We have reached the business end of football season throughout Europe. Premier League is no different and the last weekend featured crucial matches for teams at both ends of the table.

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

Manchester United’s terrific run was ended by a well-drilled Chelsea side that was set-up to defend and hit United on counter. Chelsea sat back and parked the bus while Manchester United remained on the front foot. United had a few half chances but Mourinho’s plan worked perfectly as Hazard scored a goal after a classy flick by Oscar. Manchester United players and manager, Van Gaal protested furiously as Terry had fouled Falcao in the build-up leading to the goal but referee did not budge. The result means Chelsea need only two more wins to seal the Premier League title.

Manchester City 2-0 West Ham

Manchester City secured a win to end their terrible run which has seen them drop from title challengers to top-four contenders and brushed aside a tame Hammers side. It looks like the uncertainty surrounding Sam Allardyce’s future is having an impact on players as well as the manager. City took a lead by a bizarre own goal from Collins and Aguero scored his 20th of the season to seal three points and bring Manchester City within one point of Manchester United.

Crystal Palace 0-2 West Brom

Crystal Palace failed to win fifth successive match and were undone by a typical Tony Pulis well organized side. Pulis was greeted warmly by home supporters as he saved then struggling Palace side from relegation. The buoyant mood of home crowd changed shortly as Morrison scored a header to give the visitors an unlikely lead. Crystal Palace continued pressing West Brom and Bolasie had a good game in the midfield but the end product was missing. The writing was on the wall when West Brom hit Palace on counter and Gardner scored his third goal of the season to ease Baggies’ relegation fears.

Others

Harry Kane became the first Tottenham player since 1992 to score 30 goals in a season as Spurs won at Newcastle 3-1 to keep their European dream alive. Ross Barkley missed a penalty but Mirallas’ first half strike gave Everton victory over Burnley who have hit the bottom of the table. Leceister’s resurgence continue as they beat Swansea 2-0 to increase their chances of Premier League survival. Southampton took a lead through Schneiderlin against Stoke City but were undone by goals from Diouf and Adam and missed an opportunity to leapfrog Liverpool and occupy fifth spot in the table.

 

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS

SUN - 19 APR 2015

Man City 2 - 0 West Ham

Newcastle 1 - 3 Tottenham

SAT - 18 APR 2015

Crystal Palace 0 - 2 West Brom

Everton 1 - 0 Burnley

Leicester 2 - 0 Swansea

Stoke 2 - 1 Southampton

Chelsea 1 - 0 Man Utd