Sam Vokes headed the Clarets to a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers and to a guaranteed top two spot in the Championship.
The top two spot means that Burnley have guaranteed themselves promotion back to the Premier League one season after being relegated. Sean Dyche's side were defensively solid in their Premier League campaign but they lost Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier last summer and will need to revitalize their attack if they want to survive this time around.
It was an unlikely outcome on the day and on the season as Chelsea came from 2-0 down to draw with Spurs to give Leicester City the most unlikely league championship in Premier League history.
It was a momentous day for the Foxes as Jamie Vardy was awarded the Football Writers' Player of the Year award in the morning and Spurs frittered away a 2-0 lead to give them a championship in the evening. It wasn't the ideal scenario as the Foxes didn't win the title on the pitch but it will mean wild celebration in the streets of Leicester and hope for underdogs everywhere as Eden Hazard contributed to a title winning effort for the second season in a row as he equalized for Chelsea and officially eliminated Spurs from the title race.
Chelsea overcame a two goal deficit with Eden Hazard scoring the equalizer to earn a 2-2 draw with Tottenham, ending their rivals hopes of a Premier League title.
With so much on the line and the deep-seeded rivalry between these two clubs, tonight's match was as dramatic as expected. The Blues showed cracks in their defense that had been haunting them all season and let Tottenham build a two goal lead that was taken into halftime. Chelsea would pull one back when a Willian corner fell into the path of Gary Cahill and the center back used his leg instead of his head to fire past Hugo Lloris. Hazard started the game on the bench despite having scored a brace the previous week, but he provided an immediate spark when he came on the bench and leveled the score in the 83rd minute, finishing with a beautiful curling effort after being set up by Diego Costa. It has been an overall disappointing season, the worst season for a defending champion in PL history, but Chelsea will be very pleased to be the club to dash the hopes of their arch-rivals from obtaining a league title.
Tottenham's title hopes were officially dashed this evening as they let a two goal lead slip away and finished with a 2-2 draw against Chelsea, making Leicester City the league champions.
It is celebration time in Leicester as Chelsea did what they hoped to do by ending Tottenham's hopes of catching the Foxes. Spurs were set up for a win at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 26 years by taking a 0-2 lead in the first half. In the 35th minute, Erik Lamela slipped a ball to Harry Kane who danced around the keeper and finished into an open goal. Nine minutes later, Christian Eriksen's through-ball set up Heung-Min Son who found the net with a low strike. Chelsea clawed their way in the second half, finding an equalizer in the 83rd minute. Tottenham amazingly accrued nine yellow cards along the way, with each infraction more cynical than the last, but somehow still finished the match without a sending off. It was a classic derby with more physical confrontations than one could count, but unlike Leicester, who have consistently played 90 minutes of football every week without losing their focus, Tottenham lost their cool as the match wound down.
Mark Hughes is sweating on the fitness of Marko Arnautovic ahead of next weekends’ trip to Selhurst Park.
Arnautovic was a concern heading into Saturdays’ game against Sunderland, but the big Austrian passed a late test although he wasn’t able to complete 90 minutes. "I thought he was excellent today," said Hughes who was speaking post-match about the players performance and well-taken goal. However, the Potters boss revealed: "He’s got a problem with his thigh," that's the reason he couldn’t continue. "When he starts to tire, it starts to restrict him." Hughes remains "hopeful" that Arnautovic will be OK for game against Crystal Palace. If not, one potential replacement is Jon Walters who returned following minor knee surgery. The Republic of Ireland international played more than half an hour on his comeback having missed the last four games.
Gerard Deulofeu has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign after suffering a knee injury in training on Friday.
Roberto Martinez confirmed Deulofeu had damaged knee ligaments last week during the build-up to the Bournemouth game: "He is out for the season. On Friday he got a knock on his knee. He doesn’t need an operation, it’s a medial ligament grade one tear." Deulofeu has struggled to hold down a starting place since the turn of year having finished 2015 strongly. The Spanish winger enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Romelu Lukaku and directly contributed to nine goals between September and December. But his form faltered in 2016 -- just one assist – from five Premier League starts as the emergence of Aaron Lennon pushed the 22-year-old down the pecking order.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored on either side of halftime but it wasn't nearly enough as City fell 4-2 at St. Mary's.
City rested a number of starters ahead of the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in Madrid in mid-week. Academy product Iheanacho tried his best to keep City moving forward in the race for a Champions League place for next season but he was outdone by Sadio Mane and his hat trick.
Sadio Mane scored a hat trick after Shane Long opened the scoring and Southampton beat Manchester City 4-2.
Manchester City rested Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany and were without the injured David Silva. The Saints took advantage and scored four against the Champions League semi-finalists. The win doesn't mean much for the Saints but it strengthens Arsenal's position in third and makes the race for fourth an exclusively Manchester affair.