By Johnny Edward:
Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi made his 15th English Premier League start for Leicester City this season as they recorded a 1-0 win over Burnley at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Demarai Gray gave Leicester City the win with a sixth minute goal, poking in Riyad Mahrez’s cross-from the right flank. It was Gray’s second goal of the season in his 15th appearance.
The game was Ndidi’s 32nd EPL start for the club since he joined last January from Genk.
Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute in the encounter. Iheanacho has made two starts and seven substitute appearances for the Foxes this season. As usual, Ahmed Musa was not in the matchday squad.
The win was the Foxes’ fifth of the campaign.
At the Amex Stadium, Liverpool defeated Brighton 5-1. Two goals in 79 seconds from Emre Can and Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-0 half time lead after a dominant display. Can scored first with a thumping header from a Phillipe Coutinho cross in the 30th minute before Firmino finished off a blistering counter attack.
Firmino made it 3-0 two minutes after the restart but Glenn Murray pulled one back from the spot for Brighton after he was fouled by Jordan Henderson. Coutinho made it 4-1 five minutes from time, firing in a low free-kick before an own-goal from Lewis Dunk sealed an emphatic win for Liverpool ahead of the Merseyside derby next week. It was Liverpool’s fifth win in six EPL games this season.
At the Bet365 Stadium, Stoke came from a goal down to defeat Swansea 2-1. Wilfred Bony bagged the opener for Swansea with a lovely first-time volley beyond Jack Butland in goal for Stoke City off a cross from Martin Olsson.
Stoke levelled scores in the 36th minute through Xherdan Shaqiri. The Potters went ahead for the first time four minutes later through Biram Diouf who fired in Peter Crouch’s knock-on pass in the box. The defeat was Swansea’s 10th of the season as they dropped to 20th in the log after they suffered their sixth loss in seven EPL games.
At Vicarage Road, Nigerian forward Isaac Success was not included in Watford’s squad that played out a 1-1 draw at home with 10-man Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. Belgian defender Christian Kabasele scored his first goal for the club heading in a Tom Cleverley corner in the 13th minute but Heung-Min Son restored parity in the 25th minute, tapping in Christian Erickson’s cross.
Abdoulaye Doucoure could have made it 2-1 in the 56th minute but his 30 yards strike cannoned off the the post. The draw means Tottenham are without a win in their last four league games.
At Goodison Park Sam Allardyce began his reign as Everton manager with a 2-0 home win over Huddersfield Town.
After a dull first half, Gylfi Sigurdsson struck 90 seconds into the second half from close range to bag his second goal in three games for the Toffees, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin secured the points after tucking away Wayne Rooney’s pass in the 73rd minute. The win moved Everton to 10th in the EPL table.
Also at the Hawthorns, Alan Pardew kicked off his career as manager of West Brom with a goalless draw at home to over his former team Crystal Palace.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS FOR MATCH DAY 15
Chelsea 3 – 1 Newcastle United
Brighton & Hove Albion 1 – 5 Liverpool
Everton 2 – 0 Huddersfield Town
Leicester City 1 – 0 Burnley
Stoke City 2 – 1 Swansea City
Watford 1 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion 0 – 0 Crystal Palace