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Premier League Matchday 26: Live streams, previews, reports & how to watch every game on BT TV
Here is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the latest batch of fixtures from the English top flight, with a packed schedule featuring eight midweek matches.
Remember, as always, every Premier League game shown live on TV is available on BT TV, so read on for reports from the weekend’s action and previews and details of how to watch every remaining match.
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Saturday 27 February
Sunday 28 February
Monday 1 March
Tuesday 2 March
Wednesday 3 March
Thursday 4 March
Saturday 27 February
Ruben Dias and John Stones struck as Premier League leaders Manchester City moved 13 points clear with a hard-fought 2-1 win over West Ham.
The defensive pairing netted either side of an equaliser from Michail Antonio, who had earlier hit the post for the determined visitors at the Etihad Stadium.
City’s victory was their 20th in succession as they chase glory on four fronts.
They also had the welcome sight of record goalscorer Sergio Aguero back in their starting line-up for only the fourth time this season, even though the Argentinian had a quiet game.
Referee Lee Mason sparked farcical scenes at The Hawthorns as West Brom claimed a priceless win over Brighton to keep their survival hopes alive.
Kyle Bartley’s early header clinched a 1-0 victory for the hosts and the Seagulls missed two penalties – only for the officials to steal the headlines.
Referee Mason lost control of the game in the first half after Lewis Dunk’s quick free-kick looked to have hauled the visitors level.
Mason initially disallowed it, before giving the goal and eventually ruling it out after a VAR check during chaos and confusion.
Away from the debate, Albion claimed just their second win under Sam Allardyce and are now eight points from Premier League safety.
Leeds 0-1 Aston Villa
Anwar El Ghazi’s early goal clinched Aston Villa a 1-0 win at Leeds and lifted his side to within a point of the Premier League’s top six.
El Ghazi was left unmarked to turn home the only goal from close range in the fifth minute and dogged defending saw Villa avenge their 3-0 home defeat to Leeds in October.
Villa secured just their second win in seven league games on the road, while Leeds’ see-saw first season back in the top flight continued.
Ruben Neves denied beleaguered Newcastle a priceless Premier League win as Steve Bruce’s relegation-threatened side had to make do with a point against Wolves.
Skipper Jamaal Lascelles had headed the Magpies into a 52nd-minute lead at St James’ Park but Neves levelled with an equally-impressive headed finish 17 minutes from time to ensure that the game – like the previous four between the two sides – finished 1-1.
However, both might have snatched victory in a late flurry during which Wolves defender Romain Saiss unwittingly blocked Joelinton’s shot on the line and saw the ball spin agonisingly over before home keeper Martin Dubravka, restored to the starting line-up, turned substitute Fabio Silva’s point-blank header on to the crossbar in stoppage time.
Sunday 28 February
Crystal Palace 0-0 Fulham
Fulham extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five matches but were left to reflect on what might have been after the 0-0 stalemate at Crystal Palace.
The visitors created the better opportunities at Selhurst Park with the majority falling to centre-back Joachim Andersen, although Josh Maja was brilliantly denied by Vicente Guaita from close range in the second half.
It ensured the spoils were shared in Roy Hodgson’s 150th match in charge of Palace following an encounter which lacked quality.
This point for Fulham moved them within three of relegation rivals Newcastle and Brighton while the Eagles remain in 13th position.
Arsenal continued to breathe fresh life into their season after an impressive 3-1 win at Leicester.
David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe netted as the Gunners came from behind to claim a deserved victory.
Youri Tielemans’ early strike had put the Foxes ahead and the hosts suffered a further blow when Harvey Barnes was carried off in the second half with a knee injury.
Gareth Bale appeared back to his best as he produced a devastating display that included two goals and an assist in Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Burnley.
The Wales international has enjoyed a resurgence in the last few weeks after a miserable start to his Spurs homecoming and delivered his most telling impact yet against the Clarets.
After opening the scoring in just the second minute, he then set up Harry Kane and was involved in Lucas Moura’s third as Jose Mourinho’s men ran riot in the first half.
He then added a brilliant second after the break to complete a fine afternoon’s work to help Spurs to just a second Premier League win in seven games.
Chelsea 0-0 Man United
Chelsea missed the chance to climb back into the Premier League’s top four after grinding out a goalless draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues threw in all their attacking personnel and every novel idea from new boss Thomas Tuchel but could not force a breakthrough against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s resolute Red Devils.
Chelsea extended their unbeaten run under new manager Tuchel to nine matches, while United stretched their record-breaking stint without a Premier League loss on the road to 20 games.
Liverpool returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Curtis Jones and a Kean Bryan own goal ended the Reds’ run of four successive league defeats and heaped more misery on the bottom-placed Blades.
Bryan’s own goal, which was originally credited to Roberto Firmino, was Liverpool’s 7,000th goal in top-flight football and secured a win which moves Jurgen Klopp’s champions within two points of fourth-placed West Ham.
Monday 1 March
Everton 1-0 Southampton
Everton’s Champions League dreams remain on track thanks to Monday night’s 1-0 victory over a Southampton side anxiously looking on the other end of the Premier League table.
Richarlison scored for the third-successive match inside the first 10 minutes to move Carlo Ancelotti’s side within two points of fourth-placed West Ham with a match in hand.
But while their worst home run since 1958 was brought to an end, the pain for Saints continued with just one draw and eight defeats in their last nine league matches leaving them seven points above the bottom three and wondering just where their next win will come from.
Tuesday 2 March
Manchester City struck three times in the last 10 minutes to beat Wolves 4-1 and secure their 21st consecutive victory in all competitions.
The Premier League leaders were unexpectedly pegged back by a Conor Coady equaliser after opening the scoring through Leander Dendoncker’s own goal at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s side upped the tempo in the closing stages and reclaimed the lead when Gabriel Jesus fired home 10 minutes from time. Riyad Mahrez added another in the last minute and Jesus put gloss on the scoreline with a fourth with the last kick of the game.
Wednesday 3 March
Kasper Schmeichel came to injury-ravaged Leicester’s rescue with some vital saves at Burnley as the Foxes avoided three successive defeats for the first time under Brendan Rodgers.
After Matej Vydra’s first Premier League goal in more than a year was cancelled out by Kelechi Iheanacho’s fantastic first-half volley, Schmeichel came to the fore for a Leicester side without several first-team players.
Schmeichel kept out headers from James Tarkowski and Chris Wood before Ashley Westwood hit a post and although Leicester rallied late on, with Youri Tielemans also denied by the goal frame, the sides settled for a 1-1 draw.
Sheffield United showed there is fight left in them yet after battling with 10 men for more than half an hour to win 1-0 against Aston Villa.
David McGoldrick’s first-half goal put the bottom-of-the-table Blades in front but they faced an uphill task to hang on to that lead when Phil Jagielka was sent off early in the second half.
But the remaining 10 Blades stood firm and defended solidly and will feel they have kept alive their faint hopes of pulling off the greatest of escapes.
It would still take a brave person to bet against Chris Wilder’s side being relegated, with a 12-point chasm left to bridge in the remaining 11 matches.
Manchester United fired a third consecutive blank and had to settle for a point at Crystal Palace to all but see their Premier League title challenge end.
A day after rivals Manchester City made it 21 wins in a row to open up a 15-point gap at the top, the Red Devils were left frustrated in a goalless draw with the Eagles and have won only one of their last five matches in the division.
Chances were few and far between and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have now gone 285 minutes without a goal heading into Sunday’s derby at the Etihad.
Thursday 4 March
Tottenham were the beneficiaries of the controversial handball law as they held on to a 1-0 win at Fulham that boosts their top-four hopes.
The International Football Association Board’s meeting on Friday could not be more timely after the Cottagers were denied an equaliser by a harsh handball rule in the second half.
After Spurs led in the first half through Tosin Adarabioyo’s own goal, Scott Parker’s men had the ball in the back of the net when Josh Maja fired home, but replays showed the ball cannoned into the hand of Mario Lemina from a Davinson Sanchez clearance when he was a matter of yards away.
VAR applied the laws and ruled the goal out, robbing Fulham of what would have been a worthy leveller and potentially having a huge impact on their quest for Premier League survival.
They did more than enough to take at least a point out of the game, completely dominating the second half but they could not find another way through.
It was far from convincing from Jose Mourinho’s side, but they held on to register an important win, staying in eighth position but moving four points off the top four.
Richarlison continued Everton’s Champions League charge in a 1-0 win at West Brom.
The striker’s second-half header lifted the Toffees into the Premier League’s top four following a third straight win.
Victory ended the plucky Baggies’ mini-revival to keep them nine points from safety as they slipped further towards the trapdoor.Mbaye Diagne’s stoppage-time goal was ruled out for offside as Sam Allardyce’s side remained second bottom.
Everton moved into the Champions League spots, at least until Liverpool and Chelsea faced off later on Thursday night, after Richarlison’s fourth goal in four games.
They rode their luck at times against the energetic hosts, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side secured another win and third successive clean sheet.
In a tantalising match-up to bookend Matchday 26, Liverpool host Chelsea in a game with huge ramifications for the top four.
Jurgen Klopp’s side moved within two points of a Champions League spot after a 2-0 win over bottom club Sheffield United at Bramall Lane and will leapfrog Chelsea with a win on Thursday.
“Plenty of people have written us off. That’s fine,” said Klopp after the win. “With all the problems we have had we’re still around the exciting places.”
The German manager named his 14th different centre-back partnership in Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips, but the pair dealt with Sheffield United’s threat comfortably.
It was their first league win since beating West Ham at the end of January and the visit of Chelsea will provide a much tougher test for the defending champions.
Chelsea are now nine matches without defeat since Thomas Tuchel succeeded Frank Lampard in January after Sunday’s goalless draw with Man United.
The former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss has fortified their defence and boosted morale in west London.
He described Saturday’s performance as an extraordinary effort and he will be looking to bolster Chelsea’s European ambitions further with a positive result at Anfield.