The Premier League title chase took another twist this weekend as new challengers to would-be champions Liverpool were confirmed as Leicester City won their eighth consecutive game.
At the other end of the table, gaps are starting to emerge with Norwich City now in danger of being cut off with Watford at the bottom.
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ASTON VILLA 1-4 LEICESTER CITY
Leicester beat Aston Villa 4-1 at Villa Park, with Jamie Vardy scoring twice to cement their grip on second spot in the Premier League.
Vardy started and finished the scoring, netting for the eighth game in a row, while Kelechi Iheanacho and Jonny Evans were also on target either side of Jack Grealish’s strike.
It was enough to move Brendan Rodgers’ side six points clear of Manchester City as Liverpool’s nearest rivals, while Aston Villa remain outside of the relegation zone only on goal difference.
BRIGHTON 2-2 WOLVES
Wolves stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 11 games after a 2-2 draw with Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
Diogo Jota started the scoring, finishing from close range in the 28th minute, but two goals in under two minutes turned the game on its head as Brighton took the lead thanks to goals from Neal Maupay (34) and Davy Propper (36).
Wolves were gifted a way back into the game just before the break when Jota (44) capitalised on some slack passing from the hosts to score his second of the game, but neither side could find a winner in the second half as the points were shared.
The draw sees Wolves, who move up to sixth, miss out on the chance to go above Manchester United into fifth. Meanwhile, the point sees Brighton stay 12th in the table.
NEWCASTLE 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON
Newcastle won their fourth game from their last six matches courtesy of a spirited comeback that saw them beat Southampton 2-1.
Danny Ings scored for the fifth game running (51) to give Saints the lead, but the game swung in Newcastle’s favour with the introduction of Andy Carroll on 59 minutes and he swung in the cross that Jonjo Shelvey headed home (51) to make it 1-1.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side looked the likelier to nick it with time ticking on, but it was the hosts that stole the points when Federico Fernandez reacted quickest to a fumble from Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (87).
The result leaves Southampton in the relegation zone.
NORWICH 1-2 SHEFFIELD UNITED
Second-half goals from wing-backs Enda Stevens and George Baldock helped Sheffield United come from behind to beat Norwich 2-1 at Carrow Road.
Alex Tettey opened the scoring with a smart finish from Emiliano Buendia’s corner in the 27th minute, before Stevens met Baldock’s cross to head the Blades level just after half-time (49).
Less than four minutes later, Baldock showed beautiful feet to fire past Tim Krul (52), leaving Norwich shell-shocked, after they been so confident and dominant in the first half.
The Video Assistant Referee later overturned a red card for Chris Basham (74), downgrading the challenge to a yellow card after the Blades defender lunged in dangerously on Kenny McLean.
Sheffield United held on to secure the three points in comfortable fashion, helping them rise to eighth in the Premier League while extending their undefeated away streak to eight league games.
The result leaves Norwich firmly rooted in the relegation zone – five points from safety.
This article was originally published by Sky Sports and reproduced with permission.