EPL Roundup | Zaha strikes as Crystal Palace stun Chelsea

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EPL Roundup | Zaha strikes as Crystal Palace stun Chelsea

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SportsCafe Desk

04/02/2017

Phillipe Coutinho was the hero as Liverpool ruled the Merseyside Derby. Manchester United were held to a goalless draw at home by West Bromwich Albion, while former United man Wilfred Zaha was at the heart of plotting Chelsea's downfall in what was a 2-1 victory for Crystal Palace.

Liverpool 3; Everton 1

Saturday kicked off with the Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton. Philippe Coutinho was the star of the game as his dazzling performance inspired the 3-1 victory over Everton.

Sadio Mane scored the first goal in the eighth minute from a Roberto Firminio pass. Matthew Pennigton made his season debut count for Everton as he put in a Phil Jagielka flick at the near post during a corner.

In the 31st minute, Coutinho showed his class by getting the ball 40 yards out and drifting past two defenders to score a magnificent goal to help Liverpool reclaim the lead. In the 60th minute Divock Origi scored for Liverpool, clinching the 13th consecutive win against Everton.

The victory means a consolidated position for Liverpool in the third spot as they eye a Champions League place.

Chelsea shocked by Crystal Palace

Chelsea went down to Crystal Palace for what was their first home league defeat since September.

Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring for the League leaders in what appeared to be another easy day for the Blues. But the Eagles were in no mood to give up and goals by Wilfried Zaha in the ninth minute and Christain Benteke in the 11th minute gave the away side some hope.

In the second half, Chelsea switched to attack mode but the Crystal Palace defense was able to hold on to clinch a satisfying victory. The win sends Crystal Palace four points clear of the relegation zone while Chelsea's lead was cut down to seven points.

Tottenham defeat Burnley 2-0

Tottenham Hotspurs' 2-0 victory over Burnley reignited their hopes of winning the Premier League as they are just seven points behind leaders Chelsea. Tottenham missed Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama, down with injuries, and Burnely defended strongly. However, Tottenham scored through Eric Dier and Heung-min Son in the second half.

United held to a goalless draw by West Bromwich

Manchester United had a bad day at office. The Red Devils had to start without star players Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera. The home side were unable to find a breakthrough against the strong defense of West Bromwich. The loss resulted in United falling four points behind Manchester City in fourth place.

Leicester City 2; Stoke City 0

Leicester City turned in an improved performance after the sacking of Claudio Ranieri by winning four consecutive games. The Foxes scored midway in the first half through Wilfred Nididi who came up with an outstanding long range effort.

Jamie Vardy doubled the lead in the 47th minute when he volleyed the ball into the top left corner. The Foxes are six points clear of the relegation zone.

Hull City 2; West Ham United 1

Hosts Hull City scored a come from behind win. Andy Carroll opened the scoring for West Ham United before Andrew Robertson equalised for the Tigers at the KCOM stadium. Andera Ranocchia slotted home the winner. The victory saw Hull City level with Swansea at the 17th place. 

Watford 1-0 Sunderland

Sunderland is close to being relegated following the narrow loss to Watford. The Hornets scored through Miguel Brito's close range header before the hour mark. Watford were previously denied numerous times by Jordan Pickford before the breakthrough. Watford is currently seven points clear of the relegation zone.

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