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There were four Premier League fixtures at 3pm on Saturday, with Burnley taking on Newcastle, Chelsea at home to struggling Bournemouth, second place Leicester against Norwich, and two promoted sides, Sheffield United and Aston Villa going head to head.
Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth
The shock of the day came at Stamford Bridge. Bournemouth were looking to avoid six defeats in a row in the Premier League, but despite the home side’s dominance in the first half, Frank Lampard’s side were unable to take the lead and went in at the half time break with the score at 0-0.
The Cherries were much improved after the break and looked more likely to open the scoring, and had the ball in the net thanks to a goal from Dan Gosling. The assistant referee flagged for offside but VAR overturned the decision and the away side led 1-0 with just six minutes to go.
Leicester 1-1 Norwich
The first goal of the day was scored by Teemu Pukki for Norwich as they took a surprise but deserved lead away at second place Leicester City after 26 minutes.
That advantage only lasted 12 minutes though. Jamie Vardy thought he’d scored for the ninth Premier League match in a row, but the goal went down as an own goal for Canaries goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Leicester pushed for the winning goal but were frustrated by a stubburn Norwich side who held on the claim a point.
The gap between Leicester and Liverpool at the top of the division is now ten points.
Burnley 1-0 Newcastle
There wasn’t much to separate these two sides at half time at Turf Moor with a real lack of quality in the first half, Burnley probably just edging the chances.
It was Burnley who took the lead in the game through Chris Wood after 58 minutes following some poor goalkeeping from Martin Dubravka.
Newcastle had chances to equalise but were unable to find the back of the net. Dwight Gayle coming closest for the Magpies, but he poked his effort wide of the target.
1-0 to Burnley the final score.
Sheffield United 2-0 Aston Villa
The first half came to an end between Sheffield United and Aston Villa with neither side having a shot on target, and Aston Villa failing to have a shot at all.
But the second half started in a completely different fashion, John Fleck opening the scoring on 50 minutes to give the Blades a 1-0 lead.
Villa improved as the game went on, but Fleck scored his second goal of the game with just under 15 minutes to play, doubling Sheffield United’s advantage.
Aston Villa won a penalty with 13 minutes remaining. VAR ruled that the ball was handled in the penalty area. Jack Grealish stepped up to take the penalty and struck the bar.
The home side secured the points to leave Aston Villa lingering dangerously above the drop zone.
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