Newcastle United all but confirmed Premier League safety with a comprehensive 3-0 home win against 10-man Sheffield United at Saint James’ Park.
John Egan was needlessly sent-off for two yellow cards, giving the Magpies the upper hand through second-half goals from Allan Saint-Maximin, Matt Ritchie and record-signing Joelinton to wrap up Newcastle’s biggest win of the season.
The result, a rare defeat for Sheffield leaves them seventh on the table, two points behind Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Chelsea came from behind to seal a 2-1 away victory at Aston Villa, the Blues’ first Premier League away win of 2020.
There was delight for Chelsea fans as young English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek played his first competitive game in 13 months after recovering from a ruptured achilles.
Despite been the better side in the opening half, Chelsea went into the break behind after Villa defender Kortney Hause converted at the second attempt.
However, a double substitution by Frank Lampard, bringing on both Christian Pulisic and Ross Barkley changed the games dynamics.
Pulisic leveled with a far post finish on the hour mark, his first league goal since November before Olivier Giroud netted the second and match-winner two minutes later.
The win takes Chelsea five points clear of fifth-place Manchester United, while Villa’s prospects of survival took a further hit and now require something of a miracle to beat the drop.
Everton and Liverpool played out a goalless draw in a dull Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park.
It was the third successive barren draw between both sides on the ground, the latest outcome not entirely surprising considering the absence of the fans.
On the balance of play, it looked a fair result, however, it should have been a different outcome had Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies found the back of the for Everton in quick succession, Alisson denying the England forward with a low save and Joe Gomez blocking the follow-up from Davies.
The draw, only the second of the season for the Reds keeps them 23 points ahead of Manchester City, a lead which could be pegged back by three points if the about-to-be-dethroned champions win on Monday night.