Arsenal maintained their position at the top of the table with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates.
Laurent Koscielny’s close range finish 18 minutes from time sealed the points for the Gunners and extended their lead at the top to two points, whilst Newcastle remain in the bottom three with a third straight defeat.
Manchester City netted twice in the final ten minutes to come from behind and beat Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets took the lead just before the hour mark when Ben Watson’s corner deflected off Aleksandar Kolarov and sailed in. However, City struck twice in two minutes late on, with Yaya Toure volleying in before Sergio Aguero placed a brilliant header into the far corner. The win leaves City in third, but now just a point off second-placed Leicester, while Watford are now ninth and without a win in their last three.
Leicester were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Bournemouth to slip two points adrift of Arsenal.
Simon Francis was dismissed for the visitors early in the second-half for a foul on Jamie Vardy inside the area, but Riyad Mahrez saw his penalty saved by Artur Boruc. The Foxes stay second and without a win in three, meanwhile the Cherries now move four points above the bottom three.
Sunderland secured a crucial three points over bottom side Aston Villa with a 3-1 win at the Stadium of Light.
Patrick van Aanholt’s deflected strike gave the Black Cats the lead before a brilliant volley from Carles Gil levelled things. Jermain Defoe’s finish put the home side back ahead and Defoe was on hand to seal the points in stoppage time from Ola Toivonen’s pass. Sunderland stay second bottom but move to within four points of safety, whilst Villa stay 11 points from safety and without a win in 19 games.
Chelsea secured a first win under Guus Hiddink’s tenure with a 3-0 triumph over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Oscar tapped-in an opener for the Blues in the first half, before two goals in six minutes in the second-half – one thunderous strike from Willian – and a tap-in from Diego Costa secured a comfortable win. Chelsea stay 14th and are unbeaten in four, whilst Palace now sit seventh.
West Ham kept up their impressive season with a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Upton Park. Michail Antonio’s first half header gave the Hammers the lead before Andy Carroll’s header in the second half against his former club sealed the win. Slaven Bilic’s men move up to sixth and are unbeaten in seven, whereas Liverpool drop to eighth.
Manchester United ended their winless run with a 2-1 win over Swansea at Old Trafford.
Anthony Martial’s header gave the home side the lead before Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled the Swans level. But it would be United who found the winner as Martial turned provider for Wayne Rooney to brilliantly flick the ball into the far corner. The Red Devils move up to fifth with their first win in six, whilst Swansea stay two points above the drop zone.
West Brom and Tony Pulis secured a win over his former side, beating Stoke 2-1 at the Hawthorns.
Stephane Sessegnon gave the home side the lead on the hour mark before Jon Walters headed in an equaliser. However, almost immediately Geoff Cameron was shown a straight red card for the visitors and in stoppage time, Albion took full advantage and Jonny Evans poked in a winner. The win takes Tony Pulis’ men up to 12th, whilst the Potters stay tenth.
Everton and Tottenham shared the points in an entertaining 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.
Aaron Lennon’s sublime finish gave the Toffees the lead before Dele Alli equalised for the visitors on the stroke of half-time. The point leaves Spurs fourth, whilst Everton sit 11th with just one win from their last seven.
Norwich continued their impressive festive form with a 1-0 win over Southampton at Carrow Road.
The home side took full advantage of an extra man in the final stages, after Victor Wanyama was sent off for two yellow cards, when Alexander Tettey placed a left-footed strike into the top corner. Norwich are now 15th and move six points clear of the drop, whilst Saints are 13th with four defeats from their last five.
Player of the Week: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland)
Team of the Week: Chelsea
Goal of the Week: Carles Gil (Sunderland vs ASTON VILLA)