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PREMIER LEAGUE WRAP: Chelsea claim title, Leicester down hapless Newcastle as Man City edge Tottenham

Chelsea clinched the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League title courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho's Blues remained 13 points clear at the top of the table and with just three fixtures remaining, no side can displace them at the summit.

Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the contest at Stamford Bridge on the stroke of half-time, heading home the rebound from his penalty which was saved by Julian Speroni.

It gives Chelsea a fifth English first division title overall and fourth since the Premier League commenced back in 1992.

Sitting in second place is last season's champions Manchester City who managed a 1-0 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Sergio Aguero went two goals clear of Spurs striker Harry Kane at the top of the Golden Boot chart thanks to his 29th minute strike, making it 10 goals in seven league outings against the north Londoners.

At the other end of the table, Leicester City recorded their fifth win in six outings to remain out of the drop zone thanks to a 3-0 win over a hapless Newcastle United at King Power Stadium.

A brace from Leonardo Ulloa and a rare goal from captain Wes Morgan gave the Foxes maximum points while condemning the Magpies to an eighth-straight defeat, ending the match with nine men after Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat were both cautioned twice.

Aston Villa moved two points clear of the bottom three by defeating Everton 3-2 at Villa Park which came courtesy of a double from Christian Benteke.

The Belgian netted twice before the break prior to Romelu Lukaku's 59th-minute penalty which cut the Toffees' two-goal deficit in half.

Tom Cleverley then fired home in the 64th minute before an injury-time Phil Jagielka header acted as a consolation for Everton who sit 11th on the table, three spots ahead of Villa.

Liverpool bounced back to winning form by defeating relegation strugglers QPR 2-1 at Anfield to move within four points of fourth-placed Manchester United.

Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in the 19th minute with a well-taken effort that curled into Rob Green's top left corner before Leroy Fer volleyed home Joey Barton's corner with just over 15 minutes remaining.

Steven Gerrard saw his 79th-minute penalty saved by Green prior to Nedum Onuoha's red card for a second bookable offence before the Reds captain nodded home Coutinho's corner with three minutes remaining.

Elsewhere, Sunderland kept their survival hopes alive by defeating Southampton 2-1 at the Stadium of Light thanks to a pair of penalties from Jordi Gomez, Swansea City got the better of Stoke City 2-0, West Ham United edged Burnley 1-0 which kept the Clarets at the foot of the table and west Bromwich Albion beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford.

Monday night sees third-placed Arsenal travel to the KC Stadium to take on 16th-placed Hull City.

2014/15 Barclays Premier League - season scores

Leicester City: 3 (Leonardo Ulloa 1'/(p) 48', Wes Morgan 17') Newcastle United: 0 (red card: Mike Williamson 62', Daryl Janmaat 90+1') King Power Stadium, Leicester - 31,576

Aston Villa: 3 (Christian Benteke 10'/45', Tom Cleverley 64') Everton: 2 (Romelu Lukaku (p) 59', Phil Jagielka 90+2') Villa Park, Birmingham - 37,859

Liverpool: 2 (Philippe Coutinho 19', Steven Gerrard 87', missed penalty: Gerrard 79') QPR: 1 (Leroy Fer 73', red card: Nedum Onuoha 82') Anfield, Liverpool - 44,707

Sunderland: 2 (Jordi Gomez (p) 21'/(p) 55') Southampton: 1 (Sadio Mane 22', red card: James Ward-Prowse 54') Stadium of Light, Sunderland - 39,613

Swansea City: 2 (Jefferson Montero 76', Ki Sung-yueng 90+2') Stoke City: 0 (red card: Marc Wilson 84') Liberty Stadium, Swansea - 20,661

West Ham United: 1 (Mark Noble (p) 24') Burnley: 0 (red card: Michael Duff 23') Upton Park, London - 34,946

Manchester United: 0 (missed penalty: Robin van Persie 74') West Bromwich Albion: 1 (Jonas Olsson 63') Old Trafford, Manchester - 75,454

Chelsea: 1 (Eden Hazard 45', missed penalty: Hazard 45') Crystal Palace: 0 Stamford Bridge, London - 41,566

Tottenham: 0 Manchester City: 1 (Sergio Aguero 29') White Hart Lane, London - 35,784

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