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West Ham 1-0 Sunderland
Southampton 1-2 Chelsea
Watford 0-0 Bournemouth
Leicester 1-0 Norwich City
Stoke 2-1 Aston Villa
West Brom 3-2 Crystal Palace
Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal
Tottenham Spurs 2-1 Swansea
Newcastle ppd Manchester City
Liverpool ppd Everton


With three of the top four PL teams out of action on Saturday, Leicester left it late - till the waning moments of the game - to go up one nil on visiting Norwich City to move five points clear at the top of the PL leaderboard. It was a cruel outcome for Norwich, who arrived at the King Power Stadium with the perfect plan to prevent Leicester from the sort of pacy counter-attacks that have carried them to the top of the league.

West Ham extended their unbeaten home run to 13 games with a lone goal win over Sunderland, who missed the opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone.

Reigning PL champions - Chelsea - kept their unbeaten PL streak under interim boss Guus Hiddink alive, winning back-to-back Premier League games for the first time this season after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Southampton.

Elsewhere on the day, two of this year's debutante sides - Watford and Bournemouth divvied up the spoils with a goalless tie, Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic's double threw ice cold water on Aston Villa's slim hopes of escaping relegation as the latter fell 8points behind the first safety spot and West Brom edged Crystal Palace by three goals to two with Saido Berahino scoring his first Premier League goal since October as West Brom held on for the maximum points against Crystal Palace.

And on Sunday, Manchester United's teenage striker - Marcus Rashford - scored a brace within the span of four minutes on his PL debut to deal a crippling blow to Arsenals title bid as the latter drifted 5points off the PL lead and Tottenham maintained their push with a 2-1 come from behind home win over Swansea.

Newcastle, Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton have their matches postponed.

West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

West Ham United continued their charge for European football with a 1-0 home win over struggling Sunderland on Saturday.

Michail Antonio scored the winner on the half-hour mark, his fifth in fifteen starts after an error by Sunderland left-back Patrick Van Aanholt proved to be the difference.

And the three points sees Slaven Bilic's side temporarily move up to fifth on 43points, their highest total after 27 Premier League games ahead of Manchester City's postpone clash against relegation threatened Newcastle.

Sunderland remain deep in trouble, 19th on 23poins, but a point from safety.

Southampton 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea moved up to 11th after coming back from a goal down to beat Southampton with a late Branislav Ivanovic header.

Shane Long put Saints ahead late in the first half with a composed finish after goalkeeper Fraser Forster had broken a club record for the longest time without conceding.

But Saints' resistance was broken in the 75th minute when Cesc Fabregas' cross beat Forster.

Branislav Ivanovic then headed in a late winner from a corner as Chelsea extended their unbeaten league run under Guus Hiddink to 10 matches and moved up to 11th in the table.

Southampton, who had not conceded a goal in over nine hours prior to kick-off, remain seventh but missed the chance to strengthen their push for a European spot.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Watford and Bournemouth both missed good chances as their contest at Vicarage Road finished goalless.

Hornets' striker Odion Ighalo had the best of those opportunities when his header from eight yards sailed over the bar.

He also fired over the bar from 12 yards from a quick free-kick, and forced Artur Boruc into an early save.

The Cherries went close through Max Gradel, who made his first appearance since a ligament injury in August.

The result sees Bournemouth move five points clear of the relegation zone in 15th on 29th points, while Watford drop to 10th on 37points.

Leicester 1-0 Norwich city

Substitute Leonardo Ulloa's 89th-minute goal extended Leicester's lead at the top of the Premier League to five points and denied Norwich a deserved draw.

Usually ebullient, the leaders were kept in check for the vast majority of the game by a well-organized Norwich side, desperate for points themselves as they battle the drop.

However, with time running out for the hosts, Ulloa turned in a low cross from Marc Albrighton at the end of an otherwise limp Foxes display to earn a victory which could have a huge impact in the title race.

Leicester were largely restricted to shots from distance until substitute Ulloa had the final say and until the Argentine's intervention, the Foxes were facing the prospect of losing top spot if either of Arsenal or Tottenham won on Sunday - instead they are guaranteed to remain at the summit with 11 games remaining.

Norwich remained 17th on the log on 24points with the loss but can fall into the relegation places should Necastle win their postponed match against Manchester City.

Stoke 2-1 Aston Villa

Stoke boosted their bid for a top 10 finish and dented Aston Villa's slim hopes of survival as Marko Arnautovic helped them to a 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium.

Following a lacklustre opening 45 minutes, Arnautovic celebrated his 100th appearance for the club by smashing home from the penalty spot after Ashley Westwood's clumsy challenge on Phil Bardsley.

And they soon doubled their advantage with Austria international Arnautovic making the most of Xherdan Shaqiri's cross by chesting the ball over the line.

Leandro Bacuna set up a grandstand finish after firing home with 11 minutes remaining, but an equaliser never looked likely and the defeat, Villa's 10th away from home in the league this season, leaves them 8points adrift of safety with only 11 games remaining to salvage their top-flight status.

West Brom 3-2 Crystal Palace

West Brom beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at the Hawthorns on Saturday to leave Alan Pardew's side without a win in 10 Premier League games.

It was three goals from three chances in the first-half for the Baggies, who took the lead through Craig Gardner's close-range effort, before Craig Dawson made it 2-0 with a header.

Saido Berahino's fine finish had them three up after 31 minutes to add to Palace's first-half woes, though Connor Wickham did give them hope by pulling a goal back just after half-time.

Wickham set up a nervy final 10 minutes with a superb half-volley from the left of the penalty area, and despite Scott Dann going close late on, West Brom held on.

The result moves Tony Pulis' Baggies up a place to 13th in the Premier League, 11 points clear of the relegation zone, while Palace are 14th, eight points from danger.

Manchester united 3-2 Arsenal

18-year-old Marcus Rashford scored twice on his Premier League debut to help Manchester United to a 3-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The striker, who had hit a double just three days ago against Midtjylland in the Europa League, struck twice more inside four first-half minutes before Danny Welbeck pulled a goal back before the break against his old club.

Ander Herrera's deflected strike - set up by Rashford - restored the hosts' two-goal lead in the 65th minute, only for Mesut Ozil to peg them back again four minutes later.

Arsenal pressed for an equaliser in the closing stages but were unable to find one as their title challenge faltered to leave them five points behind leaders Leicester and three off local rivals Tottenham.

Tottenham 2-1 Swansea City

Tottenham launched a second-half fightback to beat Swansea 2-1 and maintain their Premier League title push.

Alberto Paloschi put the visitors ahead in a first half full of fine saves from Swans goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski who kept his side ahead at the break.

But Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose struck twice in the last 20 minutes to seal a deserved three points for the home side.

Spurs remain in second but with Arsenal losing to Manchester United, they are now three points clear of their north London rivals and two behind leaders Leicester, while Swansea remain in 16th position - three points from the relegation places.



Abena Alice with BBC and skysports

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