sublime 68th minute free-kick ensured Chelsea maintained a seven point cushion at the top of the table.

Tottenham kept the pressure on their Chelsea at the top of the table, as Son Heung-min scored twice in a comfortable 4-0 win to keep hopes of a first top-flight title since 1961 alive.

Dele Alli hit a 25-yard strike into the top corner to get Spurs up and running on the half-hour mark, before Eric Dier added a second on 39 minutes as he rifled home a right-footed effort from the edge of the area.

South Korean striker Son added a third just before half-time with a long-range effort finding the bottom corner and he completed the rout with his second of the game on 54 minutes, as he slotted home at the near post from a Kieran Tripper cross.

Liverpool remain in third place in the table to strengthen their grip on a top four finish, but Jurgen Klopp’s side were made to work for their three points as they came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory at Stoke.

Jon Walters gave the Potters a deserving lead just before half-time, as the Republic of Ireland striker headed home from a Xherdan Shaqiri cross with Liverpool failing to register a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.

Philippe Coutinho came off the bench to score Liverpool’s equaliser on 70 minutes as he struck into the bottom corner from close range, before fellow substitute Roberto Firmino bagged the win two minutes later with a powerful strike from the edge of the area.

Man City bounced back from a defeat to Chelsea midweek to get their Champions League qualification hopes back on track, with a comfortable 3-1 win over relegation-threatened Hull.

Ahmed Elmohamady sent Jesus Navas cross past his own goalkeeper to gift Man City the opening goal on the half-hour mark, before Sergio Aguero doubled the home side’s lead as he squeezed the ball home from a Raheem Sterling cross.

Sterling set up Fabian Delph to strike a left-footed effort into the top corner to bag all three points on 64 minutes, while Andrea Ranocchia grabbed a late consolation for the Tigers as the Italian slotted home from close range on 85 minutes.

Man United kept the pressure on their Manchester rivals to maintain their hopes of Champions League qualification, as the Red Devils pushed Sunderland closer to relegation with a 3-0 win over David Moyes’ side.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock on 30 minutes as he struck low in at the far post from just outside the box and things got worse for Sunderland when Sebastian Larsson was given a straight red for a high challenge on Ander Herrera just before half-time.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled Man United’s lead just moments into the second half with a low right-footed strike, before Marcus Rashford came off the bench to add a third late on, as he rolled the ball in at the far post on the counter attack to pile the misery on Sunderland.

Elsewhere, Cheikhou Kouyate scored the only goal as West Ham eased their relegation fears with a 1-0 win over Swansea and Middlesbrough look to be heading closer to the drop, after a scoreless draw with Burnley.

Sunderland are ten points from safety after a heavy defeat to Man United
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Saturday 8 Apr

Tottenham 4-0 Watford (Alli 33, Dier 39, Heung-min 44, 54)
Man City 3-1 Hull (Elmohamady o/g 31, Aguero 48, Delph 64 | Ranocchia 85)
Middlesbrough 0-0 Burnley
Stoke 1-2 Liverpool (Walters 44 | Coutinho 70, Firmino 72)
West Brom 0-1 Southampton (Clasie 25)
West Ham 1-0 Swansea (Kouyate 44)
Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea (King 42 | Smith o/g 17, Hazard 20, Alonso 68)

Sunday 9 Apr

Sunderland 0-3 Man United (Larsson s/o 43 | Ibrahimovic 30, Mkhitaryan 46, Rashford 89)
Everton 4-2 Leicester (Davies 1, Lukaku 23, 57, Jagielka 41 | Slimani 4, Albrighton 10)

Monday 10 Apr

Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal (Townsend 17, Cabaye 63, Milivojevic pen 68)

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