After another weekend of brilliant Premier League football, we round up all of today’s action.
There were only four Premier League games at 15:00 today – Chelsea and Manchester United kick off at 17:30, Arsenal and Liverpool are on FA Cup duty, and there are two fixtures tomorrow (Manchester City vs. West Ham and Newcastle vs. Tottenham).
Leicester took a huge step to ensuring a great escape from relegation as they won 2-0 against Swansea. Leonardo Ulloa, who was only in the starting XI as David Nugent was injured in the warm up, scored the opener after just 15 minutes in what was his eighth goal of the campaign. Andy King then secured the three points late on, with the Foxes winning three games in a row for the first time this season. They are now out of the relegation zone on goal difference, while Swansea, who posed little real threat in the game, lost their first in four.
Tony Pulis came back to haunt his old club as West Brom beat Crystal Palace 0-2 at Selhurst Park. James Morrison sent the Baggies on their way to ending a three-game losing streak, with Craig Gardner grabbing his second in two games as he scored after 53 minutes. Yaya Sanogo was denied a way of pulling Palace back into the contest as his goal was disallowed for offside, as the home side were denied a fifth successive win.
Burnley are now bottom of the Premier League table as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Everton. Ross Barkley had a penalty saved by Tom Heaton after just 10 minutes, but Kevin Mirallas’ goal just before the half hour mark was enough to take the three points at Goodison Park. The home side were helped by the Clarets themselves as they had striker Ashley Barnes sent off in first half stoppage time for two yellow cards. Mirallas then caught Burnley’s George Boyd in what was a nasty tackle, but the Belgian escaped with a yellow – making Burnley boss Sean Dyche no happier.
Stoke grabbed an impressive 2-1 win over Southampton at the Britannia Stadium, as they climbed to ninth. Morgan Schneiderlin opened the scoring for the away side with his first goal since September after 22 minutes. But, the Potters rallied as goals from Mame Biram Diouf and Charlie Adam stole the three points. Peter Crouch missed a golden chance for the home side late on, but it made no difference as Ronald Koeman’s side slipped to a defeat which still leaves them five points off the top four.