Saturday was all about the wrong end of the Premier League table as six of the bottom seven clubs were in action and looking to preserve their top flight status. Burnley were sadly unable to do so however, in large part to Leicester, Aston Villa and Sunderland all securing vital wins and the Clarets now find themselves seven points in the relegation zone with just two games left, despite a win at Hull due to a Danny Ings goal.
John Carver’s Newcastle went some way towards stopping the rot with a 1-1 draw at home to West Brom – their first points in a staggering nine games – but they’re not out of bother yet. [7.2] is their price currently.
The standout performance came from Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City though who played their way to a scarcely believable sixth win in seven games with a 2-0 victory over a coasting Southampton at the King Power stadium. Two goals from Riyad Mahrez ensured the points went to Pearson’s men and they now sit three points outside the drop zone with just two games remaining. Their price to be relegated? [25.0]. And all this from a team that were trading at [1.12] just a couple of months ago.
Sunderland also recorded a famous, much-needed, win at Goodison Park – goals from Danny Graham and Jermain Defoe in a game in which they rode their luck meant the tie finished 0-2, and a Graham/0-2 Scorecast outcome was matched at a huge [180.0] – and the Black Cats now have a fighting chance of staying up. Their price is out to [5.6] and the market appears to consider Hull the most likely to go down, they’ve moved to a skinny [1.4] after their disastrous defeat to relegated Burnley.
Elsewhere, Tim Sherwood’s revolution at Aston Villa continued apace as they squeezed past West Ham 1-0 thanks to yet another Tom Cleverley goal, and they are as good as safe now, four points out of the mire with a couple of games left.
Stoke hammered Spurs 3-0, with goals being provided by the in-form Charlie Adam, Steven N’Zonzi and Mame Biram Diouf, and to add further to Spurs’ woes Vlad Chiriches was also sent off. With that result, Spurs have now moved out to [2.9] to finish in the Top Five this term.