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Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester – Match day 31 – Riyad Mahrez goal
Premier League leaders – Leicester City – kept their title hopes alive and well, opening an 8point gap atop the summit over idle contenders, Tottenham Spurs and Arsenal who have a game in hand, courtesy of a Riyad Mahrez’s goal that saw off a stubborn Crystal Palace team at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Reigning PL Champions, Chelsea, denied West Ham a spot in the top 4 on Saturday as they came from behind twice, courtesy of a Cesc Fabregas brace to deny the Hammers victory and maintain their unbeaten record under interim boss Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge and title chasers, Arsenal, responded to their ouster from both the Champions League and FA Cup with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park to keep whatever is left of their title hopes alive.
Also on Saturday, Stoke city kept their push for a European spot with a comfortable 2-1 victory over Watford, Norwich secured their first win after 11 tries at West Bromwich to move out of the relegation zone and Federico Fernández lone goal condemned visiting cellar dwellers – Aston Villa – to a 1-0 defeat as Swansea continued their push from the relegation places with their third win from 4 PL matches.
And on Sunday, second placed Tottenham Spurs maintained their title push, cutting the deficit back to 5points following a 3-0 thrashing of visiting EPL debut side, Bournemouth, with an inspired performance from Harry Kane and Manchester United all but ended Manchester City’s title hopes as the former edged the latter by a lone goal, courtesy of Marcus Rushford (16m) who became the youngest scorer in the history of the derby.
Liverpool’s hopes of a top-four spot were dented as Southampton dramatically snatched victory at St Mary’s with Saido Mane’s double leading the way as they stormed back from 2 goals down for a 3-2 victory while Newcastle and Sunderland divvied the spoils in the Tyne-Wear derby.
Chelsea 2-2 West Ham
Cesc Fabregas scored a free-kick and a late controversial penalty as Chelsea earned a point to frustrate West Ham’s Champions League ambitions.
The Hammers took the lead when Manuel Lanzini beat Thibaut Courtois with a sumptuous curling effort from 25 yards.
Fabregas’s superb set piece on the stroke of half-time pegged them back.
Substitute Andy Carroll looked to have won it for West Ham, before Fabregas snatched a point after Michail Antonio fouled Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the waning moments of the game.
Victory would have moved West Ham in front of Manchester City into fourth place, but Slaven Bilic’s side were unable to add Chelsea to Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal on their list of away scalps this season.
Chelsea, unbeaten under interim boss, Guus Hiddink remain 10th on the log.
Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester
Riyad Mahrez winner extends Foxes lead.
Leicester moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League following a hard-fought lone goal victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Riyad Mahrez missed an early chance after being put clean through but made amends, as he scored the only goal of the game at the 34th minute mark, turning in a Jamie Vardy’s low cross for the eventual winner.
The Foxes were on the back foot for much of the second half but they held out as Kasper Schmeichel saved from Bakary Sako and Damien Delaney volleyed against the crossbar in injury-time.
Palace is 16th on the log, 8 clear points off the relegation places.
Watford 1-2 Stoke
Stoke City maintained their European charge by moving into seventh spot in the Premier League thanks to a 2-1 win at Watford.
After a bright start from the hosts, the visitors dominated possession, and injury returnee – Jonathan Walters – broke the deadlock as he turned home Phil Bardsley’s right-wing cross before Joselu doubled their advantage with a piece of individual magic six minutes into the second half.
Troy Deeney set up a nervy finish with a close-range header with four minutes remaining, but City held on to claim maximum points over the FA Cup semi-finalists.
Watford has the 14th spot on 37points with Stoke 7th on 46points.
West Browich 0-1 Norwich City
Norwich secured their first win in 11 league games to move out of the bottom three with victory at West Brom.
After a turgid first half, Robbie Brady put the away side ahead with the game’s only shot on target.
West Brom went close through Claudio Yacob’s first-half drive before Stephane Sessegnon wasted their best chance, firing wide from a tight angle.
Norwich are now three points clear of the drop-zone in 17th, but will return to 18th if Sunderland win on Sunday.
West Bromwich are 11th on 39points.
Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa
Swansea took a significant stride to securing Premier League survival as they ground out a win against bottom side Aston Villa.
Villa dominated but failed to capitalize on a lethargic Swans display in a goalless first half.
The visitors were made to pay for their profligacy early in the second when Federico Fernandez bundled in.
Swansea are now 11 points clear of the relegation zone in 15th, while Villa remain 12 points adrift of safety.
Everton 0-2 Arsenal
Arsenal kept alive their slim hopes of winning the Premier League thanks to a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Danny Welbeck opened the scoring on seven minutes, put through by Alexis Sanchez to round Joel Robles and slot home for his fourth of the season.
On 42 minutes, teenager Alex Iwobi marked his maiden Premier League start with a first goal for the club.
The result leaves the Gunners 11 points behind leaders Leicester City with Everton 12th on 38points.
Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland
Aleksandar Mitrovic rescued a point for Newcastle against relegation rivals Sunderland as a fiercely contested Tyne-Wear derby ended in a draw.
The striker headed home from close range in the 83rd minute at St James’ Park to arrest a run of six straight derby defeats for the home side.
Jermain Defoe had given Sunderland the lead on the stroke of half-time and it looked for all the world like the Black Cats would hold on for victory until Mitrovic’s late effort.
It was Rafa Benitez’s first point as Newcastle manager after defeat in his opening game at Leicester on Monday night, and the draw leaves both in the bottom three, with 18th-placed Sunderland a point and a place ahead of Newcastle but two points from safety.
Southampton 3-2 Liverpool
Substitute Sadio Mane inspired a stunning second-half Southampton fightback as they came from 2-0 down to beat Liverpool 3-2.
Liverpool looked to be cruising to victory at St Mary’s as goals from Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge put them in control at the break.
But, boosted by the half-time introductions of Mane and Victor Wanyama, Saints came storming back.
Sadio Mane missed a penalty just after the break following Martin Skrtel’s foul on Graziano Pelle, but made amends soon after with a smart finish.
Pelle’s curling shot restored parity in the 83rd minute, before Mane pounced to seize all three points for his side.
Liverpool pressed forward to try to force a final twist, but a speculative penalty shout for a push on Christian Benteke was all they could muster.
Southampton remain seventh, with Liverpool two places lower and still seven points off the top four.
Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United
Marcus Rashford scored on his Manchester derby debut as United all but ended City’s title hopes with a 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
The United academy product’s 16th-minute strike proved to be the decisive goal as United ground out a much-needed victory courtesy of Rashford’s fifth goal on his eighth appearance for the club.
City’s cause was hampered by the loss of Raheem Sterling and Joe Hart in either half to injuries, and they failed to really test David de Gea, Sergio Aguero’s header against the post the closest they came to equalizing.
United, 6th on the table moved to within a point of the fourth placed City squad who remain 15points adrift of the top spot.
Tottenham 3-0 Bournemouth
Tottenham cut Leicester’s lead at the top of the Premier League to five points as Harry Kane inspired Spurs to a routine win over Bournemouth.
Kane turned in Kyle Walker’s cross after 43 seconds and then latched onto Dele Alli’s pass to finish left-footed past Artur Boruc to double the lead.
The England striker is now the Premier League’s top scorer with 21 goals.
Spurs lacked the same intensity and verve after the break but were still able to add a third through Christian Eriksen who tapped in Tottenham’s third from close range after Boruc had pushed out Kane’s shot from 25 yards in the 52nd minute before coasting through the remainder of the match.
Mid-table Bournemouth, who had won three successive league games before their trip to White Hart Lane, rarely threatened.
Match day report from BBC, skysports and Eurosports were used in this compilation