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Premier League Weekend Recap: Red Cards, Apologies and Foxes

We take a look at what happened around the Premier League over the weekend.

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Liverpool managed to pull out a dramatic 2-1 win at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace on Sunday, but that wasn't the only interesting outcome of another entertaining weekend of Premier League action.

Tottenham and Arsenal, fresh off disappointing midweek results, battled to a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane. Arsenal took a first half lead through Aaron Ramsey but were reduced to 10 men when Francis Coquelin foolishly wiped out Harry Kane near the sideline.

"This red card changed the game," said Coquelin (via the Mirror). "I'm really sorry to the club, to the team and all the fans."

Tottenham struck twice in quick succession after gaining the man advantage on goals from Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane. The Kane finish was sublime, and it appeared that Spurs were set for a huge win in their race for the title.

But Alexis Sanchez scored in the 76th minute, and neither team ended up achieving what it set out to.

That allowed Leicester City to move five points clear with a tight win over Watford. Riyad Mahrez scored his 15th league goal of the season in the 1-0 victory.

"We are running for something special," said Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri in his post-match press conference. "The fans dream and we work, which is a good combination."

In the battle for fourth place, Manchester City easily dispatched Aston Villa 4-0 and West Ham beat Everton 3-2. But Manchester United lost to West Brom on Sunday after Juan Mata was sent off for two yellow cards.

Louis van Gaal ripped referee Mike Dean for the decision, even though the call seemed fair.

"A referee has to also know the person who makes the tackle," the manager said. "Juan Mata never hurts an opponent."

At the bottom of the table, Sunderland continued to inch toward safety with a 1-1 draw against Southampton, while Swansea City picked up a monumental 1-0 win over Norwich City. As it stands, Norwich City, Newcastle and Aston Villa will be relegated, although Newcastle does have a game in hand.

Next weekend's slate of games features a number of postponements, including Liverpool's matchup with Chelsea, because of FA Cup action. The theme of the action that does occur will likely be blowouts, as Manchester City square off against Norwich City and Leicester City face Newcastle.

1 Leicester City 60 PTS
2 Tottenham 55 PTS
3 Arsenal 52 PTS
4 Manchester City 50 PTS
5 West Ham 49 PTS
6 Manchester United 47 PTS
7 Liverpool 44 PTS
8 Stoke City 43 PTS
9 Southampton 41 PTS
10 Chelsea 40 PTS
11 West Brom 39 PTS
12 Everton 38 PTS
13 Watford 37 PTS
14 Bournemouth 35 PTS
15 Crystal Palace 33 PTS
16 Swansea City 33 PTS
17 Sunderland 25 PTS
18 Norwich City 24 PTS
19 Newcastle 24 PTS
20 Aston Villa 16 PTS

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