Eden Hazard and Philippe Coutinho produced impressive individual exhibitions to inspire impressive victories for Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League English as the teams took a piece in their deficit against fugitive leader Manchester City on Saturday.

Hazard scored twice and tormented Newcastle during Chelsea's 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Coutinho, another of the players in the No. 10 Star League, scored one goal and set another three, as Liverpool defeated Brighton 5-1 to continue their prolific form away from home this season.

Of the true contenders for the Champions League positions, Tottenham was the only one to slide – again – after drawing 1-1 at Watford. The Spurs, however, played most of the second half of a man after Davinson Sánchez's direct red card by elbowing.

Arsenal will host Manchester United in second place in the outstanding match of the 15th round. Manchester City, which has an eight-point lead, plays West Ham on Sunday.

Chelsea raised the level with United, while Liverpool was three points behind.

In other results, Everton began his life under new manager Sam Allardyce with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield. Alan Pardew also got a job this week at West Bromwich Albion, but his team only drew 0-0 at home to Crystal Palace.

Leicester beat Burnley 1-0 and Stoke rallied to win 2-1 at home against Swansea, who falls to last place.


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