City win title on United loss

Manchester City are confirmed as the Premier League champions after neighbours United were stunned by West Brom.

The Baggies, bottom of the table and seemingly doomed to relegation won 1-0 at Old Trafford to ensure that City couldn't be caught at the top.

Pep Guardiola's side won on Saturday, away at Tottenham but must have assumed that the title would be sealed when Swansea visit the Etihad Stadium next weekend.

West Brom arrived at Old Trafford with just three league wins to their name all season with the drop down to the Championship all but confirmed.

However, despite soaking up plenty of United pressure it was the visitors who got the only goal of the game, Jay Rodriguez heading in from a second half corner.

They held out for the remainder of the game to complete their first away victory since August and their first league win since January. It still looks too late to avoid relegation with the Baggies nine points from safety.

At the other end of the table though their win gifted City the title. Guardiola's side are 16 points clear of United with five games remaining to claim their third title win in seven seasons and their first under the Spaniard.

United boss Jose Mourinho said after the game that his side had disappointed after the euphoria of beating City last weekend.

He told the BBC: "It was a bad reaction after the City victory, the consequence of that is complicated football. Some players think it is stylish football. We were a complicated team and let them feel comfortable.

"City were the best team, sooner or later they would get the points, so no dramas when the best team wins the league."

West Brom face Liverpool at home next Saturday and they are 6/1 to win again while Jurgen Klopp's side are 2/5 with the draw priced at 15/4.

The Baggies are 20/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Rafa says safety achieved

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez said that he thinks his side have ensured safety in the Premier League by beating Arsenal.

United beat the Gunners 2-1 at St James' Park, coming from behind to take the three points which puts them on 41 for the season.

Alexandre Lacazette gave the visitors an early lead but Newcastle were level by half-time through Ayoze Perez and a Matt Ritchie goal midway through the second half ensured a fourth straight league win for Benitez's side.

Their recent run means they now have 41 points, 13 better than third bottom Southampton and Benitez concedes they look assured of survival.

He told the BBC after the match: "I think we are safe with 41 points.

"It's a massive achievement for the players, the city and the fans. I want to congratulate everyone.

"Today we didn't play amazing football because we played an amazing team but you have to manage how you play and compete for the win.

"We can enjoy the win now but then we have to be ready for the next game."

United's resurgence is in contrast to Arsenal's troubles and they are yet to gain a point away from home in 2018.

The result keeps them sixth in the table though only two points ahead of Burnley in seventh.

Their only remaining hope of a place in next season's Champions League is by winning the Europa League and they face Atletico Madrid in the semi-final. They are 6/4 to win the first leg at the Emirates with the Spanish club 17/10 and the draw is priced at 12/5.

The Gunners are 3/1 to win the Europa League.

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Carvalhal praises Swans reaction

Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal said that he was happy that his team responded after going behind to claim a point at West Brom.

The game at the Hawthorns finished 1-1 with the Baggies, under caretaker boss Darren Moore, taking the lead through Jay Rodriguez only for Tammy Abraham to rescue a point for the visitors.

Moore, in charge after the departure of Alan Pardew, ended Albion's eight-game losing streak but they remain rooted to the bottom, still 10 points away from safety with just five games remaining.

By contrast Swansea's revival under Carvalhal continues and they are four points clear of third bottom Southampton though the Saints do have a game in hand.

Carvalhal was pleased with the point after the final whistle. He said: "I am pleased. After the game, we didn't talk too much about it but we knew West Brom would still be a difficult game even though they changed the manager.

"We must do better in the first half when we have the ball but after the goal, we react and have a lot of strength in our head. The team did a fantastic reaction. We didn't give many opportunities to them in return to create chances.

"We aim to collect points with a good number and this is one more. We wanted more but luckily for us, we had time to react and collect one point."

The Swans are in action next Saturday when they are at home to Everton. They are 7/5 for the win with the Toffees 2/1 and the draw is priced at 11/5.

Swansea are 3/1 to win by a one-goal margin.

The other Saturday afternoon games in the Premier League saw Tottenham further consolidate a place in the top four with a 2-1 win away at Stoke. Christian Eriksen scored twice for Mauricio Pochettino's side who have an 11-point cushion over Chelsea in fifth.

Burnley, chasing a spot in the Europa League next season won 2-1 away at Watford and Newcastle, in relegation trouble a few weeks ago, are now in the top half of the table after they won 2-1 away at Leicester City.

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Klopp satisfied with derby point

Jurgen Klopp said he was happy with another clean sheet as his Liverpool team drew 0-0 away at neighbours Everton.

With the derby game sandwiched between the two Champions League ties against Manchester City, he made five changes from the side that beat City 3-0 at Anfield in midweek.

Top scorer Mo Salah was missing from the 18 and, after the excitement of beating Pep Guardiola's side, this was a game lacking in drama with the home side having the better chances, eepecially towards the end.

However, for Klopp it was a point gained and he was satisfied to get away from Goodison Park with honours even.

He told the BBC: "A point is OK. Everton were always ready to fight but we didn't give them the opportunity until the late stages, we stopped playing football and were a bit lucky. But that is what we have to take. I think it's an absolutely deserved draw.

"For 75 minutes we were completely in charge. I am absolutely OK, it's not the best day in my life but let's carry on. Now we have to focus immediately and be ready again on Tuesday, let's fight for the next round."

The result means that Liverpool missed the chance to go above Manchester United into second in the table but they are secure in the top four with an 11-point lead over fifth placed Chelsea, though the Blues do have two games in hand.

Everton meanwhile stay ninth and the result means they have now gone 15 league derbies without beating their great rivals.

Klopp, again with Manchester City in mind, substituted James Milner and Sadio Mane to keep them fresh for Tuesday night.

Liverpool are 7/4 to reach the Champions League final and are 11/2 to win the trophy.

An English winner of the Champions League is priced at 4/1.

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Ramsey backed to stay at Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is feeling confident that Aaron Ramsey will stay at the Gunners and sign a new contract.

The Welsh international's current deal at the Emirates Stadium runs out at the end of next season but Premier League rivals including Manchester United and Chelsea are thought to be keeping their eye on his long-term plans.

He has been in good form for Arsenal scoring twice in their Europa League quarter-final win over CSKA Moscow in midweek.

That 4-1 victory means they remain in the hunt for a Champions League place which will be theirs if they repeat Manchester United's success in winning the secondary European tournament at the end of the season.

The Gunners are 5/2 to win the Europa League.

Their chances of making it by finishing in the top four of the Premier League are minimal. They are sixth in the table but are 13 points behind Tottenham in fourth with just seven games remaining.

If they fail to secure Champions League football for a second successive season that would put Ramsey's future at the Gunners under renewed scrutiny but Wenger is hopeful that progress can be made in getting a new deal sorted.

He said: "We are communicating. Yes, I'm confident, he's not at the end of his contract, he has one and a half years to go. From my side it is clear, but you always have to find an agreement.

"We want him to stay. He's one of these guys who has been here for a long time. He will be an important player in the future of this club."

Before the second leg of their Europa League tie in Russia Arsenal are in league action on Sunday, at home to relegation-troubled Southampton and Wenger's side are 3/5 for the win. The Saints are priced at 19/4 with the draw 10/3.

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Chelsea duo in line to return

Antonio Conte has suggested that Thibaut Courtois and Pedro could return for Chelsea's London derby clash against West Ham this weekend.

Courtois has not featured for the 2016/17 Premier League winners since last month's 3-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League after which he suffered a hamstring injury in training.

The 25-year-old goalkeeper continues to be linked away from Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Pedro is in contention to face the Hammers after missing the 3-1 home loss to Tottenham on Sunday.

Conte said the pair "could" return to action this weekend but confirmed that injured duo David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu remain sidelined.

Former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who has been recovering from a hamstring injury, could be in the squad after coming through a development team game against Derby County last weekend.

Meanwhile, Conte has not given up on securing a top-four spot even through the Blues are eight points behind Tottenham.

The Italian said: "We have responsibility to fight for a Champions League place, and that we must show pride, desire and will. Now is not the time to complain or to cry."

Chelsea, 10/1 to clinch a top-four spot this season, are 4/5 to keep a clean sheet against West Ham United and 11/2 to beat David Moyes' side 2-0.

Alli scores two in Spurs win

Tottenham strengthened their grip on a top four place in the Premier League after they beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Harry Kane was on the bench for Mauricio Pochettino's side, coming on as a second half substitute but Spurs showed they can win well without him, his England team-mate Dele Alli scoring twice in four second half minutes to seal the points at the home of last season's champions.

The sides were level at the break, Alvaro Morata putting the home side ahead with a header after half an hour.

However, the visitors were level on the stroke of half-time with a great strike from Christian Eriksen from about 25 yards out beating Willy Caballero in the Chelsea net.

The score stayed 1-1 until just after the hour mark when Alli scored twice to put the visitors in control. First he controlled an Eric Dier ball beautifully and lifted the ball over Caballero.

Then, minutes later he made the game safe, the keeper blocking an effort from Son Heung-Min but Alli was on hand to force the ball home.

Spurs held out for the remaining minutes to secure their first league win at Stamford Bridge in 28 years.

It also strengthened their hold on a top four place in the Premier League. The three points mean they stay fourth and they now have an eight-point cushion over Chelsea in fifth.

They are in action next on Saturday when they travel to Stoke. They are 4/11 for another win with Paul Lambert's side 15/2 and the draw is priced at 15/4.

Spurs are 11/4 to win the game by a one-goal margin.

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Wenger heartened by late win

Arsene Wenger said that Arsenal improved in the second half as they scored three late goals to beat Stoke City in the Premier League.

With 75 minutes on the clock the game was goalless and the visitors were on their way to collecting a valuable point in their fight against relegation.

However, the hosts were then awarded a penalty for a foul on Mesut Ozil in the area which was converted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Two goals inside the last five minutes, from Aubameyang after an Ozil corner and then another penalty, this time taken by substitute Alexandre Lacazette, glossed over what was for the most part an unconvincing display by Wenger's side.

However, the Gunners boss said after the game that at least his side improved in the second half and showed spirit after such a disappointing opening period.

He told the BBC after the game: "It was a game of two halves for us. We were too sloppy and not sharp enough in the first half. We weren't switched on mentally.

"The second half was better as we were much more dynamic and showed more pace. We showed more control and made a difference.

"I believe that the most important thing was our spirit and we won the game in the second half.

"I know how our team can respond. Our players have been away for a long time and it is always a problem to try and switch straight back on."

Stoke's defeat leaves them staying in the relegation zone while the Gunners remain in sixth but they have now opened up a five-point gap over Burnley in seventh.

However, they are still 10 points off Tottenham who sit fourth with Mauricio Pochettino's side having the chance to extend that gap when they travel to Chelsea later on Sunday.

As with Manchester United late year, Arsenal's best chance of making next season's Champions League appears to be by winning the Europa League and they play the first leg of their quarter-final against CSKA Moscow on Thursday.

They are 1/3 to win the first leg at the Emirates Stadium with the Russian side 9/1 and the draw priced at 15/4.

Arsenal are 3/1 to win the Europa League at the end of the season.

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Alonso: Spurs is ‘must-win’

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso concedes their clash with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday falls into the 'must-win' category.

The Blues are fifth in the table, five points behind Spurs in fourth.

After Sunday they'll have only seven games each left to play and Alonso knows that this is Chelsea's chance to thrust themselves into the picture for a top-four finish.

Chelsea have not lost a home league game against their London rivals since 1990, but they are under pressure to get the win this time.

"It is definitely a must-win game," Alonso told Sky Sports. "Here at Chelsea, we have to fight until the end for every target we can achieve, and next year we have to be in the Champions League. On Sunday, we have to get a win.

"It's a massive game. We have a very important target, which is arriving at the end of the season in top four. Starting on Sunday, it's the first important three points for us."

Chelsea are 7/5 to win, with Tottenham 9/4 and the draw 23/10.

Spurs are set to be without influential goalscorer Harry Kane, though Alonso says Chelsea cannot allow that, or Tottenham's poor record at Stamford Bridge, to impact on their approach.

"Kane is a very important player for them, that's for sure," he said. "But I think they are a very good side physically, with some quality players, and I think it will be a very tough game even without him.

"I don't think the past will have an influence. I don't like stats, I think it will be a different game and we will have to give everything and be fully focused to get the three points."

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David Luiz set for short lay-off

Chelsea defender David Luiz has a knee injury which means he will not be able to play for the next three weeks, according to Blues boss Antonio Conte.

The 30-year-old Brazilian has endured a frustrating season and has only featured in two Premier League matches since the end of October.

Speaking at a news conference before Sunday's London derby against Tottenham, Conte also revealed that Ethan Amapadu's season is over after the teenager suffered a fractured ankle.

Andreas Christensen is unlikely to play this weekend after he was sent home from the Denmark squad with 'fatigue' while Conte has backed Alvaro Morata to shine in the final few weeks of the campaign.

Morata has failed to score a Premier League goal since Boxing Day when he netted against Brighton, although he did get on the scoresheet in the recent FA Cup quarter-final win at Leicester City.

He is 15/8 to score at any time against Spurs in a match Chelsea are 13/10 to win. Meanwhile, the Blues are 5/2 to secure a top-four spot in the Premier League this term.

Conte said of Morata: "He has been working very well and he needed to work hard. Now he is really fit and is ready to have an important end to the season for Chelsea.

"I have great respect for Tottenham. They have grown a lot and now are one of the best teams in England."