Free-scoring Liverpool laid down the gauntlet by hammering Southampton 4-0 the day before today to maneuver to inside one level of leaders Chelsea, who host Manchester United in Sunday’s late kick-off.
However reigning champions Metropolis stayed in shut contact with victory at residence to high-flying West Ham because the Premier League more and more resembles a three-horse race.
Riyad Mahrez had a strike dominated out for offside on the Etihad however the hosts ultimately claimed the lead shortly after the half-hour mark when a Mahrez ball into the field was deflected into the trail of Ilkay Gundogan, handing the German a easy end.
Declan Rice compelled a great save from Ederson as West Ham threatened late on however substitute Fernandinho made it 2-0 to Metropolis within the closing minutes.
Manuel Lanzini pulled one again nevertheless it was not sufficient for David Moyes’s group to keep away from a second successive defeat.
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy reminded Ranieri of his enduring high quality even in his mid-30s, scoring twice on the King Energy Stadium in a 4-2 win in opposition to Watford.
Ranieri, who famously received the Premier League title with unfancied Leicester in 2016, acquired a rapturous reception on his emotional first return to the stadium as an opposition supervisor since leaving the membership early the next 12 months.
Midfielder James Maddison gave Leicester an early lead when he capitalised on a mistake by William Troost-Ekong, just for Josh King to stage from the penalty spot within the thirtieth minute after Wilfred Ndidi introduced down Emmanuel Dennis within the space.
Leicester regained the lead 4 minutes later when Vardy lifted the ball over goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann from an angle and the previous England striker grabbed his second three minutes earlier than the break when he glanced in Maddison’s nook.
Dennis pulled a aim again simply after the hour when he robbed Timothy Castagne to race by way of and chip over Kasper Schmeichel however Ademola Lookman scored from shut vary to revive the house facet’s two-goal cushion.
Brentford heaped the strain on Rafael Benitez by beating Everton 1-0 to safe their first Premier League win since early October, courtesy of a first-half penalty from Ivan Toney.
Everton have now taken simply two factors from their previous seven league matches and are sinking quick.
The sport between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur was known as off a bit of beneath an hour earlier than kick-off due to heavy snow at Turf Moor in northwest England.
Makes an attempt to clear the pitch proved in useless because the undersoil heating struggled to manage and snow fell as shortly because it may very well be eliminated.
On Saturday, Diogo Jota’s double and objectives by Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk eased Liverpool previous Southampton in one other masterful show by the most effective assault within the league at Anfield.
Liverpool’s former skipper Steven Gerrard loved a second consecutive win as Aston Villa supervisor with a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace.
Second-from-bottom Norwich Metropolis did not make it three wins in a row as they drew 0-0 at residence to Wolverhampton Wanderers however they moved stage on 9 factors with 18th-placed Burnley.
The match between Brighton & Hove Albion and by Leeds United additionally ended goalless, nevertheless, the purpose did edge Brighton as much as eighth place, forward of Manchester United.