Manchester City extended their lead at the Premier League summit in a packed matchweek, which saw two rearranged fixtures from the festive period take place on Wednesday evening.
Ilkay’s Gundogan brace helped Man City thrash Tottenham 3-0 on Saturday before second-half goals from Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva helped Pep Guardiola’s Citizens to a 3-1 victory at Everton in Wednesday’s rearranged festive fixture, after Richarlison had cancelled out Phil Foden’s opener.
Manchester United remain second after Bruno Fernandes’ 44th minute volleyed strike rescued them a point at second-bottom West Bromwich Albion, who had claimed a second minute lead through Mbaye Diagne.
Late goals from James Maddison,, Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes saw Leicester come from behind to thrash Liverpool 3-1 at the King Power Stadium, moving them level on points with Man Utd but third by virtue of a slightly inferior goal difference.
Chelsea consequently took advantage of Liverpool’s loss to go fourth after quick-fire goals from Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner defeated Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.
West Ham ran riot to defeat rock-bottom Sheffield United at the London Stadium, with Declan Rice firing in the opener from the penalty spot before Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks completed the routing.
Fulham remain in the relegation zone but are now six points from safety after clinching their first away win at Everton in 15 visits, before finding themselves held to a 1-1 draw at Burnley after Ola Aina’s opener was cancelled out by Ashley Barnes in their rearranged clash.
Burnley meanwhile thrashed Crystal Palace in their first game of this matchweek on Saturday, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Jay Rodriguez scoring in the opening ten minutes before Matt Lowton sealed victory with a stunning strike to put Sean Dyche’s Clarets eight points clear of relegation.
Elsewhere, Arsenal went tenth as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned from an enforced personal absence to net a hattrick in a 4-2 victory over Leeds.
Wolves came from behind to stun Southampton at St Mary’s as Rubens Neves and Pedro Neto struck to overturn Danny Ings’ powerful opener, just days after the Saints knocked their visitors out of the FA Cup at Molineux.
Finally, Brighton were held to a goalless draw by Aston Villa at the AMEX Stadium in Saturday Night Football.