(Editor’s note: We were working on other pieces Thursday morning, and we did not get the opportunity to watch Liverpool-Leicester City as we had to cover high school hockey in Fitchburg Thursday afternoon.)
Tottenham 2, Brighton Hove & Albion 1
Spurs fell behind by a goal to nil after 37 minutes thanks to a goal by Adam Webster, and Harry Kane had a goal disallowed by VAR after it adjudged him offside. But the second half scoring was all Tottenham, as Kane bagged his eighth goal in the league with a tremendous half volley off the rebound, tucking it in at the near post, before Dele Alli made it 2-1 in the 73rd minute.
Aston Villa 1, Norwich City 0
Conor Hourihane came off the bench to score the lone goal of the contest, a 64th-minute tally to give the Villans all three points for the first time in five matches. Villa, however, are still in the relegation zone.
Bournemouth 1, Arsenal 1
Dan Gosling spotted the Cherries a goal to nil lead after 35 minutes and doing so against the run of play, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 12th goal of the campaign salvaged a point for the Gunners with a 63rd-minute tally in Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge of the North London outfit.
Chelsea 0, Southampton 2
A most unexpected result for the Blues, as Michael Obafemi hit a scorcher through traffic in the 31st minute to put the Saints up by a goal to nil, before Nathan Redmond doubled the lead in the 73rd.
Crystal Palace 2, West Ham 1
The Hammers had taken a 1-nil lead after Robert Snodgrass scored just before the hour mark, before Cheikhou Kouyate hammered home the equalizer for Palace on a pass from Jordan Ayew. But Ayew was the hero for the South London side, as he chipped Roberto following some neat dribbling through the West Ham defense in the 90th minute to claim three points.
Everton 1, Burnley 0
The Toffees left it until late, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 80th-minute goal lifted Everton to the three points at Goodison.
Sheffield United 1, Watford 1
The Hornets to off to a hot start for the second consecutive match, with Gerard Deulofeo’s 27th-minute goal. But Sheffield United pulled level from the penalty spot courtesy Oliver Norwood’s goal. Watford, thanks to this draw and last weekend’s win over Manchester United, and now off the foot of the table into 19th.
Manchester United 4, Newcastle United 1
The Red Devils needed this one badly following the aforementioned horror show, and after allowing Matty Longstaff’s 17th-minute goal, they really needed to get off the schnide. Anthony Martial scored twice including the match leveler, and Manchester United scored two other goals before half-time to knock the Magpies off. Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford had the other two first-half goals for Man United.
Liverpool 4, Leicester City 0
It was scoreless after half an hour for the two teams at the top of the Premier League table, but Roberto Firmino — and he has been just what Liverpool have needed over the last week-plus — scored the first of two in the 31st, and that’s really all the Merseysiders needed. James Milner scored from the penalty spot in the 71st, and Firmino bagged his brace three minutes later. Trent Alexander-Arnold, who had a helper on Firmino’s opener, wrapped up the scoring in the 78th, putting Liverpool 13 points clear of Leicester at the top of the Premier League table.
Wolves host Manchester City on Friday afternoon.
The table headed into Friday’s action
The top three of Liverpool, Leicester City, and Chelsea did not move with the results, and the Blues are now three points ahead of the Tottenham. Spurs’ win moved the Lilywhites to fifth on 29 points ahead of Sheffield United on goal difference; Man United supplanted the idle Wolves in seventh; and Crystal Palace moved to ninth ahead of Newcastle. Arsenal remained 11th, while Everton and Southampton moved up to 13th and 14th, respectively, with their victories on Boxing Day.