Week 26: Managerless Leicester stun Liverpool, Kane hat-trick sees Spurs sweep Stoke aside

Premier League champions Leicester began life after Claudio Ranieri with their first league win of 2017, as a Jamie Vardy brace helped the Foxes bag a surprise 3-1 win over Liverpool.

Vardy collected Marc Albrighton’s long-range pass and fired low past Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to give the champions a 28th minute lead, before a Danny Drinkwater volley from outside the box doubled their advantage 11 minutes later.

Leicester scored their first league goals of 2017 to beat Liverpool 3-1 image: trends.zone

Leicester scored their first league goals of 2017 to beat Liverpool 3-1
image: trends.zone

English striker Vardy grabbed his second goal of the game on the hour mark by heading home Christian Fuchs cross, as Leicester rediscovered their title-winning form of last season to record their first win in seven league games.

Philippe Coutinho denied Leicester a clean sheet by grabbing a consolation for Liverpool on 68 minutes with a coolly taken right-footed effort from the edge of the area, as Jurgen Klopp’s side have now lost five of their past seven games in all competitions.

League leaders Chelsea recorded a 20th league win of the season, as Antonio Conte’s side swept Swansea aside to extend their lead at the top of the table to ten points after a 3-1 win over Swansea.

Cesc Fabregas marked his 300th Premier League appearance by firing the Blues ahead on 19 minutes by poking the ball home into the far bottom corner, but Fernando Llorente headed home Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free kick just before half-time to pull the Swans level.

Pedro restored Chelsea’s lead on 72 minutes with a curling effort beating Swansea goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski at his near post and Diego Costa made sure of Chelsea’s three points on 84 minutes, when the Spaniard volleyed the ball home from close range.

Tottenham leapfrogged Man City into second place in the table, as Harry Kane scored his third hat-trick in nine games to help Spurs cruise to all three points with a 4-0 thrashing of Stoke.

The English forward broke the deadlock on 14 minutes when he sent a right-footed effort into the far bottom corner and Kane doubled Spurs advantage just after the half-hour mark, with a left-footed volley from a Christian Eriksen corner kick.

Kane wrapped up his hat-trick on 37 minutes as he saw his free-kick take a big deflection off Peter Crouch in the Stoke wall to beat Lee Grant in goal, before Kane went from goalscorer to provider to set up Dele Alli to tap in from close range for Tottenham’s fourth just before half-time.

Down the bottom of the table, Crystal Palace secured just a second league win under Sam Allardyce, but a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Middlesbrough was not enough to move the Eagles out of the drop zone.

January signing Patrick van Aanholt grabbed the only goal of the game on 34 minutes, as the former Sunderland man scored his first goal for the club with a right-footed drive into the bottom corner to grab a much-needed win for Crystal Palace.

Sunderland remain rooted to the bottom of the table as Everton boosted their hopes of Europa League qualification with a 2-0 win over former boss David Moyes.

Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring five minutes before the break as he blasted the ball into the roof of the net from Seamus Coleman’s cross, while Romelu Lukaku wrapped up the win on 80 minutes, when his solo effort deflected off Bryan Oviedo and over Jordan Pickford.

Bournemouth are looking over their shoulders as West Brom came from behind to bag a 2-1 win over Eddie Howe’s side, to leave them with no win in seven league games and four points above the drop zone.

Joshua King hit his penalty right down the middle to give the away side a fifth minute lead, but Craig Dawson’s long-range strike deflected off Charlie Daniels and into the back of the net to make it 1-1 five minutes later.

West Brom sealed the victory on 22 minutes when Gareth McAuley took advantage of a Artur Boruc error to stab home from close range to make it a fourth home win on the bounce for the Baggies.

Finally, Hull remain in the drop zone as Michael Keane cancelled out Tom Huddlestone’s penalty to grab ten-man Burnley just a second away point of the season in a 1-1 draw at the KCOM Stadium.

West Brom came from behind to record a fourth home win on the trot image: goal.com

West Brom came from behind to record a fourth home win on the trot
image: goal.com

Saturday 25 Feb

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea (Fabregas 19, Pedro 72, Costa 84 | Llorente 45)
Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough (van Aanholt 34)
Everton 2-0 Sunderland (Gueye 40, Lukaku 80)
Hull 1-1 Burnley (Huddlestone pen 72 | Keane 76, Barnes s/o 90)
West Brom 2-1 Bournemouth (Dawson 10, McAuley 22 | King pen 5)
Watford 1-1 West Ham (Deeney pen 3 | Ayew 74, Antonio s/o 86)

Sunday 26 Feb

Tottenham 4-0 Stoke (Kane 14, 32, 37, Alli 45)

Monday 27 Feb

Leicester 3-1 Liverpool (Vardy 28, 60, Drinkwater 39 | Coutinho 68)

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