Jamie Vardy set a new Premier League record of 11 successive matches with a goal as he helped Leicester to maintain their impressive run of form in a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Manchester United. The England international capitalised on an excellent low pass from Christian Fuchs to give his side an early lead at the King Power Stadium, but the Foxes had to settle for a point after Bastian Schweinsteiger equalised with a powerful header on the stroke of half-time.
That result leaves Leicester one point ahead of United in second, with Manchester City returning to the summit courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Southampton earlier on 28 November. Kevin de Bruyne opened the scoring after just nine minutes, with fellow summer signing Fabian Delph doubling the advantage shortly afterwards.
Shane Long reduced the arrears early in the second half with another headed goal, but there was to be no late comeback from the visitors as Aleksandar Kolarov applied the finishing touch. Worryingly for Manuel Pellegrini, Sergio Aguero sustained another injury and was replaced by Wilfried Bony.
Elsewhere on an enthralling day of action that saw no fewer than 25 goals in just six top-flight matches, speculation as to Steve McClaren's job safety will likely increase tenfold as Newcastle slumped to their eighth defeat of the season after being thrashed 5-1 by former manager Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace. The Toon actually took the lead in this one, but Papiss Cisse's early header was soon cancelled out by a brace apiece from Yannick Bolasie and James McArthur as well as a volley from Wilfried Zaha.
The only side more out of form that Newcastle at present are Aston Villa. Despite having drafted in former Lyon boss Remi Garde to succeed Tim Sherwood earlier this month, the 2015 FA Cup finalists remain rooted to the foot of the table and already seven points adrift of safety thanks to a 3-2 home defeat by Watford. Micah Richards rose highest to cancel out Odion Ighalo's opener before the break, but an unfortunate own goal from Alan Hutton and a further header from Troy Deeney left them with too much work to do despite Jordan Ayew's late consolation. 10 minutes of added time were played at Villa Park after goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was taken to hospital for checks on a nasty neck injury. He has since been given the all-clear.
It was not all doom and gloom for struggling teams, however, as Sunderland hauled themselves out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win at home to 10-man Stoke. Patrick van Aanholt and Duncan Watmore struck with two goals in as many minutes with less than 10 left to play after Ryan Shawcross was sent off for two bookable offences.
Bournemouth remain in the bottom three, but there were certainly reasons to be cheerful for Eddie Howe following a hugely entertaining 3-3 draw with Everton at Dean Court. The Toffees looked to be cruising towards a comfortable away win on the south coast thanks to first-half efforts from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku, but were pegged back by two late goals from Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas. Ross Barkley restored the lead in the fifth minute of injury time, but still that did not prove to be enough as Stanislas struck again at the death.
There are still four more Premier League fixtures to come tomorrow (29 November), starting with Chelsea's trip to Tottenham. West Ham also host West Brom, while Liverpool welcome Swansea and Arsenal travel to Norwich.