Premier League Saturday was the calm before the Manchester United v Arsenal and Capital One Cup final storm as a meagre 13 goals were scored across the six games.
The most important of those was bagged by Leonardo Ulloa, whose late winner in the 2-1 victory over Norwich City sent Leicester City five points clear at the top of the table.
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Relegation-threatened Norwich appeared as though they were going to hang on for an excellent away point, but this 89th-minute tap-in from Ulloa kept the Foxes in dreamland.
Five of the 13 goals were scored at The Hawthorns, where West Bromwich Albion – 3-0 up at half time – provided their home supporters with some of the entertainment they have been craving.
Connor Wickham notched a second-half double, including this rasping left-footed volley, but Crystal Palace’s comeback fell shot. Alan Pardew’s men are now winless in 10 league games.
Elsewhere, Chelsea maintained their unbeaten league record in Guus Hiddink’s second spell in charge, and finally breached Southampton’s defence, in a 2-1 triumph at St Mary’s Stadium.
After Shane Long’s opener, Cesc Fabregas became the first player to score past Fraser Forster in 703 minutes. Branislav Ivanovic then completed the turnaround with this late header.
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Southampton’s defeat meant that West Ham United finished the day in fifth place. They beat poor travellers Sunderland 1-0 courtesy of this Michail Antonio effort after half an hour.
Propping the Black Cats up at the bottom of the table remains Aston Villa, whose relegation to the Championship moved a step closer with a 2-1 defeat to Midlands rivals Stoke City.
Marko Arnautovic marked his 100th Potters appearance with two goals. His second was assisted by awful Villa defending. Check out goalkeeper Mark Bunn getting himself caught in the net!
Finally, Watford and Bournemouth played out a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road. The Hornets stay in the top half, while a decent point for Eddie Howe’s side takes them five clear of trouble.
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