Southampton narrow gap in survival scrap

The Premier League relegation battle looks set for a thrilling finale after the bottom three all picked up positive results.

Southampton are only one point from safety following a much-needed 2-1 triumph over Bournemouth at St Mary's with Dusan Tadic the Saints hero, scoring twice, either side of Josh King's equaliser.

Stoke, in 19th, are two points back on Southampton having played one match more, but they gamely held on for a goalless stalemate at Liverpool and now face two easier fixtures to finish with a home date against Crystal Palace before a last-day trip to 17th-placed Swansea, who also host Southampton before the campaign closes.

Bottom club West Brom live to fight another day with a 1-0 win at Newcastle and that was all bad news for Swansea, who were beaten 1-0 by top-four chasing Chelsea.

Huddersfield, three points clear of the drop zone, will be nervously looking over their shoulder following a 2-0 home loss to Everton, but Brighton eased their fears with a 0-0 draw at Burnley and Palace rose to the dizzy heights of 11th with a 5-0 romp over ten-man Leicester. 

Hills are 1-12 that Stoke are relegated and 8-11 Southampton with Huddersfield at 7-4, while Swansea are 9-4.

Cardiff moved back up to second in the Sky Bet Championship after a 2-0 win at Hull with Sean Morrison scoring both goals which puts the Bluebirds on the brink of a return to the Premier League.

City will be promoted if they match Fulham's result at Birmingham on the final day and Neil Warnock's men will fancy their chances of beating Reading at home to seal the deal.

MK Dons were relegated from League One and Northampton will join them barring a mathematical miracle after Cobblers lost to an injury-time goal at fellow strugglers Walsall. Rochdale dropped into the bottom four following a defeat at Oxford.

Accrington, 33-1 shots ante-post, were crowned League Two champions thanks to a 1-0 success against Lincoln, who still need a point to secure a playoff spot. Wycombe's win at Chesterfield saw the Chairboys promoted alongside Stanley and Luton.

The inaugural qualifying round of the National League playoffs have been decided with Aldershot hosting Ebbsfleet and AFC Fylde travelling to Boreham Wood.

Match in Focus


Real Madrid v Levante

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Real Madrid have failed to score in four successive matches
Expert verdict
Real Madrid need to get back to winning ways but they may struggle to see off improving Levante, who have won their last two games, against Alaves and Getafe. Levante will be buoyed by the pair of draws they chalked up against Real last season, though this term they have the third-worst defence in La Liga.



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