Date: 25th January 2016 at 12:31pm
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Leicester City rose back to the top of the Premier League table following a comfortable 3-0 win over Stoke City at the King Power Stadium.

Danny Drinkwater’s deflected strike – his first Premier League goal – put the Foxes ahead just before half-time, before Jamie Vardy’s 16th of the season and a Leonardo Ulloa effort wrapped things up. Claudio Ranieri’s side now sit three points clear at the top, whereas the Potters drop to ninth.

Arsenal lost their place at the top of the table as they were beaten 1-0 by London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates.

The Gunners were reduced to ten men after just 18 minutes when Per Mertesacker was shown a straight red card for bringing Diego Costa down. The only goal came five minutes after the dismissal, when Costa finished from close range. Guus Hiddink’s side move up to 13th and are unbeaten in seven, whilst Arsene Wenger’s side are now third.

Manchester City moved up to second despite drawing 2-2 with West Ham at Upton Park.

Enner Valencia gave the home side the lead after just 55 seconds; however Sergio Aguero equalised from the penalty spot. Valencia scored again to put the Hammers ahead in the second half, before Aguero denied them the win nine minutes from time. City are now unbeaten in six, whilst Slaven Bilic’s side stay sixth.

23 January 2015 - Premier League Football - Norwich City v Liverpool : Roberto Firmino celebrates the first goal for Liverpool. Photo: Mark Leech

Two-goal Roberto Firmino was one of the heroes in Liverpool’s incredible 5-4 win.

In a Premier League classic, Liverpool scored in the fifth minute of stoppage-time to beat Norwich 5-4, after coming from 3-1 down in the second-half at Carrow Road.

The Canaries raced into their lead 10 minutes after the break having fallen behind to a Roberto Firming finish – goals from Dieumerci Mbokani, debutant Steven Naismith and a Wes Hoolahan penalty gave them a two-goal cushion.

However, shortly after the hour mark, the visitors had levelled things thanks to goals from Jordan Henderson and Firmino again, before James Milner gave them a 4-3 lead with 15 minutes remaining.

The home side thought they’d rescued a point in injury-time when Sebastien Bassong fired a drive into the bottom corner, only for the Reds to break their hearts as Adam Lallana volleyed in with virtually the last kick of the game. Jurgen Klopp’s men move up to seventh with a first win in three, whilst Alex Neil’s side slip to 17th with a third straight loss.

Spurs kept up pace in the title race as they came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park.

A Jan Vertonghen own goal gave the home side the lead, but Harry Kane equalised for the visitors. Just six minutes from time, Dele Alli’s extraordinary volley gave Spurs the advantage, before Nacer Chadli’s strike sealed the points. Mauricio Pochettino’s side stay fourth, now just five points off the top, whilst the Eagles drop to 11th with a fourth straight defeat.

Manchester United lost ground in the top four race with a 1-0 defeat to Southampton at Old Trafford.

Debutant Charlie Austin came off the bench to score a header three minutes from the end to make it two wins in two seasons at Old Trafford for Ronald Koeman. The Red Devils stay fifth, now five points off fourth, whereas Saints are up to eighth.

23rd January 2016 - Barclays Premier League - Manchester United v Southampton - Charlie Austin of Southampton scores their 1st goal - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Austin headed in on his Southampton debut to secure his new side a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.

Francesco Guidolin won his first game in charge of Swansea as they triumphed 2-1 over Everton at Goodison Park.

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty gave the visitors the lead, before Gareth Barry flicked in an equaliser. However, the Swans took all three points when Andre Ayew’s shot deflected in off John Stones to help them move up to 15th, whilst the Toffees now sit 12th and have gone five games without a win.

Sunderland and Bournemouth both gained a point in their battles for survival in a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.

Benik Afobe gave the visitors the lead with a sublime header for his second goal in as many games, before a Patrick van Aanholt drive levelled things. The Black Cats remain second bottom, four points from safety, whereas the Cherries are now 16th.

Watford ended a run of four straight defeats with a 2-1 triumph over Newcastle at Vicarage Road.

Odion Ighalo gave the home side the lead and Craig Cathcart doubled it from close range just before the hour, before Jamaal Lascelles pulled one back with his first goal for Newcastle. The Hornets move up to 10th, whilst the Magpies stay in the bottom three.

West Brom and Aston Villa played out a goalless draw at the Hawthorns.

In a drab game, the closest the Baggies came was a Craig Dawson header, whilst Ashley Westwood went closest for the visitors. Tony Pulis’ side drop to 14th and are without a win in three, whereas Remi Garde’s men stay bottom but are now unbeaten in three.

Player of the Weekend: Roberto Firmino
Team of the Weekend: Liverpool
Goal of the Weekend: Dele Alli (Crystal Palace vs TOTTENHAM)

 
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