The 17th round of matches in the English Premier League was played on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
Tuesday action saw Chelsea return to winning ways as they easily won 3-1 away at Huddersfield, with much-criticised Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro scoring for The Blues, whilst Burnley grabbed a late winner through substitute Ashley Barnes to beat Stoke City and temporarily move in to 4th place, their highest league position for 42 years.
The main drama of the evening though was reserved for Selhurst Park where Crystal Palace climbed off the bottom of the table with an injury time goal to beat Watford. Trailing from as early as the 3rd minute, Palace looked set to lose until Watford’s Tom Cleverley was sent off in the 87th minute.
Two minutes later Bakary Sakho bundled in an equaliser, and then James McArthur snatched the winner for the South London side in added-on time.
The main headline from Wednesday’s matches was provided by Manchester City who set a new Premier League record of 15 straight wins, as they beat bottom-side Swansea City by 4 goals to nil to maintain their 11-point lead at the top, David Silva scoring two goals in the process.
Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguerro also scored.
Meanwhile their neighbours Manchester United got back to winning ways with a hard-fought one-nil home victory against Bournemouth, with Romelu Lukaku returning to the score sheet.
In terms of the other top four contenders, Tottenham Hotspur moved back into fourth with a comfortable two nil victory against Brighton at Wembley, which included Serge Aurier’s first goal for the club and a strike from Son Heung-min.
However, frustration for both Liverpool and Arsenal as they were both held to goalless draws. Liverpool could not find a way past West Bromwich Albion at home, with a late goal ruled out for offside, whilst Arsenal had to be content with a point from their visit to West Ham United, and will be thankful that it was not worse, with Hammers’ substitute Javier Hernandez hitting the underside of the bar in injury time.
Elsewhere, Sam Allardyce’s successful start as Everton manager continued with a one-nil victory away at Newcastle United with Wayne Rooney scoring the solitary goal, whilst perhaps the most surprising score line of the night occurred at the St. Mary’s Stadium, where Leicester City defeated the home side Southampton by four goals to one.
Dubbed as the Claude Puel “derby” because the Leicester manager was returning for the first time to the club that sacked him at the end of last season, he was able to gain revenge on his former employers, with Shinji Okazaki getting a brace, and Riyad Mahrez and Andy King adding further goals, Maya Yoshida with the consolation goal for the home side.