EPL: Palace hold Leicester; Everton beat Burnley; Hull, Swansea lose

Crystal Palace edged further towards Premier League survival as they fought back from two goals down in an absorbing draw with Leicester at Selhurst Park.

The Foxes took the lead on six minutes as the hosts’ lax defending allowed Robert Huth to rise and head in Christian Fuchs’ long throw.

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare had opted not to rest the majority of his stars before Tuesday’s Champions League return against Atletico Madrid, and was vindicated when Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy combined to make it 2-0.

The visitors broke from a Palace corner, with Mahrez setting Vardy free before the England striker cut back inside former Foxes defender Jeffrey Schlupp to curl his shot beyond Wayne Hennessey.

It was a goal reminiscent of Leicester’s title-winning exploits last season, but this year’s defensive frailties returned when Yohan Cabaye reacted quickest to Schlupp’s blocked shot to sweep home.

And Romelu Lukaku scored for a ninth successive home game as Everton beat Burnley to make it eight straight league victories at Goodison Park.

Phil Jagielka scored for the third game in a row as he headed the home side in front shortly after half-time.

But Sam Vokes equalised with a penalty after being brought down by Joel Robles.

Ross Barkley – who endured a difficult week off the pitch – had the key role as Everton regained the lead with a shot that was deflected in via Michael Keane and Ben Mee.

Lukaku’s emphatic finish made him the first man to score in nine straight home games for Everton since Dixie Dean in 1934.

The win lifted Everton to sixth place, with Arsenal not in action until they visit Middlesbrough on Monday night.

Meanwhile, substitute Fabio Borini scored a 90th-minute equaliser as Sunderland drew with West Ham to keep their faint hopes of Premier League survival alive.

Andre Ayew opened the scoring for the Hammers, prodding past Jordan Pickford after a scuffed Andy Carroll volley fell to him in the penalty area, reports the BBC.

Sunderland finally broke their scoring duck, with Wahbi Khazri’s corner flying straight in for the Black Cats’ first goal in more than 11-and-a-half hours.

James Collins headed in from a Robert Snodgrass corner to put the visitors in front, before Borini levelled from the edge of the box.

Sam Byram was then sent off for West Ham for a second booking in added time, but Sunderland were unable to find a winner.

It makes it eight games without a victory for David Moyes’ side, who remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

EPL RESULTS

Tottenham 4 – 0 Bournemouth

Crystal Palace 2 – 2 Leicester

Everton 3 – 1 Burnley

Stoke 3 – 1 Hull

Sunderland 2 – 2 West Ham

Watford 1 – 0 Swansea

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