Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso’s late equaliser was all the Stamford Bridge club needed to give themselves reprieve in the first half after Juan Mata put the hosts in front.
Manchester United were rewarded for their early endeavour through Mata’s goal. Luke Shaw got behind the Chelsea defence and they they’re vulnerable. Shaw was clever because he knew Kepa was going to smother if he had a shot, so he laid it on a plate for Mata.
Birthday boy Mata arrived at just the right time to finish off Shaw’s cross.
It was a first half in which the hosts looked quite comfortable early, having more shots on target as well as a larger share of possession.
Chelsea came into the game as the half progressed and eventually found a goal out of nowhere when Rudiger’s blast from distance exposed De Gea’s difficulties in saving long shots – which allowed Alonso to storm in and finish with a follow-up effort.
Chelsea’s attack has generally been slow and ponderous – much the opposite of United’s pace – but there is nothing to separate the two sides after 45 minutes.
Despite the goal, Chelsea’s laborious attack leaves little to be positive about, as every forward thrust was seemingly dictated by the capabilities of Hazard.
There has been precious little link-up play between Higuain and the two playing just off of him – with perhaps the introduction of Giroud the solution.
For Manchester United, they have probably done enough to end the half ahead, but they could have been more than 1-0 up before Chelsea’s reply, had they been more clinical.
The result hangs in the balance with the second half upcoming, though a draw doesn’t really help either club.
The match between Burnley and Manchester City is goalless at the break after a first half with very few clear-cut chances.
What that first half lacked in quality it made up for in nerves. City have been held at bay by a typically robust Burnley defence, and go in at half-time looking like they’re feeling a spot of tension.
They can’t afford not to win here. Burnley will be content with this so far.
City are sure to push forward in the second half as they need to chase the three points, but they must be careful.
Burnley have scored at least once in their last 12 home Premier League games. If Burnley grab the first goal City will be under a whole heap of pressure.
Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester City dented Arsenal’s top-four hopes in the Premier League with a convincing 3-0 win.
Arsenal conceded three goals with 10 men for the second season in a row at Leicester City.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles was shown a second yellow card in the 36th minute and Arsenal’s resistance was broken just before the hour-mark when Youri Tielemans headed home from James Maddison’s cross.
Jamie Vardy doubled the lead with four minutes to go, heading in after his lob rebounded back off the crossbar, before tapping home from Ricardo Pereira’s low cross in stoppage time for his 18th goal of the season.
Leicester have now won consecutive home league matches against Arsenal for the first time since November 1983.
The Gunners remain fifth after their third straight league defeat, one point outside the top four, ahead of the 16:30 BST contest between Manchester United and fourth-placed Chelsea.
Leicester have moved up to eighth, three points behind Wolverhampton Wanderers in the battle for seventh place.
Leicester dominated the first half of the match with Arsenal losing one of his players as the two teams are level before the break.
Leicester made a very bright start to the game and could easily have been ahead at the break.
Evans had an early chance with a header from a corner, while Maddison and Vardy also had chances saved by the keeper.
Ndidi came closest for the home side though when he saw his header saved brilliantly in the top corner by Leno.
Arsenal have created a couple of opportunities but have to play the rest of the game a man down after Maitland-Niles received two bookings for bad fouls which saw him sent off 10 minutes before half-time.
Leicester wouldn’t have wanted the half-time whistle to come, they’re pushing for the opening goal and go close as Jamie Vardy’s run forces Leno to come off his line.
Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has expressed his desire to see his club AS Roma employ the services of Antonio Conte to handle the Giallorossi.
The Serie A club have performed below the high standard they were known for, and consequently fired Eusebio Di Francesco.
Ranieri was employed to steer the ship of the club as manager till the end of the season.
The former Leicester boss was asked, as a Roma supporter, if he would be alright seeing Antonio Conte at the club next season.
“As a fan of Roma, I’d love to see Conte on the bench. It’d make me very happy. Don’t ask me whether he will come, because I am the last to know!” he laughed.
Meanwhile, AS Roma director Francesco Totti would not confirm or deny negotiations with Conte.
Totti was asked if he felt confident that negotiations with Conte would pay off this summer, but was very evasive in his answer.
“Let’s say the last few weeks have seen a lot of talk about Antonio Conte, but we have Ranieri on the bench and must respect him right to the end. He is our current Coach, then at the end of the season we’ll evaluate if it’ll be him, Conte or someone else,” Totti told Sky Sport Italia.
“We have a very important objective, which is to reach the Champions League. It doesn’t seem fair to discuss any other Coaches right now.
“The choice of management does not depend on Champions League qualification. I can assure you of that.”
Would Totti and Roma be eager to approach Conte for a place on their bench?
“Conte is one of the most successful Coaches in Europe, a winner who succeeded everywhere he went, so it seems natural that every club would go wild to get him. There has been talk of Inter, of Bayern Munich, of Roma, so there are many clubs interested.
“Obviously, if you were to get a Coach like that, you’d have to ensure the project was suited to a tactician with his standards. Roma have one of the top four squads in Italy, but when the club sits down with the Coach for pre-season, there will be discussions on who to keep, who can leave and who comes in.”