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Published: 17:39 | 19/3/16

PL round-up: Wins for Leicester, Arsenal, Stoke and Norwich

Leicester move eight points clear at the top

Leicester moved a step closer to the Barclays Premier League title with a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace, while Norwich earned a vital three points at West Brom in their fight against the drop in an exciting day of action in England top tier.

Elsewhere Stoke withstood a late Watford comeback to earn all three points at Vicarage Road, while Chelsea twice came from behind to draw with West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester sealed their fourth 1-0 win in succession as they maintained their charge towards an unlikely Premier League title continued with victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The only goal of the game came on 34 minutes as Riyadh Mahrez coolly converted Jamie Vardy's low cross from ten yards.

The visitors dominated for long spells, although Palace continued to look dangerous every time they came forward.

Vardy almost made the points safe three minutes from the end after a probing run from midfield, but

Republic of Ireland defender Damien Delaney got back superbly to make a goal-saving tackle just as the striker was about to pull the trigger.

Delaney was then unlucky not to get on the scoresheet himself moments later as his volley came back off the crossbar, Leicester held on for a vital three points.

Chelsea had to come from behind twice to earn a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw with West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

Manuel Lanzini put the visitors ahead with a superb 25-yard volley on 17 minutes. Aaron Cresswell came close to doubling the advantage just after the half hour mark, but his shot from the edge of the penalty area just just wide of the post.

Chelsea were level in first-half stoppage time courtesy of a superb free-kick from Cesc Fabregas, the Spanish international curling his effort over the wall and beyond the reach of Adrian's despairing dive.

There were chances at both ends in an exciting second period. Cresswell rattled the crossbar with a rasping shot before Loic Remy drew a good save from Adrian.

But the visitors were back in front on 65 minutes through substitute Andy Carroll's low shot.

The home side poured forward in search of an equaliser and were rewarded a minute from time when Antonio Valencia was harshly adjudged to have tripped Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Fabregas converted the penalty to earn a share of the spoils and put a big dent in the Hammers' charge for a Champions League spot.

Norwich earned a vital three points to move themselves out of the relegation zone as they beat West Brom 1-0 at The Hawthorns.

After a goalless opening period in which neither side had an effort on target, Robbie Brady scored the only goal of the game five minutes after the restart as he side-footed Dieumerci Mbokani's miscue into the net from close range.

The result moves the Canaries three points clear of the drop zone, although they have played two games more than Sunderland who are one place below them in 18th.

Stoke climbed up to seventh in the league as they beat Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road.

Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters put them ahead on 18 minutes, tapping in Phil Bardley's cross at the far post.

The Potters doubled their advantage six minutes into the second half as Joselu superbly lobbed Hornets goalkeeper Huerelho Gomes from distance after Walters had cushioned the ball into his path.

Troy Deeney handed Watford a lifeline with a close range header four minutes from time, but Stoke held on for the win.

Meanwhile, in the early kick-off Arsenal gave their flagging title hopes a boost with a deserved 2-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.

An early Danny Welbeck goal set them on their way, the striker finishing superbly after some crisp passing in the build-up, before Alex Iwobi crowned his first league start with the second just before the break.

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil combined superbly on the edge of the penalty for the opener before the latter slid a deft pass in to Welbeck who took one touch to take the ball away from advancing Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles before applying a cool finish into the empty net.

They doubled their advantage three minutes before the break as Iwobi latched onto Hector Bellerin's ball over the top and raced half the length of the pitch before smashing the ball past Robles from 12 yards.

Indeed, it could have been even worse for Everton, who were roundly booed off at the end, as Gunners substitute had a header effort ruled out for a foul in the build-up before hitting the outside of the post late on.

By: Kieran O'Daly

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