Aston Villa moved up to fifth in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Fulham on Tuesday as Leeds and Leicester drew 1-1 to stave off the drop. Villa are now 10 games unbeaten as they make a late push for Europe, a remarkable turnaround since Unai Emery took charge. Tyrone Mings scored the only goal at Villa Park as the England international took the lead after 21 minutes through a John McGinn corner. Emery’s men haven’t reached those heights in recent weeks but have done enough to move above Tottenham and climb within five points of the top four, albeit with more games than Newcastle and Manchester United in the battle for a place next season. Played Champions League.
Emery, who has won the Europa League four times, said: “We are in a position for the Europa (League). It is still difficult to achieve, but after this win we are trying to remain with the option of getting there.” Sevilla and Villarreal coach.
“There’s still Liverpool and Tottenham and Brighton (to come) and we’re going to fight with them but with each match we’re winning, it’s giving us confidence and a chance to get there.”
Leeds and Leicester remain perilously placed just above the relegation zone after sharing points in an engrossing encounter at Elland Road.
The Foxes won against Wolves on Saturday in Dean Smith’s first home game in charge for the first time since February and got off to the right start when Youri Tielemans’ strike found the top corner, but missed a goal against Boubakary. Rejected. Soumare.
Leeds quickly went up the other end when Jack Harrison’s superb cross headed in Luis Sinisterra.
Jamie Vardy had not scored in the Premier League for six months but picked the right time to score a big goal 10 minutes from time to latch onto James Maddison’s pass.
“I probably can’t say what I want to say on TV because I’ll be working but it’s been a strange season for me,” Vardy told BT Sport. “Hopefully the goals keep coming.”
Vardy again had the ball in the net but was denied by an offside flag.
But Leeds will feel they should have grabbed a crucial victory at the death as Patrick Bamford squandered a brilliant chance after saves from Mark Roca and Brendan Aaronson to clear Daniel Iverson.
A draw leaves Leeds still one point ahead of Leicester, who are themselves a point ahead of the bottom three.
Wolves moved to the brink of survival after Roy Hodgson’s first defeat since returning as Crystal Palace manager left them nine points clear of the relegation zone with a 2–0 win at Molineux.
The goals came early and late as a Joachim Andersen own goal gave Wolves the perfect start after just three minutes.
Rubén Neves ensured the win from the penalty spot in stoppage time to bring Wolves level with Palace in the 13th.
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