Leicester City have opened up a five point lead at the top of the Premier League after beating Watford 1-0 at Vicarage Road in Saturday’s late kick-off.
In a game of few chances, Riyad Mahrez was once again the match winner with a superb strike from the edge of the eighteen yard box eleven minutes into the second half.
With three of the Foxes’ next five games against teams in the bottom six of the division they will fancy their chances of strengthening their grip on first place as they close in on what would be the unlikeliest of of glories.
The East Midlands side were given the opportunity to go five clear after second place Tottenham Hotspur were only able to draw with third place Arsenal in the North London derby in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Honours even at the Lane
Arsene Wenger’s side took the lead after Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring with a cheeky finish five minutes before the break though Francis Coquelin’s dismissal on fifty-five minutes gave Spurs the chance to turn the game on it’s head.
Strikes from Toby Alderwiereld and Harry Kane swung the game in favour of Mauricio Pochetinno’s side though Alexis Sanchez gave the Gunners a share of the spoils with his first goal since September.
Routine defeat for Villa
Manchester City kept alive their fading hopes of catching Leicester by thumping lowly Aston Villa by four goals to nil while Manchester United failed to stay level on points with their neighbours after losing 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Sunday.
Juan Mata was dismissed for the visitors after picking up two yellow cards in quick succession in the first half while it was Solomon Rondon who got the winning goal on the sixty-sixth minute, and the result moves the Baggies fifteen points clear of the drop zone.
West Ham rampant
West Ham leapfrogged the Red Devils after coming from two goals down to beat ten mean Everton at Goodison Park, while Liverpool kept in the hunt for a European qualification place after they themselves came from behind to win at Crystal Palace despite having James Milner sent off.
Chelsea kept their unbeaten run going but were only able to draw 1-1 with Stoke City in a result which keeps the Potters three points ahead of the Blues while 1-1 was also the score as Southampton faced Sunderland.
Swansea City followed their impressive win over Arsenal with victory over struggling Norwich who remain in the relegation zone while Bournemouth piled more misery onto Steve McClaren as the Cherries thumped Newcastle United 3-1 at St James’ Park.
Eddie Howe’s side are now eleven points clear of the relegation zone, and just five off the top half of the table.
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