Week 34: Manchester Derby ends scoreless, Costa double helps Chelsea past Southampton

Man United extended their Premier League unbeaten run to 24 games, as Jose Mourinho’s side snatched a point off Man City in the Manchester Derby to keep hopes of a top four finish alive.

Pep Guardiola’s side did have plenty of chances to clinch a league double over United with Sergio Aguero enjoying the best of their chances, firing the wrong side of the post and saw his long-range effort saved by David De Gea.

Man United are now two points behind third place Liverpool with a game in hand
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Aleksandar Kolarov also forced a good save out of the United goalkeeper in the first half with a left-footed drive, while Ander Herrera spurned the Red Devils best chance when he headed wide from a free-kick.

Man United ended the game with ten men when Marouane Fellaini was handed a straight red card for headbutting Aguero on 84 minutes, but Jose Mourinho’s side managed to see out the game to take a point off their neighbours.

Just days before snatching a point off Man City in the Manchester derby, Man United cruised to all three points in a 2-0 win over Burnley to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive.

Anthony Martial opened the scoring on 21 minutes as he got on the end of Ander Herrera’s cross and slotted low into the far bottom corner, after an excellent counter attack from Mourinho’s side.

Wayne Rooney grabbed his first goal since January to double the lead six minutes before half-time, as his effort deflected off Man United transfer target Michael Keane and into the back of the net to seal the win.

Arsenal kept their hopes of Champions League qualification alive, as Arsene Wenger’s side relied on a stroke of luck to bag a 1-0 win over 2016 champions Leicester.

Robert Huth headed a Nacho Monreal cross past his own goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the 86th minute to gift the Gunners all three points and leapfrog Everton into sixth place.

Liverpool’s Champions League hopes suffered a blow as Christian Benteke came back to haunt his former club, with the Belgian’s brace helping Crystal Palace to come from behind to claim a shock 2-1 win at Anfield.

Philippe Coutinho’s superb free kick curled into the bottom corner to give Jurgen Klopp’s side the lead on 24 minutes, but Benteke grabbed the Eagles equaliser just before half-time with a simple tap in from Yohan Cabaye’s cross.

Benteke grabbed his second of the game on 74 minutes to hand Sam Allardyce’s side a sixth win in eight games, when he headed home from Jason Puncheon’s flick on from a Cabaye corner kick to surely secure Palace’s place in the Premier League next season.

Chelsea bounced back from defeat to Man United to get their quest for a second Premier League title in three years back on track with a hard-fought 4-2 win over Southampton.

Eden Hazard got the Blues up and running after five minutes with a low right-footed strike finding its way in at the far post, but ex-Chelsea man Oriol Romeu levelled things up on 24 minutes with a tap in from a Manolo Gabbiadini’s short cross.

Gary Cahill headed Chelsea back in front just before half-time, before Diego Costa gave the leaders a two-goal cushion on 53 minutes as he headed home from Cesc Fabregas’ cross.

Costa grabbed his second of the night and Chelsea’s fourth on 89 minutes as he struck the ball home at the near post, while Ryan Bertrand grabbed a second for Claude Puel’s side in injury time when he headed home from a Cedric Soares cross.

Tottenham recorded an eight Premier League win on the spin to ensure they remained four points off the leaders, with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace keeping hopes of a first top-flight title since 1961 alive.

Christian Eriksen scored the game’s only goal on 78 minutes, as he fired the ball into the bottom corner from 30 yards to bag all three points and keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea.

Middlesbrough bounced back from a 4-0 thrashing to Bournemouth on Saturday to keep their slim survival hopes alive, as Steve Agnew’s side came out on top in a massive relegation six-pointer against Sunderland.

Marten de Roon scored the only goal of the game after eight minutes as he latched on the end of Adam Clayton’s long-ball and slotted home from inside the box to give Boro a glimmer of hope with a 1-0 victory over bottom side Sunderland.

Elsewhere, Swansea boosted thier survival hopes with a 2-0 win over Stoke but Hull also bagged a win to keep Swansea in the bottom three, as they overcame Oumar Niasse’s dismissal to beat Watford 2-0 to make it seven wins in their past eight home games.

Hull maintained an unbeaten home record under Marco Silva with a 2-0 win over Watford
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Saturday 22 Apr

Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough (King 2, Afobe 16, Pugh 65, Daniels 70 | Ramirez s/o 20)
Hull 2-0 Watford (Markovic 62, Clucas 71, Niasse s/o 25)
Swansea 2-0 Stoke (Llorente 10, Carroll 70)
West Ham 0-0 Everton

Sunday 23 Apr

Burnley 0-2 Man United (Martial 21, Rooney 39)
Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace (Coutinho 24 | C Benteke 42, 74)

Tuesday 25 Apr

Chelsea 4-2 Southampton (Hazard 5, Cahill 45, Costa 53, 89 | Romeu 24, Bertrand 90)

Wednesday 26 Apr

Arsenal 1-0 Leicester (Huth o/g 86)
Middlesbrough 1-0 Sunderland (de Roon 8)
Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham (Eriksen 78)

Thursday 27 Apr

Man City 0-0 Man United (Fellaini s/o 84)

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