Everton 0-3 Chelsea, Middlesbrough 2-2 Manchester City: Premier League - as it happened

Nick Howson
  • Chelsea three wins from a fifth Premier League title after beating Everton.
  • Pedro, Gary Cahill and Willian with the goals for the Blues
  • Middlesbrough keep survival hopes alive with draw against Manchester City.
  • Alvaro Negredo and Calum Chambers twice put Boro ahead, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus responded for City
  • Boro six points from safety with three games left.
  • Recap: Manchester United 1-1 Swansea City
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Middlesbrough.

A significant day in the title race you have to feel. Ahead of the north London derby, Chelsea go seven points clear again with an easy win at Everton, who offered little resistance throughout. Pedro opened the floodgates with a fabulous strike and there was no way back at that stage.

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In the north east, Middlesbrough are clinging on to their top flight status after a controversial draw with City. Alvaro Negredo scored against his former club but the manner of the equaliser, which came from a penalty as Sane was felled by De Roon, will wrangle with the hosts. Calum Chambers' effort was cancelled out by Gabriel Jesus late on as the points were shared.

Well that brings an end to our live coverage of this Premier League double-header. Until next time, it's goodbye.

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Antonio Conte celebrates victory at Everton which takes Chelsea a win closer to the title.

Antonio Conte

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Full time: Middlesbrough 2-2 Manchester City, Everton 0-3 Chelsea

Vincent Kompany smashes goalwards from range but it flies wide. Off target and Middlesbrough look set to hang on.

An offside flag denies City the chance to grab a late winner. Five minutes have been added on at the Riverside and we are very much deep inside them.

Gabriel Jesus heads City level late on at Middlesbrough.

Gabriel Jesus

GOAL! Everton 0-3 Chelsea (Willian)

Superb goal to cap off a potentially title-clinching win for Chelsea. Costa and Fabregas combine to feed Willian to slides into a near-empty net. Fine second half performance this from Antonio Conte's men.

Calum Chambers puts Middlesbrough ahead for a second time.

Calum Chambers

GOAL! Middlesbrough 2-2 Manchester City (Gabriel Jesus)

Game of the weekend right here I can assure you. City level for a second time as Aguero crosses and Gabriel is unmarked and he plants a header into the top corner with aplomb. Less than five minutes left to find a winner.

Middlesbrough pushing for a third and substitute Gestede is causing all sorts of issues for City. He tees the ball up for De Roon but Caballero saves.

Sergio Aguero restores parity for City - but it is short-lived.

Sergio Aguero

GOAL! Everton 0-2 Chelsea (Gary Cahill)

What a mess from Marten Stekelenburg. A free-kick from the right is parried out by the Dutchman and the ball hits the onrushing Cahill and the ball finds its way into the net.

GOAL! Middlesbrough 2-1 Manchester City (Calum Chambers)

What a moment in the battle at both ends of the table. Alvaro Negredo looks like he has missed the chance to shoots but the loose ball falls his way and he cross, with Chambers sticking out a leg and poking home. Justice done? The hosts will think so.

Pedro drives Chelsea into the lead.

Pedro

David Luiz down at Goodison and his afternoon looks like it is coming to an end.

GOAL! Middlesbrough 1-1 Manchester City (Sergio Aguero)

Kevin Friend is the subject of derision at the Riverside after awarding a controversial penalty. Sane appears to knock the ball out of play but then continues his run and collides with De Roon. The German theatrics win him a spot kick which Middlesbrough are furious about, but Aguero is unperturbed and he levels by sending Valdes the wrong way.

GOAL! Everton 0-1 Chelsea (Pedro)

A big goal in the title race and it might just end Tottenham's challenge stone dead. Pedro is going nowhere in the middle of the pitch but he unleashes a flying short which flies past Stekelenburg and into the net.

PENALTY TO MANCHESTER CITY

Romelu Lukaku has been starved of opportunities in this game thus far and therefore when he finally get the chance, he isn't about to give it up. He runs at the Chelsea back-four off the right, coming inside and shooting by Courtois gathers the deflected shot.

Willy Caballero watches on as Alvaro Negredo opens the scoring for Middlesbrough.

Willy Caballero

Valencia's short deflected behind for an Everton corner and a rare opportunity to exert come pressure. Ashley Williams flicks on at the near post and a combination of Courtois and the Chelsea defence clears the danger.

Yellow card for Diego Costa for sliding in on Stekelenburg in an attempt to cut out a short back-pass by Jagielka.

Brad Guzan keeps out Sane's miscued cross, pushing it behind for a corner. City much-improved by Victor Valdes has yet to be called on.

Chelsea try something a little bit different from a corner. Matic plays the ball back to Moses, who skews wide. The Blues far from their best but Everton are not at the races this afternoon, giving them something of an easy ride.

Raheem Sterling almost has an immediate impact, turning inside Friend but his effort is blocked behind.

Middlesbrough working so much harder than City and that endeavour almost leads to a second goal but Caballero saves from Clayton's effort.

Leory Sane and Raheem Sterling on for City four minutes into the second half. Garcia and Clichy go off.

And we have resumed on Merseyside, where we are heading for the third goalless draw of the weekend.

Alvaro Negredo celebrates opening the scoring against his former club.

Alvaro Negredo

Back underway at the Riverside. Slight delay at Goodison meanwhile.

Half time: Everton 0-0 Chelsea

Not a half with a great deal of chances but I doubt either manager will be overly worried at this stage. Chelsea certainly have the edge, with Everton - bar the opening minute - creating a great deal. Hazard hitting the side-netting the best chance by far to break the deadlock.

Half time: Middlesbrough 1-0 Manchester City

Steve Agnew's side give themselves a huge boost in attempts to beat the drop. Alvaro Negredo scores against his former club, as Man City's Champions League challenge falters. Intriguing second half on the way.

City pressing hard in an effort to draw level before the breaking but no joy so far, with Brad Guzan remaining untested in the Middlesbrough goal. Important they hold onto this lead until at least half time, the hosts.

GOAL! Middlesbrough 1-0 Manchester City (Alvaro Negredo)

The home side get the opening goal after an impressive first half display. George Friend releases Stewart Downing and when his cross is pulled to the edge of the box Negredo is waiting and though he slips as he shoots, it hits the post and drops into the net. A lifeline for Steve Agnew.

Credit to Middlesbrough they have been much the better side in this first half, showing they are far from given up hope in attempt to stay up. City not doing themselves any favours by failing to clear their lines but Caballero remains untested.

There have only been six goals in the six completed games in the Premier League this weekend, and after half an hour of our two mid-afternoon kick-offs we are no closer to improving on that tally.

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Alekandar Kolarov drives from range but it goes well side. Not a classic this one, or at Goodison.

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Sergio Aguero frustrated in the early minutes at the Riverside.

Sergio Aguero

Pedro runs at the Everton defence in the early minutes.

Pedro

It is all Middlesbrough in the opening 13 minutes at the Riverside. A chance comes their way too as a free-kick comes through to Negredo, who from a tight angle drives the ball across goal by no-one from the home side can make contact.

Eden Hazard should really put Chelsea ahead. Diego Costa seeds the Belgian and he rounds Stekelenburg but only finds the side-netting. Chance gone.

Everton have been linked with signing a new goalkeeper in recent months and it doesn't take long for another reminder as to why, as Stekelenburg nervously parries clear Cahill's shot from range. Only opening the leaders have created so far.

A tribute paid to the late Alan Ball before kick-off at Goodison Park.

Everton vs Chelsea

Middlesbrough make a bright start at the Riverside. George Friend tries one from 25 yards but it flies over when there were players lining up in the middle.

Good work from Everton early on and they almost take the lead. Calvert-Lewin plays the ball across goal and Lukaku slips as he shoot and it allows Gary Cahill to get in a vital block.

Teams out at Goodison and the Riverside. Live updates on the way from both grounds. Should be an entertaining afternoon.

Approaching kick-off on Merseyside and the north east. Odds very much on two away wins but this season has already thrown up a few surprises. Are we due another?

Everton have only lost once at home this season and have won their last eight in a row at Goodison Park. They are assured European football next season and Ronald Koeman's philosophy has paid dividends. Can they repeat that against Chelsea? It is a big test of the Toffees.

Eden Hazard warming up on Merseyside. He was fabulous in the 5-0 win over Everton earlier in the season.

Eden Hazard

Middlesbrough breathed new life into their Premier League existence in mid-week but news of Sunderland's relegation will only highlight how close they are to the drop. A first win for Steve Agnew will change the mood around the north east however, so could they shock City this afternoon? It feels like an absolute must-win.

Man City start with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus this afternoon. No David Silva, Raheem Sterling or Leroy Sane yet this is a good chance for Pep Guardiola is assess the pair together. Aguero's future at the club looked bleak when the Brazilian was in the first team, but can they play together?

Meanwhile, a look behind the scenes at Goodison Park ahead of Everton vs Chelsea.

Man City have arrived at the Riverside.

Middlesbrough unchanged from the win over Sunderland in mid-week. Maarten de Roon retains his place after he scored the winner over the Black Cats.

Five changes for Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero start up front. Aleix Garcia begins in midfield instead of Yaya Toure. Caballero comes in for the injured Bravo, Jesus Navas replaces Zabaleta. Gael Clichy is also back.

The team sheets have also dropped at the Riverside...

Two changes for Everton then as Calvert-Lewin and Valencia come in for Schneiderlin and Mirallas, who drops to the bench.

For Chelsea, just one alteration and it is the one we expected as Fabregas is replaced by Pedro.

Teams in from Goodison Park.....

At the Riverside meanwhile, Middlesbrough welcome back Gaston Ramirez after suspension while Victor Valdes and Grant Leadbitter are not expected to feature.

Man City are missing goalkeeper Claudio Bravo while there are concerns over John Stones and David Silva. Gabriel Jesus is back in training but might not be risked.

We're not far away from finding out the teams for our two mid-afternoon kick-offs, so let's look at the team news ahead of the game

Aaron Lennon, Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori are all out for Everton but Enner Valencia is back after being ineligible to face parent club West Ham. Leighton Baines could make his 350th Toffees appearance.

Chelsea have a fully fit squad to take to Goodison Park. Antonio Conte's main decision will surround whether to retain Cesc Fabregas, who was instrumental in the win over Southampton.

With Sunderland having filled the first decisive berth in the Premier League the business end of the campaign is very much upon us. And as a warm-up to the north London derby later this afternoon we have four sides in action all with something to play for. Everton, Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Manchester City may all have different motivations but their goal this afternoon will be the same.

Everton and Chelsea have of late played out some of the most entertaining top flight fixtures, with 25 goals being shared in their last five league clashes. In December at Stamford Bridge, the Blues ran-out 5-0 winners and a repeat of that would strengthen their grip on the title. If Ronald Koeman's side can avenge that loss it would reignite their attempts to finish in the top six and qualify for Europe.

The north east is in mourning after Sunderland dropped into the Championship but can Middlesbrough pull off the great escape? Steve Agnew claimed his first win as manager over the Black Cats in mid-week to give Boro hope, and a win today would bring to within four points of 17th place Hull. Opponent Man City have Champions League qualification on their minds and could go third for at least 24 hours with a third win in four.

All the build-up, team and news and updates on the way ahead of the 2:05pm BST [don't ask] kick-offs.

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