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Thu, Dec

EPL roundup

  • Elsewhere on the day, Arsenal maintained their recent winless run with a come-from-behind 2-2 tie against lowly Southampton that heaped ...

    The English Premier League continued this afternoon following a week’s break with Liverpool extending their unbeaten run to thirteen consecutive games on the heels of a nervy and dramatic 2-1 away victory over Crystal Palace, who lost a third straight in as many outings.

  • Title hopeful side, Tottenham Spurs, continued their recent brilliant run with a 3-1 win over Chelsea, the first loss of the season for the latter, ...

    The English Premier League returned this afternoon following the international break with Manchester City showing no rust at all as they walloped West Ham by four goals to nothing to maintain their 2 points advantage at the top over Liverpool, who won convincingly at Watford.

  • Elsewhere on Saturday, Crystal Palace snatched their first home win of the season at the expense of Burnley, Manchester United fought back from two goals down against struggling Southampton for a point, ...

    Manchester City had to work extra hard before seeing off a determined Bournemouth side by a 3-1 margin that saw them take a five-point advantage over their closest challenger – Liverpool – who will be in action tomorrow.

  • New Tottenham Boss, Jose Mourinho, continued his phenomenal start at his new club ..., and It was a disappointing return to Stamford Bridge for Chelsea, ...

    Manchester City’s hopes of a successful title defense was dealt another huge blow on the heels of Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey’s stunning late equalizer as Liverpool held off a feisty Brighton surge late on for the full points and an eleven points advantage at the helm over the former.

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    Home Score Away
    Manchester City 1-3 Chelsea
    Crystal Palace 3-0  Southampton
    Stoke City 2-0  Burnley
    Sunderland 2-1  Leicester
    Tottenham Spurs 5-0  Swansea
    West Bromwich
    3-1  Watford
    West Ham United 1-5  Arsenal
    Bournemouth 4-3  Liverpool
    Everton 1-1  Manchester United
    Middlesbrough 1-0  Hull City

     

    Chelsea laid down a huge marker for the PL title with their eighth successive victory of the season in an impressive and stunning come from behind 3-1 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday to hold on to their three point lead atop the log as third placed and four points behind the chase – Liverpool – looks to draw closer on Sunday with a win over Bournemouth.

    Alexis Sanchez stole the show with a hat-trick in a comprehensive 5-1 mauling of West Ham that moved Arsenal up second with the latter extending their unbeaten run to thirteen games, Tottenham rebounded at home with a 5-0 demolition of Swansea to strengthened their position around on the fringes of the PL top four, and Crystal Palace staunched their uninterrupted six game losing run with a 3-0 spanking of Southampton at home to ease some pre 3-1ssure off Alan Pardew.

    Elsewhere on Saturday, Stoke City earned a deserved 2-0 home win over Burnley, Leicester City fell behind by 21points in their title defence following a 2-1 defeat that enabled Sunderland to move off the bottom of the log and West Brom leapfrogged idle Manchester Utd for the sixth spot after bouncing Watford by three goals to one at home.

    Bournemouth completed one of the best comebacks of the season on Sunday, stunning Liverpool with 3goals in the final 14 minutes for a 4-3 victory in a dramatic PL game to end the Reds 15 match unbeaten run, and Everton’s Leighton Baines converted a late penalty to deny Manchester Utd the maximum points.

    And on Monday Night Football, a Gaston Ramirez header earned Middlesbrough their second win since August to leave Hull City stuck in the PL relegation zone.

    Monday

    Middlesbrough 1-0 Hull City

    Ramirez, the game's outstanding player, nodded in Viktor Fischer's corner after being left unmarked at the back post.

    Fischer earlier had a goal ruled out for offside, while Boro striker Alvaro Negredo wasted two good chances.

    Hull, who have lost eight of their past 10 league games, rallied late on but did not deserve a point.

    The Tigers remain 19th in the table, two points above bottom club Swansea and one from safety.

    Boro, who have now lost only one in six, climb to 13th, four points above the relegation zone.

     

    Sunday

    Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool

    Bournemouth scored three goals in the final 14 minutes to complete a remarkable fightback and beat Liverpool 4-3 at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.

     

     

    Bournemouth tops Liverpool 4-3 with thrilling comeback

     

     

    Nathan Ake bundled home a stoppage-time winner for the hosts, who had been 3-1 down with 75 minutes played.

    Sadio Mane (20) and Divock Origi (22) put the visitors in control at half-time, and they looked comfortable again when Emre Can restored their two-goal cushion (64) following Callum Wilson's 56th-minute penalty, won by substitute Ryan Fraser.

    But Bournemouth stunned their opponents with a late rally as Fraser pulled one back himself (76) before setting up Steve Cook's equaliser two minutes later (78).

    Ake's late finish snatched the three points and secured Bournemouth's first ever win over Liverpool, sending the Cherries up to 10th in the Premier League table.

     

    Everton 1-1 Man Utd

    Leighton Baines rescued a late point for Everton against Manchester United after substitute Marouane Fellaini conceded a costly penalty against his former club at Goodison Park.

    Fellaini, on his 100th United appearance, was introduced in the 85th minute to help see out the win but his first meaningful action was to commit a clumsy foul on Idrissa Gueye in the area at the 89th minute mark, and Baines made no mistake from 12 yards.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic's sixth goal in five games had earlier put United on course for just a third PL win in 11 matches.

    United have now dropped seven points as a result of goals conceded in the final 10 minutes of league games this season - more than any other side, they remain 6th and 13points off the top.

     

    Monday

    Middlesbrough vs Hull City

     

    Saturday

    Manchester City 1-3 Chelsea

    Chelsea's eighth straight PL win cemented their place at the top of the table - but their victory at Etihad Stadium ended in chaos as Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho were sent off in injury time.

     

     

    Manchester City 1-3 Chelsea

     

     

    Chelsea was impressive as they cut City apart on the break after going behind to Gary Cahill's own goal on the stroke of half-time, when he diverted Jesus Navas' cross beyond keeper Thibaut Courtois.

    The game turned on Kevin de Bruyne's 56th-minute miss with City in control, crashing Navas' cross against the bar from inside the six-yard box.

    Chelsea drew level on the hour when Diego Costa outmuscled Nicolas Otamendi to score and they were ahead 10 minutes later when substitute Willian raced clear to beat City keeper Claudio Bravo with ease.

    Eden Hazard completed a magnificent win for Chelsea with another goal on the break, showing too much pace for Aleksandar Kolarov to wrap up three vital points.

    Chelsea's renaissance since a 3-0 loss at Arsenal in September left them in eighth place, eight points behind then leaders City, has been hugely impressive - but this is their most powerful statement of the season.

    Eight wins from eight and only two goals conceded tells the story and this win against City was the second week in succession they have come from behind to beat a team that could be regarded as realistic title rivals after overcoming Tottenham at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

     

    Crystal Palace 3-0 Southampton

    Two goals from Christian Benteke helped Crystal Palace gain a much-needed win over Southampton.

    Palace went ahead when Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster, in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate, sliced a clearance and Benteke scored from close range.

    Palace doubled their lead when an unmarked James Tomkins prodded home from three yards out after a corner.

    Benteke grabbed his second late on as he tapped in after Jason Puncheon's pull-back as Palace secured their first win in eight matches to pull away from the bottom places.

     

    Stoke City 2-0 Burnley

    Marc Muniesa scored his first Premier League goal to seal a deserved home win for Stoke over Burnley.

    Striker Jonathan Walters put Stoke ahead with an exquisite finish, guiding home a volley from Mame Biram Diouf's teasing cross.

    Spanish defender Muniesa made it 2-0 before half-time thanks to a crisp low volley following clever play on the left flank by Marko Arnautovic.

    Burnley went close late on when Andre Gray's angled shot was parried by goalkeeper Lee Grant.

    Sunderland 2-1 Leicester

    The Black Cats took the lead when Robert Huth turned a corner into his own net midway through the second half.

    And before Leicester could mount a response, David Moyes' side added a second when Jermain Defoe drove in after Duncan Watmore's shot was blocked.

    Substitute Shinji Okazaki flicked Demarai Gray's cross in at the near post to set up a tense finish, but Sunderland held on.

    The result moves them up to 18th and within two points of the Foxes, who are yet to win away in the league this season.

    Tottenham 5-0 Swansea

    Harry Kane celebrated his new contract at Tottenham by scoring twice to help his side thrash Swansea at White Hart Lane.

    The England international, who signed a deal that will keep him at the club until 2022 on Thursday, opened the scoring from the spot after Dele Alli was brought down by Kyle Naughton in the 39th minute.

    Heung-Min Son added Spurs' second on the stroke of half-time with an acrobatic volley before Kane scored his second of the game just after the interval, starting and finishing a swift counter-attack from the hosts.

    Christian Eriksen bundled home a fourth on 70 minutes before completing the scoring in stoppage time.

    Defeat leaves Swansea bottom of the PL.

    West Bromwich 3-1 Watford

    West Brom moved up to sixth in the Premier League after securing a third win in four league games with victory over Watford at The Hawthorns.

    Central defender Jonny Evans headed in a Chris Brunt opener to put the Baggies in front with his first goal of the season.

    The influential Brunt added a second when his low, left-footed strike from 25 yards went in via a deflection off Watford defender Juan Zuniga.

    Watford pulled one back when Christian Kabasele sidefooted in from close range before Baggies keeper Ben Foster crucially saved from Roberto Pereyra.

    Matt Phillips curled in a stoppage-time goal for the home side as West Brom moved ahead of Manchester United.

    West Ham 1-5 Arsenal

    Alexis Sanchez's fine hat-trick secured an emphatic victory over West Ham.

    Mesut Ozil opened the scoring with Arsenal's first shot on target after Angelo Ogbonna's mistake and Sanchez's cut-back set up a simple finish.

     

     

     

    West Ham 1-5 Arsenal

     

    The Hammers threatened to equalise after the break before Sanchez turned, drove into the box and finished brilliantly past Darren Randolph.

    Sanchez added a second eight minutes later with a low strike into the corner, before Andy Carroll stooped to nod in the rebound from a ricocheted Dimitri Payet free-kick.

    Faint hopes of a comeback were extinguished by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's excellent finish from range and Sanchez's masterful dinked chip over the keeper.

    The defeat left West Ham a point above the relegation zone with Arsenal moving to the second spot.

    Arsene Wenger's side are now unbeaten in 13 league games, and their last away defeat was in February.

     

     

     

     

    Game day report from BBC and skysports were used in this compilation

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    Home Score Away
     Watford 3-2  Everton
     Arsenal 3-1  Stoke City
     Burnley 3-2  Bournemouth
     Hull City 3-3  Crystal Palace
     Swansea 3-0  Sunderland
     Leicester 4-2  Manchester City
     Chelsea 1-0  West Bromwich
    Southampton 1-0  Middlesbrough
     Manchester United 1-0  Tottenham Spurs
     Liverpool 2-2  West Ham Utd

     

    Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to 14 games and leapfrogged idle Chelsea on Saturday for the PL top spot, courtesy of goal difference, following an impressive come from behind victory over Stoke City at the Emirates.

    Struggling PL defending champions, Leicester City, rediscovered enough of their championship form to stun visiting PL title hopefuls Manchester City with Jamie Vardy leading the charge with a hat-trick to end a five game non-winning run, Bob Bradly and his Swansea side climbed out of the drop zone with a vital and comprehensive 3-0 demolition of fellow strugglers – Sunderland – and Stefano Okaka netted his first double for Watford as his side edged Everton by three goals to two in a thrilling encounter at Vicarage Road.

    Elsewhere on Saturday, Crystal Palace denied Hull City a shot at moving out of the bottom places as Frazier Campbell’s late equalizer canceled their lead, and Burnley snatched a much-needed victory by beating Bournemouth 3-2 to end a run of three consecutive PL defeats.

    And on Sunday, Chelsea regained the PL top spot after upping their winning streak to 9 successive games following a hard fought win over West Brom at Stamford Bridge, Manchester Utd ended a string of three straight ties with a lone goal win over Tottenham, record signing Sofiane Boufal’s first PL goal handed Southampton a lone goal victory over Middlesbrough and a valiant West Ham side denied Liverpool the full spoils at Anfield as they forced their hosts into a come from behind 2-2 tie.

     

    Sunday games

    Chelsea 1-0 West Brom

    Chelsea reclaimed top spot in the Premier League with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over West Brom at Stamford Bridge.

    With the game heading towards a frustrating stalemate, Diego Costa punished a Gareth McAuley error on 76 minutes as the Blues restored their three-point lead over Arsenal at the top of the table.

    Costa's 12th goal of the season extended Chelsea's winning streak to nine top-flight games as Antonio Conte's men further underlined their status as title favourites.

     

    Manchester Utd 1-0 Tottenham Spurs

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan's first Premier League goal gave Manchester United victory over top-four rivals Tottenham.

    United, still six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, led when Mkhitaryan raced on to Ander Herrera's through ball and hammered into the roof of the net.

    Victor Wanyama should have levelled with a header from six yards out, although visitors Spurs created few chances despite plenty of possession.

    Jose Mourinho's side have closed the gap to three points on Tottenham, who looked off the pace for much of the 90 minutes and remain in fifth on 27 points.

     

    Southampton 1-0 Middlesbrough

    Sofiane Boufal scored his first Premier League goal as his spectacular strike from 25 yards gave Southampton a win over Middlesbrough.

    Boufal, who joined the Saints for a club record fee of £16m from Lille in August, collected the ball from James Ward-Prowse before blasting past Boro goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

    Viktor Fischer had the visitors' best chance but his shot was blocked on the goalline by Jose Fonte.

    The result takes Southampton up to 10th in the table, while Middlesbrough are 16th, only three points above the relegation zone.

     

    Liverpool 2-2 West Ham United

    Liverpool fell behind in the Premier League title race after being held to a 2-2 draw by West Ham at Anfield on Sunday.

    Liverpool took the lead early on through Adam Lallana's neat strike, but Dimitri Payet's 25-yard free-kick and Michail Antonio's finish had West Ham going into the break 2-1 up via some questionable goalkeeping from Loris Karius on both occasions.

    Divock Origi capitalised on Darren Randolph dropping a Sadio Mane cross to finish from close range just after the break, but despite dominating the second half in possession, Liverpool could not grab a winner.

     

    Saturday games

     

    Watford 3-2 Everton

    Italy international – Stefano Okaka - opened his Hornets account with a spectacular back-heel on 36 minutes, cancelling out Romelu Lukaku’s 17th-minute opener.

    Sebastian Prodl hit his first goal of the season to give Watford the advantage early in the second half before Okaka doubled his tally on 64 minutes to put the game beyond the Toffees.

    Lukaku grabbed a lifeline for Ronald Koeman’s men four minutes from time but there was to be no way back for the Merseysiders, who have won just one of their last 10 league games.

    Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City

    Arsenal moved top of the Premier League as they came from behind to beat Stoke at Emirates Stadium.

    The visitors took the lead through Charlie Adam's penalty after Granit Xhaka elbowed Joe Allen.

    Theo Walcott turned in substitute Hector Bellerin's cross just before half-time for his 100th club goal.

    Mesut Ozil headed over goalkeeper Lee Grant to give Arsenal the lead before substitute Alex Iwobi side-footed home the third.

    The win sees the Gunners go top on goal difference ahead of Chelsea, who host West Brom on Nissan Super Sunday, and stretches their unbeaten run in the league to 14 matches

    Burnley 3-2 Bournemouth

    Jeff Hendrick's stunning half-volley helped Burnley end a run of three L defeats as they beat Bournemouth at Turf Moor.

    Burnley's record signing opened the scoring on 13 minutes, finding the top corner from 25 yards for his second goal for the Clarets.

    Three minutes later the home side doubled their lead, as Hendrick's Republic of Ireland team-mate Stephen Ward slid in to score on the rebound from close range.

    Bournemouth halved the deficit on the stroke of half-time as Benik Afobe swept home Simon Francis' pass, before George Boyd extended the lead when he latched on to Andre Gray's backheel to slam into the bottom corner.

    Charlie Daniels' thumping injury-time strike set up a tense final few minutes but Burnley held on.

     

    Hull City 3-3 Crystal Palace

    A late equaliser from substitute Fraizer Campbell saw Crystal Palace snatch a draw at Hull City in a thrilling PL game.

    The Tigers went ahead through Robert Snodgrass' controversial penalty before Christian Benteke equalised with another spot-kick.

    Wilfried Zaha blasted the Eagles ahead, but Hull benefited from poor Palace defending as Adama Diomande and Jake Livermore scored twice in a six-minute period to put the hosts back in front.

    But Campbell, who played 38 times for Hull in the 2007-08 season, headed in from Zaha's cross to make it 3-3.

    Swansea 3-0 Sunderland

    Swansea moved out of the relegation zone after Fernando Llorente struck twice in a 3-0 home victory over Sunderland.

    Gylfi Sigurdsson broke the deadlock from the penalty spot six minutes into the second half, after Jason Denayer was adjudged to have handled Wayne Routledge's delivery.

    Fernando Llorente doubled the advantage just three minutes later, sweeping home from Sigurdsson's corner with a deft, close-range finish.

    And Llorente made the game safe 10 minutes from time by connecting with Jefferson Montero's left-wing cross and heading past Jordan Pickford.

    The result lifted Bob Bradley's side out of the relegation zone, with David Moyes' Black Cats dropping to the bottom of the Premier League table.

    Leicester 4-2 Manchester City

    Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick as Leicester City pulled off a stunning victory over an out-of-sorts Manchester City.

    The Foxes were 2-0 up in five minutes as Vardy ended his 10-game run without a PL goal by slotting home, and Andy King curled in moments later.

    It was 3-0 within 20 minutes as Vardy added another after skipping past visiting keeper Claudio Bravo, and he completed his hat-trick by intercepting a misplaced John Stones pass and finishing from a narrow angle.

    Aleksandar Kolarov, with a free-kick, and Nolito scored late consolation goals for the away side.

    City have now lost back-to-back league games for the first time since Pep Guardiola took over in the summer, and are four points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

     

  • Elsewhere on the day, Manchester United recorded their biggest win of the season as they swept Fulham by 4 goals to one, Cardiff bested Southampton by a precious lone goal at home, ...

    Chelsea bounced back from their second defeat of the season – a 2-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. (Wolves) in midweek action – with a seismic 2-0 shutout of Manchester City to end the Champions unbeaten 15-game start to the season and an overall 21-game unbeaten run dating back to last season.

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    Home Score Away
    Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool
    Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea
    West Ham Utd 1-0 Burnley
    Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester Utd
    Manchester City 2-0 Watford
    Stoke City 0-0 Southampton
    Tottenham Spurs 3-0  Hull City
    West Brom 3-1  Swansea City
     Bournemouth 1-0  Leicester City
     Everton 2-1  Arsenal

     

    Week 16 of the EPL kicked off this past Tuesday with defending champions – Leicester City - putting up a limp performance on the heels of their 4-2 stunner over Manchester City this past weekend as they went down by a lone goal to Bournemouth, and Arsenal ceded the second spot on the PL after Everton came from a goal down to hand them a 2-1 loss to put an end to the former’s three game winning run.

    And on Wednesday, PL leaders - Chelsea – moved six points clear atop the leaderboardfollowing a hard fought lone goal away win over an unyielding Sunderland side, Liverpool swept past Middlesbrough courtesy of Adam Lallana’s double in a 3-0 riot to leapfrog Arsenal for the second spot, Manchester eased some pressure off of Pep Guardiola with a 2-0 win over Watford at the Etihad to halt a two game slide, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck an 88th-minute winner for Manchester United against Crystal palace in a 2-1 win for his sides second straight win in as many weeks.

    Elsewhere on Tuesday, title hopefuls – Tottenham Spurs – who remain 10points back routed Hull City by three goals to nothing at home, West Ham scored their first PL win after 7 tries courtesy of a lone goal advantage over Burnley, Southampton missed out on the chance to make it a perfect two out of two in their last two matches following a frustrating 0-0 tie at Stoke, and Salomon Rondon’s impressive hat-trick of headers, his first ever in the PL plunged struggling Swansea deeper into the relegation quagmire.

     

    Salomon Rondon scores hat-trick with three headers | West Brom 3-1 Swansea

     

    Tuesday matches

    Bournemouth 1-0 Leicester City

    Leicester City's dismal PL title defence continued with a floppy 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday night.

    Marc Pugh marked his first Premier League start of the season with the decisive goal, emphatically volleying the Cherries ahead after 34 minutes after Ron-Robert Zieler had denied Benik Afobe.

    The reigning champions looked a shadow of the side which ruthlessly dispatched Manchester City 4-2 in their last league outing but came close to snatching a point at the death, only for Artur Boruc to thwart Leonardo Ulloa from point-blank range.

    The win saw Bournemouth move up to 8th, the highest in club history.

    Everton 2-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal missed the chance to keep pace as Everton came from behind to secure a first victory since October.

    The Gunners, who had won their previous three games, were rewarded for an impressive start as Alexis Sanchez's free-kick deflected in off Ashley Williams.

    Everton equalized just before half-time when Seamus Coleman glanced home Leighton Baines' excellent cross.

    The Toffees, encouraged by a vocal crowd, dominated thereafter and Williams powered home a late header to complete the turnaround.

    Everton moved up 7th with the win.

     

    Wednesday matches

     

    Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool

    Adam Lallana scored twice and set up another as Liverpool beat Middlesbrough 3-0 at the Riverside on Wednesday night.

    The England midfielder put Liverpool ahead in the first half with a far post header from Nathaniel Clyne's deep cross, before Divock Origi added a second after the break from close range after Lallana's cross.

    Lallana was at it again on 68 minutes, firing home from inside the area after Origi had returned the favour, and it stayed at 3-0 as Liverpool picked up a vital three points.

    Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea opened a 6point lead over the competition with a 1-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night.

    Cesc Fabregas' first league goal of the season put the Blues in front after 40 minutes and they had chances to make the game safe through Diego Costa, N'Golo Kante and Willian who all missed target.

    And they were nearly punished in stoppage time but Thibaut Courtois denied Patrick van Aanholt with a stunning stop, preserving his clean sheet and securing Chelsea's 10th consecutive top-flight victory.

    West Ham 1-0 Burnley

    Mark Noble's first-half strike earned West Ham their first PL win in seven games at London Stadium.

    It looked like the Hammers would go into the break without anything to show for their dominance, but in stoppage time they won a spot-kick when Ben Mee brought down Winston Reid.

    Up stepped Noble. His initial kick was saved low by Tom Heaton but he kept his composure to tuck in the rebound.

    Noble and Pedro Obiang both struck the woodwork with brilliant shots and Burnley's Matt Lowton produced a goal-saving block to deny Aaron Cresswell.

    The Clarets improved markedly after the break. Keeper Darren Randolph made a great one-handed save to keep out Scott Arfield's free-kick and Sam Vokes headed over with the goal gaping.

    Victory lifted the Hammers four points clear of the relegation zone and up to 15th in the table.

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck two minutes from time to give Manchester United a vital victory just as it appeared they had squandered another advantage at Crystal Palace.

    The 35-year-old Swede slid on to Paul Pogba's pass to beat Wayne Hennessey from an acute angle after James McArthur's 66th-minute strike seemed to have rescued a point for a strangely passive Palace.

    Pogba's assist repaid Ibrahimovic for creating his opener in first-half stoppage time - although Palace were furious as claims for a handball in the final pass and offside against the scorer were ignored by referee Craig Pawson.

    United maintained their 6th spot but remain a whopping 13points off the lead.

    Manchester City 2-0 Watford

    Manchester City earned their first Premier League home win in almost three months as they edged past Watford at Etihad Stadium.

    City, looking to avoid a third top-flight defeat in a row, led when an unmarked Zabaleta calmly side-footed in Kevin de Bruyne's deep cross.

    Raheem Sterling clipped the Watford bar after the break, before Odion Ighalo poked over Watford's best chance.

    And the visitors were punished when David Silva tucked in a late second on his 200th league appearance after a swift City break.

    But City remain 7points behind leaders Chelsea.

    Stoke 0-0 Southampton

    Stoke held Southampton to a goalless draw.The away side had plenty of possession but struggled to create chances in a poor game.

    Saints substitute Jay Rodriguez missed the game's best opening when he failed to make contact with Sofiane Boufal's second-half low cross.

    James Ward-Prowse had a chance to strike the winner from close range after a Glen Johnson error, but his shot was deflected wide.

    The point moves Southampton up to ninth, while Stoke Stoke stay in 12th.

    Tottenham 3-0 Hull

    Christian Eriksen scored twice as Tottenham proved too strong in the face of a spirited Hull City display at White Hart Lane.

    The Denmark international struck in either half as Spurs strengthened their grip on fifth spot;  Danny Rose laid Eriksen's first on a plate inside 15 minutes after good work down the left, and Kyle Walker did likewise from the right to snuff out any hope of a Hull comeback after the break.

    Eriksen was desperately unlucky not to claim the match ball after seeing a superb free-kick tipped on to the post by Hull goalkeeper David Marshall, allowing Victor Wanyama to mop up the rebound from a couple of yards out.

    West Bromwich 3-1 Swansea

    Salomon Rondon's hat-trick of headers sent West Brom seventh in the Premier League as a 3-1 defeat at The Hawthorns kept Swansea in the bottom three.

    Rondon's goals - all headers - came in a devastating 13-minute period early in the second half and highlighted the defensive frailties which have contributed to Swansea's poor season.

    Rondon headed home Matt Phillips' inswinging free-kick to open the scoring and, 11 minutes later, was again unmarked as the £12m striker converted Brunt's deep cross towards the far post.

    The Venezuelan completed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute, with Brunt again the provider as the striker found the top-right corner.

    The 27-year-old becomes only the second player to score a hat-trick of headers in the Premier League, with former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson the only other to do so, against Bolton in 1997.

     

    EPL Week 16 Roundup: Chelsea open 6point lead, Liverpool leapfrog Arsenal for second spot, Salomon Rondon bags hat-trick of headers, West Ham, Man Utd, Man City and Spurs all win

     

     

    Game day report from BBC and skysports were used in this compilation.

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    Home Score Away
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea
    Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City
    West Ham Utd 1-0 Hull City
    Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea
    Sunderland 1-0 Watford
    West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Manchester United
    Bournemouth 3-1 Southampton
    Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal
    Tottenham 2-1 Burnley
         

     

    New Chelsea tactician – Antonio Conte – on Saturday equaled a club record of 11 consecutive victories as his side edged Crystal Palace by a lone goal to extend their lead atop the PL by 9points over idle Arsenal and Liverpool who will play on Sunday and Monday respectively. The win catapulted Chelsea into the ranks of the PL’s ‘five hundred game winning club’ which has Manchester Utd (593) and Arsenal (512) as the other two occupants.

    The season’s struggles continued for PL Defending Champions – Leicester City – but they managed to salvage a point courtesy of Daniel Amartey’s 88th minute dramatic equalizer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s double for his tenth goal of the season allowed Manchester to ease past West Bromwich Albion for their third straight victory in as many outings, and the misery continued for Swansea as they gave up another three goals at Middlesbrough for a total of 6 goals within a week.

    Also on Saturday, Patrick van Aanholt’s strike lifted Sunderland off the PL bottom spot, and Mark Noble's controversial penalty was enough to give West Ham an unconvincing victory over luckless Hull City at London Stadium.

    Arsenal’s readiness to fight for the PL top spot failed to pass muster on Sunday as they ceded the second spot in a 2-1 capitulation to Man City who notched an impressive come from behind win at the Etihad to get their title hopes back on track, Southampton defeated local rivals Bournemouth 3-1 courtesy of Jay Rodriguez’s double and Danny Rose produced the winner as the Spurs came from behind to defeat Burnley under controversial circumstances at home.

    And on Monday night, Sadio Mane’s last-gasp goal denied Everton a share of the spoils in the Merseyside derby.

    Monday

    Everton 0-1 Liverpool

    Sadio Mane's goal deep into injury time sank Everton and settled a scrappy Merseyside derby in Liverpool's favour at Goodison Park.

    The Reds' £34m summer signing from Southampton reacted first to a loose ball after substitute Daniel Sturridge's shot had hit the post in the fourth of eight minutes of stoppage time.

    Everton have now won just one of their past 20 meetings with their local rivals.

    Liverpool moved up to second on the PL table with the victory, a point and 3points ahead of Manchester City and Arsenal respectively.

    Sunday

     

    Bournemouth 1-3 Southampton

    Jay Rodriguez's first Premier League goals since August gave Southampton victory over local rivals Bournemouth.

    Both sides scored with their first efforts on target, with Nathan Ake's acrobatic header putting the Cherries in front after six minutes before Ryan Bertrand levelled with a solo dribble and finish.

    Half-time substitute Steve Davis made an immediate impact, providing Rodriguez with a tap-in to give the Saints the lead.

    And Rodriguez's superb 20-yard finish late on eased the visitors to victory.

    Southampton move up to seventh, three points above Bournemouth, who stay 10th.

     

    Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

    Manchester City moved up to second on the PL table as Arsenal squandered a lead to lose for the second successive game.

    Theo Walcott's cool fifth-minute finish from Alexis Sanchez's pass put the Gunners in control at the interval - but the second half brought a familiar painful fate for manager Arsene Wenger and his players.

    Leroy Sane brought City level straight after half-time, before Raheem Sterling won the game with a goal 19 minutes from time.

    As a result, Arsenal dropped to the 4th spot and 9points behind whilst Man City improved to 7points behind leaders Chelsea.

    Tottenham Spurs 2-1 Burnley FC 

    Danny Rose's second-half strike ensured Tottenham kept the pressure on the Premier League's top four with a 2-1 win against Burnley on Sunday afternoon.

    Burnley took a surprise lead in the 21st minute through Ashley Barnes, but Dele Alli replied five minutes later.

    The result means Tottenham stay in fifth, just one point behind both Arsenal and Liverpool who will be in action on Monday.

     

    Saturday

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea moved nine points clear atop the PL as they extended their winning run to 11 games with a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace.

    Diego Costa scored the only goal of the game, heading home Cesar Azpilicueta's cross in the 44th minute for his 13th league goal of the season.

    The visitors, who will be without both Costa and N'Golo Kante for the Boxing Day fixture against Bournemouth after the pair picked up yellow cards, pushed for a second with substitute Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso both being denied by Wayne Hennessey saves.

    Alonso then struck the crossbar with a free-kick in the 84th minute but the wasted chances did not prove costly as Antonio Conte's side held on for a third straight 1-0 win to extend their lead at the top, and equal a club-record run of successive wins.

    Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City

    Champions Leicester City recovered from Jamie Vardy's red card and a two-goal deficit to claim an incredible draw at Stoke City.

    Vardy was contentiously dismissed by referee Craig Pawson for a two-footed tackle on Mame Diouf.

    Stoke took advantage to score twice before half-time, with Bojan Krkic converting a penalty after Danny Simpson's handball, and Joe Allen tapping in.

    But the Foxes mounted a remarkable comeback in the final 15 minutes, with substitute Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey heading home to snatch a point.

    It leaves Leicester three points above the relegation zone in 15th, while Stoke are 11th.

    West Ham 1-0 Hull City

    Mark Noble's penalty 14 minutes from time gave West Ham a narrow 1-0 win over Hull City at London Stadium on Saturday.

    Three days after his winner against Burnley, it was captain Noble who gave West Ham the three points again, rolling a penalty home after Tom Huddlestone brought down Michail Antonio.

    Dieumerci Mbokani hit the post for Hull in the first half after capitalising on Aaron Cresswell's mistake, before Noble nearly diverted into his own net after half-time, hitting the bottom of the woodwork with a header.

    Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

    Alvaro Negredo scored twice to help Middlesbrough beat fellow strugglers Swansea City 3-0 at the Riverside on Saturday afternoon.

    The home side led 2-0 at the break thanks to Negredo's double, the first a brilliant volley, before the striker added another from the penalty spot.

    Boro then wrapped up the points when Marten De Roon side-footed home just before the hour-mark to end a poor recent run of two straight league defeats without scoring.

    M’boro moved up to 14th in the table, four points clear of the drop zone, while the Swans are now three points from safety in 19th position.

    Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    Sunderland moved off the bottom of the Premier League and to within a point of safety with victory over Watford at the Stadium of Light.

    Following a first half of few chances, Patrick van Aanholt scored the only goal of the game shortly after the break.

    Adnan Januzaj slid a lovely ball to Jermain Defoe, whose low cross was touched by Van Aanholt, who then swivelled and shot in off the post from six yards.

    Troy Deeney had a chance to equalise when he met a Nordin Amrabat cross, but his header flew wide.

    Daryl Janmaat and Odion Ighalo also had late efforts for the visitors saved by keeper Jordan Pickford, as Watford slipped to a fourth defeat in five games.

    West Bromwich 0–2 Manchester Utd

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his tenth goal in nine matches as Manchester United eased to victory over West Brom.

    The former Sweden international headed home from a brilliant Jesse Lingard delivery after only five minutes to put the visitors ahead.

    Ibrahimovic struck again just after the break when his effort from inside the box went in off Baggies defender Craig Dawson.

    United are now unbeaten in 10 matches in all competitions and seem to be on the mend after a 3 game skid that saw them play to 3 successive ties. They however remain 13points behind leaders Chelsea.

     

     

     

    Game day reports from BBC and skysports were used in this compilation.

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