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Ghana international Andre Ayew smashes in a rocket for West Ham’s second goal. Photo credit - Reuters

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Manchester City continued their plausible run for the title with their eighth straight win for a five-point advantage at the helm.

Manchester United bounced back at home from their first loss of the season with a late win over Tottenham to hold on the second spot, Arsenal climbed back from a goal down for the third straight time in as many weeks for the full spoils against Swansea, and Chelsea continued their recent rebound with a lone goal win over Bournemouth for the 4th spot on 19points.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Christmas was in the air at Anfield as Liverpool overpowered Huddersfield by three goals to nothing, Stoke City nabbed a much needed win at Watford, and Wilfried Zaha's 96th minute equaliser against West Ham earned his side a share of the spoils as they avoided what would have been their 9th loss of the season.

On Sunday, Brighton came back from a goal a down against Southampton, and new boss, Claude Puel started life at Leicester with a 2-0 win over Everton.


Brighton 1-1 Southampton

Glenn Murray scored his third goal in two games as Brighton recovered from going a goal behind to earn a draw against Southampton.

The Saints took the lead after only seven minutes when Steven Davis reacted quickest to the loose ball, after James Ward-Prowse's excellent free-kick came off the angle of post and bar.

Defender Shane Duffy came close to equalising for the Seagulls with a header before the home side drew level on 52 minutes, when 34-year-old Murray nodded in from Pascal Gross' cross.

Bar the two goals, neither goalkeeper was severely tested. Saints' midfielder Dusan Tadic saw his strike deflected wide and striker Manolo Gabbiadini was denied by a sliding block from defender Lewis Dunk.

Leicester 2-0 Everton

Claude Puel started life at Leicester with a 2-0 win over Everton, with the visitors remaining marooned in the relegation zone.

Everton were punished by Leicester's pace on the break as Jamie Vardy (18) and a heavily deflected Demarai Gray effort off Jonjoe Kenny (28) gave them an early advantage.

Puel, who was appointed as Leicester's third manager of 2017 on Wednesday, had to watch his side defend deep for the majority of the second period - but the visitors lacked the imagination or variation in their play to trouble the scorers.

This latest defeat leaves Everton in the relegation zone having taken just eight points from their opening 10 games, while Leicester climbed to 11th.


Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham

Wilfried Zaha gave Crystal Palace a morale-boosting point against West Ham as they came from behind to draw 2-2.

First-half strikes from Javier Hernandez (31) and Andre Ayew (43) were cancelled out by a Luka Milivojevic penalty (50) and Zaha's dramatic last-minute equaliser (90+7) in a fiery contest at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace pushed hard for an equaliser in the second half, but Joe Hart pulled off a string of superb saves before Zaha slotted home to secure Roy Hodgson's men a crucial draw with seconds left on the clock. Palace remain bottom on four points, while West Ham move up to 16th.

Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield

Daniel Sturridge's 100th club career goal helped Liverpool return to winning ways in the Premier League with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Huddersfield.

Mohamed Salah saw his first-half penalty saved by Jonas Lossl (42) as a defensive Huddersfield side frustrated the hosts, who were without Philippe Coutinho at Anfield.

However, Sturridge capitalised on a Tommy Smith error (50) to steer Liverpool towards their first league victory since September.

Liverpool turned on the style as the Huddersfield defence opened up, and Roberto Firmino's header (58) and a superb Georginio Wijnaldum strike (75) ultimately put the game beyond the visitors.

Watford 0-1 Stoke City

Stoke enjoyed their first Premier League away win of the season to ease the pressure on Mark Hughes as Darren Fletcher's sweetly-struck volley was enough to seal a 1-0 win over Watford.

Fletcher met Xherdan Shaqiri's corner with a controlled volley on his right foot after 16 minutes at Vicarage Road with the ball flying past the unsighted Heurelho Gomes via a slight deflection off Troy Deeney.

Watford failed to produce a single shot on target with Charlie Adam hitting the post deep into stoppage time as the hosts piled men forward in search of an equaliser.

The result moves the Potters up to 13th in the Premier League while Watford drop to seventh.

West Brom 2-3 Man City

Manchester City continued their winning Premier League run on Saturday as they beat West Brom 3-2 at to extend their lead to five points at the top of the table.
City got off to another good start when they opened the scoring in the 10th minute as Leroy Sane slotted home.

Three minutes later, West Brom levelled through Jay Rodriguez (13), only to fall behind once again thanks to a fine Fernandinho strike (15). Raheem Sterling (64) added Man City's third just minutes after coming on as a substitute in the second half, before Matt Phillips (90+2) set up a nervy ending when he scored a second Baggies goal late on.

Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea

Eden Hazard's first Premier League goal of the season secured a 1-0 win for Chelsea against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

The visitors went close several times in the first half before Hazard flashed a near-post finish past Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic on 51 minutes.

Bournemouth created little but their best opening came when substitute Jordon Ibe saw his left-footed effort deflect narrowly over Thibaut Courtois' crossbar.

The result means Chelsea sit fourth, nine points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, while Bournemouth remain 19th having taken just seven points from their opening 10 games.

Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham

Substitute Anthony Martial scored a late winner as Manchester United beat Tottenham 1-0 on Saturday.

A game of few chances looked to be heading for a stalemate until Martial took advantage of a defensive lapse to latch onto Romelu Lukaku's flick-on and finish in the 81st minute.

Lukaku had headed against the post moments earlier while Dele Alli missed the best chance for Spurs, who were without injured top scorer Harry Kane, when he volleyed wide from close range. Spurs remain third with the loss.

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

Arsenal came back from a goal behind at half-time to beat Swansea 2-1 in the Premier League at the Emirates on Saturday.

Despite having little possession in the first half, Swansea took the lead through Sam Clucas' neat finish (22) from Tammy Abraham's superb through ball.

Arsenal levelled through Sead Kolasinac after the break (51), before Aaron Ramsey completed the turnaround just seven minutes later with a guided left-footed effort from eight yards. Arsenal has the 5th spot on 19points, while Swansea dropped to the 17th spot on 8points.


EPL Week 10 Scores At a Glance

Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham

Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham

Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield

Watford 0-1 Stoke City

Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea

West Brom 2-3 Man City

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

Leicester 2-0 Everton

Brighton 1-1 Southampton

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

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