Week 37: Chelsea strike late to be crowned champions at West Brom, Crystal Palace send Hull down

Michy Batshuayi was the unlikely hero, as the Belgian striker’s late goal was enough for Chelsea to seal a 1-0 win at West Brom and wrap up a second Premier League title in three years.

The only goal of the game came on 82 minutes when substitute Batshuayi turned in from Cezar Azpilicueta’s cross, to send the Chelsea’s fans into celebration for securing a well deserved Premier League title.

Michy Batshuayi grabbed a late winner to seal the title for Chelsea
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Despite heart-break of missing out on a first league title since 1961, Tottenham made sure their last game at White Hart Lane was one to remember after securing a 2-1 win over Man United.

Victor Wanyama put Spurs in front after just six minutes when he headed a Ben Davies cross into the far corner, before Harry Kane doubled the home side’s lead three minutes into the second half, as he poked home from Christian Eriksen’s free kick.

Wayne Rooney pulled one back for Jose Mourinho’s side when he turned in from Anthony Martial’s low cross on 71 minutes, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side held on for the three points in their final game at White Hart Lane.

Down the other end of the table, Hull’s relegation to the Championship after just one season was confirmed, after Marco Silva’s side endured heavy 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Wilfried Zaha got the Eagles off to a flying start after just three minutes, as he took advantage of Andrea Ranocchia’s error and slotted home from close range, before Christian Benteke headed in from Jason Puncheon’s corner kick to make it 2-0 just after the half-hour mark.

Luka Milivojevic made no mistake from the penalty spot to make it 3-0 on 85 minutes after Michael Dawson brought down Jeff Schlupp, while Patrick van Aanholt completed the rout in injury time when he struck the ball through the legs of Eldin Jakupovic and into the back of the net.

Man City leapfrogged Liverpool into third place and all but sealed their place in the Champions League next season by clinching a hard fought 2-1 win over Leicester, before easing to a 3-1 win over West Brom on Tuesday night.

David Silva slotted home at the near post from Leroy Sane’s cross to put Man City in front just before the half-hour mark, before Gabriel Jesus made it 2-0 from the penalty spot, after Yohan Benalouane brought down Sane inside the box on 36 minutes.

Shinji Okazaki’s stunning volley from a Marc Albrighton cross brought the Foxes back into the game three minutes before the break, before Riyad Mahrez’s penalty was controversially ruled out after he slipped and kicked the ball twice as it went into the back of the net.

Guardiola’s side then all but sealed their top four finish as they cruised to all three points over West Brom, with Gabriel Jesus getting things up and running for the home side with a simple tap in from Kevin De Bruyne’s cross on 27 minutes.

De Bruyne went from provider to goalscorer two minutes later with a right-footed drive from the edge of the area, before Yaya Toure calmly stroked the ball home from close range on 57 minutes. Hal Robson-Kanu denied Man City a clean sheet late on by turning in Allan Nyom’s cross.

Liverpool are just one win away from securing their return to Champions League football, as West Ham proved no match for Jurgen Klopp’s side who ran out comfortable 4-0 winners at the London Stadium.

Daniel Sturridge’s first goal since January broke the deadlock after 35 minutes as he went around goalkeeper Adrian and slotted into an empty net, before Philippe Coutinho doubled their advantage by striking the ball low into the far corner from just outside the box on 57 minutes.

Coutinho grabbed his second of the game four minutes later as he picked up Giorgino Wijnaldum’s through ball and smashed home from close range, before Divock Origi also got in on the act on 76 minutes when he turned in Wijnaldum’s shot to complete the rout.

Arsenal kept their top four hopes alive, as the Gunners made it three wins on the spin in a 4-1 win over Stoke to keep their slim hopes of Champions League football alive.

Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock three minutes before half time when he turned in from Hector Bellerin’s low cross, before Mesut Ozil fired home from a tight angle to double the Gunners lead on 55 minutes.

Peter Crouch headed in from Marko Arnautovic’s cross to pull Stoke back into the game on 67 minutes, before Alexis Sanchez restored the Gunners two goal advantage nine minutes later, when his shot deflected in off Ryan Shawcross.

Olivier Giroud grabbed his second of the game on 80 minutes to make sure all three points were heading Arsenal’s way as he poked home from Aaron Ramsey’s cross.

Alexis Sanchez then came to the rescue for the Gunners on Tuesday night, to force the race for Champions League football down to the final day of the season with a 2-0 win over Sunderland.

The Gunners finally broke down Sunderland’s resistance on 72 minutes as Mesut Ozil set up Sanchez to tap in from close range, before the Chilean doubled their lead nine minutes later as bundled in on the rebound from Olivier Giroud’s saved effort.

Arsenal look to Middlesbrough do them a favour at Liverpool to finish in the top four
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Friday 12 May

Everton 1-0 Watford (Barkley 56)
West Brom 0-1 Chelsea (Batshuayi 82)

Saturday 13 May

Man City 2-1 Leicester (Silva 29, Jesus pen 36 | Okazaki 42)
Bournemouth 2-1 Burnley (Stanislas 25, King 85 | Vokes 83)
Middlesbrough 1-2 Southampton (Bamford 72 | Rodriguez 42, Redmond 57)
Sunderland 0-2 Swansea (Llorente 9, Naughton 45)
Stoke 1-4 Arsenal (Crouch 67 | Giroud 42, 80, Ozil 55, Sanchez 76)

Sunday 14 May

Crystal Palace 4-0 Hull (Zaha 3, Benteke 34, Milivojevic pen 85, van Aanholt 90)
West Ham 0-4 Liverpool (Sturridge 35, Coutinho 57, 61, Origi 76)
Tottenham 2-1 Man United (Wanyama 6, Kane 48 | Rooney 71)

Monday 15 May

Chelsea 4-3 Watford (Terry 22, Azpilicueta 36, Batshuayi 49, Fabregas 88 | Capoue 24, Janmaat 51, Okaka 74, Prodl s/o 90)

Tuesday 16 May

Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland (Sanchez 72, 81)
Man City 3-1 West Brom (Jesus 27, De Bruyne 29, Toure 57 | Robson-Kanu 87)

Wednesday 17 May

Southampton 0-0 Man United

Thursday 18 May

Leicester 1-6 Tottenham (Chiwell 59 | Kane 25, 63, 88, 90, Heung-min 36, 71)

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