2020-21 Premier League: Week 12 Roundup

Tottenham Hotspur sit atop of the Premier League heading into a packed midweek as a hectic weekend of surprises saw their title lead severely reduced. 

Harry Kane’s 35 yard smash wasn’t enough for Tottenham to defeat Crystal Palace as Jeffrey Schlupp scored a late equaliser for the Eagles, firing in from Hugo Lloris’ deflection of Eberechi Eze’s free-kick in a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.

Liverpool meanwhile failed to take advantage of Spurs’ slip-up as Mohamed Salah’s 79th minute penalty kept the Reds second on goal difference, having fallen behind to Bobby Reid’s opener for Fulham at Craven Cottage as the Cottagers slipped into the relegation zone.

Jamie Vardy assisted two goals for James Maddison in between scoring from James Justin’s cross himself as Leicester thrashed Brighton 3-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Glyfi Sigurdsson’s 22nd minute penalty proved enough for Everton to defeat Chelsea, which saw the Blues slip to fifth as Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees improved to seventh.

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Down in the relegation zone, Sheffield United continue to sit rock bottom after suffering a three goal defeat at Southampton in which Che Adams, Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond all netted for the hosts.

West Brom stay second-bottom but five points ahead of the Blades after Dwight Gayle’s late header sealed victory for Newcastle at St James Park, following Darnell Furlong’s equaliser to cancel out Miguel Almiron’s opener for the Magpies after just 21 seconds.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first-ever own goal condemned Arsenal to defeat at home to Burnley, as the Clarets claimed their first Premier League away win over the Gunners to climb out of the bottom three after Granit Xhaka was red-carded for a foul on Dwight McNeil.

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Elsewhere, Anwar El Ghazi’s injury-time penalty clinched victory for Aston Villa over Wolves at Molineux in a tense West-Midlands Derby, which saw Douglas Luiz sent off for the Villains in the 85th minute before Joao Moutinho saw red ten minutes later.

Comeback goals from Tomas Soucek and Angelo Ogbonna saw West Ham come from behind to defeat Leeds at Elland Road and go sixth, after Mateusz Klich’s retaken penalty had given the Whites a sixth minute lead.

Finally, Manchester United held Manchester City to a first goalless draw at Old Trafford in the Manchester Derby since October 2015.

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