Eden Hazard's first half goal powered Chelsea to a huge win over Manchester United that practically ends the title race.
Eden Hazard scored through David de Gea's legs after being set up by Oscar perfectly in the first half. The Blues played defensively for the majority of the game, which was expected when they started Kurt Zouma and Nemanja Matic in midfield. The title race is practically over now as Chelsea have a ten point lead over second place Arsenal with just six matches left. Chelsea have been in control the entire season for what is shaping up to be one of the most uneventful title races in recent history.
Toby Alderweireld will be assessed after the Southampton defender was stretched off during the dying moments at the Britannia on Saturday with a serious looking shoulder injury.
Ronald Koeman confirmed post-match that Alderweireld had dislocated his shoulder which had been put back into place and "the early signs were positive." The defender is likely to require a trip to hospital for further tests and any serious problem at this stage of the season would surely end his campaign. Surprisingly Alderweireld was chosen ahead of James Ward-Prowse in midfield replacing the suspended Victor Wanyama as Koeman tinkered with his formation. However the gamble failed to pay-off as Southampton suffered their second defeat of the month - Mame Biram Diouf cancelled out Morgan Schneiderlin’s opener before Charlie Adam grabbed the winner with a little over 5 minutes remaining.
Swansea City were missing some key players for their trip to Leicester City today and it showed in their 2-0 loss.
It was uncertain who Garry Monk would call upon between Oliveira and Marvin Emnes to replace Bafetimbi Gomis, but adding in the latter's efforts as a substitute, neither looked to possess much of a goal threat. Jefferson Montero was back from injury but could only come off the bench for the final quarter hour. Ki Sung-Yueng, who has been a consistent area of production, had an off day as well, and was removed before the hour mark. The defense wasn't horrible but missing both fullbacks and facing a goal-hungry Leicester didn't help. They will be missing the same key players again next week, but will have a much more beatable Newcastle United to contend with instead.
Morgan Schneiderlin scored for Southampton but they couldn't get past Stoke City at the Britannia as they fell 2-1 to the home side.
With the loss, Southampton were effectively eliminated from contention for a Champions League place in the final standings. The lack of Champions League football for the Saints likely clinches the departure of goal-scorer Morgan Schneiderlin who has been linked with a big money move away from St. Mary's. Arsenal and Spurs have been linked most frequently with a suspicion that Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, and others outside the Premier League could also register interest before the summer is out.
Leicester City won their third straight match with a 2-0 win over Swansea City, moving them up from the bottom of the table and closer to the other side of the relegation zone.
The Foxes appear to be this year what Sunderland was last year - festering at the bottom of the table for virtually the entire season only to catch fire down the stretch. Nine points in three accounts for nearly a third of their season total of 28. Ulloa, who was not named to the original XI, got the start in place of David Nugent, who picked up a knock during warmups. It turned out to be a blessing as he struck in the 15th minute for the game's only goal. A deep ball floated toward the Swansea area and was knocked down by Wes Morgan who screened some space for Ulloa to collect and strike, giving him his first goal since Boxing Day. Expect a flurry of investment in the Foxes for next week, reflecting not only their current form, but the fact that they are one of four clubs with a double.
Charlie Adam ended Southampton's hopes for Champions League football with his match-winner in the 84th minute.
The halftime substitute came on for an ineffective Stephen Ireland and made an immediate impact as Stoke City looked a much better side. Within two minutes of the break Mame Biram Diouf equalized Morgan Schneiderlin's 22nd minute opener. The Saints had the better of the match on paper as far as possession, shots, and shots on target but it was Adam's 84th minute goal that decided the tie and sentenced Ronald Koeman's squad to a battle for a Europa League spot that they may or may not actually want.
Tony Pulis won the battle with the club he saved from relegation last season as West Brom beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park.
Yaya Sanogo had a goal called back and Yannick Bolasie had an audacious attempt denied as Crystal Palace couldn't convert 68% possession into even a single goal as West Brom beat them 2-0 at Selhurst Park. The Eagles had a major defensive breakdown early as James Morrison found himself all alone in the area for a headed goal in the second minute. Palace fought valiantly but despite their superior possession, they saw Craig Gardner score from long distance for the final 2-0 scoreline.
Burnley have their backs against the relegation wall today after losing to Everton 1-0
The Claret ship is beginning to leak major water at just the wrong time, as Leicester City have hit a positive run of form while they themselves have gone four straight without scoring. They certainly played up for it and Kieran Trippier was his usual self, delivering plenty of balls to set up the likes of Danny Ings, but they were dealt a devastating blow just seconds before the halftime whistle when Ashley Barnes was booked for his second yellow, seeing him off the pitch. An anemic attack could ill-afford to lose one of their front line players and opportunities in the second half completely dries up as Toffee keeper Tim Howard was hardly bothered. It's not over yet for Sean Dyche's men, they have Sunderland and Leicester yet on the schedule, so they still have a say int their fate.