AT HALF: Chelsea, Man City, Bournemouth pour it on

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Eden Hazard and Ryan Fraser both have first half braces, sealing places on the Premier League Team of the Week before the clock reads 11 a.m. ET on Saturday.

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Chelsea 2-1 Cardiff City

Sol Bamba gave the visitors a shock lead in the sixth minute, but Eden Hazard finished a 1-2 with Olivier Giroud by tearing into a low shot that met the inside netting of the far post in the 37th minute. Then pair then teamed up again before halftime, with Hazard completing his brace.

Manchester City 2-0 Fulham

David Silva and Leroy Sane have City cruising at the Etihad Stadium, with Slavisa Jokanovic needing to summon a miracle for the visitors.

Newcastle United 0-0 Arsenal

The Gunners have been second-best at St. James’ Park, but Newcastle may rue not finishing a chance in the first 45.

Bournemouth 3-0 Leicester City

Ryan Fraser’s excellent first part of the season continues against the Foxes, with a pair of goals. The Cherries then got a penalty, but no hat trick: it was Joshua King who attempted and converted the effort.

Huddersfield Town 0-1 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha returns to the Starting XI.

Wilfried Zaha scores.

Bournemouth wins behind Wilson goal, assist

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  • Fraser scores from Wilson
  • Wilson misses PK, but scores late
  • Bluebirds fall in PL return

Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson scored early and late as Bournemouth welcomed Cardiff City to the Premier League with a 2-0 win at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Wilson also had an assist and missed a penalty as the Cherries survived a second half battle from Cardiff City under boss Neil Warnock.

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Cardiff gave a proper welcome to fans experiencing Neil Warnock football for the first time, with a few tough tackles and a professional foul/yellow card for Lee Peltier.

The new boys were behind when Callum Wilson’s cross was knocked into the goal by Fraser.

It was so close to being 2-0 when Wilson was taken down in the box by Manga, but Cardiff backstop Neil Etheridge saved Wilson’s spot kick.

Bournemouth held the match in its hands for most of the second half, but Cardiff won a corner when Nathan Ake blocked a promising Bluebirds chance.

And Cardiff threatened for plenty of the second half, only to see the game put to bed by Wilson, who atoned for his PK miss with a stoppage time insurance goal that rolled just inside the far post.

That gave Eddie Howe‘s men the firmest of grips on all three points.

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Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal: Cherries keep Gunners down

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Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe scored second half goals as Bournemouth came back to beat Arsenal 2-1 on Sunday at the Vitality Stadium, securing its first ever win over the Gunners.

Hector Bellerin scored Arsenal’s lone goal in a match played without injured Mesut Ozil and “vague” Alexis Sanchez.

It’s Arsenal’s first league loss since Dec. 2, but that eight-match stretch includes just two wins to go with Sunday’s loss and five draws.

The Gunners are now five points back of the Top Four before fourth-place Liverpool hosts Man City at 11 a.m. ET.

Bournemouth rises to 13 with 24 points, four points clear of the drop zone.

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An active first 20 minutes showed both Arsene Wenger and Eddie Howe remained aligned in spirit, pushing tempo (albeit at the expense of precision on this particular Sunday).

Perhaps the best chance of the half was blocked by Arsenal’s Callum Chambers, as in-form Ryan Fraser was alone at the back post following a seeing-eye cross from the right.

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Bellerin put Arsenal ahead in the 52nd minute, racing down the right and watching as Asmir Begovic could only get most of his hard shot.

Bournemouth, spurred by lively Ibe and Nathan Ake, produced some promising moves over the next quarter hour.

The Cherries went level in the 70th minute through Wilson, who beat a sliding Petr Cech to a Fraser cross.

Ibe then broke his Cherries duck, belting a low shot through traffic after Wilson’s trap spun onto his path.

Bournemouth 2-1 Burnley: Cherries win home finale

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  • Cherries score in each half
  • Vokes nets for Burnley
  • King 8th in goals this PL season

Bournemouth remains in the mix to finish eighth in the Premier League after Junior Stanislas and Joshua King scored in a 2-1 win over Burnley at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

The Cherries join Southampton and West Brom on 45 points, having played one fewer match than both.

Sam Vokes scored a second half goal that briefly leveled the score, but the Clarets remain stuck on 40 points.

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Kevin Long intervened before a cross could reach Lys Mousset when Bournemouth threatened to go up 1-0 before the match was three minutes old. A corner led to another, but Burnley was able to hold off the Cherries.

That changed after several more opportunities, as Bournemouth was rewarded for its ascendancy through former Claret attacker Stanislas. Steve Cook swept a ball toward the top of the 18, and Stanislas ran past Stephen Ward to collect the ball and beat a diving Tom Heaton.

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Mousset headed a cross into a jumping Heaton’s hands in the 61st minute.

Yet it was Burnley who’d score, big Vokes rising to turn a cross off the back of his head and inside the far post.

The stalemate lasted in the neighborhood of 120 seconds, as King scooped up his 16th goal of the Premier League season in the 85th minute. Substitute Ryan Fraser sent the ball to the near post, and King bodied off James Tarkowski before bouncing a shot by Heaton.

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Bournemouth: Baggies hit 40 points

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  • King converts 5′ PK
  • Boruc gaffe puts WBA in front
  • Dawson scores, leaves injured

Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley scored as West Brom overcame an early concession to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Joshua King converted a penalty to give the Cherries a lead that the Baggies canceled out before halftime.

West Brom hits the 40-point mark with the win, 10 points shy of the Top Four. Bournemouth is now five points shy of the drop zone.

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Jack Wilshere sprung Ryan Fraser into the right side of the box, and Allan Nyom‘s arm bar took him to the turf. Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot, and King went right to beat Ben Foster.

Dawson fired home from outside the box to bring the Baggies level. Set up by a nice chest trap by Darren Fletcher and some patient work from Nacer Chadli, Dawson’s hard shot took a deflection past Artur Boruc to make it 1-1.

Gareth McAuley completed the fight back when Boruc made a horrible attempt to punch clear a corner and the ball dropped to the West Brom man for a tap into the empty goal.

Salomon Rondon had the Hawthorns howling for a penalty in the 35th minute, but replays proved King to have made a terrific tackle.

Boruc somewhat redeemed himself by stopping a Johnny Evans header before the break.

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The 50th minute saw a scary moment as Dawson’s follow-through on a headed flick connected with the dome of marker Tyrone Mings to leave both on the turf. Dawson went off, and Chadli’s redirected goal was ruled offside literally adding insult to injury.

Chadli’s head appeared to be onside, but the linesman felt otherwise.