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West Brom and Fulham improve their chances

LONDON, APRIL 4. West Brom and Fulham improved their chances of staying in the Premier League next season.

West Brom defeated Everton 1-0 on Sunday, and Fulham defeated Portsmouth 3-1 — two big victories for teams fighting relegation.

Zoltan Gera drove home an 8-yard header in the 63rd minute, giving West Brom the 1-0 victory. The win moved the Baggies up to 18th place, even on 27 points with Southampton. Southampton has the edge on goal difference.

Norwich is last with 20 points, while Crystal Place has 26. Above West Brom and Southampton is Portsmouth with 31 points, and Fulham and Blackburn with 33 each. The last three teams drop down a division next season.

It was the first time this season that West Brom has won back-to-back games.

In the other Sunday game, late goals from Brian McBride and Luis Boa Morte lifted Fulham to a 3-1 victory over Portsmouth.At the top of the Premier League, Chelsea leads with 80 points, followed by Arsenal and Manchester United with 67 each. Everton has 51 points and Liverpool has 50.

The results:

EPL: Fulham 3, Portsmouth 1; West Brom 1, Everton 0.

Primera Liga: Malaga 1, Getafe 1; Barcelona 3, Real Betis 3; Levante 0, Deportivo La Coruna 1; Racing Santander 1, Espanyol 3; Sevilla 1, Numancia 0; Atletico Madrid 4, Mallorca 0; Albacete 1, Real Madrid 2. — AP

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