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BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEWS

Published:Monday | December 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM
AP Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas holds his head after he went down following a challenge during the English Premier League football match against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England, yesterday. The game ended 1-1.
AP Manchester City's Aleksander Kolarov wipes his face as his team drew 2-2 against Burnley during their English Premier League football match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, yesterday.
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ASTON VILLA 0 SUNDERLAND 0

Aston Villa held on to secure a point against Sunderland after playing the majority of the second half with 10 men following Fabian Delph's dismissal. Delph was sent off for a late lunge on Jordi Gomez and the match sparked into life following his red card. A Ron Vlaar header tested Sunderland's Costel Pantilimon, while Gomez struck the post late on for the Black Cats.

HULL CITY 0 LEICESTER CITY 1

GOAL:- LEICESTER: MAHREZ: 32nd.

Riyad Mahrez struck the winner before half-time as bottom club Leicester clinched a first victory in 14 Barclays Premier League matches at Hull's expense. The Algerian winger struck from the edge of the area to give manager Nigel Pearson victory at his former club. Both teams ended the game with 10 men as Leicester's Paul Konchesky and the hosts' Stephen Quinn were dismissed.

MANCHESTER CITY 2

BURNLEY 2

GOALS:- CITY: SILVA 23rd; FERNANDINHO 33rd. BURNLEY: BOYD 47th; BARNES 81st.

Burnley came back from two goals down to deny Manchester City a club record 10th successive win. City were cruising when David Silva and Fernandinho scored within a 10-minute period in the middle of the first half. But George Boyd pulled one back for the Clarets before Ashley Barnes reacted quickest in a crowded penalty area to smash home a loose ball to earn the visitors a draw.

NEWCASTLE UNITED 3

EVERTON 2

GOALS:- NEWCASTLE: CISSE 34th; PEREZ 51st; COLBACK 68th. EVERTON: KONE 5th;

MIRALLAS 84th.

Newcastle recorded their first league win in four games as they defeated out-of-form Everton at St James' Park. The visitors made the ideal start when Arouna Kone fired in. Papiss Cisse swept home to level from Mike Williamson's pull back, before Ayoze PÈrez drove in from 18 yards. Jack Colback then pounced on Ross Barkley's mistake to poke home the third, before Kevin Mirallas set up a tense finish with a clipped finish.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS 0 CRYSTAL PALACE 0

Managerless Crystal Palace remain in the Barclays Premier League's bottom three despite a spirited display that earned them a point at Queens Park Rangers. Jason Puncheon hit the post in the first half for Palace, for whom Keith Millen was in temporary charge after Neil Warnock was sacked on Saturday.

SOUTHAMPTON 1 CHELSEA 1

GOALS:- SOUTHAMPTON: MANE 17th. CHELSEA: HAZARD 45th.

Chelsea missed the chance to tighten their grip on the Barclays Premier League title race. Sadio Mane gave Saints a deserved early lead, but a superb equaliser seconds before half-time from Eden Hazard set up JosÈ Mourinho's title pacesetters for a second-half siege. Southampton even survived Morgan Schneiderlin's late sending off, after a second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Fabregas.

STOKE CITY 2 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0

GOALS:- STOKE: DIOUF 51st; 66th.

A brace from striker Mame Diouf gave Stoke victory at the Britannia Stadium and piled more pressure on West Brom head coach Alan Irvine. It is a seventh defeat in nine games for the relegation-threatened Baggies. Diouf swept home an Erik Pieters cross to open the scoring and deflected in a Marko Arnautovic shot for his second. Stoke move into the top half of the table with back-to-back victories.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0

MANCHESTER UNITED 0

Manchester United's pursuit of Chelsea and Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League title race was hampered by a frustrating draw at Tottenham. United created several good chances in the first half, with Juan Mata's deflected free kick hitting the post. Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris also denied Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Ashley Young.

WEST HAM UNITED 1 ARSENAL 2

GOALS:- WEST HAM: KOUYATE 54th. ARSENAL: CAZORLA PEN 41st; WELBECK 44th.

Arsenal moved ahead of West Ham into the Barclays Premier League top five after inflicting a first home defeat on the Hammers since August. Santi Cazorla put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot, following a foul by Winston Reid, before Danny Welbeck prodded Arsenal ahead. Cheikhou Kouyate's header gave the hosts hope, but West Ham were unable to avoid a second successive defeat.