PL Round-up: Spurs close on Chelsea after Palace shock;Reds win derby

Chelsea’s charge to the Premier League title stumbled as they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace and Tottenham took advantage to close the gap at the top to seven points.

The Blues are still odds-on to claim the title under Antonio Conte, but Palace were good value for their win at Stamford Bridge.

Defeat could not have been further from the thoughts of everyone connected with Chelsea as they were ahead just five minutes in through Cesc Fabregas – but within six-minutes, Palace were ahead.

Wilfired Zaha equalised on 9 minutes with a lovely finish and he then was involved with some lovely link-up play to tee-up Christian Benteke, who finished brilliant past Thibaut Courtois.

Palace had further chances to go ahead and Chelsea piled on the pressure on the final ten-minutes but they could not hang as they suffered their first defeat since January and their first loss at Stamford Bridge since September. Chelsea are still 1/9 for the title, but they were 1/20.

Spurs took full advantage with a 2-0 win at Burnley, but it was a hard fought win at Turf Moor. Eric Dier broke the deadlock with 24-minutes left before Son Heung-min sealed the victory on 77 minutes. Spurs have now been cut to 15/2 to win the title.

Liverpool moved into third as they eased to a 3-1 derby win over local rivals Everton at Anfield in the day’s early kick-off.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring just eight minutes in, but Everton fought back and levelled with youngster Matthew Pennington claiming his first goal for the club just before the half hour.

Just minutes later, though, the lead was restored with Philippe Coutinho providing some brilliance as he skipped his way to the edge of the box before curling home in superb fashion.

The win – which sealed a league double for Liverpool over their rivals – was completed by substitute Divock Origi as he slotted home after being played in by Coutinho.

With that win, Jurgen Klopp writes his own piece of Liverpool history as he is the first Reds manager to win his first three Merseyside derbies.

Manchester United’s hopes of a top-four finish suffered a fresh blow after being held to a goalless draw at Old Trafford by West Bromwich Albion.

With United dropping those points, they are now out to 9/4 to finish in the top-four with Liverpool coming into 2/9.

The bottom three remains the same, but Hull City are now level on points with fourth-from-bottom Swansea after they came from behind to beat West Ham 2-1 at the KCOM Stadium.

Andy Carroll had put West Ham ahead on 18-minutes with his 50th Premier League goal, but Hull carried on their recent good form to seal the win. Andy Robertson levelled just after the break before Andrea Ranocchia claimed the winner just five-minutes from time.

Bottom-of-the-table Sunderland’s hopes of climbing out of the drop-zone suffered a further blow as they lost 1-0 at Watford with Miguel Britos claiming the winner.

Leicester City’s amazing run of form under Craig Shakespeare continued as he claimed his fifth straight win as manager with a 2-0 success over Stoke City at The King Power Stadium. Goals either side of the break from Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy seal the win for The Foxes, who are now up to 13th in the table.

The final game of the day saw Southampton and Bournemouth play out a goalless draw at St Mary’s.


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