Chelsea Crowned EPL Champions, with Hull City, Middlesbrough and Sunderland Relegated

Association football—English Premier League
May 14, 2017 Updated: May 14, 2017

Friday night’s game at the Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion saw Chelsea claim their second Premiership in 3 years, and fifth since Roman Abramovich became owner in 2003, when Michy Batshuayi came off of the bench to score a late winner for a 1-nil victory. Chelsea celebrated their win before looking forward to finishing their season with home games with Watford and Sunderland.

Everton won their game with Watford 1-nil at Goodison Park, with Ross Barclay scoring a fine long range effort to take the points     

Saturday saw Manchester City temporarily leap Liverpool into third place, after a 2-1 defeat of Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium, courtesy of an early opener from David Silva, and a Gabriel De Jesus penalty kick, before Shinzi Okazaki pulled goal back for the visitors, though Leicester were denied an equaliser with the ruling out of Riyad Mahrez’s penalty for kicking the ball twice.

Bournemouth opened the scoring in their game with Burnley with a goal from Junior Stanislas, and then sealed the 2-1 win late on when Joshua King scored two minutes after Sam Vokes had equalized for the visitors.

Southampton were 2-1 victors at Middlesbrough after goals from Jay Rodriguez and Nathan Redmond gave them a 2-nil lead before Patrick Bamford replied for the home side.

Swansea gave their survival hopes a boost at the Stadium of Light when Fernando Llorente and Kyle Naughton scored first have goals to seal the 2-nil win over Sunderland. 

In the late game, Arsenal claimed a rare victory at Stoke, leading 2-nil through goals from Olivier Giroud and Mezut Ozil, before Peter Crouch pulled a goal back for Stoke. However, Alexis Sanchez scored the third for Arsenal before Giroud collected his brace and Arsenal’s fourth for a 4-1 win.

In Sunday’s first game, Crystal Palace beat Hull City 4-nil to consign Hull to relegation to the Championship, with goals coming from Wilfred Zaha, Christian Benteke, Luke Milivojevic and Patrick Van Aanholt. Hull join Middlesbrough and Sunderland in relegation to the Championship, the first two in their first season’s return to the Premier League.

In Sunday’s later game, Liverpool won 4-nil at the London Stadium against West Ham, Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho’s brace, and Divock Origi’s fourth causing the damage, whilst Spurs accounted for Manchester United at White Hart Lane with a 2-1 victory, with Victor Wanyama’s early header, and Harry Kane’s second at the start of the second half giving Spurs a cushion, before Wayne Rooney replied for United. The win means that Spurs ensure runners-up position for the season, whilst the battle for the other 2 Champions League qualification places is now between Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal, with the first two the favorites with only 2 games remaining.   

Chelsea lead the table with 87 points from 36 matches, with Spurs 2nd with 80 points from 36 games, Liverpool 3rd with 73 points from 37 games, Manchester City 4th with 72 points, and Arsenal 5th on 69 points from 36 games, Manchester United 6th on 65 points from 36 games, and Everton 7th with 61 points from 37 games.

In the relegation battle, Swansea are  17th on 38 points from 37 games, with Hull City 18th and relegated with 34 points, Middlesbrough 19th and relegated with 28 points, both from 37 games, and Sunderland 20th  and relegated, with 24 points from 36 games.  

Allan Jackson has been involved in soccer for more than 40 years as a player, referee, administrator and freelance write