EPL Fans' Top 5: Vardy stars for champions Leicester

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JAMIE VARDY (Leicester) – 8.09

Jamie Vardy scored a brace as Premier League champions Leicester defeated Everton 3-1.

Vardy struck in each half at King Power Stadium, and would have had a hat-trick had he not blazed a second-half penalty over the bar.

Vardy has 24 goals for the campaign, one behind Tottenham’s Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot.

Leicester play their final game of the season next Sunday at Chelsea, the former club of manager Claudio Ranieri.

STEVEN DAVIS (Southampton) – 7.65

Steven Davis added to Tottenham’s misery in the aftermath of their failed Premier League title challenge as the Southampton midfielder’s brace sealed a 2-1 win.

A mistake from Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris allowed the Northern Irish international to equalise on 31 minutes and he struck again after the restart to leave the north Londoners without a win in their last three matches.

Sixth-placed Southampton remain in the hunt for a Europa League place and will surpass their best points total in the division with a draw in their final fixture against Crystal Palace.

DWIGHT GAYLE (Crystal Palace) – 7.59

Dwight Gayle scored twice as Crystal Palace clinched a 2-1 win over Stoke that ensured the FA Cup finalists will avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The 25-year-olds put in a stellar shift to secure top-flight status and allow Palace to focus on their first FA Cup final appearance for 26 years later this month.

Gayle equalised two minutes after the interval and struck again midway through the half to secure only Palace’s second win in 20 league games.

His second goal was a gem. Fouled by Ryan Shawcross on the edge of the area, Gayle stepped up to curl a free-kick beyond a stranded Stoke keeper Jakob Haugaard.

ANDRE AYEW (Swansea) – 7.52

Andre Ayew scored a goal and assisted one as Swansea City cruised to a 4-1 victory over West Ham at Upton Park.

The Welsh club, with little to play for having long been assured of Premier League survival, moved the ball with pace and purpose, aided by Ayew’s superb talents.

For all his industrious efforts throughout the game, the Ghanaian star was rewarded on 31 minutes, tapping in Stephen Kingsley’s cross to double the Swans advantage.

JERMAIN DEFOE (Sunderland) – 7.48

Two goals midway through the second half, including a winner by the outstanding Jermain Defoe, secured a 3-2 win for Sunderland over Chelsea.

Defoe was prolific as he netted his 14th and 15th League goals of the season to help the Black Cats move out of the Premier League relegation zone.

If Sunderland win at home to Everton on Wednesday, they will stay up and relegate both Newcastle United and Norwich City in the process.

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Pellegrini pins hopes on favour from West Ham

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Sunday's result at the Etihad Stadium means that City can only finish in the top four if Manchester United drop points in their two final games or if Arsenal lose at home to bottom club Aston Villa on the final day.

Dropping down to the Europa League would represent a wretched legacy for Pellegrini, who led City to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time this season, but with United facing a testing trip to West Ham United on Tuesday, he said it was important not to abandon hope.

"We have not finished the season," he said. "Of course if you don't depend just on what you can do it is more difficult, but we will see after Tuesday what will happen between Manchester United and West Ham.

"I think we deserve to be in the Champions League next year because we have had 37 games in the spot of Champions (League), so I hope that we are not going to lose that spot in the last game."
Pellegrini gives way to Pep Guardiola at the season's end and his 57th and final home league game was to prove a dispiriting affair.





The stadium was half-empty by the time Pellegrini took to the pitch to deliver a short farewell speech.

It was an underwhelming send-off for an understated man who has brought a Premier League title and two League Cups to the Etihad Stadium, but he refused to blame the supporters who left early.

"I was disappointed not to win the game," said the 62-year-old Chilean, who succeeded Roberto Mancini in 2013.

"Winning the three points was a very good way to say goodbye. I have had three unforgettable years here that I want to analyse in this moment.

"We can do it next Sunday (at Swansea City). But the best way to finish with our fans is winning this game and we couldn't do it."


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EPL round-up: Southampton down Spurs, City held

A round-up of Sunday's thrilling Premier League action.

Pep Guardiola could find himself without Champions League football next season after Manchester City's hopes of qualifying suffered a major setback in a 2-2 draw with Premier League top-four rivals Arsenal at Eastlands on Sunday.

Arsenal twice came from behind, goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez cancelling out efforts from Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, in what was City manager Manuel Pellegrini's final home game in charge before he is replaced by Bayern Munich's Guardiola after the end of the season.

The draw meant Arsenal remained third but they moved to within two points of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, after their arch-north London rivals saw a miserable week end with a 2-1 loss at home to Southampton just hours earlier on Sunday.

In Sunday's other Premier League match, Liverpool rounded off a week that saw them beat Villarreal to reach the Europa League final with a 2-0 win at home to Watford, thanks to a goal in each half at Anfield from Joe Allen and Brazil's Roberto Firmino.

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