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Premier League relegation update

Leicester player celebrate after they ensured their Premier League status for next season
Leicester player celebrate after they ensured their Premier League status for next season

The battle for Premier League survival will go to the last game of the season after Saturday’s games.

The early kick-off saw an incredible 6-1 win for Southampton over Aston Villa at St Marys.

The highlight of the first half was Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane scoring the fastest ever Premier League hat-trick in just two minutes and 56 seconds.

Shane Long added two further first half goals, before Belgium striker Christian Benteke got a goal back for the visitors to make it 5-1 at half-time. Italian striker Graziano Pelle added a sixth goal for the Saints in the second half.

Villa were in danger of the drop, but courtesy of Hull’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham the Villans are safe from the drop. Tottenham claimed a victory courtesy of goals from Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose.

Leicester secured their Premier League status for next season with a goalless draw at fellow strugglers Sunderland. The point was good enough to complete the Foxes amazing turnaround this season. The Black Cats are still in danger of the drop.

Sunderland’s arch-rivals Newcastle are also still in trouble after losing 2-1 at already-relegated QPR.

The Magpies took a first half lead through French striker Emmanuel Riviere, but goals early in the second half from Matt Phillips and Leroy Fer condemned the north east side to another defeat.

It was Newcastle’s ninth defeat from their last ten Premier League games. The Magpies are now just two points above the relegation zone.

For 18th place Hull the scenario is simple they have to defeat Manchester United at the KC Stadium next Sunday. The Tigers would survive if the Magpies fail to win at home to West Ham and Steve Bruce’s side win.

Sunderland are three points clear of the drop and could ensure safety with a point in their last two games.

The problem for the Black Cats is that those two games are at Arsenal and Chelsea. They also have inferior goal difference, but their safety very much depends on what Hull can do against United.

Who will join Burnley and QPR in the Championship next season?


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