Date: 8th December 2015 at 9:47am
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Leicester City moved back to the top of the Premier League as Riyad Mahrez struck a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Swansea City.

The Algerian bundled in a corner and coolly finished to put the Foxes 2-0 up at the break, before completing his hat-trick midway through the second-half with another clinical finish to take his tally for the season to 11.

Jamie Vardy had chances to equal Jimmy Dunne’s record of scoring in 12 consecutive top-flight games, but for the first time in a long time he couldn’t quite find the finishing touch.

Claudio Ranieri’s side’s unbeaten run now stretches to eight games, meanwhile the Swans stay 15th and are winless in their last five.

The Foxes were allowed the chance to return to the summit after Manchester City were beaten 2-0 by Stoke at the Britannia.

The Potters were 2-0 up after just 15 minutes through two goals from Marko Arnautovic, both set up by Xerdan Shaqiri and both clinically dispatched by the Austrian.

7th November 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Stoke City v Chelsea - Marko Arnautovic of Stoke City celebrates after opening the scoring (1-0) - Photo: Paul Roberts / Offside.

Arnautovic scored both goals in Stoke’s impressive win

The win takes Mark Hughes’ men into the top 10, with a third win from their last four.

City slipped to third as Arsenal moved above them in the table with a 3-1 win at home to Sunderland.

Joel Campbell gave the Gunners the lead with a tidy finish, before Olivier Giroud scored an own goal on the stroke of half-time to level things up.

The French striker redeemed himself in the second-half by heading the home side back in front, before Aaron Ramsey sealed the points with a close range finish.

The win was Arsenal’s first for three games, meanwhile the Black Cats drop back into the relegation zone.

Liverpool suffered just a second defeat in 11 matches under Jurgen Klopp as they were beaten 2-0 by Newcastle at St. James’ Park.

Martin Skrtel’s own goal gave the Magpies the lead midway through the second-half, before a breakaway Georginio Wijnaldum goal sealed the win.

6th December 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Newcastle United v Liverpool - Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle scores their 2nd goal - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Wijnaldum scores the second to seal Newcastle a vital three points

Steve McClaren’s side remain in the bottom three, but only on goal difference, whereas the Reds slip to eighth.

Bournemouth stunned Chelsea at Stamford Bridge by beating the champions 1-0 to heap more pressure on Jose Mourinho.

Glenn Murray’s close range finish with eight minutes remaining was enough to secure a famous win for the Cherries.

The defeat is an eighth of the season for the Blues and leaves them in 14th, whilst Eddie Howe’s side move out of the bottom three.

Watford comfortably beat Norwich 2-0 at Vicarage Road to move into the top half of the table.

Troy Deeney netted for the fourth consecutive game to put the Hornets ahead from the spot after Odion Ighalo was fouled.

And it was Ighalo who sealed the points late on with a composed finish for his ninth of the season.

Quique Flores’ side move up to 10th with a second consecutive win, whereas Norwich stay 16th and have just one win from their last 10 outings.

On Monday night, Crystal Palace moved into the top-six following a 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.

Both goals came in the final 15 minutes as Scott Dann headed the visitors into the lead, before Romelu Lukaku tapped-in an equaliser five minutes later for his 11th of the season and 50th for the Blues.

12th September 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Everton v Chelsea - Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates their 2nd goal - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Lukaku is the Premier League’s second top scorer with 11 goals

The draw sees the Eagles sit six points behind fourth placed Manchester United, whilst the Toffees are a point behind in ninth.

Tottenham and West Brom shared the points at the Hawthorns in a 1-1 draw.

The visitors went ahead through Dele Alli after just 15 minutes but were pegged back before half-time when James McClean headed in Darren Fletcher’s cross.

The point stretches Spurs’ unbeaten run to 14 matches, whilst Albion stay 13th and are now unbeaten in three games.

Aston Villa secured just a second point under Remi Garde with a 1-1 draw against Southampton at St. Mary’s.

Joleon Lescott’s first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time gave the visitors the lead but Oriol Romeu’s first for Saints ensured a share of the spoils.

Villa remain bottom, seven points from safety, Ronald Koeman’s side slip to 12th and are now without a win in three.

Manchester United and West Ham United drew 0-0 at Old Trafford, as Louis van Gaal’s side failed to convince once again.

5th December 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Manchester United v West Ham United - West Ham goalkeeper Adrian saves at close range from Marouane Fellaini of Man Utd - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Man United fired yet another blank at Old Trafford

The Hammers went close as they struck the post twice, through Mauro Zarate and Winston Reid, while the nearest the home side came was through an Anthony Martial effort that flew inches wide.

The draw means the Red Devils slip to fourth, whilst West Ham are now seventh but without a win in five games.

Player of the Week: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
Team of the Week: Stoke City
Goal of the Week: Dele Alli (Tottenham)

 
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