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Liverpool, Leicester Keep Winning | Premier League: Matchday 14 Recap

The start of December welcomes the Premier League's busiest schedule, the Christmas and New Year period is defined by constant soccer matches across England. The final month of 2019 sees fixtures take place across 15 days of action – including Boxing Day.


Here's how Matchweek 14 ended - including shocks, sackings, and of course, goals.
 

Manchester City were left reeling on Saturday as Jonjo Shelvey's late wonder strike cancelled out an earlier rocket from Kevin de Bruyne. Newcastle United's last gasp equalizer means the current league holders have now dropped 13 points already this season, and lose further ground to leaders Liverpool. First-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Jetro Willems set the game up for a 2-2 finish, not the ideal start for Pep Guardiola in what is,a busy schedule.

Goals from Wilfried Zaha and Jeffrey Schlupp gave Crystal Palace all three points on the road at Burnely, the 2-0 victory means the Eagles have now won six of their last seven Premier League games played outside of the capital. The result condemned the Clarets to a fourth loss in six – Sean Dyche's side had lost just two of their previous eight.

West Ham United picked up their first win at Stamford Bridge since September 2002, ending a run of 13 matches without victory against Chelsea on their own ground. Aaron Cresswell's goal just after the restart enough to ensure Frank Lampard's men continue their trend of not picking up any league points after conceding the opening goal. Hammers' third-choice goalkeeper David Martin shed tears of joy at the final whistle, a boyhood fan his clean sheet ensured the emotion flowed through.

Virgil van Dijk's headed brace saw Liverpool overcome Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield, stretching their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points (prior to Leicester's game on Sunday). However, the victory was tainted slightly by Alisson Becker's red card for handling the ball outside of the area. Adrian was drafted in, but Lewis Dunk's clever free-kick piled the pressure on during the final moments. Jurgen Klopp's side hung on, and in doing so equalled the club's longest-ever top-flight unbeaten run of 31 matches.

Tottenham Hotspur picked up a third straight win under new boss José Mourinho, thanks to a 3-2 victory against AFC Bournemouth. Dele Alli's man of the match performance saw him lauded as 'phenomenal' by Mourinho. For the Cherries, Harry Wilson matched the exploits of Alli - with both players picking up a brace. The result saw Spurs register back-to-back league wins for the first time since April. Eddie Howe's side have now lost three consecutive matches for the first time since December 2018.

Watford's 2-1 defeat at Southampton signalled the end of Quique Sánchez Flores' time as head coach of the Hornets. Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse both scored late on, overturning a first half (and first) goal from Ismaïla Sarr. The victory means Ralph Hasenhüttl's men now lie only two points behind Everton and Aston Villa as they seek to pull themselves out of the automatic regulation places.

Freddie Ljungberg took up his seat in the Arsenal dugout as the Gunners visited Norwich City on Sunday. The former winger was named as interim head coach after Unai Emery departed the Emirates midweek. On the pitch, however, it was the same old Arsenal of late. The 2-2 draw with the Canaries now means the North Londoners are winless in their last eight games, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's retaken penalty just about enough to grab a point. For Norwich - Teemu Pukki ended his barren spell, netting his first Premier League goal since September.

Sheffield United became only the second newly-promoted side to remain unbeaten in their first seven top-flight away games for 26 years thanks to a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Lys Mousset's fifth goal of the season after two minutes gave the Blades a super start, but Matt Doherty's strike just after the hour mark gave Nuno Espírito Santo's Wolves a vital point as they seek the league's only Europa League qualification place at the expense of their guests.

Kelechi Iheanacho's late-late strike saw Leicester City edge out Everton in a wonderful fixture at the King Power Stadium. Maligned of late, Marco Silva's Toffees put in a much-improved performance but it ultimately counted for nothing as the Foxes stole all three points deep into added time. Richarlison's bullet header had given the hosts a half time lead, but a strong second period showing from Jamie Vardy saw the striker net in six consecutive league matches for the first time since his record-breaking 11-match run in November 2015 – the season Leicester last won the league.

Aston Villa heaped the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjær as the Midlands side picked up a 2-2 draw at Manchester United. The Red Devils had to come from behind after Villans' skipper Jack Grealish gave his side a well-deserved lead. Tom Heaton was credited with the equalizer after Marcus Rashford's header rebounded off the post and into the net via the goalkeeper's back. United then took the lead through Victor Lindelof on 64 minutes, but Tyrone Mings' first Premier League goal levelled the scoreline just two minutes later.

There's no rest for the Premier League sides as Tuesday sees a return to action with a full fixture list midweek before the action starts all over again on the weekend.

 
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