European hopes put on shaky ground, Jamie Vardy passing a rare Premier League milestone and one Socceroo easing relegation fears.
All this and more in today’s wrap of the overnight Premier League action.
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Brighton strengthened their Premier League survival hopes while seriously denting Norwich’s as they earned a narrow 1-0 win at Carrow Road.
Brighton scored their opener on the counter as Norwich got caught high up the pitch, Leandro Trossard deftly sweeping into the bottom-left corner from Aaron Mooy’s right-wing cross (25).
Norwich had plenty of the ball but no bite throughout, and Brighton nearly grabbed a second as Dan Burn’s touch on a Mooy free kick glanced inches wide, before Norwich sub Adam Idah hit the post with a glancing header in stoppage time.
The result means Norwich are still seven points from safety, but having played a game more than the majority of their rivals, while Brighton are now nine clear of the drop zone after earning seven points from four games since the restart.
BUKAYO SAKA AND ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE ON TARGET IN WIN
Arsenal brought Wolves’ charge for the top four to a screeching halt with goals from Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette giving the Gunners a 2-0 win at Molineux.
Wolves had been unbeaten in eight Premier League games and had won all three of their matches since the restart, but a sensational volley from Saka (43) put Arsenal ahead at the end of the first half.
“It’s been a week that I’ll remember for my whole life,” Saka told Sky Sports after the game, having signed a new long-term deal with Arsenal on Wednesday before being handed a start against Wolves, which he capped off with his first Premier League goal.
Wolves dominated the second period but a slotted finish from substitute Lacazette in the 86th minute sealed a second successive away victory for the Gunners, who have now won their last three games since a dismal 2-1 defeat to Brighton two weeks ago.
It moves Arsenal up one place into seventh, three points behind Wolves, who are now five points adrift of Chelsea in fourth after their 3-0 win against Watford. They also remain three behind fifth-place Manchester United.
BLUES RETURN TO WINNING WAYS
Chelsea brushed off their midweek setback to return to winning ways with a routine 3-0 victory over Watford at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard had called for a response from his players following his side’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham, and after Manchester United temporarily moved above them into the top four with a comprehensive victory over Bournemouth on Saturday, Chelsea had to win.
Olivier Giroud was one of four changes to the side by Lampard, and he marked his return to the side with the opener, finding the bottom corner with a left-foot shot (28) to break the deadlock. The Blues doubled their lead two minutes before the break as Willian converted from the spot following a foul by Etienne Capoue on Christian Pulisic.
At times, Chelsea controlled the second period like a training game, but Ross Barkley added extra gloss to the scoreline as he met Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross to slam home a smart finish at the near post (90+2).
The result means Chelsea leapfrog United by two points back into fourth spot while Watford remain precariously placed, one place and a solitary point above the relegation zone ahead of 18th-placed Aston Villa, who visit Liverpool on Sunday.
UNITED PUT FIVE PAST RELEGATION BATTLERS
Manchester United put on an electric showing of attacking flair to beat Bournemouth 5-2 and temporarily move into the top four.
An early error at his near post by David de Gea helped the Cherries take the lead through Junior Stanislas (16) but going behind sparked United’s breathtaking attack into life.
Mason Greenwood grabbed the first of his two goals with a powerful left-footed strike (29) before Adam Smith handled inside his own six-yard box which allowed Marcus Rashford to net from the spot (35). Anthony Martial scored for the 20th time this season when curling home a stunner (45), but Bournemouth hit back after the break when Josh King (49) fired home a penalty after substitute Eric Bailly had been penalised for a handball of his own.
With the game free-flowing from end-to-end, Greenwood restored United’s two-goal cushion with another fine strike (54), this time with his right foot, and Bruno Fernandes got in on the act, curling home from a free-kick (59).
United’s fine recent form has catapulted them firmly into the Champions League qualification picture, but Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Watford meant Frank Lampard’s side leapfrogged them back into fourth later on Saturday.
Bournemouth remain firmly in relegation trouble with just five games to save their season.
JAMIE VARDY SCORES 100TH PL GOAL AS FOXES HOLD ON TO THIRD PLACE
Jamie Vardy netted his 100th Premier League goal as Leicester kept their hold on third place with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Vardy could not have wished for an easier goal to secure his ton, with a dreadful mistake from Mamadou Sakho gifting the ball to Harvey Barnes, who squared for him to net just his third goal of 2020 (77). In injury time, he then doubled his tally on the break with the finish of a man finally feeling confident again.
His goals added to Kelechi Iheanacho’s opener four minutes after the break, from Youri Tielemans’ inviting low cross, which should have been dealt with by a hesitant Vicente Guaita before the Nigerian striker tapped home his second goal in four days.
Crystal Palace struggled to test Kasper Schmeichel as their run of defeats was extended to three, while the Foxes kept their fate in their own hands with a first win since the restart, which guarantees they will end the weekend in third place.