Because of the FA Cup final on Saturday we only had one Premier League game on the first day of the weekend. This was a game that saw Chelsea and Aston Villa looking to secure their different fates this season. Despite taking the lead, Aston Villa fell to two Frank Lampard goals which took him to the top of Chelsea’s all time goal scorer list and all but secured his club’s qualification for next season’s Champions League.
The only other team fighting for their place in Europe’s elite competition this weekend were Tottenham, who found themselves behind early on against Stoke before battling back for all three points. They now occupy fourth place with Arsenal playing FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.
At the bottom Newcastle secured their safety with a win at Queens Park Rangers and bitter rivals Sunderland could only manage a draw against Southampton, leaving them deep in relegation trouble. Norwich City also secured their Premier League status for next season with an emphatic win against West Brom but Fulham will be nervously looking over their shoulders after a Daniel Sturridge hat-trick condemned them to defeat to Liverpool.
Both David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of their final home games at their respective clubs today and both were rewarded with happy send-offs. Ferguson, who announced his retirement last week, saw his Manchester United side beat Swansea thanks to a most fitting late winner courtesy of Rio Ferdinand. Moyes, who leaves Everton to take the job at United, watched his side beat West Ham in comfortable fashion thanks to two Kevin Mirallas goals. Everton are now assured of finishing ahead of bitter rivals Liverpool but will be a little disappointed that their top-four charge ended a few weeks ago.
With many teams only having one game left to play this season there is still so much to play for at both ends of the table. Wigan are in danger of becoming the first ever FA Cup winners to be relegated from the Premier League but a victory over Arsenal will go a long, long way towards securing another miraculous relegation escape. This game will also be eagerly observed by Spurs fans, who need Arsenal to slip up in their final two games if they are to realise their dream of finishing above their rivals and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Here are the weekend’s Premier League results in full:
Aston Villa 1 – 2 Chelsea
Stoke City 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Everton 2 – 0 West Ham United
Fulham 1 – 3 Liverpool
Norwich City 4 – 0 West Bromwich Albion
Queens Park Rangers 1 – 2 Newcastle United
Sunderland 1 – 2 Southampton
Manchester United 2 – 1 Swansea City