Harry Kane (left) celebrates his goal during the English Premier League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth at White Hart Lane.
Harry Kane (left) celebrates his goal during the English Premier League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth at White Hart Lane. SEAN DEMPSEY

Tottenham keeps pressure on Chelsea with victory

FOOTBALL: Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was hoping Manchester United would do his side a favour overnight after a 12th consecutive home win helped Tottenham close the gap at the top of the English Premier League to four points.

The 4-0 thrashing of Bournemouth was Spurs' seventh straight success in the EPL and means that Chelsea is still looking over its shoulder.

"We got the three points and now the pressure is on Chelsea to win in Old Trafford," Pochettino said.

"It would be fantastic if tomorrow night, after the game, the gap is still four points. But four points is still a lot."

Harry Kane hit the 20 league goal mark for the third season in a row with his side's third with other goals coming from Son Heung-Min, Vincent Janssen and Moussa Dembele.

But with only two of their last six matches at home, Tottenham is still a long shot to snatch a first title since 1961.

Manchester City moved above Liverpool into third an impressive 3-0 win away at Southampton, with captain Vincent Kompany on the scoresheet.

Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero - with his 11th goal in 11 games in all competitions - were also on target.

Everton scored an eighth successive home win beating Burnley 3-1 to move above Arsenal and United into fifth, albeit having played more games than the teams around them.

EPL top scorer Romelu Lukaku struck Everton's third, taking his season tally to 24.

The relegation battle has not changed much with none of the bottom six clubs registering a victory.

Sunderland did score its first goal in eight games and secured a point with a late equaliser from Fabio Borini in a 2-2 home draw with West Ham.

The Black Cats remain bottom with Middlesbrough second from bottom set to play Arsenal on Tuesday morning (EST).

Swansea remains two points off safety in the last relegation place after a fifth defeat in six games - a 1-0 loss at Watford.

Hull City is two points and a place above Swansea after losing 3-1 at Stoke, while Crystal Palace are seven points clear of the relegation zone after coming from 2-0 down at home to draw 2-2 with champion Leicester City.

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