Aston Villa 0-4 Chelsea Alexandre Pato scored on his debut as Chelsea cruised to a 4-0 win to...
Aston Villa 0-4 Chelsea
Alexandre Pato scored on his debut as Chelsea cruised to a 4-0 win to heap further embarrassment on Championship-bound Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Little changed post-Remi Garde for Villa as their inevitable relegation from the Premier League drew ever closer after another humiliating home defeat.
|Pato celebrates his first goal on his debut|
It seems Villa’s 29-year stay in the top flight will peter out with a whimper at some point this month, despite caretaker boss Eric Black’s rallying call for the players to try to restore some respect in the shirt.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, debutant Alexandre Pato and two goals from Pedro inflicted a 22nd league loss on Villa.
Arsenal 4-0 Watford
Arsenal put in one of their most dominant Premier League displays of the season to beat Watford 4-0 and keep their title ambitions alive.
|Iwobi and Bellerin were on the scoresheet for dominant Arsenal|
Alexis Sanchez got the ball rolling, scoring just his second league goal of 2016, with the impressive Alex Iwobi adding a second before Hector Bellerin’s first goal in almost a year, and a late strike from substitute Theo Walcott secured a comfortable three points.
Arsene Wenger’s side appear to have overcome a severe stutter which saw them drop off the pace and this was their first home victory since Danny Welbeck’s last-gasp winner against Leicester on Valentine’s Day. It also partly atoned for last month’s FA Cup exit to the same opponents.
Bouremouth 0-4 Manchester City
Returning forward Kevin De Bruyne got Manchester City’s Champions League push back on track as they thumped Bournemouth 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium.
|Manchester City players congratulate Fernando|
Fit-again De Bruyne ran City’s south coast show as Manuel Pellegrini’s men secured their first Premier League win since March 5, keeping them in fourth place.
Fernando, De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero struck to put City 3-0 ahead and end the contest inside 20 minutes, before Aleksandar Kolarov blasted a fourth at the death.
West Ham 2-2 Crystal Palace
Dwight Gayle scored a late equaliser to salvage a 2-2 draw for Crystal Palace against 10-man West Ham, after a Dimitri Payet wondergoal looked to seal the win for the Hammers.
Palace took the lead when West Ham goalkeeper Adrian needlessly palmed away a free-kick, and Eagles defender Damien Delaney headed in to put his side 1-0 ahead.
Their lead lasted only three minutes when Diafra Sakho met Michail Antonio’s cross to head down for Manuel Lanzini, and the Argentine fired into the Palace net to level the game 1-1.
Then star man Dimitri Payet put the Hammers into a lead in the 41st minute with a stunning 22-yard free-kick, his effort looping past Wayne Hennessey and off the underside of the crossbar into the net.
Gayle then equalised for Palace when he picked the ball up 12 yards out and slotted home to put his side level.
Finally, Sunderland remain in the relegation zone after being held to a 0-0 draw against West Brom in a frustrating game at the Stadium of Light.
Stoke 2-2 Swansea
Goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alberto Paloschi secured a 2-2 draw for Swansea against Stoke after the home side sailed into a two goal lead.
Ibrahim Afellay put the home side ahead in the 13th minute after Marko Arnautovic burst past Swans defender Angel Rangel and lofted a brilliant cross into the box, and Afellay headed home from close range to give Stoke a 1-0 lead.
Bojan doubled Stoke’s lead early in the second half when he skipped past one defender and fired in an early shot that squeezed past Lukasz Fabianski into the bottom corner.
Swansea forward Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled one back in the 68th minute as he took a touch from a low cross and curled in a low shot, wrong-footing the goalkeeper. Swansea equalised when Alberto Paloschi fired a low deflected effort in from the edge of the box to level the game at 2-2.
Norwich 3-2 Newcastle
Martin Olsson scored an injury-time winner to defeat Newcastle 3-2 and move six points clear of the Magpies at the foot of the Premier League table.
Timm Klose opened the scoring just before half-time but Aleksandar Mitrovic headed Newcastle back on terms with 19 minutes remaining.
Rafael Benitez’s side were only level for three minutes after Dieumerci Mbokani burst into the box to smash in Norwich’s second.
Mitrovic scored from the spot to level again four minutes from time but Olsson netted in added time to ensure the Canaries were not to be denied.
Aston Villa 0-4 Chelsea
Aston Villa 0-4 Chelsea
Alexis Sanchez's GoalAlexandre Pato's penalty goal vs. Aston Villa pic.twitter.com/o6uJwW3ynX— The Locker Room (@TheLockerRoomHD) April 2, 2016
Iwobi's GoalAlexis gives Arsenal the lead against Watford pic.twitter.com/Noxh8fqdns— Terje (@TerjeGoal) April 2, 2016
Payet's GoalBellerin makes it 3-0 Arsenal pic.twitter.com/NpEWKAPSie— Terje (@TerjeGoal) April 2, 2016
Payet is just incredible pic.twitter.com/wPXjy28lRj— Soccer_Issue (@Soccer__Issue) April 2, 2016