Manchester City scored three unanswered goals to come from behind and defeat Aston Villa 3-1 at Eastlands. John Carew scored early for Villa but Carlos Tévez, Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy (pictured) brought City back to a more favorable finish. The three points earned by the home side put them in fifth place, just one point short of Tottenham’s fourth and final Champions League position. The points also push Villa back down to sixth where they are guaranteed a Europa League position again but are almost assured of a position lower than fourth. City will get a final crack at Spurs on Wednesday in a game that will almost surely decide fourth place.
Speaking of Tottenham Hotspur, they used a Tom Huddlestone goal in the 38th minute to overcome Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at White Hart Lane and keep in fourth place. The only goal of the game came after City had already knocked off Villa and surely gave Spurs the impetus to win again and keep hold of the final Champions League position. With a game against City coming on Wednesday, today’s three points were vital. Wanderers remain in fourteenth place.
Elsewhere, Birmingham City confirmed a top-ten finish with a 2-1 win over Burnley at St. Andrews. Christian Benítez added to Brum’s tally after a Brian Jensen own-goal set the home side ahead with only Steven Thompson’s 87th goal coming as consolation for the relegated Clarets.
Stoke City and Everton played to a nil-nil draw at the Britannia Stadium leaving the Toffees out of European football next season. The four-point gap between Everton and Liverpool cannot be made up as the Toffees play just once more while the Reds have two games. Everton will finish in eighth place, which is probably a fair position given how terrible their season started. Stoke’s point takes them up to eleventh place with a chance to earn a top-ten finish themselves before the season ends.
And Portsmouth continue to fight on, despite their relegation and administration woes, winning 3-1 against Wolverhampton Wanderers down at Fratton Park. Aruna Dindane, John Utaka and Michael Brown all scored for Pompey in the last Premier League game on the south coast for the foreseeable future. Wolves have guaranteed retention but could not be bothered to win against Portsmouth with only Kevin Doyle’s goal on 35 minutes giving the visitors any presence on the scoreline at all. Wolves are in fifteenth place and can only hope to reach as high as fourteenth.