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    What we learned in the Premier League this week

    It was a slightly truncated weekend of premier league football, due to the fa cup semi finals, but there was still no shortage of action and incident.

    With the main title contenders in FA cup action, the battle for survival took centre stage as Hull and Swansea both claimed vital wins. Hull overcame the controversial sending off of Oumar Niasse after just 25 minutes to beat Watford 2-0. Second half goals from Lazar Markovic and Sam Clucas gave the Tigers a crucial 3 points and extended Marco Silva's remarkable home record as manager to 19 points from a possible 21. With Hull winning it was vital that Swansea didn't slip up at home to Stoke and Paul Clement's side made no mistake with a hard-fought 2-0 win, ending a run of 6 games without victory. An early header from Fernando Llorente put Swansea ahead but the game was decided in a frantic minute in the second half when Stoke's Marko Arnautovic blazed a penalty over the bar and, moments later, Tom Carroll struck at the other end to double Swansea's lead. Due to Hull's victory, Swansea remain in the bottom three but their survival chances will be lifted with a confidence boosting win and performance.

    Middlesbrough drifted further towards relegation with a horror 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth. They were behind inside 2 minutes as Josh King struck for the cherries. Benik Adobe then doubled their lead before things went from bad to worse when Gaston Ramirez was sent off for 2 bookable offences with 70 minutes remaining. Bournemouth scored twice more in the second half to leave 'Boro 9 points from safety with just 5 games to play.

    Crystal Palace strengthened their own survival bid with a surprise 2-1 away victory against Liverpool, their third consecutive league win at Anfield, as Christian Benteke came back to haunt his old club with a double after Liverpool had gone ahead through Philippe Coutinho's superb free-kick. Palace have now won 6 of their last 8 league games and are all but assured of Premier League football next season. Liverpool remain in third but have both Manchester clubs breathing down their necks and they will have a close eye on the Manchester derby on Thursday night. 

    Manchester United closed to within a point of the top-four with a professional 2-0 win away to Burnley as goals for Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney made up for the disappointing loss to injury of Zlatan Ibrahimovic earlier in the week. The defeat leaves Burnley just 5 points above the relegation-zone and means they have just 1 win in 11 matches, an alarming slump which will have manager Sean Dyche concerned.

    The less said about West Ham's game with Everton the better, as both sides were extremely disappointing in a 0-0 draw at the London Stadium. It had the feeling of an end of season game and was just the second time that these sides had drawn 0-0 against each other in 42 Premier League meetings.

    Congratulations are in order for Brighton as they clinched promotion to the Premier League for the first time with a 2-1 over Wigan Athletic last Monday. Newcastle United can join them with a win over Preston North End tonight.

    There are 5 midweek Premier League games with both Chelsea and Tottenham in action and then the Manchester derby on Thursday so it's shaping up to be another breathless and thrilling week in the Premier League.
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