Wolves, Blackpool Win to Boost Premier League Survival Chances

May 14 (Bloomberg) -- Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackpool each won to help their chances of remaining in English socer’s Premier League.

Wolves won 3-1 at Sunderland to remain above the three teams at the bottom of the standings that will be relegated to the second division. Blackpool stay in the relegation zone with a 4-3 win over Bolton, but pulled even on points with Birmingham just above it.

Blackburn advanced its case for top-flight survival with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United that gave the Red Devils a record 19th English league title. West Brom beat Everton 1-0.

Blackburn and Wolves have 40 points, with Birmingham and Blackpool on 39 points. Wigan has 36 points and can relegate last place West Ham, with has 33 points, by beating the Hammers tomorrow, while Birmingham hosts Fulham.

Second-half goals from Steven Fletcher and George Elokobi lifted Wolves to the away win. Jody Craddock also scored for Wolves in the first half, with Stephane Sessegnon answering for Sunderland.

Blackpool kept its hopes of avoiding the drop alive by outscoring Bolton at home. D.J. Campbell scored two goals for Blackpool, which ended a nine-game winless run, while Jason Puncheon and Charlie Adam added one each. Kevin Davies, Matthew Taylor and Daniel Sturridge had the goals for Bolton, which lost its fourth straight game.

Blackburn failed to stop Manchester United winning the league title, but gained a valuable point in the survival race.

Wayne Rooney’s 73rd-minute penalty canceled out a first-half score from Blackburn’s Brett Emerton. United has won 12 championships since the Premier League began in 1992 and moves one title ahead of rival Liverpool all-time.

Youssouf Mulumbu scored the only goal as West Brom beat 10-man Everton to move up to 10th place. Everton’s Diniyar Bilyaletdinov received a red card in the second half for a challenge on James Morrison.

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