Outside of Arsenal and Manchester United — which we will watch in full Thursday morning; we fell ill and were unable to watch — there was plenty happening in the Premier League on Wednesday:
Brighton Hove & Albion 1-1 Chelsea
Cesar Azpilicueta scored inside 10 minutes for Chelsea, and there were plenty of other chances for the Blues, but Brighton earned a valuable point thanks to Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s bicycle kick to level the match. BHA held on the rest of the way.
Burnley 1-2 Aston Villa
The Villans got out of the relegation zone Wednesday afternoon thanks to a pair of first-half goals by Jack Grealish and Wesley. It’s Villa’s first win on the trot since October, and Burnley have lost three straight on the bounce.
Southampton 1-0 Tottenham
Danny Ings had an amazing first touch, then slotted home 17 minutes in as Southampton earned a clean sheet at home against Spurs. Harry Kane came off the pitch, grabbing his hamstring in the second half.
Newcastle 0-3 Leicester City
No Jamie Vardy for Leicester? No problem. The Foxes, like Villa, cruised to victory at St. James’s Park, with two first-half goals to set the tone and give the Magpies their third-straight defeat. Ayoze Perez and James Maddison scored three minutes apart to put Leicester City into the ascendency, and Hamza Choudary put a bow on the three points late.
Watford 2-1 Wolves
The Hornets have found their footing thanks to a pair of goals by Gerard Deulefeu and birthday boy Abdoulaye Doucoure helped give Watford its third win in its last four matches headed into this weekend’s FA Cup tie with Tranmere Rovers. The Hornets have also scored 8 goals in the last four, nearly doubling its league total of 9 heading into this current run of form.
Manchester City 2-1 Everton
Following a scoreless first half, Gabriel Jesus scored a pair six minutes apart to put the Blues ahead. But in the 70th, Richarlison scored to cut the deficit in half for the Evertonians.
Norwich 1-1 Crystal Palace
Todd Cantwell put Nowrich City ahead after four minutes, but Connor Wickham leveled late to keep the Canaries in 20th.
West Ham 4-0 Bournemouth
What a flying start by David Moyes’ new team, as the Hammers took a 3-nil lead at the break courtesy Mark Noble (two goals) and Sebastian Haller. Felipe Anderson scored in the 66th to round out the scoring for the Hammers.