In the top of the table clash, Leicester and Manchester United drew 1-1 at the King Power Stadium, in a game that saw Jamie Vardy break Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record, scoring in his 11th consecutive Premier League game.
Vardy netted on 24 minutes after being sent through by a wonderful pass from Christian Fuchs, slotting the ball past David De Gea. However, United did manage to equalise to slightly spoil the party when Bastian Schweinsteiger headed in Juan Mata’s corner for his first goal for the club.
That result meant Manchester City went back to the top of the table on goal difference with a 3-1 win at home to Southampton. The Sky Blues were 2-0 up after 20 minutes through a Kevin De Bruyne tap-in and a deflected Fabian Delph strike.
Saints pulled one back early in the second-half when Shane Long headed in his second goal of the season, but Aleksandar Kolarov ensured the win with a cool finish to condemn the visitors to a second consecutive defeat, leaving them in tenth.
Arsenal’s injury problems continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Norwich at Carrow Road.
Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners the lead with a cool finish before Lewis Grabban stroked in the equaliser just before the break for his first of the season. Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez were both substituted with injuries, with the result seeing Arsenal stay fourth and two points off the top, whilst Norwich stay 16th.
Bournemouth came from behind twice to grab a 3-3 draw with Everton at the Vitality Stadium in an astonishing game. The visitors were cruising at half-time with a 2-0 lead after goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and a 10th of the season for Romelu Lukaku.
The Cherries pulled one back through a stunning strike from Adam Smith and looked to have snatched a draw in normal time when Junior Stanislas finished. The drama continued in stoppage time however, as in the 95th minute Ross Barkley squeezed the ball in but, in the 98th minute, Eddie Howe’s side somehow rescued a point when Stanislas headed in to complete an extraordinary game.
Crystal Palace thumped Alan Pardew’s former club Newcastle 5-1 at Selhurst Park to leave Steve McClaren and his side in huge trouble.
It was the Magpies who opened the scoring when Papiss Cisse headed in, but Palace levelled shortly after through James McArthur’s deflected strike.
Three minutes later, the Eagles were in front when Yannick Bolasie finished and they had three before half-time when Wilfried Zaha volleyed in. Bolasie and McArthur each grabbed another goal in the second-half to complete the rout which moves Palace up to seventh and leaves the Toon in the relegation zone.
Aston Villa moved further adrift at the bottom of the table with a 3-2 defeat at home to Watford. Odion Ighalo put the Hornets ahead with his eighth goal of the season before Micah Richards equalised with his first goal for the club.
The visitors went back ahead when Alan Hutton poked the ball into his own net and Troy Deeney sealed the points with a header before a late consolation from Jordan Ayew. Their fifth win of the season sees Watford move up to 11th, whilst Villa now sit seven points from safety.
Sunderland moved out of the bottom three with a 2-0 win at home to Stoke. Ryan Shawcross was sent off for the visitors in the second half for two bookable offences, before Patrick van Aanholt’s first Premier League goal gave the home side the lead. Duncan Watmore sealed a second consecutive win for the Black Cats, whilst Stoke drop to 12th.
West Ham and West Brom shared the points at Upton Park in a 1-1 draw. Mauro Zarate’s brilliant free-kick gave the Hammers the lead, but Winston Reid’s own goal ensured the Baggies left with a point. West Ham are now eighth and without a win in their last four, whereas West Brom drop to 13th.
Jurgen Klopp got his first league win at Anfield with a 1-0 win over Swansea. James Milner’s penalty proved to be the difference after Neil Taylor was adjudged to have handled Jordon Ibe’s cross. The win sees Liverpool move up to sixth, four points off the top four, whilst Swansea drop to 15th and are without a win in their last four.
Tottenham’s unbeaten run stretched to 13 games as they drew 0-0 with Chelsea at White Hart Lane. Son Heung-Min and Mousa Dembele both forced good saves from Asmir Begovic, whilst Eden Hazard forced Hugo Lloris into action with an excellent volley. Spurs stay fifth, two points outside the top four, while Chelsea move up to 14th.
Player of the Weekend: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Team of the Weekend: Bournemouth
Goal of the Weekend: Adam Smith (BOURNEMOUTH vs Everton)