Premier League relegation battle heats up as Leicester, Southampton suffer defeats. Everton and Nottingham Forest win to boost survival hopes
|Nottingham Forest took giant steps towards premier league safety after a spirited win over relegation rivals Southampton 4-3. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
It’s that time of the season when teams at the bottom of the Premier League suddenly realise how dangerous every mistake is, and to the delight of the neutrals, the Monday games were huge entertainment.
How do you go away, score three goals away from home at this crunch time, and leave empty-handed? This tale belongs to Leicester City and Southampton.
The Foxes lost at Craven Cottage 5-3, and the Saints lost their only remaining lifeline at the City Ground of Nottingham Forest.
The bank holiday that was given to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III delivered three fixtures on Monday, and the first of the games was Leicester City against Fulham.
It didn’t take long for Willian to score from a direct freekick, but Iverson in goal for Leicester was culpable.
Fulham blew the Foxes away, and before they could bat an eyelid, it was 4-0.
Harvey Barnes started an unlikely fightback, but Jamie Vardy missed from the spot after Bernd Leno fouled the striker in the Fulham area.
The former Arsenal goalie made immediate amends as he saved Vardy’s penalty kick.
James Maddison scored from the spot after Leicester won another one, but Fulham scored again, and Barnes’ effort later amounted to nothing.
The loss meant that the Foxes ended the day in the bottom three with just three games to go.
Who would have thought that Everton would go to Brighton’s Amex and score a goal?
The Toffees shipped five top goals past the Seagulls, and that result may have powered Everton to safety considering the fate of the teams below them.
Abdoulaye Doucoure scored within 35 seconds of the kickoff, and Everton didn’t look back from there.
The Frenchman made it two not long after, and Dwight McNeil squeezed one in off Jason Steele to make it three, although the goal went down as an own goal by the goalkeeper.
McNeil rounded the goalkeeper to make it four, but Solly March, one of the four players brought on by Roberto Di Zerbi at halftime, pulled his hamstring in the process.
Alexis MacAllister bundled the ball in to make it 4-1, but McNeil fired in a late goal to round off the scoring.
The last game of the day didn’t disappoint in terms of goals.
The game at Forest delivered seven goals to match the eight at Fulham and the six at Brighton.
Taiwo Awoniyi scored twice early on, and Morgan Gibbs White made it three from the spot.
Southampton fought back to 3-2 through goals from Alcaraz and Lyanco, but Danilo wasn’t having the epic comeback story.
The Brazilian scored to make it four, and the feisty game delivered a late goal as James Ward Prowse powered home the seventh and final goal of the day from yet another penalty.
The Premier League relegation battle is going down to the wire.
Southampton’s fate is sealed, of course, unless some miracles happen.
Nottingham Forest, Everton, Leicester, and Leeds United must fight for their own survival, but for Leeds and the Foxes, the margin for error is nonexistent.