Tottenham Hotspur’s top-four Premier League hopes received a massive boost on Saturday as they won 4-0 at Aston Villa thanks to a hat-trick from Son Heung-min as Manchester United and Arsenal suffered damaging defeats.
Chelsea bounced back from their Champions League defeat with an emphatic 6-0 win at Southampton, while Leeds United allayed their worries in the end with a 3-0 win at relegation-threatened Watford.
Leaders Manchester City host second-placed Liverpool on Sunday and focus on the battle for fourth place in the Champions League on Saturday.
Manchester United lost 1-0 to Everton at Goodison Park, while Arsenal suffered a surprise 2-1 home defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion.
The results left Spurs on 57 points, three ahead of Arsenal, who have a game in hand. West Ham United and Manchester United both have 51 points.
Spurs’ fourth straight win was yet another testament to the effectiveness of Antonio Conte’s attacking trio of Son, Harry Kane and Dejan Kulusevski.
South Korea’s Son fired Spurs forward in the third minute and fired from the post after a blocked shot by Kane fell on the edge of the area.
Villa dominated the first half but missed several chances and found himself in top form against Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.
Kane provided the second five minutes after the break, putting a long ball down the barrel of Kulusevski, who charged into the box and defeated Emiliano Martinez with a low shot.
Another clever assist from Kane helped make it 3-0 when he headed a long ball into the crotch of Son, who ran clearly and didn’t go wrong with his finish.
Son completed his hat-trick in the 71st minute after a clever exchange with Kulusevski.
Of all cup competitions, Manchester United needed a win at Frank Lampard’s ailing Everton to qualify for their Champions League return.
But after a promising start from the visitors it was Everton who put themselves ahead through Anthony Gordon’s shot, which was deflected off Harry Maguire, beating the wrong-footed David De Gea in United’s goal.
Everton, whose defeat at Burnley had given them a point and a place above the relegation zone in midweek, showed real courage and determination to hold on to their lead while United seemed lacking a coherent game plan.
A late Cristiano Ronaldo shot sent United close enough to equalize to leave the most successful club in English football seventh in the table.
Everton are four points clear of 18th-placed Burnley, who travel to Norwich City on Sunday.
Arsenal suffered their second straight defeat as Brighton ended their seven-game winning streak and Zambian midfielder Enock Mwepu scored and set up another.
Brighton opened the scoring when a long ball found Mwepu on the cross and he selected Leandro Trossard, who rolled past Aaron Ramsdale.
Arsenal made tactical changes that showed signs of a turnaround in the game, but they were dealt a crucial blow when Mwepu drilled a half-volley home from the edge of the box.
Martin Odegaard provided a late glimmer of hope in the 89th minute with a long-range shot that was deflected viciously and looped over goalkeeper Robert Sanchez to give Arsenal a lifeline but Brighton held on.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was furious with his team’s performance in the 3-1 home loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League but got the reaction he wanted from his players.
Two goals each from Timo Werner and Mason Mount as well as goals in the first half from Marcos Alonso and Kai Havertz sealed a 6-0 demolition at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Chelsea went 1-0 up in the eighth minute as Alonso ran towards a deft swerve from Mount and scored his first league goal since Matchday One.
Mount, Chelsea’s top scorer in the league this season, equaled his nine-goal tally from the previous season with a superb shot from outside the box after a shaky Southampton defense failed to deal with Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s cross.
Werner made up for earlier misses by beating Jan Bednarek for pace before rounding Fraser Forster and slotting into an empty goal, and Havertz swept Chelsea’s fourth place.
A relentless Chelsea were rewarded again after the break when Werner scored a rebound from N’Golo Kante’s try which was saved by Forster and Mount ended the loss.
American manager Jesse Marsch saw his Leeds United take a huge step towards Premier League survival with a 3-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road.
Marsch has had a positive impact at the Yorkshire Club since taking charge of Marcelo Bielsa and goals from Raphinha, Rodrigo and Jack Harrison doomed the hosts to a ninth straight home defeat.
Leeds are 16th with 33 points. Watford is 19th on 22 points, six points from safety.
Spurs win while top-four rivals slip, Chelsea hit six – SABC News
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