Leicester City and Stoke City begun the round of action with a 1-1 draw, after a Jack Butland mistake denied Stoke a rare away victory. After Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri’s scored his third goal in successive league games, Butland parried the ball into his own net to ensure the points were shared.
Liverpool meanwhile, smashed West Ham 4-1 as Mo Salah scored for the sixth straight game. Liverpool still trail league leaders Manchester City by 15 points but strengthen their case for a top four finish.
Bournemouth struck a late equaliser against Newcastle to ensure the Cherries successfully came back from two goals down to secure a draw. Dan Gosling scored the equaliser in the 89th minute after Dwight Gayle scored two first half goals for Newcastle.
Glenn Murray scored two goals as Brighton smashed Swansea 4-1 to continue their push away from the relegation zone.
The defeat saw Swansea’s 10 game unbeaten run come to an end, while Glenn Murray has now scored 10 goals this season, the fourth most by an Englishman in the league. Brighton are now four points clear of the drop, but still face Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool in the run home.
Burnley have now failed to win in 11 games after a flying start to the season, which saw them sitting in fourth mid-way through December. As for the Saints, the draw brings them out of the relegation zone, but only by goal difference.
Huddersfield defeated fellow strugglers West Brom, after strikes from Rajiv van La Parra in the 48th minute and Steve Mounie in the 56th ensured Huddersfield grabbed all three points. West Brom have now lost five straight games and sit seven points from safety with 10 games to play.
In the later game, Watford defeated Everton 1-0 to go six points clear of the drop after Troy Deeney scored the only goal of the game, 11 minutes from time.
In the final match of the weekend, Manchester United defeated Chelsea 2-1 to move to second on the table. Romelu Lukaku equalised against his former side after the in-form Willian opened the scoring. Lukaku also set up the winner in the 75th minute, crossing the ball for Lingard to head one past Thibaut Courtois.
Arsenal and Manchester City close the round out on Friday morning, after City defeated the Gunners 3-0 on Monday in the League Cup final.