Christian Pulisic settled Chelsea’s prime 4 nerves as his late objective sealed a dramatic 1-0 win in opposition to West Ham, whereas Burnley climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 1-0 victory in opposition to Wolves on Sunday.
With Liverpool trying to shut the hole on leaders Manchester Metropolis to 1 level with a win in opposition to Merseyside rivals Everton afterward Sunday, the main target within the early video games was on the highest 4 race and the relegation battle.
At Stamford Bridge, Thomas Tuchel’s aspect seemed set to endure extra angst on house turf when Jorginho’s penalty was saved by Lukasz Fabianski within the ultimate minutes.
However Pulisic got here off the bench to encourage third positioned Chelsea, lifting them seven factors away from fifth positioned Tottenham within the battle to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League through a prime 4 end.
A 4-2 defeat in opposition to Arsenal on Wednesday condemned Chelsea to a few successive losses on the Bridge for the primary time since 1993.
Tuchel admitted he had “no resolution” for the “fragile” Chelsea defending that noticed them concede 11 objectives of their final three house video games.
Involved about Chelsea’s capacity to carry onto their prime 4 berth, Tuchel made three modifications from the Arsenal sport as Thiago Silva changed Malang Sarr in that creaky defence.
Silva helped solidify Chelsea’s rearguard and Pulisic’s last-gasp strike ought to guarantee they maintain onto a prime 4 place.
West Ham boss David Moyes left Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio on the bench as he prioritised the membership’s first European semi-final since 1976, in opposition to Eintracht Frankfurt within the Europa League on Thursday.
Referencing the swathes of empty seats across the Bridge on account of ticket restrictions imposed as a part of the sanctions on Chelsea proprietor Roman Abramovich, West Ham followers chanted “identical to the outdated days, there’s no one right here”.
– Pulisic late present –
Following a tepid first half, Chelsea have been extra dynamic after the break.
Fabianski clutched N’Golo Kante’s deflected effort and the West Ham keeper plunged to his left to show away Trevoh Chalobah’s long-range rocket.
Timo Werner twice went shut as he fired into the side-netting, then stretched to poke his shot straight at Fabianski.
Within the 87th minute, Silva flicked a header in the direction of Romelu Lukaku, prompting Craig Dawson to concede a penalty with a pull on the substitute.
Dawson was initially booked earlier than being despatched off after a VAR test, however West Ham prevented additional punishment as Jorginho’s weak spot-kick was simply saved by Fabianski.
However Pulisic sparred Jorginho’s blushes within the ninetieth minute as america ahead met Marcos Alonso’s cross with a scientific low end from 10 yards.
Burnley boosted their bid for a outstanding escape act as they moved into seventeenth place because of Matej Vydra’s second half strike.
Since Sean Dyche’s shock sacking after 10 years in cost, Burnley’s caretaker boss Mike Jackson has taken seven factors from three video games to revive their hopes of beating the drop.
Vydra had a second half objective disallowed for offside, however he didn’t have to attend lengthy to have fun as he netted within the 62nd minute with a composed close-range end from Wout Weghorst’s cross.
Burnley moved two factors above third backside Everton, who’ve two video games in hand as they appear to keep away from taking part in exterior the highest tier since 1954
James Ward-Prowse scored twice as Southampton got here from two objectives down to attract 2-2 at Brighton.
Danny Welbeck put Brighton forward with a close-range end after simply two minutes and Mohammed Salisu turned Leandro Trossard’s cross into his personal internet for a forty fourth minute personal objective.
Ward-Prowse lowered the deficit on the stroke of half-time together with his 14th profitable Premier League free-kick, simply 4 behind David Beckham’s report of 18.
He struck once more 9 minutes later, this time producing a scientific end from the sting of the world.