Remarkable weekend as teams strive to avoid EPL relegation

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The battle for survival in the English Premier League (EPL) has reached an exciting stage as teams which are in the relegation zone won their games on Sunday to keep alive their hopes of playing in the EPL next season.

At the Villa park, a brace from Trezeguet was enough to secure maximum points for Aston Villa in their 2-0 win against Crystal Palace. Aston Villa who featured Tanzanian international Mbwana Samatta gave Crystal Palace no chance to shine on the afternoon which frustrated the Eagles.

Despite the win, Aston Villa remains second from bottom with 30 points while Crystal Palace is on 14th position.

In another match, relegation-threatened Bournemouth were 4-1 winners over Leicester City at the Vitality stadium. Jamie Vardy scored in the 23rd minute to put the visitors in front, a lead they defended until half time.

In the second half, the home side displayed brilliant football no wonder they managed to score two quick goals in two minutes just after the hour mark through Junior Stanislas and Solanke. Leicester City was then reduced to 10 men after Soyuncu was shown a red card and Bournemouth capitalised on that to score two more goals thanks to Solanke and an only goal from John Evans.

The win boosted Bournemouth survival chance and will have to win the remaining three games as they are on 18th position with 31 points, 3 point points adrift of safety.

At the Molineaux Stadium, Wolves were 3-0 winners over Everton as they seek to play in the European club competition next season. Jimenez scored from the penalty spot in the last minute of the first half for the home side to lead at half time.

In the second half wolves continued from where they stopped as they scored the second goal through Dendoncker just after kick-off before Jota made it three in the 74th minute. The win takes wolves to 6th in the standings with 55 points while Everton is on position 11 with 45 points.

Tottenham Hotspur welcomed Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in the much anticipated London derby. The visitors were first to score through Lacazette in the 16th minute before Son equalised for Spur three minutes later.

In the second half, both sides tightened up their defence and with 9 minutes to full time, Alderweireld was the hero for Jose Mourinho side as he scored the winner to grab maximum points.

The loss has seen Arsenal drop to 9th on the standings with 50 points and Spurs is a place above the gunners with 52 points.

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