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Manchester City reignited their faltering Premier League title bid with a comfortable 4-0 win over Aston Villa at the Etihad.
City totally dominated the opening 45 minutes with 78% possession but they were unable to break the deadlock as the sides went in level at the break.
However, it didn’t take long for hosts to turn their dominance into goals in the second period as they took control with two goals in two minutes.
The first arrived when Yaya Toure slotted home David Silva’s cross to make it 1-0. And it was two just minutes later when Micah Richards clearance came back off Sergio Aguero and looped into the net.
It was game over ten minutes later when Aguero slotted home to make it 3-0 after an hour.
Villa simply fell apart after conceding the first and they fell further behind after 66 minutes when Jesus Navas found Raheem Sterling at the back-post and the substitute tapped in.
City looked like scoring every-time they attacked and they missed a penalty through Aguero, but it mattered little as they cruised to victory and closed the gap to Leicester to seven points.
West Ham fought back from 2-0 down to beat 10-man Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park to move to within three points of third-placed Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.
Bournemouth moved 11-points clear of the relegation zone with an impressive 3-1 win over Newcastle at St James Park.
The hosts started brightly but they failed to really threaten Artur Boruc in the Bournemouth goal and they were punished when the visitors took the lead after 28 minutes.
Max Gradel found Josh King on the left and he whipped in a powerful cross that was deflected into his own net by a sliding Steven Taylor.
Bournemouth remained in control after the goal and they made it 2-0 after 70 minutes when Lewis Grabban and Matt Ritchie combined on the right before Ritchie found Josh King who smashed home.
The home fans were given a glimmer of hope with 10 minutes remaining when Ayoze Perez nipped in and slotted home.
But it was the visitors who finished stronger and they sealed the points when Charlie Daniels scored in injury time to pile more pressure on Steve McClaren.
At St Mary’s, Virgil van Dijk volleyed home a last-gasp equaliser as 10-man Southampton denied Sunderland a vital three points.
Substitute Jermain Defoe looked to have moved the Black Cats three points clear of the relegation zone when he nipped in put his side 1-0 up after 85 minutes.
However, Sam Allardyce’s men were unable to hang on for all three points as Van Dijk pounced on a loose ball inside the area and volleyed home to rescue a 1-1 draw for his side.
A brilliant finish from Gylfi Sigurdsson helped Swansea move nine-points clear of the relegation zone after a hard fought 1-0 win over Norwich at the Liberty Stadium.
After a dour opening hour, the game finally came to life when the hosts took the lead.
Leroy Fer produced a fantastic pass into the path of Sigurdsson and the midfielder drove a fine strike into the far corner to make it two wins from two for the Swans.
At Stamford Bridge, Mame Biram Diouf dented Chelsea’s slim hopes of a top-six finish with a Stoke equaliser five minutes from time.
Chelsea were the better side in the opening stages and took the lead when Nemanja Matuc found Bertrand Traore on the edge of the box and the striker turned before firing home to make it 1-0 after 40 minutes.
Stoke, to their credit, stayed in the game throughout the second half and they were rewarded with five minutes remaining when Xherdan Shaqiri found Diouf and he finished with aplomb to seal a 1-1 draw for his side.
Earlier in the day, Alexis Sanchez netted a 76th-minute equaliser, as 10-man Arsenal came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw with Tottenham in the North London derby.