Leicester extend lead, Arsenal win

Mahrez, scored Leicester’s only goal

Mahrez, scored Leicester’s only goal

Leicester City moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory away to Crystal Palace.

Riyad Mahrez, who had earlier come close on two occasions, made the breakthrough on 34 minutes when he slotted home from Jamie Vardy’s assist.

Palace, who last won a league game on December 19, caused Leicester problems on the day and might have snatched a point when Damien Delaney volleyed against the crossbar in injury time.

Claudio Ranieri’s men ultimately held on for a fourth 1-0 win in their last five games as they edge closer to an improbable title triumph.

Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park to end a run of three games without a win in the Premier League.

Victory keeps alive Arsenal’s faint title hopes and ensures they will end the weekend in third place.

Everton hit the woodwork through Seamus Coleman shortly after the kick-off, but within seven minutes, they were behind.

Danny Welbeck, who had earlier deflected the ball against the outside of the post, latched onto Alexis Sanchez’s superb reverse pass and went around Everton keeper Joel Robles before slotting home.

Sanchez saw a penalty appeal waved away on 35 minutes but the Gunners doubled their advantage soon afterwards when Alex Iwobi, making his first Premier League start, broke free on the counter to score his first league goal.

Everton tried to spark a comeback in the second half but Arsenal’s victory always appeared secure as Arsene Wenger looks to ensure a strong finish to the season.

Meanwhile, two goals from Cesc Fabregas preserved Chelsea’s unbeaten Premier League run under Guus Hiddink as they drew 2-2 with West Ham United.

They fell behind on 17 minutes when Manuel Lanzini produced a stunning goal, cutting inside before bending a shot into the top corner, but the scores were level by the break thanks to a superb Fabregas free kick.

Aaron Cresswell nearly restored the Hammers’ lead just before the hour mark, but his cross-shot came back off the crossbar.

Slaven Bilic’s men were soon 2-1 up, though, when Andy Carroll latched onto Dimitri Payet’s pass and thumped a shot past Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goal.

However, Chelsea secured a share of the spoils when Fabregas converted a penalty in the 89th minute after Michail Antonio was deemed to have brought down Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the area.

Norwich City moved out of the relegation zone as they beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 for their first victory since Jan. 2.

Stoke City got back to winning ways with 2-1 win away to Watford.

-ESPN

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