Heroes and Villains: Chelsea crowned champions and torrid Toon
It was another superb weekend of enthralling Premier League action, with Chelsea clinching their first domestic league silverware for five years, while a supreme struggle at the other end of the table continues for Newcastle United and Burney.
Check out who made our list of best and worst performers from such an exciting round of top-flight match-ups.
Jose Mourinho’s Blues rallied to an impressive Premier League title triumph with three games to spare, thanks to a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.
In a fitting end to their domestic league crown, it was star man and recently crowned PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard who tucked home Chelsea’s only goal of the game, to clinch the club’s first title since 2010.
Aston Villa’s top-flight revival continued under Tim Sherwood’s short reign, after a brilliant brace from Christian Benteke gave the West Midlands outfit a 3-2 triumph over Everton to raise them up to 14th position. Sherwood’s side are now a 12/1 chance with Coral to face the drop.
The Belgian frontman has been at the forefront of the Villans’ potential great escape from relegation, having netted an incredible 11 times in his last nine matches, this time helping to topple the Toffees’ recent six-match unbeaten run and further boost beliefs of safety this season.
Relegation struggling Sunderland earned a crucial three points at the Stadium of Light with a narrow 2-1 triumph over previously high-flying Southampton. A delightful double of penalties from confident spot-kick taker Gomez has seen the Black Cats climb to within a point of safety.
On either side of half-time, the Spaniard slotted home from the spot to first put his side in front, then to claim a vital home win, after Sadio Mane had equalised. Gomez became the first ever Sunderland player to score two penalties in a single Premier League fixture in the process.
Manchester United have lost three consecutive league games for the first time since 2001 after West Bromwich Albion narrowly snatched a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.
Young Red Devils defender McNair has previously impressed in the heart of United’s backline, but a stuttering showing on home soil saw the Northern Irishman hand the opposition three points.
The versatile 20-year-old has shone so far in his short career in red, but Old Trafford was the scene of one his more forgettable performances, having conceded the free-kick which led to West Brom’s winning strike and then missing a golden chance to equalise late on from a free header.
The Magpies are continuing to stumble dangerously towards the dropzone and are now seriously close to stunning drop down divisions. Against a rejuvenated Leicester City, the Toon tumbled to a shocking 3-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium for their eight straight loss.
John Carver’s struggling Geordie outfit are now just a daunting two points above the relegation places and their troubles were added to when both Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson were sent off during the latest defeat.
Under-fire coach Carver claimed Williamson deliberately tried to see red, furthering the turmoil at St James’ Park, as the club are now short of defensive options for a vital run in and are 5/1 to be relegated.
Sean Dyche’s Clarets will now have to win every remaining top-flight clash in order to stand a chance of staying up this current campaign, after being overcome 1-0 by West Ham United in east London.
Burnley will be relegated back to the Championship if they fail to beat fellow strugglers Hull City in their next outing, having not scored in eight of their last nine top-flight matches and netted only one in the other game.