Premier League roundup: Leicester, Man United roll; Spurs leap Arsenal

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We know the managers don’t love the schedule congestion in the Premier League, but after a day like Tuesday we’re thrilled to have a midweek like this.

Manchester United looked like the Red Devils of old, Leicester City continued its incredible run, Arsenal continued its tumultuous table run and Spurs looked ready to the bright lights.

Those were just four of the teams toiling on Tuesday.

Manchester United 3-0 Stoke CityRECAP

The combination of Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney will receive a lot of the accolades, but Juan Mata put forth an all-world effort in orchestrating the other two members of his power trio. United scored first half goals at home for the first time in 11 matches, and Old Trafford was, at least for a day, the Theater of Dreams.

Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool — RECAP

Jurgen Klopp won’t be pleased, but Jamie Vardy banged in a pair of goals to give the Foxes a three-point table lead heading into the weekend. England coach Roy Hodgson was in attendance, and it’s hard to imagine he isn’t salivating at the thought of in-form Vardy and Rooney in an attack with Raheem Sterling this summer in France.

“Apologies, normal-sized human, but it seems I have robbed you of a trio of points.” (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Arsenal 0-0 Southampton — RECAP

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is understandably frustrated that his side couldn’t find the back of the goal, but he’ll watch the tape and realize Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster was guilty of robbery on so many occasions that he’d get a life sentence from any sensible judge.

Sunderland 0-1 Manchester CityRECAP

Sergio Aguero scored early, and that’s all the league’s No. 2 team needed to advance past Sam Allardyce‘s side, as the big English manager slumped back in the dugout, wondering what his team will look like once the transfer buys hits the pitch together.

West Browmich Albion 1-1 Swansea City — RECAP

Opinion here, but Tony Pulis spent another afternoon robbing soccer fans of entertainment before Gylfi Sigurdsson broke through and put Swans up top. Baggies striker Salomon Rondon snared a point late, but West Brom was unconvincing again and sits just a trio of points above Swansea.

Norwich City 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur — RECAP

The Canaries could be in real trouble, but Spurs sure have made a lot of teams feel that way. Dele Alli scored, won a penalty for Harry Kane to convert, and then watched as Kane added a second goal as the North London side ran through Carrow Road with ease. Spurs now have the best goal differential in the Premier League (25).

West Ham United 2-0 Aston Villa — RECAP

Poor Remi Garde. We’re sure he’s a better manager than this, and Jordan Ayew‘s needless and vicious elbow had the last-place Villans down a man for most of this one. Dmitri Payet was again a string-puller for the Irons, who got goals from Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Bournemouth — RECAP

Alan Pardew‘s Eagles are struggling, and now sit closer to the drop zone than the Top Four after coughing up an early lead provided by Scott Dann and Wilfried Zaha teaming up. Selhurst Park watched in horror as Marc Pugh dizzied the Palace ‘D’ for one goal and Benik Afobe buried his third in three games for the eventual match winner. That’s five-straight losses for Pardew’s Palace.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace is challenged by Charlie Daniels of Bournemouth during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Selhurst Park on February 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Leicester City 24 14 8 2 44 26 18 7-4-1 7-4-1 50
Manchester City 24 14 5 5 46 23 23 9-1-2 5-4-3 47
Tottenham Hotspur 24 12 9 3 44 19 25 6-4-2 6-5-1 45
Arsenal 24 13 6 5 37 22 15 7-3-2 6-3-3 45
Manchester United 24 11 7 6 31 21 10 6-4-2 5-3-4 40
West Ham United 24 10 9 5 38 28 10 5-5-2 5-4-3 39
Southampton 24 9 7 8 32 24 8 6-2-4 3-5-4 34
Liverpool 24 9 7 8 30 34 -4 4-4-3 5-3-5 34
Stoke City 24 9 6 9 24 28 -4 5-2-4 4-4-5 33
Watford 23 9 5 9 27 26 1 5-2-5 4-3-4 32
Crystal Palace 24 9 4 11 25 29 -4 4-2-7 5-2-4 31
Everton 23 6 11 6 40 34 6 3-4-5 3-7-1 29
West Bromwich Albion 24 7 8 9 23 31 -8 4-4-5 3-4-4 29
Chelsea 23 7 7 9 32 34 -2 4-4-4 3-3-5 28
Bournemouth 24 7 7 10 29 39 -10 3-4-4 4-3-6 28
Swansea City 24 6 8 10 23 32 -9 4-4-4 2-4-6 26
Norwich City 24 6 5 13 28 46 -18 4-3-5 2-2-8 23

Newcastle United 23 5 6 12 25 41 -16 3-5-4 2-1-8 21
Sunderland 24 5 4 15 28 47 -19 3-3-6 2-1-9 19
Aston Villa 24 2 7 15 18 40 -22 1-4-6 1-3-9 13