Sunderland Escape As City Wink At Title

Sunderland completed their great escape from what had seemed certain relegation when a 2-0 win at home to West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday ensured they will be playing English Premier League football next season.
First-half goals from Jack Colback and Fabio Borini saw Sunderland to their fourth successive win, a result that took the north-east side five points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Sunday’s final round of matches.
Victory for Gus Poyet’s men all but relegated Norwich City, who have only a slim mathematical chance of not joining already-down Cardiff and Fulham in the second-tier Championship next season.
However, Manchester City are within touching distance of the Premier League title after overwhelming Aston Villa 4-0 on Wednesday to close within a point of the championship.
Villa resisted until the 64th minute at a sodden Etihad Stadium, but a quick-fire Edin Dzeko brace put the hosts ahead and late goals from Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure took City’s goal tally to 100 in the league.
City’s victory eliminates third-place Chelsea from the title race and means that they will be champions for the second time in three years if they avoid defeat at home to West Ham United on Sunday.
On Toure’s storming solo goal, Pellegrini added: “The power of Yaya is unbelievable. One hundred goals in the Premier League is a good amount of goals”.
Pellegrini’s side lead Liverpool by only two points, but they can afford to draw on the final day because they have a goal-difference advantage of 13 over Brendan Rodger’s men, who host Newcastle United.
While Liverpool and Chelsea have slipped up spectacularly in recent weeks, City have now won four games in succession, and they will have Chelsea’s Premier League record of 103 goals in their sights against West Ham.


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