Premier League 2016-17 recaps

Burnley 1-0 Stoke: Clinical Clarets grind out win

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  • Boyd’s goal wins it
  • Stoke miss numerous chances
  • Burnley have won 32 of 35 points at home
  • Stoke winless in four games

Burnley once again rode their luck at home but the Clarets sealed their first win in eight Premier League games to beat Stoke City 1-0 at Turf Moor on Tuesday thanks to George Boyd‘s second half strike.

Stoke dominated for large periods of the game but Marko Arnautovic was wasteful as Mark Hughes was left livid on the sidelines.

With the win Burnley move on to 35 points and move up to 12th place to edge closer to safety, while Stoke slip to 11th spot and have 36 points.

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Stoke dominated the early stages in their new 3-4-3 formation but failed to carve out any real clear-cut chances to worry the Burnley defense.

The Potters continued to look more dangerous as Saido Berahino played in Arnautovic who had a heavy first touch as the chance came and went.

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Before the break Berahino and Arnautovic linked up well again but the latter delayed his shot as he tried to pull the ball back and Burnley cleared.

Berahino and Arnautovic were combining very well and the latter had a shot deflected wide and from the resulting corner Charlie Adam‘s header was well-saved by Tom Heaton.

The home side didn’t look like scoring in the first half and it was all Stoke.

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Stoke started the second half well as Arnautovic raced down the left flank and found Adam but he fluffed his effort under pressure.

Arnautovic then headed inches wide as Stoke poured on the pressure but then Burnley hit them with a sucker-punch. Boyd was found on the edge of the box after a mazy run from Jeff Hendrick and the midfielder tucked his shot away to put Burnley 1-0 up against the run of play.

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Burnley settled down after going ahead and looked the more likely to score next as Stoke looked stunned and never fully recovered from going behind.

Yet another home win for the Clarets as they’ve all but secured PL status for consecutive seasons for the first time in club history.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace: Title race back on?

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  • Chelsea’s first defeat since Jan. 4
  • Palace win fourth-straight game
  • Eagles fight back after going behind
  • Man City up next for Chelsea

Chelsea suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday at Stamford Bridge as the Premier League leaders have seen their gap at the top reduced to seven points.

Cesc Fabregas put Chelsea ahead but two quickfire goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke put Palace 2-1 up and then a valiant defensive effort, led by Mamadou Sakho and Wayne Hennessey, saw the Eagles seal a fourth-straight win.

Chelsea stay top but they remain on 69 points after their run of 10-straight home wins ended, while Palace move on to 31 points and pull away from the relegation zone.

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Chelsea took the lead early on Fabregas pinged a ball out to Hazard and the Belgian took his time before picking out Fabregas to finish. 1-0. Too easy for the Blues.

Just when Chelsea thought they’d run away with another win the Eagles came soaring back with Zaha twisting and turning then drilling a low shot into the bottom corner. 1-1. Game on.

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Moments later Palace were ahead and Stamford Bridge was stunned. Zaha and Benteke link up to launch a counter and the latter then audaciously scooped his effort over Courtois and into the net. 2-1 to Palace.

Chelsea then had a penalty shout waved away as Pedro‘s effort looked to strike Andros Townsend‘s arm and then Hazard and Fabregas combined to tee up Costa but Wayne Hennessey saved well.

Marcos Alonso went close to equalizing but Hennessey saved well before the break as wave after wave of Chelsea attack came up short with Hazard also denied and Nemanja Matic going close.

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In the second half Chelsea came out swinging again with Costa involved in plenty of challenges and he almost got the Blues level as Fabregas ran into the box and set him up but Hennessey denied him once again.

Another shot from Costa was blocked bravely by Scott Dann — he only came on at half time for James Tomkins — who then fell awkwardly and had to be stretchered off with Damien Delaney on in his place.

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Palace continued to go close on the break as Chelsea poured forward for an equalizer and Yohan Cabaye saw his free kick from the left fly inches wide.

Costa headed wide from Hazard’s cross as Chelsea grew increasingly desperate late on but Palace held on for a famous win to throw a spanner in the works of Chelsea’s title charge.

Sunderland 0-0 Burnley: Not much to see at Stadium of Light

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  • Burnley winless on road
  • Clarets move 8 points clear of drop
  • Sunderland 7 back of safety

Sunderland got its first home point in four tries, but won’t pleased with a scoreless draw against visiting Burnley at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Burnley had the better of possession, but the Black Cats would’ve liked to see one of their match-high five shots on target beat Tom Heaton.

The Black Cats remain 20th with 20 points, while Burnley sits 12th with 32 points.

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George Boyd flubbed a chance to put Burnley ahead early, or at least test Jordan Pickford, but the Clarets were better out of the gates.

Ultimately, the miserly half found Sunderland hitting two of just three combined shots on target.

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Burnley felt it had a shout for a penalty after a sloppy fight for the ball inside the 18, and Sunderland nearly added insult to injury on the counter attack.

Billy Jones dove low to head Sebastian Larsson‘s terrific cross just wide of the far post after a bit of solid hold-up play from Adnan Januzaj.

A back pass gaffe nearly put Burnley in front, but Jordan Pickford bailed Sunderland out when he palmed away Sam Vokes‘ effort.

Everton 4-0 Hull City: Toffees tatter 10-man Tigers

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  • Calvert-Lewin makes memory
  • Toffees win second in a row
  • Lukaku bags stoppage brace
  • Hull remains 18th

Dominic Calvert-Lewin‘s first Premier League goal gave Everton a lead it wouldn’t sacrifice, as the Toffees beat Hull City 4-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku added his Premier League-leading 20th and 21st goals in stoppage time, and Enner Valencia scored Everton’s other marker to push the Toffees above Manchester United and into sixth (though United has played three less matches).

Hull remains in the drop zone, three points behind Swansea City.

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Barkley played Tom Davies in with a gorgeous through ball that Davies cut back for Calvert-Lewin to finish for a ninth-minute opener. The 20-year-old arrived from Sheffield United in August and debuted in December.

Lukaku had a goal pulled back for offside in the 24th minute as the Toffees worked to make the result academic.

Tom Huddlestone made Hull City’s chances even slimmer when he slid into Idrissa Gueye in the 73rd minute to earn a straight red.

Lukaku assisted Valencia within five minutes of the sending off to make it 2-0, and added his 20th of the season with a stoppage time finish.

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Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford: Deeney own goal lifts Eagles

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  • Deeney scores own goal
  • Palace four clear of drop
  • Eagles take 4 of 6 pts from Hornets

Troy Deeney‘s finish appeared clinical, it just went in the wrong goal.

Crystal Palace continued its safety push with a bit of luck, winning 1-0 over visiting Watford at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The win moves Palace four points clear of the drop zone and into 16th place, three spots behind Walter Mazzarri‘s Hornets.

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Palace was on the front foot at home, and Wilfried Zaha should’ve earned a penalty when Craig Cathcart dropped him inside the 18. Roger East was not moved.

The cagey match didn’t find its breakthrough until the 69th minute, as Deeney headed Yohan Cabaye‘s free kick inside his own near post.

Halftime sub Abdoulaye Doucouré lashed a shot that Wayne Hennessey dove to push clear of the goal in the 76th minute.

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