It is official. Chelsea has won the Premier league for 2016 / 2017 season with a hard fought victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Friday night, their second in three seasons. Michy Batshuayi’s 82nd minute goal gave them the much needed victory that confirmed them as champions. They now have 87 points from 36 games, 10 points above Tottenham Hotspur who are on 77 points from 35 games. So far, the Blues have recorded 28 wins, 3 draws, and 5 losses. Their long run to victory also included a run of 13 Premier League wins on a bounce. They maintained the top spot from 11th of December 2016.
Chelsea is the first team in the Premier League era to win the league on a Friday night after Arsenal won the national league on a Friday in 1989. This title win is Chelsea’s sixth title win and their fifth in the Premier League era.
Tottenham Hotspur late on Sunday evening cemented their position as the second placed team on the table with an emphatic 2-1 win over Manchester United at White Hart Lane. Goals from Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane in the early minutes of both halves ensured that Wayne Rooney’s goal did not count. The win was their last at the stadium as they would play their home matches for 2017/2018 season at Wembley stadium and thus see them off to a good farewell victory. They have 80 points from 36 matches.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool kept their hope of a top four finish alive with a 4-0 away victory over West Ham United at the Olympic stadium. Two goals from Phillipe Coutinho and a goal each from Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi gave them the deserving 3 points that takes their points to 73 and ensure they stay on third position on the log, a point above Manchester City. If they win their last match against relegated Middlesbrough, they will finish in the top four as either third or fourth placed team.
Manchester City maintained their fourth position with a deserved victory over defending champions, Leicester City at the Etihad on Saturday. David Silva and Gabriel Jesus were on target for Manchester City while Shinji Okazaki got the lone goal for Leicester City with a sublime finish. Riyhad Mahrez had a penalty disallowed for touching the ball twice. The win takes Manchester City to 72 points and put them at a comfortable place for a top four finish. For Yaya Toure, it was a huge 34th birthday gift and a deserving three points too.
Arsenal continued their struggle for a top four finish with a 4-1 thumping of Stoke City at the Brittania stadium. Olivier Giroud was on target twice, with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil completing the scoring. Arsenal now have 69 points from 36 games to keep their hope for a top four finish alive. They will hope for a Liverpool or Manchester City slip to secure a place in the top four.
Manchester United can only hope to play in the Champions League if they win the final of their Europa League against Ajax on the 24th of May. Back to back losses against London teams, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, denied them a place in the top four and left them on the sixth position.
In the battle for relegation, Swansea City is now safe following a 2-0 away win against relegated Sunderland to put them four points clear of the drop zone. The win extended their unbeaten run to four matches.
Crystal Palace condemned Hull City to relegation with a 4-0 bashing of the Tigers. While Palace will play in the Premier League next season, Hull City will join Sunderland and Middlesbrough in going down to the Championship for the 2017 /2018 season. This is the first time that Palace will play in the top flight for five consecutive seasons, all thanks to Sam Allardyce.
PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 37 RESULTS
Everton 1 – 0 Watford
West Brom 0 – 1 Chelsea
Man City 2 – 1 Leicester City
Bournemouth 2 – 1 Burnley
Middlesbrough 1 – 2 Southampton
Sunderland 0 – 2 Swansea
Stoke City 1 – 4 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 4 – 0 Hull City
West Ham 0 – 4 Liverpool
Tottenham 2 – 1 Man United