Premier League: Spurs struggle, Chelsea, Leicester into top 4

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Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur were held 1-1 by last-placed Watford on Saturday while Chelsea and Leicester City won their matches to move into the top 4. 

Marcos Alonso scored for Chelsea in their 1-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday (AP Photo)

Marcos Alonso scored for Chelsea in their 1-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tottenham Hotspur held 1-1 by Watford
  • Leicester defeated Burnley 2-1 
  • Chelsea managed 1-0 win over Newcastle United

Tottenham’s struggles in the Premier League showed no signs of ending as Spurs needed a late equalizer just to earn a 1-1 home draw against last-place Watford on Saturday.

The debate around VAR will likely go on as well, after the video-replay system sparked more confusion and controversy on day when it had a direct impact on three games.

Dele Alli’s late equalizer for Tottenham was allowed to stand after a VAR check, despite the midfielder seemingly using his arm to control the ball before slotting home in the 86th minute. In addition, the big screens at Tottenham Stadium initially showed that VAR had overturned the goal, before the referee pointed to the spot and allowed it to stand.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was also left fuming after VAR overturned a late equalizer for his team against Leicester, which came from behind to win 2-1 on the day the club marked the one-year anniversary of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s death.

Wolverhampton Wanderers, meanwhile, had two goals disallowed by VAR in the first half as it was held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at home – although both those decisions appeared correct.

Manchester City also had a strong penalty appeal denied by VAR, but that didn’t stop the defending champion from easing to a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.

Also Saturday, Chelsea joined Leicester in moving into the top four by beating Newcastle 1-0 at home for its fifth straight win in all competitions, Everton beat West Ham 2-0, Aston Villa rallied to defeat 10-man Brighton 2-1, and Bournemouth drew 0-0 at home against Norwich.

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