Leicester took another huge step towards the Premier League title with a 2-0 win over Sunderland while Tottenham Hotspur thrash Man United 3-0 in 6 minutes.

Here are 10 things we learned from the weekend.

1. Vardy the hero again

Jamie Vardy opening strike was his first goal in seven games for Leicester, but he won’t have scored any more crucial to break the deadlock.

With just 22 minutes to go Sunderland were putting up a great fight, but a 60 yard ball by Danny Drinkwater sent Vardy clear down the left channel.

His finish was crisp and precise to set Leicester are on their way to a fifth win in a row.

The second strike was Vardy’s 23rd goal for club and country this season. The dream is on.

2. Sunderland’s survival prospects in the balance

On this evidence there is still hope. Certainly more hope than local rivals Newcastle, and next week’s trip to Norwich has the look of a decisive game for the entire relegation picture.

If Sunderland can win it they will have grabbed a lifeline, and on track for another miracle escape.

If not, relegation might finally catch up with them after several seasons of near misses. But Sam Allardyce’s side have a bit of spirit and aggression about them.

Not many goals, you might argue, but certainly resilience which could be vital.

3. Goals change the mood for Spurs

Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela breathed new life into Spurs and their fans with their match-winning goals.

Leicester’s win earlier in the day to take them 10 points clear appeared to have killed the mood and sucked the life out of Mauricio Pochettino’s side and supporters.

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There was hardly any reaction when the score from the Stadium of Light was read out at half-time. Spurs fans seemed almost resigned.

But they came to life when Alli, Alderweireld and Lamela scored in quick succession to keep their slim title hopes alive.

4. Iwobi impresses again

No wonder Arsene Wenger is such a big fan of Alex Iwobi and has been quick to hand him a bumper new contract.

The talented 19 year-old has given Arsenal a lift since forcing his way into the first XI and set up two more goals against West Ham.

Unlike some youngsters who might be happy just to be getting games at his age, Iwobi is constantly
looking to take responsibility and make things happen and is growing in confidence by the game.

5. Origi making his mark at Anfield

Both of your strikers scoring – what more could you ask for, Jurgen?

Origi was preferred to Daniel Sturridge in Dortmund and it didn’t take long for the Belgian to make his mark against Stoke.

With one of his first touches, he met a James Milner cross and bulleted his header past Haugaard.

And he made it four during the second-half, as his cross evaded everyone in the middle and found its way into the bottom corner.

Liverpool fans weren’t convinced in the early stages of the season but Origi is starting to look like a Premier League striker.

So much so, he has gone ahead of countryman Christian Benteke in the pecking order and shows no sign of giving up his spot.

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6. Don’t blame Rafa for this mess

Although Rafael Benitez has harvested only one point from four games since he was parachuted in to replace the sacked Steve McClaren, he inherited an unholy mess.

How can a club supported by 50,000 crowds every week, and spending £80million in two transfer windows, be in such a thankless predicament?

And how can an expensively-assembled team in desperate trouble not even manage a meaningful shot in 45 minutes?

7. Zaha key to Palace’s fortunes

If Alan Pardew wants to keep the Palace fans on his side, he shouldn’t under-estimate the symbolic worth of having Wilfried Zaha on the pitch.

When the former Palace youngster came on as a substitute three minutes before Puncheon’s goal, his introduction added a positive energy to the Palace faithful.

8. Villa fans in revolt

Around the ground before kick-off, the streets were awash with ‘Lerner Out’ scarves as home supporters vented their spleens about the reign of American owner Randy Lerner.

Then things became even more hostile when the teams were announced.

Leandro Bacuna and Joleon Lescott, who have both got on the wrong side of fans, were booed when their names were read out, although youngster Jordan Lyden, who was picked for his full Premier League debut, was cheered.

9. Chelsea need to give Terry a new deal

The saga over John Terry’s Chelsea future will only continue after this unconvincing defensive performance.

Given Matt Miazga’s horrendous struggle at Swansea it is hard to see how Terry would not be an asset for new boss Antonio Conte.

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10. Everton fans turn on Martinez

The Everton fans appear to be behind Leighton Baines in the ‘lacking chemistry’ row with manager Roberto Martinez.

A banner was held aloft in the front row reading ‘BAINES IS ONE OF US’.

Martinez had last week made Baines publicly, some said humiliatingly, apologise for comments regarding the team’s poor results and displays after defeat at Manchester United.

An adjacent banner read ‘Martinez out’.


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