Premier League game recaps

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Arsenal 2-0 West Bromwich Albion: Sanchez brace helps Gunners ease to win

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  • Sanchez opens scoring
  • Then adds spinning free kick
  • Arsenal back into third
  • Baggies in 15th with 40 pts

Arsenal moved back into the Premier League’s third slot with a relatively easy 2-0 victory over visiting West Bromwich Albion on Thursday.

The Emirates saw a pair of first half goals from Alexis Sanchez, and rode that start to a win. The Gunners have 63 points, two ahead of Man City and four up on Manchester United.

West Bromwich Albion has 40 points, 10 clear of the drop zone but only good for 15th place.

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West Brom could pack it in as much as it liked, but that wasn’t going to help if Arsenal was belting in goals from outside the area.

First, Sanchez recovered from a slight stumble to hammer a worm-burning shot past Ben Foster.

Then the Chilean snapped a free kick through two Arsenal players occupying the end of the West Brom wall, and Foster could not react to stop the spinning orb.

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Referee Jon Moss might’ve been a bit snakebit from Sunday’s big to-do between Leicester and West Ham, because he turned down several shouts for penalties — including a first half handball against Arsenal — and did not book Mohamed Elneny for diving on one second-half occasion.

The Baggies did find some pressure late in the second half, and Salomon Rondon very much should’ve made it 2-1 with a mistaken shot at the back post.

Liverpool 4-0 Everton: Klopp’s Reds punish 10-man Toffees; Origi hurt

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  • Milner with two assists
  • Funes Mori sees red
  • Origi stretchered off

Divock Origi, Mamadou Sakho, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge led Liverpool as the Reds ran riot in a 3-0 Merseyside Derby win over Everton on Wednesday at Anfield.

Ramiro Funes Mori‘s 50th minute red card came with Liverpool leading 2-0, and condemned Everton to 10 men. His horror tackle on Origi sent the striker into the seats.

It was the 21st red card in Merseyside Derby history, the most between any two teams in Premier League history.

Liverpool is in 7th with 54 points, and has a match-in-hand on West Ham and Manchester United. Everton sits in a three-way tie for 11th with 41 points.

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Lucas Leiva had a dig from 20 yards that Joel Robles parried, and Liverpool kept pressing. Adam Lallana headed wide off a Nathaniel Clyne cross, one of several chances for the English midfielder.

The hosts took all the life out of the Toffees in the last five minutes of half. First Origi headed home before Sakho did the same in the second minute of stoppage.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Divock Origi of Liverpool leaves the field on a stretcher being replaced by Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield, April 20, 2016, Liverpool, England  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Any hopes Everton held of a comeback were thwarted by Funes Mori’s terrible tackle on Origi. The defender came down hard on the forward’s ankle.

A horrible giveaway from John Stones sprung Lucas Leiva toward Liverpool’s third goal, with Daniel Sturridge converting from a high-percentage place after a run through the Toffee’s back line.

Then Joe Allen played a fantastic ball to Coutinho that the diminutive Brazilian curled around Robles to make it 4-0.

West Ham United 3-1 Watford: Noble strikes twice in PK-heavy affair

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  • Noble converts two PKs
  • Adrian stops Watford PK
  • Prodl, Carroll also score

Mark Noble‘s brace insured a West Ham win after Andy Carroll scored early, as the Hammers took care of Watford 3-1 at the Boleyn Ground on Wednesday.

Sebastian Prodl scored for the Hornets, who are in a three-way tie for 11th with Everton and Bournemouth.

West Ham remains in sixth with 56 points, three behind Manchester United and two above Liverpool.

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Carroll used his knee to put West Ham ahead off a cross from — who else? — Dimitri Payet in the early stages as the hosts asserted themselves with the lead.

The Hammers took a 2-0 lead after Cheikhou Kouyate was taken down in the box while going up for a header. Noble finished the PK chance past Heurelho Gomes, who couldn’t repeat his Saturday heroics.

Almen Abdi took down Michail Antonio in the second half, and Noble scored that PK down the middle to make it 3-0.

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Prodl finished a pretty rebound off Steve Berghuis‘ free kick to give Watford a long shot chance to come back.

A third penalty came to the game via Watford, but Adrian stopped Troy Deeney. Then Watford’s Nordin Amrabat was sent off for a second yellow card.

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Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton: Eagles fail to break down 10-man Toffees

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  • McCarthy sent off in 52nd
  • Robles holds Palace out
  • Everton 12th, Palace 16th

Joel Robles and the Everton defense held firm despite playing a man down for 38 minutes, as the Toffees took a point from Selhurst Park in a 0-0 draw between the two FA Cup semifinalists.

Palace remains in 16th place, now with 38 points, while Everton pulls into 12th with 40.

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A Ross Barkley giveaway saw Palace with a lightning quick response, but Dwight Gayle sliding attempt off a Wilfried Zaha through ball went wide of the goal.

Everton had a great chance off a side-to-side cross from Leighton Baines that Seamus Coleman failed to put on target.

While the Toffees had most of the possession and danger for about 15-20 minutes, it was Gayle who’s dangerous chance missed the frame again. Still 0-0.

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The second half saw both sides looking lively, and Ross Barkley crushed a longer shot off the crossbar four minutes into the frame.

But the game changed in the 52nd minute with McCarthy’s second yellow card. His obstruction of Yannick Bolasie left little choice for anything but a second yellow, and Everton faced 40 minutes down a man.

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Yet the Toffees threatened more than the Eagles, at least right away. Palace had decent chances from Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie, but Joel Robles kept the sheet clean.

Jason Puncheon and Emmanuel Adebayor were threats for Palace, but the Eagles simply haven’t scored enough under manager Alan Pardew.

Leicester City 1-0 Southampton: Fairytale Foxes closing in on coronation

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  • Captain scores first in 35 matches
  • Leicester leads field by 7 points
  • Foxes now 10W-5D-1L at home
  • Saints denied two handball PK shouts

Wes Morgan‘s first goal of the Premier League season moved Leicester City that much closer to a fantastic title, as the Foxes bested Southampton 1-0 at King Power Stadium on Sunday.

The win was Leicester’s fifth 1-0 win in six matches, the outlier being a 2-2 draw with West Brom, and has Claudio Ranieri‘s men seven points ahead of Spurs with six matches to play.

Southampton failed in its quest to keep pressure on the Top Four, and is now four back of fifth-place West Ham and seven back of Man City.

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Saints did what they could to keep Leicester on the flanks, but the Foxes eventually forced a series of corners and throws deep in Southampton territory after 10 minutes.

As the half wore on, the match saw more half-chances than chances until Sadio Mane found himself on a break. Kasper Schmeichel flew to cut off the angle, but Mane rounded him and chipped a shot that Danny Simpson elbowed down. No call.

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Southampton kept the ball in Leicester’s half, as Jose Fonte surprised with a 30-yard shot that Schmeichel flew to push over the bar.

It was, though, Leicester that would break through. Christian Fuchs swept in a left-footed cross and Morgan barreled into a header that left Fraser Forster helpless. 1-0 to the leaders.

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The second half saw Leicester’s lead nearly doubled through an own goal when Fraser Foster had to fly back to tap Jose Fonte’s mishit clearance over the bar.

That was around the time a wildly anticipatory King Power was growing in energy, not that it was lacking at any point beforehand.

Danny Simpson looked set to be the second Foxes defender to score, only to be parried by Forster’s two hands. At the other end, Fuchs blocked a Charlie Austin cross with his hand to no call.

Leicester’s remaining schedule
April 10 at Sunderland
April 17 vs. West Ham United
April 24 vs. Swansea City
May 1 at Manchester United
May 7 vs. Everton
May 15 at Chelsea