Leicester maintained their place at the top of the Premier League table after their late winner helped them overcome Norwich 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.
Substitute Leonardo Ulloa’s sliding finish from close-range from Marc Albrighton’s low cross with just a minute of normal time remaining proved to be enough for the Foxes. They remain two points clear at the top of the table, whilst Norwich sit outside of the relegation zone on goal difference and are without a win in their last seven.
Arsenal lost ground in the title race as they suffered a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford in an enthralling encounter. Eighteen year-old Marcus Rashford had a dream Premier League debut as he struck twice in three minutes to put United 2-0 ahead before Danny Welbeck pulled one back.
Ander Herrera’s deflected strike looked to have sealed it for the Red Devils before Mesut Ozil pulled one back to create some nervy moments late on. The Gunners now sit five points off the top spot, whereas United stay fifth but move to within three points of the top four.
Tottenham continued their title push as they came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Alberto Paloschi gave the Swans the lead in the first-half and it took until the 70th minute for the home side to equalise through Nacer Chadli. Just seven minutes later Danny Rose fired in from the edge of the box to seal Spurs’ sixth straight win and leave them two points off the top, whilst Swansea stay 16th and are without a win in four.
Aston Villa took another step towards relegation after their 2-1 defeat to Stoke at the Britannia. Two goals from Marko Arnautovic had the Potters 2-0 ahead – the first a penalty and the second a tap-in to an empty net – before Leandro Bacuna pulled one back for the visitors. Mark Hughes’ side move up to eighth, whereas Villa remain rock bottom and eight points from safety.
West Ham remained in the hunt for the top four as they beat Sunderland 1-0 at Upton Park. The only goal of the game came in the first-half through Michail Antonio’s left-footed strike to condemn Sam Allardyce to defeat on his return to the Hammers. The home side sit sixth, with just one defeat in their last five whilst the Black Cats stay second bottom.
West Brom held on to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 in a game of two halves at the Hawthorns. Albion raced into a 3-0 lead after just half an hour thanks to goals from Craig Gardner, Craig Dawson and Saido Berahino. However Palace responded in the second-half and two goals from Conor Wickham almost helped them complete a famous comeback. Tony Pulis’ side move up to 13th with a second straight win, leapfrogging their opponents who are still without a win in 2016.
Southampton’s run of form came to an end as they were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea at St. Mary’s. Saints took the lead in the first-half when Baba Rahman’s error presented Shane Long a chance to finish. However the Blues netted twice late in the game, first through Cesc Fabregas to end Fraser Forster’s impressive run without conceding before Branislav Ivanovic headed in the winner with just a minute left. Guus Hiddink’s side move up to 11th and are unbeaten under his tenure, whereas Southampton are seventh.
Watford and Bournemouth played out a goalless draw at Vicarage Road. Odion Ighalo squandered the best chances in the game, forcing a good save from Artur Boruc and putting a close-range header over the bar. The Hornets stay 10th with one defeat from their last five, whilst the Cherries are 15th and without a win in three.
Player of the Weekend: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Team of the Weekend: Manchester United
Goal of the Weekend: Saido Berahino (WEST BROM v Crystal Palace)