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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Hazard stars for Chelsea, Liverpool thrash Brighton, Watford hold Spurs: Premier League round-up

Two goals from the Belgian forward and one from Morata earned the champions a deserved victory.

Eden Hazard, second left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring the penalty that gave Chelsea a 3-1 against Newcastle United. Facundp Arrizabalaga / EPA
Eden Hazard, second left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring the penalty that gave Chelsea a 3-1 against Newcastle United. Facundp Arrizabalaga / EPA

A round-up of all the results and reports from this weekend's Premier League action.

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Chelsea 3 Newcastle United 1

Chelsea: Hazard (21', 74' pen), Morata (33')

Newcastle: Gayle (12')

  • Two goals from Eden Hazard and one by Alvaro Morata earned Chelsea a workmanlike 3-1 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday. Dwight Gayle gave Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side a surprise lead, rattling his shot home in the 12th minute after Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had dived at the feet of the advancing Jacob Murphy. But Chelsea, third in the table, quickly fought back, earning two corners and hitting the post before Hazard got on the end of a ball parried by defender Florian Lejeune in the 21st minute. Spain striker Morata's simple header from a Victor Moses cross, his 10th in all competitions this season, made it 2-1 for the home side at halftime and Hazard scored his eighth of the campaign from the penalty spot after Matt Ritchie brought down Moses.

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Saturday:

Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Liverpool 5

Brighton: Murray (51' pen)

Liverpool: Can (30'), Firmino (31', 48'), Coutinho (87'), Dunk (89' og)

Liverpool forwards Roberto Firmino, right, and Mohamed Salah. John Sibley / Reuters
Liverpool forwards Roberto Firmino, right, and Mohamed Salah. John Sibley / Reuters
  • Roberto Firmino scored twice as Liverpool continued their recent fine run with a 5-1 win away to Brighton and Hove Albion. Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho were also on target for the visitors at the Amex Stadium before a late own-goal from Lewis Dunk took Liverpool's tally to 25 goals from their last eight games. Glenn Murray's penalty gave Brighton hope at 3-1, but the outcome of this game was never truly in doubt. Liverpool are beginning to develop impressive momentum and have now collected 16 points from their last six league games. Jurgen Klopp's men no longer look as vulnerable as they did earlier in the season. For Brighton this was a painful defeat - their first at home since the opening day - and manager Chris Hughton will be anxious for his players to put this loss behind them after an otherwise impressive start to the season.

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Everton 2 Huddersfield Town 0

Everton: Sigurdsson (47'), Calvert-Lewin (73')

Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Dave Howarth / PA
Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Dave Howarth / PA
  • Sam Allardyce's reign at Everton kicked off in winning fashion as goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin earned them a 2-0 win over struggling Huddersfield Town. After being given a warm welcome from the home fans, Allardyce took his seat, hoping to see further signs of Everton's rejuvenation following their crushing 4-0 defeat of West Ham United in midweek. Instead, the former England manager witnessed only dire fare in the first half with his side looking flat until, two minutes after the break, a clever flick from Calvert-Lewin freed Sigurdsson to fire home expertly from 10 metres. Calvert-Lewin struck in the 73rd minute, his seventh goal of thee season coming with a left-foot shot that took a cruel deflection off Mathias Jorgensen and into the net to consign Huddersfield to a fourth consecutive defeat.

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Leicester City 1 Burnley 0

Leicester: Gray (6')

Demarai Gray slides in to score Leicester City's goal. Peter Powell / Reuters
Demarai Gray slides in to score Leicester City's goal. Peter Powell / Reuters
  • Demarai Gray’s sixth-minute goal gave Leicester City a 1-0 win over Burnley. Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope could only push out Riyad Mahrez’s low effort straight to Gray who made no mistake from close range. Burnley, who had won four of their last five matches, responded strongly, though, with Robbie Brady running at the Leicester defence and whipping in a series of dangerous corners. But the Irish winger had to be stretchered off in the 31st minute after going down in a challenge with Leicester defender Harry Maguire.

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Stoke City 2 Swansea City 1

Stoke: Shaqiri (36'), Diouf (40')

Swansea: Bony (3')

Mame Biram Diouf scores the winner for Stoke City. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
Mame Biram Diouf scores the winner for Stoke City. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
  • Stoke City produced a stunning first-half comeback to beat Swansea City 2-1, a result that eased the pressure on manager Mark Hughes and sent the Welsh side to the bottom of the table. Swansea started brightly, taking the lead with a third-minute volley from Wilfried Bony against his former club. It was Bony's first strike for Swansea in nearly two years and ended their seven-hour goal drought. Swansea's hopes of a first league win at Stoke for 16 years failed to survive the first half as Xherdan Shaqiri, who swooped on a Joe Allen through ball, and a superb back-post volley from Mame Biram Diouf turned around the game in four minutes.

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Watford 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1

Watford: Kabasele (13')

Tottenham: Son (25'), Sánchez (red card 52')

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Watford's Christian Kabasele. Daniel Hambury / PA
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Watford's Christian Kabasele. Daniel Hambury / PA
  • Tottenham Hotspur's patchy away form continued with a 1-1 draw at Watford but the North London club will be pleased with a point after playing much of the second half with 10 men. Spurs had centre back Davinson Sanchez sent off in the 52nd minute for elbowing in the face winger Richarlison, whose darting runs down the left flank caused problems for the visitors all afternoon. One such raid resulted in a Tom Cleverley corner which defender Christian Kabasele headed home superbly to give Watford a 13th-minute lead, before Son Heung-min levelled with a simple close-range tap-in after Christian Eriksen's fine low cross. The visitors were on the back foot after Sanchez was shown a straight red card and they came close to falling behind again several minutes later, as Abdoulaye Doucoure hit the post with a screaming shot from 25 metres.

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West Bromwich Albion 0 Crystal Palace 0

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson shakes hands with West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew after the match. Phil Noble / Reuters
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson shakes hands with West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew after the match. Phil Noble / Reuters
  • Alan Pardew maintained his record of never losing his first Premier League game in charge of a club as his West Brom team were held to a 0-0 draw at home against Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke carved out Palace's best chance deep in the first half, dribbling through several West Brom defenders before being denied a first goal of the season by Ben Foster's smart save. Jay Rodriguez went close for West Brom after the break but Julian Speroni, making his 398th appearance in goal for Palace after Wayne Hennessey injured his back in the warm up, spread himself well to deny the forward from close range. Palace survived several West Brom chances late on, including a Salomon Rondon header that went just wide, and have now gone four games unbeaten to move off the bottom of the table, above Swansea City and West Ham United, who are at leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

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Still to come:

Arsenal v Manchester United, 9.30pm

Sunday:

Bournemouth v Southampton

Manchester City v West Ham United