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Summary

  1. Watch Final Score using the play button
  2. Fabregas, Pedro and Costa goals put Chelsea 11 points clear
  3. Van Aanholt from edge of area takes Palace out of drop zone
  4. Leicester, whop play Monday, drop into bottom three
  5. Dawson & McAuley goals for West Brom after King penalty gave Bournemouth lead
  6. Gueye and Lukaku for Everton against bottom club Sunderland
  7. Hull 1-1 Burnley - Huddlestone penalty, Keane levels; Clarets' Barnes off for two yellows

Live Reporting

By Phil Dawkes and Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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The end

That's all from me. To continue the Premier League fun head on over to m'colleague Saj Chowdhury's live text commentary  of Watford v West Ham.  It is currently half-time and Watford lead 1-0.

I'll see thee.

Bye bye Claudio

The BBC Radio Leicester sport journalists were invited over to Claudio Ranieri's home on Friday night to say goodbye to the Italian.

They give their full account of the meeting in this Facebook post.

You may have to follow the link to read the full chapter and verse - as will BBC Sport app users.

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'It was a pleasure'

Wes Morgan has joined the growing list of Leicester players to thank departed boss Claudio Ranieri...

'We've still got time'

Everton 2-0 Sunderland

Sunderland

More from Sunderland boss David Moyes: “I was disappointed we lost the first goal. We tried to frustrate the supporters. I didn’t want us to concede again in the second half.

“I wasn’t happy with how we played in the first half. Our passing was terrible. We didn’t play with any confidence. But I said afterwards: ‘Well done because at least in the second half you turned it round.’

“We’ve still got our time to run into form yet.”

'I want to keep playing'

West Brom 2-1 Bournemouth

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom defender Gareth McAuley after scoring his sixth Premier League goal of the season: "It's nice to get to 40 points as that was our first target of the season.

"We've got there with 12 games to go and hopefully we can push on through the rest of the year.

"We put hard work into our set pieces and make no apologies for it. It's a big part of football and it's more difficult to defend against them now with the new rules, the referees are on top of things in there.

"It's a pleasure to play and I love doing it, training every day and if I couldn't do it then I wouldn't be staying around

"I've got the desire to keep going so if they keep giving me a job then I'll keep playing."

'We have to keep working'

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

More from Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka: "When you don't come to the game with the right attitude, it's hard to win. 

"Also, I didn't know George Friend was injured until yesterday so I had to change everything last minute. 

"We have to keep working. We don't have the spirit other teams have, we don't have the money other teams have to spend - the only thing we can do is keep working together."

'Don't get complacent'

West Brom 2-1 Bournemouth

West Bromwich Albion

More from West Brom boss Tony Pulis: "But they've got a great side and great manager.

"It's been a great season so far and we don't want to let it go flat.

"Look at Ranieri and Leicester - as soon as you become complacement, this game has an unbelievable way of kicking you up the backside.

"The one benefit of a small squad is you don't have 10 players out of the team and that can fester.

"The players out of the first team here have been good as they know they're close to the starting team."

'We have to keep going'

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:  "It is difficult to lose but we have to keep going. 

"This is not the first time I'm living this situation but the only thing I know is to keep working. 

"The way we approached the game wasn't the best. I didn't need to say how important the game was to win - I think everyone knew. 

"I don't know how many times I told them how good we are when we apply pressure. Last week we watched videos of the team against Manchester City and I showed them how good we are when we apply high pressure and go for it. During the second half we did it but it was too late."

'There's a gulf in quality'

Everton 2-0 Sunderland

Sunderland

Sunderland manager David Moyes: “We did ever so well to make sure it was only 1-0. We weren’t good in the first half but got better in the second, we’d earned our chance, but didn’t get the equaliser and gave away a poor second goal.

“You’ve got to remember the quality of Everton, where they are and what they’re trying to achieve. There is a gulf in quality, but the players are giving everything they’ve got. If we’re getting let down anywhere, we don’t quite have the quality."

'It's a great achievement'

West Brom 2-1 Bournemouth

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom boss Tony Pulis:  "It's a great achievement to get 40 points by this time so we're all pleased.

"We played well at times, there was the knock back of an early penalty, which was a penalty, but we responded with apomb and had chances to score a third.

"But they had chances to equalise late on and Ben Foster has made two great saves.

"There's one disappointment though - we've got to be more clinical.

"Craig Dawson is OK already, he had a bang on his forehead but he's OK - the players are hammering him for coming off.

"The one decision we're disappointed with is when Salomon Rondon went through and Steve Cook ran across him deliberately - Bournemouth were lucky to have 11 men on the pitch after that."

Piegate mark two

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

It's hungry work is management...

Allardyce has just finished his press conference. As he left the room, he saw a plate of meat pies, and took one.

"Oh, that's not very nice," he says, taking a bite. Then spits it into the bin. I wish I was joking, but I'm not.

'Europe has to be the next step'

Everton 2-0 Sunderland

Everton

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku on equalling Duncan Ferguson’s record of 60 Premier League goals for the club:  “It’s been a good journey. Duncan and I work really hard, first with Roberto Martinez and now with Ronald Koeman. They helped me to improve my game and I’m grateful to them, because without them, I wouldn’t have got this far.

“I was always sure I would play. My rehab coach in Belgium worked really hard to get my body stronger. When I got back, I had no problem.

“Jermain Defoe was unlucky. He is a top-quality striker. He has shown year in year out what he can do. His bad luck was our good luck.

“We have to win as many games as we can. Next week, we have a difficult game at Spurs. If you lopok too far ahead, you might not be focused on the game that’s coming.”

On qualifying for Europe:  “I think it’s really important. It has to be the next step for the club. It’s down to us to improve and hopefully get into Europe.”

'It was handball, but we still believe'

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea

Swansea City

Swansea boss Paul Clement, speaking to BBC Sport: "Any game we don’t win we are disappointed by. Chelsea are a very good side, they have fantastic quality and that was the difference. We didn’t have a lot of chances but we came in at 1-1 for half-time and for long periods we defended really well. 

"There was a big moment with the handball. I thought Cesar Azpilicueta handled it at 1-1, it’s a clear handball. That gives you a chance to go 2-1 up with a penalty but three minutes later you’re 2-1 down after a soft goal. Based on chances they deserved to win, but that was a big moment that didn’t go our way, and who knows what might have happened?

"We’ve had a hard run of games. We’ve played Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, and picked up some good wins on the way. Our confidence is not damaged by today. We have belief as we go into a very important run of games now. March is a very important month for us."

'Focus and concentration'

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea

Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, speaking to BBC Sport: "For sure we dominated the game. We played very well, it was a good performance and we created many chances to score. 

"We conceded at the end of the first half, after the time was finished, so in this case there was a bit of luck, but we showed great character in the second half. We deserved a lot to win the game, now it’s important to continue in this way. To look at ourselves and to think to win, to continue with great focus and concentration."

'We need to build momentum'

Everton 2-0 Sunderland

Everton

Everton manager Ronald Koeman, speaking to BBC Sport: “It was an important goal for Idrissa. During the whole week, we worked on finishing because we need more goals from our midfielders. It was a nice attack and a good finish.

“We know Rom is strong. If he gets the space, he uses his pace and physique. It was a great finish.

"There is a gap between us and the teams above us but there are still 12 games to go, You need to continue and get the momentum. The team behind us are West Brom, and they are in good form, but in two weeks, we play West Brom at home. The team are strong and we have a lot of clean sheets and that makes for a lot of points.”

'The bottom seven is our table'

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Crystal Palace

More from Palace boss Sam Allardyce: "It's a great victory. I think the two-week break helped us refocus and that showed - today they made a lot of very good decisions.  

"The three points are important as it puts us in amongst the pack, out of the bottom three and a bit closer to Bournemouth. 

"I see the bottom seven as the Premier League table we need to try and win. If we can achieve more then that would be great but we need to make next week's game against West Brom a game to win. 

"The lads deserve to enjoy it and relax but we start again next week."

Hornets buzzing

That didn't take long. Three minutes into the game at Vicarage Road and Watford are 1-0 up against West Ham. 

Mauro Zarate is bundled over in the box and the referee points to the spot. Troy Deeney does the rest.

You can follow live text commentary of that game here.

'We dropped our tempo too much'

Everton 2-0 Sunderland

Everton

Everton manager Ronald Koeman, speaking to BBC Sport: “It’s three points, and another clean sheet. I was really pleased by the first 45 minutes, but not by the second 45. I think we dropped the tempo in the second half, and played more backwards than forwards. 

"We had one lucky moment when Defoe hit the bar. There was a foul on Morgan Schneiderlin in the build-up, and the referee didn’t whistle. But it was a lucky moment. We did it by ourselves because we dropped the tempo in the second half."

'Selhurst Park was rocking today'

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce: " Selhurst Park was rocking today. 

"It felt like they really enjoyed the commitment from the players and really got behind us. 

"For me it was all about the quality in the first half we continued to pepper Middlesbrough's box with crosses and shots and it came to Patrick van Aanholt and he scored with his weaker foot. We need that sort of quality if we are going to stay up and he has proved himself with four goals this season now - three for Sunderland, one for us. 

"It's the winning goal and there's never been a bigger win than this all season."

Hull City 1-1 Burnley

Burnley

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "Happy. A lot has been made of our away form. In the first half we made good opportunities but we lacked quality.

"To go 1-0 down and come back with the amazing performance of the team is very good. I thought the penalty was very harsh.

"I don't want the red card to overshadow a good point, it was a deserved point."

Sutton win with defender in goal

Simon Downer
Rex Features

Sutton update. We informed you earlier that they lost their first-team keeper to injury in their game against Torquay. Now without Wayne Shaw - the reserve keeper of piegate fame, who resigned on Tuesday - they had to put defender Simon Downer in net. They were 1-0 down at the time.

Despie this, they managed to come back and win 3-2. You can read about it here.

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace scorer Patrick Van Aanholt: " We are pleased with the three points and I'm very delighted to score. We worked hard as a team this week and worked hard in training. 

"We had a weekend off so that gave us a boost, and then came back together with the team and you saw in the first half we were dominant. 

"I lost my granddad last week. I am very pleased to get the goal for him. Obviously I am very sad to lose him but I thank him a lot. 

"I have been in this position before but we have to stick together and get out of it. 

"Sam Allardyce is a good manager as he showed with Sunderland - he got out of it. He's never been relegated so it gives us hope." 

'We lost focus'

Hull City 1-1 Burnley

Hull City

Hull City boss Marco Silva: "Of course it is frustrating, it was a tough, tough game. It is not easy to play against Burnley, it was a balanced game, we had good chances and when you score it is impossible to suffer a goal like we conceded from a set piece.

"It is important to be focused, and we lost out focus from a set-piece and they scored. At this level it is impossible to give the opposition something.

"We need to continue to do our work and keep our organisation, today it is one point more. Three points would have been better but we are fighting until May. It is clear our team and fans believe and I see a team with promise.

"We need to take points in every game, no-one believed we would beat Liverpool so the fight continues."

So, it is official, Leicester will take to the field against Liverpool on Monday in the bottom three of the Premier League. It has been a good week for the champions!

'We have to be more aggressive'

Everton 2-0 Sunderland

Sunderland

Sunderland defender Bryan Oviedo: “We tried very hard in the second half. It was good for us that we tried. We were unlucky to hit the bar. We have to keep going. We need to be more aggressive for the next games.

“It was difficult. Everton played very well. We have to improve. We need to start well in games, because it’s the Premier League. It’s difficult.

“There is still hope for us. We have a lot of games, the spirit is to keep fighting. We need to improve and prepare for the next game.”

'The blue shirt is good for me'

Everton 2-0 Sunderland

Everton

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye: “It’s not easy because they have a good team and defend well. We have to find a place to score and move the ball well. We have a good team to score. We are happy with the three points.

“My first Premier League goal! I’m happy for the team because the win is the most important thing. The blue shirt is good for me.

“Rom [Lukaku] is a good player and we need him. He can score every time. We play for him and try to give him the ball to score.”

Asked if Everton are looking at finishing in the top six: “We just take it game by game, and we will see at the end.”

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Final Score

The top of the league feels over and done with in my opinion and it's been that way for a while. 

Tottenham don't have the player power to challenge Chelsea. 

Even when they are not playing well, they have those special players - Costa, Hazard and the rest - they are far above anyone else in this league.

Team news

Watford v West Ham (17:30 GMT)

Watford make two changes to the side that lost 2-0 to Manchester United in their previous match, two weeks ago on 11 February. 

Daryl Janmaat and Valon Behrami come in, with Craig Cathcart and Sebastian Prodl dropping to the bench.

Watford XI: Gomes, Janmaat, Kaboul, Britos, Holebas; Cleverley, Behrami, Capoue; Zarate, Deeney, Niang

Subs: Arlauskis, Prodl, Cathcart, Zuniga, Doucoure, Success, Okaka.

Watford XI
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West Ham name an unchanged side from their previous game - a 2-2 draw at home to West Brom, also on 11 February. 

Andy Carroll is not fit enough for the bench, but Andre Ayew returns to the squad for the first time since the Africa Cup of Nations. 

West Ham XI:  Randolph, Kouyate, Fonte, Reid, Cresswell, Noble, Obiang, Feghouli, Snodgrass, Lanzini, Antonio. 

Subs: Adrian, Collins, Ayew, Byram, Masuaku, Calleri, Fernandes.

West Ham XI
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FULL-TIME

Everton 2-0 Sunderland

It's all over at Goodison.

Sunderland had half chances. Was that Defoe strike over the line? Perhaps not.

They remain bottom with 19 points and Everton stay in seventh - now four points behind Manchester United.

FULL-TIME

West Brom 2-1 Bournemouth

West Brom just about hold on for the win. They can thank Ben Foster for that, though. With second remaining, Tyrone Mings' glancing header looks destined for the net until Foster intervenes with a superb save.

It precedes the final whistle by seconds.

Ben Foster
Reuters

FULL-TIME

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Palace win and are out of the bottom three.

That's right... Leicester are now down there. They play Liverpool on Monday.

Palace boss Sam Allardyce appears to conduct a symphony on the touchline as he walks off.

FULL-TIME

Hull 1-1 Burnley

Ashley Barnes' red doesn't cost Burnley their point. Two evenly matches teams play out a fair draw.

FULL-TIME

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea

Chelsea continue to march towards the title. They were made to work for it, but they dug deep to record another win. They are now 11 points clear at the top.

Diego Costa
PA

West Brom 2-1 Bournemouth

Great save Ben Foster. The Baggies keeper sticks a big mitt out and tips a shot from Lys Mousset over the bar.

Ben Foster
Reuters

NOT CLOSE!

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Remember when he used to lash those in for Newcastle?

Andros Townsend drives into the area on the right but instead of crossing to Christian Benteke he fires an angled shot which clears the bar by a Grand Canyon's width.

Seconds remaining.

RED CARD

Hull 1-1 Burnley

Burnley will end the game with 10 men after Ashley Barnes plants an arm in the face of Andrea Ranocchia to earn his second yellow, followed by red. We are into injury time, though, so it may not prove that costly for Burnley this afternoon.

Ashley Barnes is shown a red card
Reuters

West Brom 2-1 Bournemouth

Oh, West Brom close to sealing all three points. James McClean's low ball into the box is just a yard in front of the sliding Salomon Rondon.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough

Boro keep pressing. Palace aren't offering too much the other end - although they perhaps should have had a penalty a wee bit earlier.

Palace make changes. Patrick van Aanholt - was he limping? - is replaced by Jeff Schlupp. And Scott Dann comes on for Wilfried Zaha.

Two mins of normal time left at Selhurst.

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on Final Score

He is my favourite player in the Premier League. Every time Diego Costa is in action, I just love watching him. It's a great finish from him. 

Diego Costa
Reuters