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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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