Liverpool 3 – 1 Everton
Burnley 0 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea 1 – 2 Crystal Palace
Hull City 2 – 1 West Ham United
Leicester City 2 – 0 Stoke City
Manchester United 0 – 0 West Bromwich Albion
Watford 1 – 0 Sunderland
Southampton 0 – 0 AFC Bournemouth
- Chelsea 1 – 2 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace’s fine form continued as they beat top-of-the-table Chelsea at Stamford Bridge courtesy of a Christian Benteke winner.
Cesc Fabregas had the hosts ahead inside five minutes, but Wilfried Zaha soon equalised and Benteke grabbed the decisive goal just two minutes later.
Runaway leaders Chelsea had not conceded twice since losing 2-0 at Tottenham at January 4, but were breached twice in three minutes after taking a fifth-minute lead through Cesc Fabregas.
Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead after 11 minutes and a brilliant team performance from Sam Allardyce’s men earned a fourth straight win to improve their survival hopes.
Zaha and Benteke – known to be admired by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte – excelled, as did goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey as Chelsea’s 13-game winning home run ended.
The Blues – beaten for the first time at Stamford Bridge since September’s loss to Liverpool and just a second time in 18 games under Conte – now lead second-placed Tottenham by seven points with nine games to go.
Still 21 points are needed to win the title, while rivals Manchester City visit on Wednesday.
Palace won 2-1 here last season – for the first time in 33 years – but these are different times from the dysfunctional days late in Jose Mourinho’s reign.
- Manchester United 0 – 0 West Bromwich Albion
Manchester United’s recent frustrations at Old Trafford continued as a dogged West Brom ground out a deserved goalless draw.
No team can match United’s unbeaten Premier League run stretching all the way back to October, nor can any other side rival their unerring knack at dominating games only to draw.
West Brom were the eighth side to leave Old Trafford with a share of the spoils this season, securing a 0-0 draw against a United side that once more failed to eke out victory.
Hull, Stoke and Burnley are among the others to have frustrated Mourinho’s men on home soil, leaving them scrapping for a top-four finish rather than the title.
The Europa League may offer United their best chance of a Champions League return at this rate, with West Brom sitting deep and standing firm to thwart the dominant hosts.
The absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera no doubt impacted things on an afternoon when a drab first period made way for a desperate second.
Darren Fletcher hit the bar late on after a hopeful drive slipped through David de Gea’s grasp, but it was Ben Foster, another former United player, who shone brightest as United drew an 11th league match of the season.
- Burnley 0 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham closed the gap to Premier League leaders Chelsea to seven points after grabbing a 2-0 win at Burnley on Saturday.
Spurs were 13 points adrift prior to kick-off against Southampton two weeks ago but Chelsea’s loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday, coupled with this 2-0 success for Tottenham, will have given Mauricio Pochettino’s side hope the title’s destination is far from a foregone conclusion.
After Harry Winks had been stretchered off with a worrying injury at half-time, Eric Dier and substitute Heung-Min Son scored in the space of 11 second-half minutes to prevent Burnley from getting the point they needed to equal their highest ever Premier League haul.
This was the first Turf Moor game in six weeks since Lincoln knocked the Clarets out of the FA Cup, and Spurs were aiming to join the non-league outfit in being the only victorious visitors since November.
It was familiar terrain for ex-Burnley defender Kieran Trippier, making just his second league start of the campaign as one of three changes along with Winks and Vincent Janssen.
Spurs were unbeaten in their previous six top-flight meetings without Harry Kane but this was the first time summer signing Janssen had been entrusted with a league start in 2017.
Liverpool enhanced their Champions League hopes with a dominant performance at Anfield as derby rivals Everton were swept aside 3-1.
The Blues have not won at Anfield since 1999 – their last victory of any sort in the cross-city encounter was almost seven years ago – and despite lofty ambitions going into the game they never looked like actually ending that sequence.
First-half goals from Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho, sandwiched between a debut equaliser for Matthew Pennington, were followed by substitute Divock Origi’s clincher to make it 3-1 as Jurgen Klopp extended his 100 per cent derby record to three wins, the only manager in the club’s history to do so.
The six-point gap which had given Everton, who had lost once in 12 matches since the December derby at Goodison Park, optimism before kick-off now looks an insurmountable one.
Ronald Koeman, whose argument with Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill over the treatment of James McCarthy saw him sign off his Twitter response ‘From the master tactician’, was forced to switch to a back three after injuries on international duties but it never looked coherent.
Mane’s departure to a potential knee ligament injury early in the second half was a major blow for the hosts but any respite for Everton was short-lived as his replacement Origi swept home Liverpool’s third with a first-time shot from Coutinho’s pass less four minutes after coming on.
- Leicester City 2 – 0 Stoke City
Leicester continued their recent upsurge in form as they cruised to a 2-0 win over Stoke at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Leicester edged closer to certain Premier League safety as boss Craig Shakespeare entered the record books after a routine win over Stoke.
Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy handed the Foxes a 2-0 victory over a subdued Stoke side who rarely threatened to upset the home side’s momentum.
It was Leicester’s fifth straight win in all competitions since Claudio Ranieri was sacked and meant Shakespeare became the first English manager to win his first four Premier League games.
He joined Guus Hiddink, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti in having a 100 per cent record after four outings.
Shakespeare has now guided last season’s shock champions nine points clear of the relegation zone and into the Champions League quarter-finals.
He also has them back to their vibrant best with hapless Stoke, who remain ninth, unable to cope and the Foxes now sit just three points behind them.
Hapless Sunderland plummeted ever-nearer to relegation as Miguel Britos’ second half winner gave Watford a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road.
Uruguayan defender Britos headed his first Hornets goal to leave David Moyes’ strugglers still seven points adrift of safety and with games running out.
Watford had been frustrated by Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford, who made a string of fine saves to deny M’Baye Niang and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
But Pickford could not prevent Britos pouncing after a goalmouth scramble to condemn Sunderland to another defeat.
One goal is all you need to beat the Black Cats at the moment, as they have now not scored in their last five matches and not even Jermain Defoe, fresh from his England renaissance, looked likely to end their drought.
By contrast, a first win in five matches should ease Watford’s fears of being dragged into trouble.
- Hull City 2 – 1 West Ham United
Andrea Ranocchia scored a late winner as Hull came from a goal down to beat West Ham 2-1 at the KCOM Stadium in on Saturday.
Italian defender Ranocchia, signed on loan from Inter Milan in January, headed home in the 85th minute to secure Hull a 2-1 win after Andrew Robertson’s strike after the break had cancelled out West Ham striker Andy Carroll’s landmark opener.
Victory for Hull was their fourth in five unbeaten league games at home under head coach Marco Silva and lifted them level on points with relegation rivals Swansea, who play Middlesbrough on Sunday, while West Ham slumped to a fourth straight defeat under Slaven Bilic.
The visit of West Ham had been billed as the return of winger Robert Snodgrass, sold to the Londoners for £10.2million in January, but the Scot made little impact and was withdrawn in the second half.
Snodgrass was booed every time he was on the ball, but almost silenced the Tigers fans in the 13th minute when he headed Sofiane Feghouli’s bouncing right-wing cross straight at goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.
Andy Carroll’s goal was his 50th Premier League goal and seventh of the season.
- Southampton 0 – 0 AFC Bournemouth
Harry Arter slipped and blazed a late penalty high over the bar as Bournemouth and Southampton played out an uninspiring goalless draw at St Mary’s.
After they had resisted much of the hosts’ pressure, Arter struck well over the crossbar when he could have secured all three points and further eased the fading threat of relegation.
A draw instead leaves Bournemouth 11th in the Premier League and level on 34 points with their 10th-placed rivals, who have two games in hand. They also sit seven points clear of the bottom three.
Following a week in which Southampton’s Dusan Tadic had complained about the frequency with which Claude Puel substitutes him and his manager had responded by telling him to respond on the pitch, the midfielder was gifted the game’s first chance.