Honours even at St. Mary’s
Leicester City were left frustrated on Friday night as their hopes of solidifying a Champions League place were dented by 10-man Southampton who held them to a 1-1 draw at the St. Mary’s Stadium.
The hosts had a man dismissed early on when Jannik Vestergaard received a straight red card for a late challenge on Jamie Vardy which denied him a goalscoring opportunity.
This didn’t stop the Saints from applying the pressure though as James Ward-Prowse put them ahead on the hour mark from the spot after Kelechi Iheanacho handled the ball inside the area.
The Foxes found the equaliser on 68 minutes when Jonny Evans met the cross in from Iheanacho to head home from close range and rescue a point for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
This result now sees Leicester remain in 3rd place on 63 points whilst Southampton find themselves in 15th on 37.
Manchester City one win away from claiming the Premier League title
Manchester City have moved to within three points of earning their fifth Premier League title after they recorded a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The visitors took the lead on 57 minutes when Sergio Aguero met the cross into the box from Benjamin Mendy to powerfully finish beyond the reach of Vicente Guaita to score on what was his return to the starting eleven.
City doubled their advantage just two minutes later when Ferran Torres composed himself to hit a sweet strike from outside the area and seal the win for Pep Guardiola’s men.
This 11th consecutive away victory for the former champions puts them 13 points ahead of Manchester United meaning that if the Red Devils were to lose their next match, City would be walking away with the trophy.
Seagulls move ten points clear of the relegation zone
Brighton and Hove Albion have taken a huge step closer to safety after they sealed a 2-0 win over Leeds United at the Amex.
The Seagulls opened the scoring on 14 minutes when Alioski brought down Danny Welbeck inside the area with Pascal Gross converting the resulting penalty.
Leandro Trossard rifled his effort just over the crossbar on the stroke of half-time before Welbeck wrapped up the three points for Graham Potter’s side when he was the quickest to pounce on a loose clearance to turn and finish beyond Illan Meslier.
This result now sees Brighton move up to 14th place on 37 points whilst Leeds are in 11th on 47.
Chelsea earn comfortable victory at Craven Cottage
Fulham’s hopes of maintaining their Premier League status have taken yet another blow as they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The hosts took the lead after just 10 minutes when Mason Mount played a wonderful through ball to Kai Havertz who finished neatly into the bottom right-hand corner.
The German international doubled Chelsea’s advantage shortly after the break when he played a one-two with Timo Werner to slot home his fourth of the season from close range.
This result sees Thomas Tuchel’s men remain in 4th place on 61 points whilst the Cottagers stay in 18th on 27.
Toffees suffer home defeat against Villa
Aston Villa have moved back into the top half of the table after a late goal from Anwar El Ghazi secured them a 2-1 victory against Everton at Goodison Park.
The visitors went ahead on 13 minutes when Ollie Watkins capitalised on a defensive error by Mason Holgate to finish in the bottom left-hand corner.
The Toffees found the equaliser just six minutes later when Dominic Calvert-Lewin met the corner from Lucas Digne to head home at the back post.
Villa got the winner in the 80th-minute when El Ghazi collected the ball from Traore to curl his effort superbly into the back of the net from the edge of the area to ensure that Dean Smith’s side were taking all three points back to the Midlands.
Arsenal seal win in the North East
Arsenal returned to winning ways on Sunday afternoon as they recorded a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.
The Gunners opened the scoring after just six minutes when Mohamed Elneny hit his strike low from the edge of the area to find the bottom corner and put his effort beyond the reach of Martin Dubravka.
The visitors doubled their lead on 66 minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who made his first Premier League start in over a month, met a brilliant left-wing cross from Gabriel Martinelli to smash a first-time volley home from close range.
This result sees Arsenal jump back up to 9th place on 49 points whilst the Magpies remain in 17th on 36.
Gareth Bale scores hat-trick in an emphatic performance by Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur have kept their hopes of a top four place alive after they earned an emphatic 4-0 win over Sheffield United in North London.
Spurs took the lead on 36 minutes when Serge Aurier played a superb ball over the top to pick out Gareth Bale who poked home from close range.
The hosts added a second just past the hour mark when Son Heung-Min squared the ball to the Welsh international who finished into the top-right hand corner and beyond the reach of Aaron Ramsdale.
Bale completed his hat-trick with a low drive from the edge of the area before Son got the fourth on 77 minutes when he curled in a brilliant long range effort from outside the box.
Spoils are shared at the Hawthorns
West Bromwich Albion came back from behind to rescue an important point on Monday night as they drew 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Hawthorns.
The visitors went ahead in the first-half stoppage-time when Fabio Silva’s effort took a huge deflection which flew up into the air and over the top of Sam Johnstone who could do nothing to stop the ball ending up in the back of the net.
The Baggies got the equaliser on 62 minutes when Diagne met the cross into the box from Conor Gallagher to powerfully head home beyond the reach of Rui Patricio.
This result for both sides means that Sam Allardyce’s men stay in 19th place on 26 points, 10 from safety, whilst Wolves find themselves in 12th on 42.
Hammers earn crucial win in the race for the top four
A double from Michail Antonio was enough for West Ham United to spark hope in their chase for a top four finish as they beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor.
The Clarets opened their account on 19 minutes when Chris Wood was brought down inside the area by Tomas Soucek with the New Zealand international converting the resulting penalty.
The Hammers responded quickly and found the leveller just two minutes later when Antonio met the cross in from Vladimir Coufal to head home from close range.
The visitors wrapped up all three points just before the half-hour mark when Said Benrahma whipped a magnificent ball into the box which Antonio toe-poked in beyond the reach of Nick Pope.