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Leicester, Chelsea leapfrog City as Arsenal, Spurs falter

  • Published at 02:32 am November 10th, 2019
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Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scores during their EPL match against Arsenal in Leicester Saturday Reuters

League leader Liverpool host Manchester City in a highly-anticipated clash between the champion of Europe and winner of England at Anfield Sunday

Leicester City moved up to second in the Premier League as a 2-0 victory over Arsenal Saturday further dented the Gunners' hope of a top-four finish.

Chelsea were also 2-0 victor against Crystal Palace as they too jumped above Manchester City into third.

But it was another woeful afternoon for north London's big two as Tottenham Hotspur were held 1-1 at home by Sheffield United to slip to 12th.

League leader Liverpool host City in a highly-anticipated clash between the champion of Europe and winner of England at Anfield Sunday.

Leicester and Chelsea took advantage of kicking off a day earlier to move a point ahead of City and close to within five of Liverpool.

The Foxes' superior goal difference takes them into second as second-half strikes from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison piled more pressure on beleaguered Arsenal boss Unai Emery.

Arsenal are now eight points adrift of the top four and will fall even further behind should City avoid defeat at Anfield.

Chelsea were equally as impressive with a patient performance to break down a defensively dogged Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Tammy Abraham opened the scoring as the England striker pounced on a deft flick through by Willian seven minutes into the second half.

Christian Pulisic then secured all three points when the American headed home his fifth goal in his last three Premier League games.

Tottenham were lucky to even escape with a point as Sheffield impressed once more to move up to fifth.

A rare defensive error from the Blades set up Son Heung-min to open the scoring with his eighth goal of the season just before the hour mark.

David McGoldrick thought he had levelled almost immediately, but after a three-minute delay the goal was ruled out for John Lundstram being millimetres offside in the build-up.

To their credit, Chris Wilder's men were not downhearted and survived another Video Assistant Review review when George Baldock's cross from the right evaded everyone and found the bottom corner.

West Ham United's woes continued as Manuel Pellegrini's men were beaten 3-0 at Burnley to stretch their winless streak to seven games.

Ashley Barnes opened the scoring after 11 minutes as Burnley never looked back.

Chris Wood doubled the host's advantage after earlier having a goal ruled out by VAR for offside and a miserable day for the visitors at Turf Moor was summed up when goalkeeper Roberto punched a corner into his own net.

Everton moved six points clear of the relegation zone thanks to a 2-1 win at Southampton to ease the pressure on Marco Silva.

Tom Davies gave the Toffees the perfect start at St Mary's before Danny Ings equalized early in the second half.

But Richarlison struck the winner 15 minutes from time to secure Everton's first away league win since March.

Newcastle United are now seven points clear of the drop zone as they came from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at St James' Park thanks to goals from DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clark.