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Chelsea missed the chance to move back into second place in the Premier League after they were held to a 0-0 draw by 10-man Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.
But Antonio Conte's side could have lost the game as the Foxes dominated large parts of proceedings and enjoyed the best chances.
Claude Puel's side went close twice through Jamie Vardy, with Thibaut Courtois also producing a quality save to prevent Wilfred Ndidi's header from breaking the deadlock.
Ben Chilwell's dismissal for receiving two yellow cards midway through the second half saw the hosts begin to take control but they were uninspiring in attack and rarely looking like prising a disciplined Leicester defence open.
Watford snatched a controversial last-minute equaliser to deny Southampton their first win in ten league games in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road.
Abdoulaye Doucoure used his right arm to deflect a Troy Deeney header into the net but referee Roger East and his assistants failed to spot it.
Saints struck first when Shane Long's cut-back was deflected into the path of James Ward-Prowse who found the far corner. It was only the 23-year-old's second of the season and the first time that he had ever scored in consecutive games.
Just before the break it got even better for the midfielder when Long picked out Dusan Tadic who selflessly passed to Ward-Prowse to prod home.
The Hornets got their second-half comeback under way when Andre Gray headed home from close range after Daryl Janmaat struck the bar from the edge of the box.
Watford are tenth in the table after just one win in 10 league games, while Southampton sit 16th and a point out of the relegation zone.
West Ham have moved up to 11th after a strong second half showing saw them win 4-1 at Huddersfield Town.
Joe Lolley's superb 40th-minute equaliser had sent the sides in level at the break after Mark Noble had taken advantage of Terrier's goalkeeper Jonas Lossl's sloppy pass to put the Hammers ahead midway through the first period.
Marko Arnautovic continued his recent run of good form by restoring David Moyes' side's lead just seconds after the restart.
A brace from Manuel Lanzini sealed a comfortable victory which extends West Ham's unbeaten run in all competitions to five games.
Crystal Palace have moved five points clear of the drop zone after Bakary Sako's early strike earned them a 1-0 win over Burnley at Selhurst Park.
The forward, retained in the starting line-up after impressing in their FA Cup defeat to Brighton on Monday, drilled a powerful drive past Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope.
Sean Dyche's side almost went further behind early in the second half but Ben Mee cleared from under their crossbar and although Burnley tried to rally at the other end, the Eagles held on for a deserved three points.
Substitute Joselu came on to rescue a point for Newcastle United as they drew 1-1 with bottom side Swansea City at St. James' Park.
In a game low on quality, the Swans went ahead on the hour-mark when Jordan Ayew nodded home from close range after Karl Darlow had parried his first header.
It was just desserts for the visitors who had been denied a penalty earlier on after Mohamed Diame had handled near his own goal-line.
Just when the home crowd was growing restless Joselu levelled when he aimed a low effort through the legs of Alfie Mawson and into the the far corner of the net.
The result means Swansea are four points away from safety while Rafael Benitez's side are in 14th, two points above 17th-placed Bournemouth.
Alan Pardew earned his first win as West Brom boss with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Brighton at the Hawthorns.
The Baggies had never lost a league game against Brighton at home and from the outset that proud record rarely looked threatened.
Skipper Jonny Evans brushed off speculation linking him with a move to Manchester City to nod home at the back post in just five minutes after Jay Rodriguez flicked on a Matt Phillips corner.
West Brom continued to dominate but it took until after the break to double their advantage. Once again it was a corner that caused the problems and this time it was Chris Brunt was who the provider for Craig Dawson to score.
West Brom climb off the foot of the table and are now just two points from safety, but Brighton slip to 15th place.
Everton face Tottenham in the Premier League at Wembley on Saturday, 13 January, live on BT Sport 1 on the eir Sport pack [kick off 5.30pm].
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