Narrow win helps Blackburn stay alive

Narrow win helps Blackburn stay alive

Queens Park Rangers promoted; Everton held

Wigan Athletic's Hugo Rodallega (right) handles the ball, giving away a penalty to Everton during an English Premier League match on Saturday. AFP

Martin Olsson's goal after 20 minutes ended Blackburn's 11-game winless run and took them to 38 points with three games remaining.

Wigan Athletic, who drew 1-1 at home with Everton, and Blackpool, goalless at home against Stoke City, both have 35 points.  Wolverhampton Wanderers (33) and West Ham United (32) are playing on Sunday while Birmingham City, on 38 points and Aston Villa, Sunderland and Newcastle United, all on 41, are not certain of safety.

Queens Park Rangers will replace one of those sides after securing their promotion from the Championship (second division) by beating Watford 2-0 on Saturday.

With four games remaining United have 73 points, Chelsea 67, Arsenal 64 with Manchester City fourth on 59 with a game in hand. Spurs are fifth on 55.
Anxious wait

QPR  secured their return to the Premier League for the first time in 15 years, however, before their final game of the season, they will hear the ruling of a Football Association (FA) regulatory commission on seven charges relating to the transfer and contract renewal of Argentine midfielder Alejandro Faurlin. If found guilty, they could have points deducted.

Rangers needed only a draw to ensure enough points for promotion. They took all three points with late goals by Adel Taarabt, last week voted the Championship's player of the season, and Tommy Smith.

Rangers have 88 points, with Norwich City, who visit Portsmouth on Monday, second on 80. Cardiff have 79 ahead of their game against Middlesbrough on Monday.

Swansea City and Reading are guaranteed a place in the four-team playoffs while Nottingham Forest look certain to join them but need a point from their final game to make certain at the expense of Leeds United.