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Alvaro Negredo led the charge for Middlesbrough in a 2-2 draw with former club Manchester City at the Riverside on Sunday.

The Spaniard once wore sky blue before he left for Valencia, returning to the Premier League to haunt his former club as it looks desperate for a Champions League berth. Negredo gave Middlesbrough the shock lead in the 38th minute, curling an effort off the post that sent the home faithful into a frenzy. After Sergio Aguero equalized from the spot after Maarten de Roon took down Leroy Sane in the box in the 69th, Negredo was back at it. He fought through a crowded penalty area following a free kick and shot a pass through to Calum Chambers for another lead in the 77th. But Gabriel Jesus was able to pull one back to steal a point for City, although a hard-earned point helps Middlesbrough keep pace with 17th-placed Swansea City.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 11:26 AM

Manchester City failed to break away from rival Manchester United following a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough on Sunday.

United's draw against relegation candidate Swansea City earlier in the day gave City hope that it could add to the one-point lead over its rivals for the fourth and final Champions League spot. But the Sky Blues had some trouble of their own with a relegation candidate in the Teessiders, led by former City striker Alvaro Negredo. Twice, they found themselves down a goal on Riverside, but City fans finally got their wish with a fluid attack featuring both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. Both strikers scored to come back from one-goal deficits with Aguero providing a perfect cross for Gabriel Jesus' header in the 85th minute to ensure a point after Aguero's 69th-minute penalty.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 11:19 AM

Manchester United squandered a chance to move to a top four position in the table, if only for a couple of hours, as they could only muster a 1-1 draw at home against Swansea City.

While United may be suffering from injury woes, they had plenty of talent in today's XI to get a win at home over a club currently in the relegation zone. However, while their attack managed to work their way into scoring range several times, they were short on an end product. They would take the lead though just before halftime in controversial fashion when Marcus Rashford was adjudged to have been fouled by the Swans keeper in the box, allowing Wayne Rooney to convert a penalty. Replays rather clearly showed though that Rashford took a dive. Despite the good fortune, United could not widen their lead and eventually capitulated late on. They now draw level with rivals Manchester City in the table, but the Citizens have their game to play today.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 9:18 AM

Swansea City were looking to find an equalizer against Manchester United and it was Gyfli Sigurdsson who once again saved the day, scoring from a free kick as the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

If Swansea manage to escape relegation, it all falls on the shoulders of the Icelandic international. It was a typical first half of an Old Trafford match this season, as it looked to remain goalless at the break, but United were awarded a dubious penalty and converted, forcing the Swans to answer back. They did so by effectively stifling United from adding to their lead and converted on one magic moment from Sigurdsson, who sent a beautiful curling free kick into the top corner. Another free kick in stoppage time nearly saw the Swans win it, but Fernando Llorente failed to get an accurate touch on the well-placed ball from Sigurdsson. The point has Swansea keeping pace with Hull over the weekend, still two points behind the Tigers for safety.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 9:06 AM

Crystal Palace looked to take advantage of playing at home against a side that hadn't won on the road all season, but today Burnley decided to end that run and defeated the Eagles, 0-2.

Sam Allardyce made it known that his side needs to get one more positive result before they can feel safe from relegation, but it did not come today. The Eagles had their fair share of time on the ball to find away past the Claret defense, but an early conceded goal followed by a missed chance for Luka Milivojevic underscored how the day would go. An equalizer looked in the cards in the second half, but Tom Heaton came up with a big save on what would have been a peach of a Damian Delaney goal, and the Eagles may have been sold short on a penalty chance when Wilfried Zaha went down in the box on 78 minutes. Burnley put an end to any comeback hopes a few minutes later with another goal. Maybe Palace are a bit low on energy after their third match in a week, and now have to travel to the Etihad next.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 29 - 2:45 PM

It may be the only time they do it all season, but today Burnley were able to win on the road, scoring early and again late to upset Crystal Palace, 0-2.

And with that, Burnley can surely rejoice in spending a second straight season in the top flight. In a season that completely depended on positive results at home, the Clarets took a step forward by getting their first road win in eighteen attempts. Ashley Barnes opened the scoring in the 8th minute, finishing from close range and assisted by Stephen Ward. Ward would pick up a knee problem that he tried to play through, but needed to call it a day just before halftime. The Clarets managed to avoid a potential penalty awarded to Palace and despite plenty of possession for the Eagles in the final third, Burnley kept things tidy, with James Tarkowski contributing to a clean sheet in his first league start. Andre Gray came on as a substitute in the latter third of the match, and sealed the points by finishing well after service from a George Boyd through ball.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 29 - 2:33 PM

One shot on target, one goal, and three points. It was vintage Leicester City as the Foxes beat West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns.

One Jamie Vardy shot on target was all it took to give the Foxes all three points at the Hawthorns. Craig Shakespeare's side couldn't produce a second shot on frame so it was a good thing that Kasper Schmeichel repelled all four Albion shots and Vardy was clinical with his. The win should see the Foxes safely through to another season of top flight football.
Source: Espnfc.com
Apr 29 - 1:21 PM

Stoke City failed to score for the fourth time in seven PL games, drawing 0-0 with West Ham at the Bet365 stadium.

There were a number of chances in the first half which were negated by opposition defences. Early on, Berahino threatened to end his 24 game barren run in the league but Winston Reid put in a great block to stop the striker. Later in the half, Jack Butland performed a spectacular save to keep out Andre Ayew's equally spectacular bicycle kick. Butland was again called to action in the second half, making a double save from Ayew and Lanzini. In spite of a combined 30 shots, both teams only mustered up four shots on target in all. The share of the spoils edges both sides closer to securing their Premier League status for next season.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 29 - 12:15 PM

Josh King's 2017 just keeps getting better, adding his 15th goal of the season in dramatic fashion, giving AFC Bournemouth a late winner in a 0-1 win over Sunderland.

King becomes the second Norwegian player to hit the 15 goal plateau in PL history, but more on that in a moment. King was at the center of several chances over the course of the match, notably in the 20th minute, when he sent a clever chip over the keeper before hitting the bar and then off the post. There was also a couple of penalty shouts that he was at the center of, but the referee was not having it. The breakthrough finally came in the 88th minute, when the Cherries were on the break. Ryan Fraser sent a pass low across the box and found King who tapped it in with the same confidence that has led to a dozen league goals in the calendar year. The three points lifts Eddie Howe's side into the top half of the table but there was one sour note, as Benik Afobe appeared to pick up a hamstring injury shortly before the hour mark.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 29 - 12:09 PM

Hull City won a point in dramatic circumstances at Saint Mary's in a 0-0 draw with Southampton.

It was a borefest in the first half, with little attacking of note. The home side received a few boos as they walked in for the interval, but in truth they failed to spur them into action. Manolo Gabbiadini was hauled off just before the hour mark, much to the disdain of fantasy managers across the globe. Southampton were wasteful from set-pieces throughout the encounter, lacking Ward-Prowse's speciality as he sat on the bench. The had forced Jakupovic into just one save before the earned a penalty in added time after N'Diaye knocked down Yoshida illegally. However, Hull's 'keeper got low to the left to save Tadic's penalty. The result meant that relegation rivals Sunderland have had their gloomy fate confirmed, while Marco Silva's men have edged closer to unexpected safety.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 29 - 12:04 PM

Sunderland had their hearts broken and their fate sealed when a late goal from AFC Bournemouth sent the Black Cats to a 0-1 loss and to the Championship next season.

Sunderland had made late-season surges to avoid relegation a trademark in recent seasons, but the squad simply lacked in too many areas to stave off a drop this time around, with another negative chapter of David Moyes' managerial career in the books. Both sides had several chances to find an opener in this one, but both keepers did well as the last line of defense. Jordan Pickford also managed to help the attack, delivering a couple of deep kicks that almost led to big chances. Pickford looks to have a bright career ahead of him but, like so many others on Wearside, one wonders if that career continues with the Black Cats beyond this season.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 29 - 12:00 PM

David Moyes was forced into four changes, from the side which narrowly lost out at the Riverside Stadium, for the visit of Bournemouth on Saturday.

Moyes revealed on Friday afternoon that several key first-team players were struggling to recover in time for their must win game against the Cherries. Darron Gibson and Jack Rodwell [both groin], Lee Cattermole [Achilles], Jason Denayer [dead leg] and Billy Jones were all unavailable for the Black Cats boss after picking up knocks in the Tees/Wear derby. "We played Wednesday night and it’s quite a quick turnaround. We’ve not had loads of them this season so we can’t complain about that but we’ve got four injuries," he said. In their absence, Moyes turned to Steven Pienaar, who makes his first Premier League of 2017, with out-of-favour centre-back Lamine Kone and full-back Donald Love returning to the side. Fabio Borini was also back to add some attacking threat - Sunderland have scored just twice in the last eight Premier League games.
Apr 29 - 11:13 AM

Crystal Palace (and Liverpool) dodged a bullet with defender Mamadou Sakho set to miss weeks rather than months.

The on-loan defender appeared to sustain a gruesome injury for Crystal Palace against Spurs last week after leaving on a stretcher with a knee injury. But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that scans showed there isn't any ligament damage as Sakho could return before the end of the season. "Since we got the images from Crystal Palace, we know there are no ligaments involved, so in a situation like this - and maybe not for Crystal Palace - but for the player it’s the best thing he could get. I think he is out for a few weeks, but that is something that will be good at the end, but at the end of the season each injury is a big blow because there is not a lot of time to recover."
Apr 29 - 10:58 AM

Slaven Bilic named an unchanged starting XI at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday after several first-team players passed late fitness tests.

The West Ham manager revealed on Thursday that Arthur Masuaku, Winston Reid and Cheick Kouyate were all struggling to make the trip to Stoke while Diafra Sakho was rated as "very doubtful" after sustaining a back injury. But, despite the early concern, last weekend’s starters were given the all-clear, although Sakho failed to make the Hammers bench leaving Andre Ayew to partner Jonathan Calleri in attack. The full extent of the injury is not yet known, but Andy Carroll [groin] is expected to recover, after missing the last two, in time to face Tottenham in GW36. Robert Snodgrass and Sofiane Feghouli returned to the match-day squad while Bilic also included Sam Byram and Mark Noble following their respective domestic bans.
Apr 29 - 10:54 AM

Liverpool announced the club has tied down defender Dejan Lovren to a new long-term contract after an impressive season.

The Croatian international bounced back from a down year by making 25 appearances in the Premier League, starting every match despite missing a month with injury. Lovren has been the club's bona fide leader along the back-line, forming a fluid partnership with summer signing Joel Matip. Now, it looks like the pair will be together for years to come following the 27-year-old Lovren's new deal. Said manager Jurgen Klopp: "In a situation like this, you really have to look from the outside. If Dejan played for another club, you would think about signing him. Then you would have to think about what would you have to pay for him and it would be a lot - a big sum of money. Having him around and giving him a new contract and working with him together… he is 27 years old and his best time for a centre-half is still to come."
Apr 29 - 10:54 AM



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