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EPL Recap: City Surge On As United, Chelsea Slip

Premier League leaders Manchester City made it 18 wins from 19 games as Sergio Aguero's brace helped them to a 4-0 win at home to Bournemouth.

City made a slow start to the game but took the lead on 27 minutes through Aguero's diving header -- his 100th goal at the Etihad Stadium.
The in-form Raheem Sterling fired in a second on 53 minutes, and Aguero extended their advantage when he headed home from Bernardo Silva's cross 11 minutes from time.

Danilo added a neat fourth from Sterling's assist to cap a miserable day for relegation-battling Bournemouth.

And Manchester United will spend Christmas an eye-watering 13 points behind the runaway Premier League leaders after Harry Maguire secured Leicester a draw with a last-gasp goal.
Already reeling from their shock midweek Carabao Cup exit at Bristol City, the need for Jose Mourinho's men to get back to winning ways was heightened by Pep Guardiola's team racking up a 17th successive league win earlier in the day.

Juan Mata's brace looked to have done just that as United responded to Jamie Vardy's 50th Premier League goal, only for Maguire to strike at the death as 10-man Leicester secured a 2-2 draw.

Harry Kane scored three times as Tottenham beat Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday evening to leapfrog their opponents in the Premier League table.
Spurs surprisingly came into the match trailing sixth-place Burnley, but they soon had the upper hand in the match as Kane dispatched a penalty inside of 10 minutes after Kevin Long tripped Dele Alli in the area.

And Kane added to fine finishes in the second half to reach his hat trick, equalling Alan Shearer's record for Premier League goals in a calendar year, which he set with Blackburn in 1995, in the process.

Chelsea missed the opportunity to consolidate their place in the top four after being held to a goalless draw by Everton at Goodison Park.
Antonio Conte's side had the better of the chances but the good form of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and two goalline clearances by Phil Jagielka ensured Sam Allardyce's men took a point and continued his unbeaten start at the club.

Since his appointment was announced Everton have won four games and drawn two, a run of results that has seen them shoot up the table.

Newcastle United earned an overdue win as they beat fellow strugglers West Ham United 3-2 at the London Stadium.
West Ham took the lead when Marko Arnautovic seized on a loose Henri Saivet pass to drive home his third goal in his last four games on six minutes.

However, Saivet made amends soon afterwards, sending a low free kick into the left-hand corner for 1-1, and Newcastle might have been ahead later in the half had Matt Ritchie not been denied by the woodwork.

They did take the lead after the break through Mohamed Diame after good work from Christian Atsu, with West Ham forward Andre Ayew then missing a controversially awarded penalty. 

Newcastle's afternoon improved when Atsu made it 3-1 on the counter-attack with just over an hour played.

Ayew was able to reduce the arrears and keep West Ham in the game on 69 minutes, but Newcastle held out for a first win since Oct. 21.

Swansea City remain at the foot of the table despite battling back to secure a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium.

Stoke City secured a much-needed victory as they beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1.

Southampton's winless run extended to six games as they were held 1-1 by Huddersfield Town at St Mary's.

Watford's poor run continued as they were beaten 1-0 at Brighton and Hove Albion

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