Points are shared in the North East
There was nothing to separate the two sides on Friday night as Newcastle United and Aston Villa played out a 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park.
Both teams were resolute in defence for the majority of the match up until the final 10 minutes where all of the action took place.
Villa opened the scoring on 86 minutes when Ollie Watkins’ shot from inside the area deflected off the knee of the defender Ciaran Clark and into the back of the net for an own goal.
The Magpies found the equaliser in the fourth minute of stoppage-time when Lascelles met the cross in from Jacob Murphy to powerfully head beyond the reach of Emiliano Martinez at his near post to rescue a late point for the hosts.
This result now sees Newcastle just one place above relegation in 17th on 28 points whilst Dean Smith’s men are in 9th on 41.
Stalemate at Elland Road
It was a battle of the goalkeepers at Elland Road after Chelsea extended their unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel with a goalless draw against Leeds United.
Edouard Mendy had to make a fingertip save onto the crossbar for the visitors to deny Tyler Roberts just past the quarter of an hour mark.
Leeds lost Patrick Bamford to injury shortly before the break with Illan Meslier keeping out strikes from both Pulisic and Havertz to prevent Chelsea taking the lead.
The hosts almost got the winner late on with a superb effort from Raphina but the Blues number one was on hand yet again to ensure that the spoils were shared at full-time.
Palace secure victory over relegation battling Baggies
Crystal Palace recorded their first win in four matches after they beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at Selhurst Park.
The Baggies came closest in the early stages when Okay Yokuslu fired his effort straight over the crossbar.
Palace took the lead on 37 minutes after Darnell Furlong was penalised for a handball inside the area with Luka Milivojevic converting from the spot.
The Eagles almost added a second late on with a powerful strike from Christian Benteke but Sam Johnstone made a brilliant save to keep the scoreline at just one.
These three points for Roy Hodgson’s men means they are now in 11th place on 37 points whilst West Brom are second from bottom in 19th on 18.
Burnley earn away win at Goodison Park
Burnley have moved clear of the drop zone after they picked up a 2-1 away victory against high flying Everton at Goodison Park.
The Clarets took the lead on 13 minutes when Chris Wood fired in from the edge of the area to score for the second successive game.
Sean Dyche’s men doubled their advantage just 11 minutes later when Dwight McNeil curled in an absolute screamer from 25-yards out which went in off the crossbar.
The Toffees pulled a goal back just past the half-hour mark when Dominic Calvert-Lewin met the cross into the box from Tom Davies to put his header beyond the reach of Nick Pope at his near post.
The hosts pushed for an equaliser late on but couldn’t find the back of the net with Burnley holding out for an important three points.
Manchester City go 14 points clear at the top of the table
Manchester City have edged yet another step closer to what would be their fifth Premier League title with a comfortable 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
John Stones gave City the lead on 47 minutes when he latched onto Joao Cancelo’s free-kick to convert from close range.
Gabriel Jesus added the second just nine minutes later when he capitalised on a poor back pass by Ivan Cavaleiro to go around the goalkeeper Areola for a tap in.
The hosts wrapped the match up on the hour mark when Ferran Torres was fouled by Tosin Adarabioyo in the area with the returning Sergio Aguero registering his first goal since January 2020.
City remain at the top of the table on 71 points whilst the Cottagers find themselves third from bottom in 18th on 26.
Saints suffer defeat on the South Coast
Brighton and Hove Albion have taken another step closer to safety after beating Southampton 2-1 at St. Mary’s in what was their first ever Premier League victory over the Saints.
The Seagulls took the lead on 16 minutes when Lewis Dunk met the corner from Pascal Gross and headed in for his fourth goal of the season.
The hosts got the leveller just 11 minutes later when Ryan Bertrand headed the ball across the face of goal where Che Adams was there to volley in to score in his third successive game.
Brighton’s winner came in the 56th-minute when Leandro Trossard latched onto Danny Welbeck’s superb touch to fire in from close range.
5-star performance from the Foxes
Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first-ever Premier League hat-trick in what was an emphatic performance from Leicester City as they beat Sheffield United 5-0 at the King Power Stadium.
Iheanacho put the Foxes ahead on 39 minutes when he collected the square ball from Jamie Vardy to tap into an empty net before Ayoze Perez added the second just past the hour mark when he drilled his effort low into the bottom left hand corner.
The Nigerian striker made it three when he latched onto a clever pass into the box by Vardy to finish beyond the reach of Aaron Ramsdale.
Iheanacho completed his hat-trick in the 78th-minute with a great strike from the edge of the area before the hosts got the fifth with just ten minutes remaining when the initial shot from Vardy was turned into his own net by Ethan Ampadu at the near post.
This result sees Leicester remain in 3rd place on 56 points whilst the relegation battling Blades stay bottom on just 14.
North London is red following derby day
North London was definitely red following derby day on Sunday afternoon as Arsenal secured a 2-1 victory over their rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates.
Erik Lamela, who came onto the pitch as a substitute for the injured Son Heung-Min, put the visitors ahead just past the half-hour mark with a magnificent rabona into the bottom-right hand corner.
Martin Odegaard got the equaliser for the Gunners in what was his first-ever Premier League goal when his deflected strike ended up in the back of the net.
Arsenal went in front on 64 minutes when Lacazette was brought down inside the area by Davinson Sanchez with the Frenchman dispatching the resulting penalty.
Spurs were reduced to 10 men in the 76th-minute when their goalscorer Lamela picked up his second yellow card of the night following a challenge on Kieran Tierney.
United claim important win in the race for the top four
Manchester United have extended their unbeaten run to nine games after they earned a 1-0 victory over West Ham at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils came close just before the half-hour mark when Marcus Rashford headed into the ground but his effort bounced wide of the post.
United eventually broke the deadlock in the 53rd-minute when the corner from Bruno Fernandes deflected off Craig Dawson and into the back of the net for an own goal.
Mason Greenwood almost wrapped the game up for the hosts when he hit the woodwork from the edge of the area with just 13 minutes remaining on the clock.
This result for Ole’s team sees them go back up to 2nd place on 57 points whilst the Hammers are in 5th on 48.
Liverpool return to winning ways
It was a welcome return to the Molineux for Diogo Jota on Monday night as his goal was enough for Liverpool to earn a 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It was the hosts who started the game the brighter of the two teams when Alisson had to make an early save to deny Nelson Semedo.
On his return back to his former club, Jota put Jurgen Klopp’s men ahead in the first half stoppage-time when he collected the ball from Sadio Mane inside the area to neatly finish beyond Rui Patricio at his near post.
The Portuguese goalkeeper later suffered a serious head injury after a collision with his teammate Conor Coady and had to leave the pitch on a stretcher.
Mohamed Salah almost added a late second for the visitors but they were able to hang on and record their first Premier League win in three matches.