EPL results: Five-star city crush Palace to go third; Swansea win to overtake Hull

​Manchester City 5 – 0 Crystal Palace

AFC Bournemouth 2 – 2 Stoke City

Burnley 2 – 2 West  Bromwich  Albion

Hull City 0 – 2 Sunderland

Leicester City 3 – 0 Watford

Swansea City 1 – 0 Everton

  • ​Manchester City 5 – 0 Crystal Palace

David Silva shone as Manchester City moved up to third in the Premier League after beating Crystal Palace 5-0 at the Etihad on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side led 1-0 at half-time thanks to Silva’s strike just one minute and 54 seconds into his return from injury – the Spain international’s 50th goal for the club.

However, despite dominating the first half, City did not increase their lead until early in the second period when Vincent Kompany converted a low cross with a thunderous strike.

The game was over as a contest minutes later when the hosts scored again thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s low shot from the edge of the area, before late strikes from Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi completed the scoring.

As a result, City leapfrog Liverpool in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League, while 16th-placed Palace still need one more win to be all but mathematically safe from the drop.

  • Leicester City 3 – 0 Watford

Leicester maintained their perfect home record under Craig Shakespeare in the Premier League as they beat Watford 3-0 on Saturday.

Wilfred Ndidi gave the hosts the lead in the 38th minute before Riyad Mahrez scored on his 100th Premier League appearance early in the second half.

Marc Albrighton capped off the win when he finished off a swift counter in injury-time.

The victory sees the Foxes move up to ninth and Shakespeare becomes the fourth manager to win his first five Premier League home games after Manuel Pellegrini, Sven Goran Eriksson and Carlo Ancelotti.

While Shakespeare’s future beyond the end of the season is unclear, this was yet another impressive win to add to his resume, having taken over in February with the Foxes fighting relegation.

Watford, meanwhile, have now lost three in a row and finish the season with trips to Everton and Chelsea before hosting Manchester City.

  • Swansea City 1 – 0 Everton

Swansea City leapfrogged Hull City to climb out of the Premier League relegation zone with two games remaining after Fernando Llorente headed the winner against Everton.

Llorente got the better of Phil Jagielka to nod Jordan Ayew’s cross past goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from close range – the Spaniard’s 13th league goal of the season.

Mason Holgate’s last-ditch challenge prevented Alfie Mawson from making it 2-0 before Ayew hit the post from 16 yards.

The result means Middlesbrough will be relegated to the Championship if they lose to leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

Everton were poor throughout, Romelu Lukaku going closest when he blazed into the side-netting after a powerful run.

  • Hull City 0 – 2 Sunderland

Goals from Billy Jones and Jermain Defoe dented Hull’s survival hopes as relegated Sunderland won 2-0 at the KCOM Stadium.

Jones’ diving header in the 69th minute gave David Moyes’ Sunderland the victory, though Hull had several clear chances to score in both halves.

Defoe added a second in stoppage time from Seb Larsson’s cross, bundling the ball over the line from close range, but replays showed the England striker was offside.

Hull are now in the relegation zone, a point off 17th-place Swansea with three games remaining following.

  • AFC Bournemouth 2 – 2 Stoke City

Bournemouth and Stoke both secured their Premier League status following a well-fought game at Vitality Stadium.

Stoke took the lead in the 33rd minute when Lys Mousset inadvertently headed into his own net, before Junior Stanislas equalised when he swept home.

Mame Biram Diouf poked in to make it 2-1 but Ryan Shawcross’ own goal from close range earned a precious point for the hosts.

  • Burnley 2 – 2 West  Bromwich  Albion

Burnley edged towards Premier League safety after moving onto 40 points with a 2-2 draw against West Brom at Turf Moor.

Sam Vokes tapped home from close range to fire Burnley ahead in the 56th minute, but Salomon Rondon (66) ended his drought to level for West Brom in what was their first league goal in almost nine hours.

Birthday boy Craig Dawson then put West Brom ahead with a header from inside the six-yard area (78), but Vokes was on hand to head in his second four minutes from time to earn a point for the hosts.

The result leaves Burnley six points above the drop zone, with their safety all but confirmed despite Swansea’s win over Everton due to a far superior goal difference.

West Brom end their of run of four straight defeats, but must go back to a 3-1 win over Arsenal in March for their last victory in the league.


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