UNLIKE last season’s title race, Tottenham knows it isn’t on the wrong side of a popularity contest in its pursuit of Chelsea.
Leicester was the undoubted pick of the neutrals as it fought off Tottenham’s challenge to improbably collect the Premier League trophy last May. Now Tottenham occupies the role of the underdog, sitting four points behind Chelsea after swatting aside Bournemouth 4-0.
“We expended a lot energy fighting against Leicester, but against West Brom, against Chelsea, against the media,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said, recalling last season’s late costly draws against West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea. “We fought against everyone, but now we are focusing on fighting our opponents when we play.”
All Tottenham can do is keep racking up the wins – Saturday’s was the seventh in a row – and raising the goal-difference advantage over Chelsea in case it matters. Tottenham has a six-goal edge over Chelsea by that reckoning after another irresistible performance on Saturday that produced a club-record 12th straight home win.
Report: Kane stars, Spurs win1:28
EPL: Tottenham defeat Bournemouth 3-0.
Even substitute Vincent Jansson managed to score his first goal from open play eight months into the misfiring striker’s first Premier League campaign, wrapping up the victory in stoppage time. It was opened by Mousa Dembele scoring his first goal of the season in the 16th minute, ghosting into the penalty area unmarked to meet Christian Eriksen’s corner.
Inside three minutes, Son Heung-min put the ball through goalkeeper Artur Boruc’s legs for his 19th goal of the campaign to become the highest-scoring South Korean in a single European season since Cha Bum-kun for Bayer Leverkusen in 1985-86.
Then Harry Kane scored to start the second half.
City rout Southampton1:31
EPL: Manchester City have run up a 3-0 win over Southampton as they continue towards a top four finish.
Tottenham has a seven-point edge over Manchester City, which went third by beating Southampton 3-0. Captain Vincent Kompany headed in the opener in the 55th minute with his first goal in 20 injury-ravaged months before Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero scored.
Here’s a look at the rest of the day’s Premier League action…
SUNDERLAND 2, WEST HAM 2
Black Cats snatch late draw1:28
EPL: West Ham and Sunderland have played out a 2-2 draw at the Stadium Of Light.
There’s still a chance Sunderland could avoid the drop, but it’s an unlikely prospect even after Fabio Borini came off the bench to rescue a point in the 90th. The Italian scored two minutes after replacing the concussed Billy Jones, who was carried from the pitch while being given oxygen.
With six games remaining, though, Sunderland is nine points from safety but it has a game in hand over Hull – the team directly above the drop zone. Twice West Ham led, through Andre Ayew and James Collins, but twice Sunderland rallied – the first time when Wahbi Khazri scored direct from a corner. After Borini’s late leveler, West Ham finished with 10 men after Sam Byram was dismissed in the fifth minute of stoppage time after being shown a second yellow card.
CRYSTAL PALACE 2, LEICESTER 2
Palace pull back Foxes1:32
EPL: Crystal Palace hosted Leicester City overnight coming away with a 2 all draw.
Crystal Palace recovered from two goals down to move seven points clear of the relegation zone. Goals from Leicester duo Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy were canceled out by Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke. Leicester has mounted a feeble defense of its title – sitting 12th – but it is England’s last Champions League participant and hosts Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in the quarterfinals. The Foxes are only 1-0 down from the first leg.
EVERTON 3, BURNLEY 1
Toffees win 8th straight1:29
EPL: Everton have secured their 8th straight home win with a 3-1 victory over Burnley
Phil Jagielka’s close-range effort, Ross Barkley’s deflected strike and Romelu Lukaku’s league-leading 24th of the campaign sealed Everton’s eighth successive home win. The Toffees moved ahead of Manchester United into fifth place on goal difference, having played three games more.
STOKE 3, HULL 1
Potters tame Tigers1:32
EPL: Stoke City have recorded a 3-1 win over Hull City.
Hull remains two points above the relegation zone after 11th-placed Stoke ended its four-game losing run with a win that was wrapped up by Xherdan Shaqiri striking into the top corner from 30 yards (meters) with 10 minutes remaining.
WATFORD 1, SWANSEA 0
Swansea stung by Watford1:26
EPL: Watford have notched up a 1-0 win over Swansea thanks to a Etienne Capoue goal just before the break.
Swansea is two points behind Hull in the third relegation place after a fifth loss in six games. Etienne Capoue secured the victory for a Watford side which is all but assured of avoiding the drop.
Originally published as Watch every overnight Premier League goal
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