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6 goals shared between Bournemouth and Watford, while Chelsea held to Saints stalemate

Elsewhere in the Premier League Crystal Palace secured an impressive 2-0 win away to Wolves.

Callum Wilson and Troy Deeney both hit the net in the first half.
Callum Wilson and Troy Deeney both hit the net in the first half.
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Bournemouth 3-3 Watford

THERE MAY HAVE been a shortage of goals in the first half of some of tonight’s Premier League games but the Vitality Stadium was the exception as Bournemouth and Watford shared out six goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

In a dramatic spell of action, Watford hit the front in the 14th minute but when they conceded to Bournemouth in the 40th minute, it left the teams deadlocked.

A brace from striker Troy Deeney left Watford in front 2-0 by the 27th minute before the home side drew level with Nathan Ake’s 34th minute strike kickstarting a frenzied period that delivered goals.

Callum Wilson brought Bournemouth level in the 36th minute, Ken Sema restored Watford’s advantage two minutes later and then two minutes after that Ryan Fraser ensured Bournemouth were on even terms at the interval.

There were no more goals after the break, with the sides sharing a point apiece. 

Chelsea 0-0 Southampton

Chelsea produced a toothless display as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by struggling Southampton and lost Willian to injury in the process.

Maurizio Sarri reinstated Alvaro Morata to the team with Olivier Giroud ruled out, yet the service to the Spaniard was poor as Saints dug deep to hold on for a well-earned point.

Southampton v Arsenal - Premier League - St Mary's Stadium Ireland striker Shane Long for the second half against Chelsea on Wednesday. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

A tame first half passed with few flashpoints, though Chelsea did see Willian forced off on the same day the club announced the signing of Christian Pulisic, who will arrive at the end of the season.

The home side had a Morata goal controversially ruled out for offside late in the second half as they failed to win at home for a second successive outing, following on from a shock 1-0 reverse against Leicester City on 22 December.

Wolves 0-2 Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson’s decision to recall Jordan Ayew paid dividends at Molineux on Wednesday as the striker scored in Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win over Wolves.

Palace have struggled in front of goal this season and it looked as though they would fail to score in a Premier League game for the 10th time this season until Ayew lashed home his first goal for the club with seven minutes remaining.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace - Premier League - Molineux Andros Townsend celebrates after Luka Milivojevic scored their side's second goal. Source: David Davies

Captain Luka Milivojevic doubled their tally in stoppage time to complete the victory after Wilfried Zaha had been felled by Ryan Bennett.

For Wolves it is back down to earth with a bump after their win over Tottenham on Saturday, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side falling to a fifth home defeat of the campaign.

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