Manchester United claimed their first win in seven Premier League games as they beat Swansea City 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Arsenal scraped to a 1-0 win over Newcastle United to remain top of the league, while Liverpool sank to a 2-0 defeat away at West Ham United. Manchester City kept pace with the Gunners with a 2-1 win over Watford.
Elsewhere, Leicester City were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Bournemouth and Sunderland grabbed a vital 3-1 win over Aston Villa.
Here are all the results from Week 20 so far, complete with the updated standings and a full roundup of all the games:
|Premier League Week 20 Results|
|Saturday, Jan. 2||West Ham||Liverpool||2-0|
|Saturday, Jan. 2||WBA||Stoke||2-1|
|Saturday, Jan. 2||Arsenal||Newcastle||1-0|
|Saturday, Jan. 2||Leicester||Bournemouth||0-0|
|Saturday, Jan. 2||Manchester United||Swansea||2-1|
|Saturday, Jan. 2||Norwich||Southampton||1-0|
|Saturday, Jan. 2||Sunderland||Aston Villa||3-1|
|Saturday, Jan. 2||Watford||Manchester City||1-2|
|Sunday, Jan. 3||Crystal Palace||Chelsea||TBD|
|Sunday, Jan. 3||Everton||Tottenham||TBD|
|6||West Ham United||20||8||8||4||30||23||7||32|
|12||West Bromwich Albion||20||7||5||8||20||25||-5||26|
An uninspiring first half at Old Trafford ended 0-0—the 10th consecutive league game United have gone in goalless at half-time—but the second period exploded into life just two minutes after the restart when Anthony Martial headed home.
Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised with a header of his own after 70 minutes, but Wayne Rooney soon put the Red Devils back in front with a delightful backheel after some great work from Martial on the left.
United's performance was something of a milestone, per Squawka Football:
Squawka Football @Squawka
#MUFC register more than 3 shots on target in a Premier League home game for the first time since September 26th. https://t.co/ZFKIZPiebB1/2/2016, 5:05:07 PM
Arsenal were somewhat fortunate to earn any points at all at home to Newcastle but nevertheless earned an important win.
The Magpies put in a strong showing and created multiple chances though Aleksandar Mitrovic, Georginio Wijnaldum and Ayoze Perez, but they lacked the cutting edge to make Arsenal pay and were ultimately punished when Laurent Koscielny finished from close range in the second half.
The Chronicle's Lee Ryder believed it was a missed opportunity for Newcastle, but the Mirror's John Cross was impressed with their display and felt it boded well for their hopes of survival:
Lee Ryder @lee_ryder
It's all over. Arsenal take the points. #nufc have only themselves to blame for wasting some fine chances.1/2/2016, 4:51:57 PM
John Cross @johncrossmirror
Newcastle showed proper spirit, commitment and gave everything. Wijnaldum had a hat trick of chances, all denied by Cech. They'll stay up.1/2/2016, 4:53:15 PM
In the late kick-off, the pressure was on Man City to narrow the six-point gap Arsenal opened up and they looked to be crumbling under the pressure when Watford deservedly took the lead thanks to Aleksandar Kolarov's own goal.
However, despite a poor showing City were able to launch a dramatic comeback in the closing stages of the game as Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero scored two fantastic goals—the first a delicious close-range volley and the second a delightful leaping header.
Earlier, goals from Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll saw the Hammers do the double over a subpar Liverpool side.
Per Squawka Football, it was a day to forget for Christian Benteke in particular:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Christian Benteke's game by numbers: 0 shots on target 75% pass accuracy 0 take-ons 15% aerial duels won (2/13) Not at his best.1/2/2016, 2:55:54 PM
Southampton's poor run of form continued as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Norwich City.
Victor Wanyama's deserved sending off for two yellow cards hindered the Saints, and just three minutes after the Kenyan's dismissal, Alex Tettey grabbed the decisive goal with a left-footed strike into the top corner.
Sunderland gave themselves further hope of survival with a crucial win over fellow strugglers Aston Villa.
A brilliant strike from Carles Gil cancelled out Patrick van Aanholt's deflected opener, but a late brace from Jermain Defoe sealed three points for the Black Cats, who are now just two points behind Newcastle and four from safety.
Jonny Evans tapped in a dramatic injury-time winner for West Bromwich Albion when they faced Stoke City.
The Potters had equalised through Jon Walters following Stephane Sessegnon's powerful effort on the hour-mark, but Geoff Cameron received his marching orders for violent conduct with seven minutes of normal time remaining before Evans scrambled in the winner.
Bournemouth produced a dogged display to keep out Leicester when they met at the King Power Stadium.
Captain Simon Francis was sent off for denying Jamie Vardy a clear goalscoring opportunity, but Riyad Mahrez's resulting penalty was saved well by Artur Boruc. The Foxes threw everything at the Cherries but were unable to find a way through their resilient defending.
After scoring in every game this season, Leicester have now failed to find the net in three straight outings outings and could now be on the verge of slipping away from the title race and the top four—though they remain second thanks to the point.
A trip to Tottenham Hotspur in Week 21 could prove difficult, but facing Aston Villa in Week 22 should see them return to winning ways.
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