LONDON – On Saturday seven games took place in the Premier League with plenty of goals, controversy and drama at both ends of the table.
The big boys kept rolling with Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all winning, while Southampton, Crystal Palace and Swansea City nabbed narrow victories to keep their good form going.
Below you will find recaps, analysis and more from all seven matchesâ€¦
Newcastle United 1-2 Arsenal
Two clinical finishes from Olivier Giroud turned out to be the difference, as the Gunners recorded a sixth-straight win to solidify third spot in the PL and stay just four points off the top of the table. But after a busy week which saw them go out of the UEFA Champions League, Arsene Wengerâ€˜s boys almost blew it after Sissoko pulled one back and David Ospina made a string of fine saves.
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Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 Leicester City
Spurs raced into a 2-0 lead, despite losing Hugo Lloris early on through injury, as Harry Kane bagged both. However, Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan hit back to make it 2-2. Kane then sealed his hat trick and Schlupp scored an own goal to make it 4-2 before David Nugentâ€˜s late goal set up a tense finish. Spurs held on, as Kane now has 29 for the season as Spurs stay in the top four hunt, while Leicesterâ€™s hopes of avoiding the drop took yet another hit.
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Manchester City 3-0 West Bromwich Albion
The Citizens had a helping hand as West Brom were down to 10-men after just two minutes despite referee Neil Swarbrick sending off Gareth McAuley when he meant to send off Craig Dawson. Goals from Wilfried Bony, Fernando and David Silva did the damage as City remain three points behind Chelsea but have played two more games than the Premier League leaders.
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Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace
Stoke dominated the first half and Mame Diouf put them ahead but Palace equalized just before the break through Glenn Murrayâ€˜s PK and then went ahead through Wilfried Zahaâ€˜s strike on the stroke of half time after sloppy Stoke defending. Despite a poor first half, somehow the Eagles were ahead. Palace improved in the second half and ground out a win to all but stave off relegation, while Stoke slip to 10th.
Southampton 2-0 Burnley
Saints went ahead in the first half through Shane Long and hit the woodwork twice through Graziano Pelle and Steven Davis before Jason Shackell scored an own goal in the second half to make it 2-0. Burnley forced substitute goalkeeper Kelvin Davis (who replaced the badly injured Fraser Forster) into three fine saves, as the Clarets couldnâ€™t break through and remain in the bottom three, while Saintsâ€™ top four hopes are still alive.
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Aston Villa 0-1 Swansea City
Tim Sherwoodâ€™s gilet will look a little less inflated on Saturday as his Villa side lost, with their good run ending. Bafetimbi Gomisâ€˜ late goal handed Swansea the win as Garry Monkâ€˜s men put in yet another fine defensive display away from home. Villa are still in the relegation battle, just three points above the drop zone.
West Ham United 1-0 Sunderland â€“ RECAP
The Hammers left it late, but Diafra Sakhoâ€˜s effort was the difference as Dick Avocaat tasted defeat during his first game in charge of the Black Cats. Both sides were poor throughout but West Ham probably deserved to shade it for their first win in eight PL matches. As for Sunderland, they remain one point and one place above the drop zone. – NBC Sports