Leicester City went seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table as they beat Southampton 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.
Captain Wes Morgan was the man to get the only goal seven minutes before half-time as he headed in Christian Fuchs’ cross for his first goal of the season. The win made it four straight 1-0 wins for the Foxes and now means they need just 12 points from their remaining six games to secure the title.
Tottenham lost ground in the title race as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Liverpool at Anfield. Philippe Coutinho’s strike six minutes into the second-half gave the home side the lead but a sublime Harry Kane effort just after the hour for his 22nd goal of the season earned the visitors a point. Spurs now sit seven points adrift in second with six games left, whilst Liverpool stay ninth.
Norwich took a big step towards survival as they netted a last minute winner to beat relegation rivals Newcastle United 3-2 at Carrow Road. Timm Klose headed the Canaries ahead on the stroke of half-time before Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised only to see Dieumerci Mbokani put the home side back ahead.
Mitrovic levelled again from the spot four minutes from the end, before Martin Olsson fired in in the third minute of stoppage time for a dramatic winner. The win leaves Norwich 17th but now four points above the drop zone, whilst the Magpies stay 19th and are now six points adrift.
Sunderland lost further ground in the bottom three as they drew 0-0 with West Brom at the Stadium of Light. Goalkeeper Ben Foster twice denied the hosts a winner late on as he produced saves from Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe. The Black Cats now sit four points from safety after a fourth successive draw, whilst the Baggies stay 11th.
Arsenal kept up their slim title hopes with a 4-0 thrashing of Watford at the Emirates. Alexis Sanchez slotted them ahead after four minutes before Alex Iwobi doubled the lead for his second strike in as many games. Hector Bellerin netted a third shortly after the break before Theo Walcott rounded things off in stoppage time. The Gunners stay third, 11 points off top spot, whereas Watford stay 14th after a fourth straight defeat.
West Ham lost ground on the top four as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Crystal Palace at Upton Park. The visitors took the lead through Damien Delaney after 15 minutes, only for Manuel Lanzini to equalise three minutes later and then a wonderful free-kick from Dimitri Payet put the Hammers ahead.
However they were reduced to ten men in the second-half when Cheikhou Kouyate was shown a straight red card and just eight minutes later Dwight Gayle netted the eventual equaliser. The Hammers stay sixth but are now three points off fourth, whilst Palace stay 16th and are now seven points above the relegation zone.
Manchester United maintained their top four hopes with a 1-0 triumph over Everton at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial’s finish from Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s cross nine minutes into the second-half proved to be the difference between the two sides. The win means United remain a point outside the top four, whereas the Toffees stay 12th with a third straight defeat.
Manchester City put down a marker in the top four race with a convincing 4-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. The visitors were 3-0 up after just 19 minutes thanks to strikes from Fernando, Sergio Aguero and a Kevin De Bruyne strike in between on his return from injury. Aleksandar Kolarov completed the rout in stoppage time to keep City fourth, whilst the Cherries stay 13th with a second successive defeat.
Swansea came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Stoke at the Britannia. Ibrahim Afellay put the Potters ahead before Bojan doubled the lead early in the second-half. However Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled one back for the visitors midway through the second-half before Alberto Paloschi ensured the sides would share the points. The point leaves Stoke eighth and draws them level on points with Southampton, whereas Swansea stay 15th.
Chelsea routed bottom club Aston Villa 4-0 at Villa Park. Ruben Loftus-Cheek netted his first Premier League goal to give the visitors the lead before Alexandre Pato scored on his debut to double the advantage. Pedro then struck twice in the first 15 minutes after the break before Alan Hutton saw red late on. Chelsea stay 10th and remain unbeaten under Guus Hiddink in the English top-flight, whilst Villa suffer a seventh straight defeat and are 15 points adrift.
Player of the Weekend: Wes Morgan (Leicester City)
Team of the Weekend: Norwich City
Goal of the Weekend: Dimitri Payet (WEST HAM UNITED vs Crystal Palace)