Sunderland are one victory away from retaining their Premier League status for another season after a thrilling five-goal triumph over Chelsea on Saturday afternoon (7 May) that lifted them out of the relegation zone. The Black Cats, who had won only one of their last nine matches and had not beaten their opponents at home since 2000, scored twice in three second-half minutes to spark pandemonium on Wearside.
The hosts fell behind early on at the Stadium of Light, when Gary Cahill's pass was deflected into the path of Diego Costa by Tottenham loanee DeAndre Yedlin. The Spaniard proceeded to curl a low shot beyond Vito Mannone from a difficult angle. Chelsea were pegged back by a stunning volley from January signing Wahbi Khazri, but went in ahead at the break courtesy of Nemanja Matic.
Undeterred, Sunderland equalised again after 67 minutes when former Blues duo Patrick van Aanholt and Fabio Borini combined and the latter saw his shot deflect off the leg of John Terry and beyond Thibaut Courtois. The winner came shortly afterwards, when Jermain Defoe rifled home after good work from Yedlin. Terry was shown a second yellow card in stoppage time for a late challenge on Khazri and a two-game suspension owing to a previous sending off this season means that he has likely played his final match for the club bar a late twist in his contract saga.
Sunderland can now secure survival with victory at home to Everton on Wednesday (11 May) or against Watford on the final day, with Newcastle's own hopes of avoiding the trapdoor dealt a huge blow by their failure to beat relegated Aston Villa. Aleksandar Mitrovic and Jack Colback both spurned good chances during a game that was briefly halted in the second half due to disgruntled home fans throwing beach balls onto the pitch. The Magpies are now back in the bottom three and have played one game more than their north-east rivals.
Things now look even more miserable for Norwich, who stay 19th and four points adrift of safety following a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United. Juan Mata notched the only goal of a dire spectacle after being teed up by captain Wayne Rooney. Louis van Gaal, who will lead his side out in the FA Cup final at Wembley later this month, lost Anthony Martial to injury during the warm-up at Carrow Road and also saw Matteo Darmian stretchered off in the first half with an ankle problem.
United remain in the race for Champions League qualification, but West Ham stay five points behind fourth-place Manchester City after a heavy home defeat to Swansea. Wayne Routledge, Andre Ayew and Ki Sung-yueng all scored to set the visitors on their way to a comfortable 4-1 victory, which also featured an own goal from Stephen Kingsley and a late effort from Bafetimbi Gomis.
In the day's late kick-off, there was a non-stop party atmosphere at the King Power Stadium as champions Leicester lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time after a 23rd victory of the season over Everton. Jamie Vardy, back from a two-game ban, scored inside five minutes and added a second from the penalty spot after being brought down by Matthew Pennington.
He also a missed from 12 yards following Darron Gibson's lunge on Jeff Schlupp, but Andy King had already put further daylight between the two sides. Kevin Mirallas grabbed a late consolation for the Toffees, who are likely to be looking for a new manager this summer as the pressure on Roberto Martinez continues to intensify.
At Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace officially sealed safety with only their second win in 20 top-flight outings. Dwight Gayle, in for the injured Mile Jedinak, notched a second-half brace after Stoke had taken the lead through Charlie Adam. Bournemouth also came from behind against West Brom, taking a point thanks to Matt Ritchie. Salomon Rondon had put the Baggies in front with an early header and Craig Gardner saw a penalty saved by Artur Boruc following Tommy Elphick's foul on Craig Dawson. Manchester City host Arsenal tomorrow, while Tottenham entertain Southampton and Watford travel to Liverpool.