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Tottenham Spurs 2-2 Arsenal
Chelsea 1-1 Stoke
Everton 2-3 West Ham
Manchester City 4-0 Aston Villa
Newcastle 1-3 Bournemouth
Southampton 1-1 Sunderland
Swansea 1-0 Norwich
Watford 0-1 Leicester
Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
West Bromwich 1-0 Manchester United

 

Premier League Leaders – Leicester – took a step closer to English football’s most unlikely title win as they edged Watford by a lone goal in Saturday’s north London Derby to leave Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester city 5, 8, and 10 points adrift of the top spot, courtesy of Riyad Mahrez’s stunning strike, a solid defensive display and energy from the returning N’Golo Kante.

In the topmost encounter of the day between second placed Tottenham Spurs and Arsenal, the latter drifted off the top spot by 8points as Alexis Sanchez’s equalizer earned 10-man Arsenal an important point while Spurs missed the opportunity to go keep it close against PL leaders in their north London derby at White Hart Lane.

The challenge of winning three consecutive games for the first time this season proved too much for reigning champions, Chelsea, as they missed the perfect opportunity at home to move into the top 8 of the log, thanks to Mame Biram Diouf’s 85th minute header that earned Stoke a deserved 1-1 draw as they took their unbeaten run under Guus Hiddink to 12 and Manchester City ended their three game losing run to guard their stay in the top four with a 4-0 trouncing of lowly Aston Villa as their PL title hunt continue to fade with each passing week.

Elsewhere on the day, West Ham’s Dimitri Payet’s 90th minute goal stunned Everton in their 5 goal thriller as the visitors bagged all 3points to the dismay of the home side in a come from behind win, Bournemouth distanced themselves from the relegation places with a 3-1 away victory over Newcastle who are now a point adrift of safety, Virgil van Dijk’s stoppage-time strike gave 10-man Southampton a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s as they denied Sunderland a precious away win and Gylfi Sigurdsson’s strike edged the Swans closer to safety as they moved 9points clear of the relegation places with their lone goal victory over visiting Norwich.

And on Sunday Christian Benteke’s injury-time penalty sealed a 2-1 win for Liverpool over Crystal Palace and West Bromwich dented Manchester United’s hopes for a top 4 finish as they edged Van Gaal’s Manchester United by a lone goal, courtesy of Salomon Rondon.

 

Watford 0-1 Leicester

Leicester City underscored their title credentials as Riyad Mahrez’s stunning strike earned a 1-0 victory at Watford.

Saturday’s north London derby drew open the door for Claudio Ranieri’s side to take a potentially crucial step towards the title, and they took full advantage as Mahrez’s 56th-minute strike saw off Watford.

Mahrez almost set up Jamie Vardy for an early goal as the Foxes started well.

And a similar start to the second half saw the Algerian rifle high into the net after Jose Holebas cleared to him.

The result sees Leicester move five points clear at the top of the Premier League, while Watford remain 12th after a 12th league defeat of the season.

Tottenham Spurs 2-2 Arsenal

Tottenham missed the chance to go top of the Premier League as Alexis Sanchez salvaged a 2-2 draw for 10-man Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Aaron Ramsey’s magnificent and instinctive flick gave Arsenal the lead just before the interval (39), but the game looked to have turned in the space of seven minutes as Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin was sent off on 55 minutes after being shown a second yellow card for a foul on Harry Kane, leaving the door open for Spurs to respond with two quick goals.

Toby Alderweireld (60) scored at the far post before Kane curled in a magnificent angled right-foot finish after 62 minutes to put Spurs in command.

Spurs appeared to be heading for three points but Arsenal refused to back down and equalized 14 minutes from time when Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris let Sanchez’s shot squirm through his grasp.

The draw did not serve both sides well as Tottenham fell behind Leicester by 5points and Arsenal by 8points, they remain in second and third place respectively.

Chelsea 1-1 Stoke City

Mame Biram Diouf scored a late equalizer (85) as Stoke prevented Chelsea from overtaking them in the league.

Bertrand Traore, playing as a central striker, gave the Blues the lead when he took Nemanja Matic’s pass, turned and fired home from 20 yards out for his second goal of the season.

The Potters deservedly levelled when Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross was punched by Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois to Diouf, who headed into an empty net.

Stoke remain seventh in the table, with Chelsea 10th – three points behind them.

Everton 2-3 West Ham

Dimitri Payet’s 90th-minute winner completed a stunning late West Ham comeback against 10-man Everton in a thrilling game at Goodison Park as the former maintained their top-four challenge with a 3-2 win.

Romelu Lukaku fired Everton into the lead before Kevin Mirallas picked up a second yellow before half-time.

Aaron Lennon prodded home to double the lead and with 20 minutes left Lukaku saw a poor penalty saved by Adrian.

Michail Antonio and Diafro Sakho each scored a header, before Payet pounced for West Ham’s third in 12 minutes.

The victory, only West Ham’s second in their past 10 away matches, sees Slaven Bilic’s side leapfrog Manchester United, who play on Sunday, into fifth in the table.

Everton have now lost three of their past four league games at Goodison and stay 11th.

Manchester City 4-0 Aston Villa

Manchester City kept their fast fading title hopes alive by scoring four second-half goals as they thumped Aston Villa 4-0 to end a run of three straight PL losses.

Bottom side Villa kept them at bay until the 48th minute, when Yaya Toure turned home David Silva’s pass.

A Micah Richards mistake let Sergio Aguero make it 2-0 soon after, before Aguero exchanged passes with Silva to fire home a third.

Raheem Sterling tapped in City’s fourth before Aguero missed a late penalty.

Bottom side Villa kept them at bay until the 48th minute, when Yaya Toure turned home David Silva’s pass.

A Micah Richards mistake let Sergio Aguero make it 2-0 soon after, before Aguero exchanged passes with Silva to fire home a third.

Raheem Sterling tapped in City’s fourth before Aguero missed a late penalty.

City’s win sees them close the gap on both north London teams after Tottenham drew with Arsenal earlier – they are now two points behind the third-placed Gunners with a game in hand but Leicester restored their 10point advantage with their lone goal victory over Watford.

Newcastle 1-3 Bournemouth

Defender Steven Taylor diverted the ball into his own net to give Bournemouth a 28th-minute lead.

Joshua King smashed in for 2-0 before Ayoze Perez pulled a goal back, but Charlie Daniels drilled in a late third to give the Cherries a deserved win.

Bournemouth distanced itself from the relegations spots and piled the pressure on Newcastle and Steve McClaren with a 3-1 win at St James’ Park on Saturday.

After releasing a statement expressing their support for McClaren, Newcastle’s players failed to deliver on the pitch and were booed off by their own fans after a disappointing display.

It is now five defeats in the six matches for Newcastle – who spent about £100m in the past two transfer windows but again find themselves laboring at the wrong end of the table.

Southampton 1-1 Sunderland

Virgil van Dijk snatched a stoppage-time equalizer for 10-man Southampton to deny struggling Sunderland an important victory at St Mary’s.

The visitors had appeared on course for a crucial three points in their bid to avoid relegation after substitute Jermain Defoe opened the scoring five minutes from time.

However, the Saints – who were reduced to 10 men when Captain Jose Fonte was sent off after 79 minutes – drew level through Van Dijk with virtually the last kick of the match.

With the bottom three all losing, a win would have taken Sam Allardyce’s side three points clear of the relegation zone.

For Southampton, the two dropped home points represent a setback to their hopes of pushing for a place in the Europa League.

Swansea 1-0 Norwich

Swansea moved nine points clear of the Premier League relegation zone after a crucial 1-0 victory over Norwich at the Liberty Stadium.

Watched by new FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who was in Wales for the International Football Association Board meeting, Swansea sealed all three points thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s second-half strike.

Victory keeps Swansea 16th in the table but moves them clear of the relegation places and level on points with Crystal Palace, who play Liverpool on Super Sunday.

Sunday

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Christian Benteke won and scored a controversial injury-time penalty as 10-man Liverpool came from behind to claim a dramatic 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Joe Ledley scored his first goal in 33 appearances to give Alan Pardew’s side the lead in the 48th minute and Palace’s chances of ending an 11-game run without a win were strengthened when James Milner was sent off for two bookable offences just after the hour mark.

However, Liverpool were handed a lifeline after Alex McCarthy’s clearance fell straight to Roberto Firmino and the Brazilian made no mistake, slotting the ball into the back of the net (72).

The comeback was complete deep into injury-time when substitute Benteke went down under a challenge from Damien Delaney despite minimal contact, and the Belgium international to send McCarthy the wrong way with one of the last kicks of the game (90+6) and seal a dramatic win.

Liverpool move up to seventh, six points off the Champions League places, while Palace’s worrying form continues as their wait for a first league win of 2016 goes on.

West Bromwich 1-0 Manchester United

Juan Mata was sent off as Manchester United’s top-four hopes suffered a setback with a 1-0 defeat at West Brom on Sunday.

The Spaniard received two yellow cards in quick succession in the first half for preventing West Brom from taking a quick free-kick and then tripping Darren Fletcher.

United held out until the 66th minute but their resistance was eventually broken when Salomon Rondon fired home.

United remain three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City in the Premier League having also played a game more, while West Brom move up to 11th

 

Compiled by Abena Alice with game day results from BBC and skysports

 

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