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Burnley look to have relegated Hull with them
The celebrations for Burnley’s away win at Hull City were short-lived once it emerged that results elsewhere confirmed the Claret’s relegation anyway, but their 0-1 victory in Humberside also drew misery from the home crowd. Having lost what looked to be their most winnable league match remaining, Hull are now two points adrift from safety with a run-in that is notably harder than those they are chasing in Newcastle and Sunderland. Second season syndrome looks to have struck again for The Tigers, who dropped back down to the Championship after two seasons on their last Premier League adventure, and unless they can get something at Tottenham next week or when they host Manchester United on the final day, they are down. JW

QPR went down with a whimper
When a side resides in the bottom three of the Premier League table with three games left there is a level of expectancy from the neutral that the side will throw everything it can at its opposition to earn a crucial three points. Pitted against second placed Manchester City, not many expected Q.P.R. to pull themselves clear of immediate danger but thought they would put up a fight at least. It took just four minutes for City to open the scoring and for Sergio Aguero to start what would end as a hat-trick en route to his ascendance to the top of the goal-scoring charts. Eventual 6-0 losers, Rangers were doomed to relegation after arguably their worst performance of the season and damned to the root of the table, two points behind fellow relegated side Burnley. BF

Northeast pair may have saved themselves this weekend
It’s been pretty gloomy at Newcastle United and Sunderland for the majority of the season, but both secured points they desperately needed which could well keep them up. A pair of relatively fortunate goals at Everton mean that Sunderland now have two wins on the bounce, while Newcastle have finally ended their eight-match losing run with a draw at home to West Bromwich Albion. Mathematically speaking it’s only two points between these teams and the relegation zone, but their relative turnarounds at such a crucial time have meant it is Hull City with all the work to do in their final matches. If the Geordies are getting back on the feet after all then their forthcoming matches at relegated QPR and then a home tie against West Ham should provide enough opportunities to confirm survival, while Sunderland have a game in hand (albeit at Arsenal) and will be hoping to get something from their weekend match with Leicester City. Even if both struggle, though, what they achieved on the weekend might just be enough. JW

Liverpool won’t get favours they have needed
It has been a safe bet for the lion’s share of the season that Chelsea are a home banker, having lost only one tie in 96 ties at Stamford Bridge prior to this weekend’s visit of a Liverpool side in desperate need of three points to keep their hopes of Champions League football alive. Recently crowned Premier League champions, there was an assumption that Chelsea would go into their final games of the season with their feet off the pedal, perhaps giving Liverpool a chance to keep up their pressure on fourth placed Manchester United. Alas, another defensive masterclass from Chelsea’s back two and a record breaking goal from John Terry meant Liverpool could only muster a draw against the Champions, thanks to a Steven Gerrard equaliser just shy of half-time. Now six-points behind Man Utd with two games left, Liverpool will need back to back losses for Van Gaal’s men and a quite severe swing in goal difference. That won’t happen. BF

Little fight in the Europa League race
Liverpool’s failure to climb up to the top four means they go into next season as reluctant Europa League contestants and it seems the race to join them has pretty much been settled. Tottenham look set to qualify again despite their run of one win in six games, and seventh placed Southampton – through if Arsenal beat Aston Villa the FA Cup – are on the same sequence of results as their season peters out. The weekend saw disappointing away defeats for both, with Spurs well beaten at Stoke and Southampton losing to Leicester City, but such was the gap the top seven had created earlier on in the season that it’s unlikely they will be punished for their poor form (although some Spurs fans will see Europa League as just that) by those sides below them. Swansea City are four points behind Southampton but it seems time is not on their side and so there’s little interest left in the top half of the table this season. JW

Words by Joe Walker and Ben Fawcett