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Premier League leaders Leicester made it five wins in a row against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday thanks to England International Jamie Vardy’s second half brace. The three points meant the Foxes maintained a seven point lead over nearest rivals Spurs, who swept aside Manchester United 3-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The game between Spurs and United looked to be heading for a 0-0 draw when England International Dele Alli’s opening goal sparked the game in to life with 20 minutes remaining. Belgian International Toby Alderweireld made it 2-0 four minutes later and two minutes after the restart Eric Lamela wrapped things up for the Lillywhites, who moved six points ahead of Arsenal in third place.

Liverpool backed up their impressive draw at Borussia Dortmund midweek with a comprehensive 4-1 win at home to Stoke yesterday. Spanish International Alberto Mareno opened the scoring for the Reds after eight minutes and while Bojan equalized after 22 minutes it was only delaying the inevitable and Daniel Sturridge put the Reds ahead again 10 minutes later.

Champions League hero Divok Origi was at it again on Sunday, but this time he made an impact from the bench. Klopp subbed the 20 year old star on at the start of the second half and he made an instant impact putting Liverpool 3-1 ahead four minutes later and sealed the win with his brace on 65 minutes.

The Gunners were involved in a scintillating six goal 3-3 thriller at London rivals West Ham on Saturday and really should have picked up three points as they were 2-0 up after 35 minutes thanks to strikes from Ozil and Sanchez.

However, their defensive frailties have cost them dear this season and they came back to haunt them again when Andy Carrol turned the game on its head with brilliant hat-trick, which included two valuable strikes on the verge of half-time and his third came seven minutes after the interval. Arsenal scraped a point thanks to Laurent Koscielny’s equaliser and while they still have a game in hand, they dropped further off the pace and there now 13 points behind leaders Leicester.

Manchester City closed the gap on Arsenal down to two points after a hard fought win at the Etihad against West Brom. The Baggies took a shock lead after 6 minutes thanks to Stephane Sessegnon, but City were level 13 minutes later when Sergio Aguero made no mistake from the penalty spot. City were dominating possession and peppering the Baggies goal, but had to wait until the 66th minute for the winner, that came from Samir Nasri who was making his first competitive start in 7 months.

Down at the bottom of the table things stayed the same in the relegation zone after Sunderland winless run was extended to six after they lost against Leicester yesterday and on Saturday Aston Villa lost their eighth Premier League game in a row against Bournemouth 2-1, while Newcastle failed to capitalise on Norwich’s 1-0 defeat at Palace going down 3-1 at Southampton.


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