EPL wrap: Chelsea inch closer to second

English Premier League

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion

Chelsea eased to a 2-0 win over Brighton at Stamford Bridge in a game which could have seen them score several more goals than they did.

Brighton defended solidly in the first half, but Alvaro Morata opened the scoring in the first minute after the break.

Marcos Alonso’s header in the 60th minute doubled Chelsea’s advantage and saw them move one point behind second-placed Manchester United.

Watford 2-1 Leicester City

Watford came from behind to beat Leicester 2-1.

Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring, but Molla Wague equalised before a Kasper Schmeichel own goal gifted the Hornets all three points.

West Brom 0-0 Everton

Everton played to yet another goalless draw — this time against West Brom. Sam Allardyce’s Toffees extended their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions.

Bournemouth 3-3 West Ham United

Bournemouth and West Ham shared the spoils in a six-goal thriller.

James Collins opened the scoring before Dan Gosling equalised.

Nathan Ake put Bournemouth in front, but Marko Arnautovic put the Hammers back ahead with a brace.

A late leveller from Callum Wilson gave the hosts a share of the spoils.

Manchester United 2-2 Burnley

Manchester United dropped more points in a 2-2 draw against Burnley.

Ashley Barnes stunned the Red Devils by opening the scoring in the third minute. Steven Defour then added to their woes, netting in the 36th.

United rescued a point through two goals from Jesse Lingard in the second half.

Huddersfield Town 1-1 Stoke City

Huddersfield and Stoke played to a 1-1 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Tom Ince put the hosts in front in the 10th minute before Ramadan Sobhi stole a point for the Potters with a goal in the 60th.

Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 Southampton

Harry Kane bagged a hat-trick to inspire Tottenham Hotspur to a 5-2 thumping over Southampton at Wembley Stadium.

Kane put the host 2-0 up in the first half with a brace, which also saw him break Alan Shearer's record of most goals in a calendar year.

Dele Alli bagged Spurs' third goal five minutes into the second half, before Heung-Min Son got in on the act two minutes later.

Sofiane Boufal pulled one back for the Saints in the 64th minute but Kane completed his hat-trick with a fine chip three minutes later to make it 5-1.

The Saints managed to grab a second goal in the 81st minute through Dusan Tadic's volley but it proved too late as Spurs held on for the 5-2 win.

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