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PL roundup: Citizens crack 70 points, Spurs grab North London Derby

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Get caught up on all seven of Saturday’s Premier League fixtures…

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Manchester City 5-1 Leicester CityFULL RECAP

Raheem Sterling gave the Citizens a lead inside three minutes, but it was Sergio Aguero’s second-half outburst that paced Man City to their league-leading 23rd win of the year. The Argentine international netted on four separate occasions after halftime to extend the lead to 5-1, after Jamie Vardy had temporarily cancelled out Sterling’s opener. Pep Guardiola‘s side now sit 16 points above second-place Manchester United with 11 matches remaining.

 

Tottenham 1-0 ArsenalFULL RECAP

At the moment, Mauricio Pochettino‘s side have gone third in the PL courtesy of Harry Kane‘s header. The Englishman has now scored seven goals in as many matches during the last seven North London Derbies.

Everton 3-1 Crystal PalaceFULL RECAP

The Toffees climbed to within two points of seventh-place Burnley behind an offensive outburst from the hosts. Gylfi SigurdssonOumar Niasse and Tom Davies all scored after halftime to bring Sam Allardyce‘s men up to 34 points on the season at Goodison Park. Palace’s lone goal on the day came through Luka Milivojevic, who converted a penalty kick late on after Ashley Williams conceded the spot kick via a handball.

West Ham United 2-0 WatfordFULL RECAP

The Hammers are now unbeaten in seven of their last eight, and have climbed up to 12th place after Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic found the back of the net on Saturday. Meanwhile, Watford is level on 30 points with West Ham, despite the Hornets boasting a superior goal differential through 27 rounds of play.

Stoke City 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion — FULL RECAP

Xherdan Shaqiri helped capture a point for the Potters at the bet365 Stadium, after Jose Izquierdo had given Brighton the lead early on after a beautifully-executed team goal from the visitors. Stoke remains in 18th place on 25 points, while Brighton sits three points clear of a tightly-contested relegation battle.

Swansea City 1-0 Burnley — FULL RECAP

The Swans benefitted from Ki Sung-Yueng‘s second-half finish to go 15th place, while Burnley remains in seventh place despite the club having gone winless in their last 10 matches.

Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace: Toffees keep climbing

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  • Palace outshoots victors 16-11
  • Mangala leaves match injured
  • Sigurdsson, Niasse duel for Man of the Match

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Oumar Niasse, and Tom Davies scored second half goals as Everton climbed into ninth place with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Toffees’ 34 points are two back of seventh place Burnley, who lost to Swansea City.

Luka Milivojevic converted a penalty for Palace’s lone goal. Roy Hodgson‘s Eagles are 14th, two points clear of the drop zone.

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Clever work from Sigurdsson eaned him space to rip a 25-yard shot across goal that just missed the far post.

New signing Alexander Sorloth started a play in Everton’s end that finished with a Luka Milivojevic bullet wide of the near post.

Sigurdsson then slipped Oumar Niasse on goal, but the Senegalese striker couldn’t finish his chance. And Sigurdsson missed a chance to shoot from the back post when Joel Ward dove to push a cross out for a corner kick.

Idrissa Gana Gueye forced a fine diving save from Wayne Hennessey with a dipping effort from distance.

Theo Walcott drew a free kick from Timothy Fosu-Mensah after dribbling through three or four Eagles in the 28th minute.

Yohan Cabaye forced Jordan Pickford into a save, and Christian Benteke was offside when he scored off the ensuing corner kick.

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Everton fittingly found its opener through Sigurdsson moments after halftime. James Tomkins gave the ball away with a poor clearance and then saw Sigurdsson’s shot off a Niasse feed deflect off him and into the goal.

Niasse made it 2-0 when Cuco Martina chipped a cross toward the penalty spot and the Senegalese headed across the goal into the side netting.

Davies was in the catbird seat to score a 76th minute insurance goal after Sigurdsson’s tight angle pass bounded off Hennessey and onto his path.

Ashley Williams gave away a harsh penalty when he handled a close-range shot in the box. Pickford got both hands on Milivojevic’s attempt, but it carried into the goal.

WATCH LIVE: Arsenal vs. Everton

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes his Arsenal debut against an Everton XI set-up to defend at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

Arsenal battered Everton 5-2 at Goodison Park earlier this season in what would be Ronald Koeman‘s final match in charge of the Toffees.

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It’s been a mixed bag of results for Sam Allardyce since he’s taken over, though the Toffees are coming off a defeat of Leicester City which stands as their top win in his tenure.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney, and Cenk Tosun start on the bench for Everton.

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Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang. Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Lacazette.

Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Martina, Williams, Keane, Mangala, Schneiderlin, Gana Gueye, Walcott, Bolasie, Niasse. Subs: Robles, Rooney, Tosun, Sigurdsson, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate.

Everton 2-1 Leicester City: Walcott leads with two

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  • Walcott gets first two EFC goals
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  • Leicester drops behind Burnley

Theo Walcott scored twice as Everton moved up the table with a 2-1 win over Riyad Mahrez-less Leicester City on Wednesday at Goodison Park.

Jamie Vardy pulled back a goal late on a Wilfred Ndidi-won penalty kick, but Leicester’s loss dropped it into 8th. The Foxes are just three points ahead of ninth place Everton.

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Walcott gave Everton an early shot on target and corner kick, but Leicester made a quick impact too when Wilfried Ndidi headed a chance off the cross bar.

Two 2017-18 additions teamed up for a goal before the half hour mark, as Gylfi Sigurdsson cued Walcott up for the opener.

Walcott then connected off a headed pass from another Toffees’ new boy: Michael Keane. 2-0 at Goodison. Dreamland.

Leicester earned a penalty just as the result felt academic. Wayne Rooney pulled down Ndidi, and Vardy did what he usually does from the spot. 2-1.

Was a comeback well and truly on? It appeared so, as Kelechi Iheanacho twice hit the frame with the game nearing its final 10 minutes.

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PL AT HALF: Two for Theo, two for Spurs, Man City ahead

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Four of seven Premier League matches are at half, and we’ve had six total goals so far Wednesday.

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Everton 2-0 Leicester City

Sam Allardyce is passing a Top Seven test thanks to three 2017-18 additions: Theo Walcott has both goals, one assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson and another courtesy of Michael Keane.

Newcastle United 0-0 Burnley

Nick Pope saved a penalty from the hosts’ Joselu, won by new boy Kenedy, and the Clarets are fortunate to be living the nil-nil life after 45 minutes.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester United (36′)

Harry Kane and Dele Alli played a role in Christian Eriksen‘s goal 11 seconds into the match at Wembley Stadium. Phil Jones wasn’t covered in glory there, nor was he on an own goal later in the frame.

Manchester City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion (35′)

Kevin De Bruyne getting assists is nothing new, but Fernandinho‘s a bit of an unusual name for the score sheet as City beat Ben Foster to take an early lead.

Southampton 0-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Wesley Hoedt conceded a penalty to Solly March, and Glenn Murray made no doubt about the chance to give the Gulls a first half lead.

Elsewhere
Stoke City 0-0 Watford (36′)
Chelsea 0-0 Bournemouth HT