A very good day for West Ham
Mark Hughes had enjoyed a debut win as Southampton boss when dumping Wigan out of the FA Cup, but was brought down to earth with a very harsh bump at West Ham today.
The much-travelled Welsh manager, now in charge of his sixth Premier League team, saw his new charges 3-0 down by halftime at the London Stadium as West Ham put on a performance in direct contrast to their last display - a torried 3-0 defeat by Burnley that saw pitch invasions and fan demonstrations.
The end result is that the Hammers eased their relegation fears in a big way, now sitting five points clear of Southampton in 18th. While not safe yet, the odds suggest they are almost there - the east London side can be backed at 10.09/1 to go down - but it's not looking good for Saints, who are 2.1411/10 to start next season in The Championship.
Huddersfield's slide goes on
According to those Betfair odds it's Huddersfield who are Southampton's chief rivals in the relegation battle despite the Yorkshire side enjoying a three point advantage. David Wagner's men have hit a bad patch of form at the wrong time, now going four games without a win after Newcastle won their St James' Park clash 1-0. That victory puts Rafa Benitez's men into 12th, seven points clear of Southampton and out to a huge 24.023/1 to drop out of the top-flight. Huddersfield are 2.26/5.
Liverpool come from behind to win at Selhurst
Crystal Palace were big underdogs in the early kickoff but shocked Champions league hopefuls Liverpool by taking an early lead. In an open game both sides had good chances to score - Christian Benteke squandering a pair of notable chances for Palace - but it was Liverpool who showed the greater poise, managing to come back to win 2-1, the final goal coming from Golden Boot shoo-in Mo Salah.
Although they sit in 17th, Palace are 7.613/2 to be relegated.
Swans slip back as United clim
Swansea are above Huddersfield only on goal difference after losing 2-0 to Manchester United. Goals from Romelu Lukaku - his 100th in the Premier League - and Alexis Sanchez were enough to send the Swans back to Wales without a point.
Despite sitting just three points off the bottom three, Carlos Carvalhal's men are still outsiders in the relegation betting at 6.25/1.
The win means Jose Mourinho's men climb back above Liverpool in the table.
Leicester leave it late at Brighton
Brighton end the season with a horror run - the play Spurs, Burnley, Manchester United and Liverpool in their final four fixtures - and they squandered a good chance to pull clear of trouble today when going down 2-0 to Leicester at The Amex.
The game was locked at 0-0 and entering the final 15 minutes when Brighton were given a golden chance to win the match only to see Glenn Murray have a penalty saved.
Brighton's pain was compounded after that with Vicente Iborra and Jamie Vardy scoring late goals to hand the Foxes the win. Brighton are nevertheless 16.015/1 to suffer relegation.
Baggies beaten again
One team cannot even be backed for relegation and that is West Brom after losing their eighth Premier League game in a row. Burnley were the latest team to take three points from the Baggies, winning 2-1 at The Hawthorns.
Watford and Bournemouth both look to be safe after drawing 2-2 at Vicarage Road.